Friday, April 9, 2010

Coquitlam Express announce hiring of Jon Calvano as new Head Coach

Press Release

The Coquitlam Express Junior A Hockey Club is pleased to announce that Jon Calvano has been named Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations.

Jon, 33, has been the Head Coach of the North West Giants in the British Columbia Major Midget Hockey League for the past four years. He has had great success - winning the last two Provincial Major Midget Championships and also the prestigious 2010 Mac's Major Midget AAA tournament.

Jon has also been the Hockey Director at the Burnaby Winter Club the past three years and been involved with the Vancouver Vipers Spring AAA programs for the past ten years. In 2008, Jon was awarded the BC Amateur Hockey Associations 'Coach of the Year'.

"I am very grateful to the Coquitlam Express organization for this opportunity and am excited about the challenge of coaching in the BCHL," says Calvano. "I have followed the league very closely for many years and look forward to developing players and building a championship team in Coquitlam.”

The selection of Jon was overseen by a four member committee of the Express ownership group, consisting of Pat Delesalle, Brian Hannigan, Rob Lambie and Darcy Rota. The group conducted an extensive search and received over forty applications for the position, from coaches all over North America.

"We are very happy to have Jon join our team," says Express president and general manager Darcy Rota. "I have known Jon for a number of years and believe his player development skills and commitment to excellence are a great fit as we move the team home to Coquitlam.”

Jon’s initial duties will be meeting with all returning Express players, finalizing recruits for the upcoming season, and preparing for the Express Prospect Camp May 7-9.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at

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