Coquitlam Express defenceman Troy Robillard has seen it all over his four-year BCHL career. He was a part of two Express teams that finished at or near the bottom of the standings two years in a row, but he’s also been a key part of Coquitlam’s resurgence this season as they have turned things around to become one of the most improved teams in the league. After battling for 157 career regular-season games, Robillard had made his mark on league and also with the NCAA scouts as he has announced his commitment to the University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves for the 2019-20 season.
After a career-best season in 2017-18 where he put up 21 points while playing in all 58 of his team’s games, the Coquitlam native was named the captain of his hometown team heading into this year and his leadership has led them to currently sit in third place in the Mainland Division. In total, Robillard has 46 points (seven goals, 39 assists) in his 157 career regular-season games, all with the Express.
The 20-year-old will have quite a few familiar faces in the dressing room when he joins Alaska-Anchorage as the Seawolves have been a hotbed for BCHL alums in recent years. This year’s roster features 11 former BCHL players, including Brody Claes, Nathan and Jonah Renouf, Drayson Pears, Cam Amantea, Jared Nash, Zac Masson, Corey Renwick, Carmine Buono, Jeremiah Luedtke and Zach Court.
Merritt Centennials captain Nicholas Wicks is also committed to Alaska-Anchorage for the 2019-20 season.
The Seawolves are an NCAA Division I program playing out of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and competing against Alabama-Huntsville, Alaska-Fairbanks, Bemidji State, Bowling Green, Ferris State, Lake Superior State, Michigan Tech, Minnesota State and Northern Michigan.