Express acquires Devlin and Howe from Grande Prairie of the AJHL


The Coquitlam Express has acquired 2002-born defenseman Ian Devlin and 2001-born goaltender Joe Howe from the Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

Devlin and Howe were traded to the Storm on Feb. 20 as a loan for the AJHL season while the status of the BC Hockey League season was up in the air due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Devlin ended the season with one assist in 13 games with Grande Prairie. Howe was 7-3-0 with a 2.27 goals-against-average, a .921 save percentage, and one shutout in 10 games with the Storm.

At the time of the deal, part of the future considerations in the trade was that Devlin and Howe’s rights returned to the Express after the 2020-21 season.

“We sent Ian to Grand Prairie on loan as our season was still in limbo,” said Express general manager Tali Campbell in a tweet. “We are excited for his return as he is a key piece to our d-core. He will help quarterback it.”

Devlin was acquired by Coquitlam from the St. Michael’s Buzzers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League in January. The Memphis, Tennessee product had 22 points in 53 games with St. Mike’s in 2019-20.

Howe, a Barrie, ON product, is set to attend Cornell University this fall. He split the 2019-20 season between the Express and the Victoria Grizzlies. Finishing with a 10-16-0 record, a 3.72 goals-against-average, a .896 save percentage, and one shutout.

The most up-to-date list of BCHL trades is here on the BCHLNetwork Trade Tracker.