Following the BCHL Pod series that went off without a “hitch” according to some connected with the games played at various locations.
We covered games played in Burnaby that began May 5th with Adam Nugent-Hopkins listed as the interim head coach and for the most part most of the games were entertaining, but unfortunately some games turned chippy.
We noted that some players were “call-up” and as we were told it was mainly due to the number that were unable to compete; whatever that means?
The word around the rink was that the Express had hired a new Head Coach but no one would let anyone know his name until the Pod was finished, which made sense.
Now we are hearing that the Express officially introduced Brandon Shaw as their new Head Coach and Assistant General Manager which is effective immediately..
He has been involved in the BCHL as he spent the last five (5) seasons as Assistant Coach with the Centennials and two as the Associate Coach with the Alberni Valley.
Express GM Tali Campbell mentioned “We are really excited to welcome Brandon to the Express organization as our new Head Coach and after an in depth search, we were impressed with his experience in recruiting, his connections with NCAA schools and his detailed approach to making a team successful.”
Shaw mentioned “I am extremely excited to join the Express and I would like to take a moment and thank team Governor Fayaz Manji and GM Tali Campbell for this opportunity.
Shaw begins immediately and will focus on the upcoming BCHL season set to mark the 60th anniversary for the BCHL as well as the 20th anniversary for the Express.
This also marks the 20th anniversary for the Express and we wish him the best of luck moving forward putting together a new and improved roster for the upcoming season.