Express’ railroad track centre ice line catches praise

The distinctive red centre ice line in the main arena at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex in Coquitlam has caught the attention of the U.S.-based blog

In a post published last Thursday on the website that critiques sports’ aesthetics like uniforms, logos and stadium names. blogger Paul Lukas praised the railroad track pattern centre line on the ice used by the BC Hockey League’s Coquitlam Express as one of the best customized line designs he’s seen.

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“So simple, so good,” said Lukas, a New York journalist and former columnist at ESPN whose obsession with the design of sports uniforms launched as a column in 1999 in the sports pages of The Village Voice.

Claire Wheeler, the aquatic and arena complex supervisor at Poirier, said the railroad track design has been a feature on the Express’s home ice since the expanded facility opened in 2010. She said the design, which was requested by the team, is actually a decal beneath the ice surface.



Lukas’ ardour for the Express’ centre ice line came in the same column that also derided the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League for adopting an all-brown look for their primary uniform this season.

“The brown-on-brown looks awful and a half,” he said, equating the style to “mono-turd.”

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