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Coquitlam Express: Graduating players and eligible returnees

During the 2021-22 season, the Coquitlam Express finished seventh in the Coastal Conference standings. The Express was eliminated from the playoffs by the Chilliwack Chiefs in a back-and-forth seven-game series in the first round.

Coquitlam has two players in Ryan Tattle and Christian MacDougall committed to NCAA Division I schools, and two players in Kahlil Fontana and Carter Woodside aging out of junior hockey.

Coquitlam general manager Tali Campbell and head coach Brandon Shaw have 12 forwards, six defenders, and Adam Manji in goal eligible to return for the 2022-23 season. Campbell and Shaw also have five 20-year-olds to return next season with room to add one more.

These numbers will likely change as players move to other leagues like the Western Hockey League, US Hockey League, or North American Hockey League. They may drop down to junior B, be sent away in trades, retire, or wind up committing to college before September and don’t return to the Express.

The depth chart is based on the league going with a 24-player roster next season and coaches going with 14 forwards, eight defenders, and two goaltenders.

Graduating Players

Ryan Tattle (University of Connecticut)
Christian MacDougall (Canisius College)
Jaydon Sison (Princeton University)
Trevor O’Brien (Williams College)
Kahlil Fontana (aged out)
Carter Woodside (aged out)

Eligible Returnees (* indicates an open spot – assuming the team goes with 14 forwards and eight defenders)

Mateo Dixon (02)
Carter Cochrane (02)
Nathan Bohmer (03)
Ray Hamlin (03)
Tyler Kopff (03)
Holden Cardinal (03)
Blake Green (03)
Emmett McHardy (03)
Jaeger Murdock (04)
Mirko Buttazzoni (04)

Lucas Lundy (02)
Ian Devlin (02)
Luke Vardy (03)
Brenden Pentecost (03)
Matthew Campbell (03)
Luke Roberts (03)

Adam Manji (03)