|City||Hoffman Estates, Illinois|
|Home arena||Sears Centre|
|Colors||Navy, Gray, Sky Blue
|Head coach||Steve Martinson|
|Affiliates||Springfield Falcons (AHL)|
The Chicago Express was a professional ice hockey team located in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, serving the Chicago market. The Express was a member of the North Division of the ECHL's Eastern Conference. The team played its home games at the Sears Centre.
On April 6, 2012, it was announced that the Chicago Express would cease operations due to poor attendance numbers and lack of support. The Express finished last in the league for average attendance with 2,508. On some nights, the Express, which also had AHL and NHL competition in the same market, was struggling to get 1,000 spectators at its games.
The team formed out of talks between owner Craig Drecktrah and officials at the Sears Centre. On the heels of the Chicago Hounds folding in 2009 after only playing one season (2006–07) at the Sears Centre, Drecktrah worked with arena and Hoffman Estates village officials to bring in an ECHL franchise. The league approved the franchise's application at the ECHL's annual Board of Governors Meeting in June 2010.
To name the new franchise, the team held a special name the team contest that eventually received over a thousand unique name suggestions. On July 22, the four finalists for the team name were unveiled. They were the:
- Chicago Blizzard
- Hoffman Estates Hammers
- Chicago Knights
- Chicago Express
Voting for the team's name closed on August 4, with Express announced as the winner on September 21. The final four portion of the contest received a total of 20,000 votes.
The mascot for the Chicago Express was "Trax" the Horse.
|Akins, DrewDrew Akins||20||F||16||1||0||1||13|
|Burrows, JoshJosh Burrows||4||D||43||3||8||11||25|
|Campbell, DarcyDarcy Campbell||6||D||61||8||29||37||87|
|Cucci, JoeJoe Cucci||14||C||14||1||4||5||11|
|Delisle, StevenSteven Delisle||5||D||38||1||3||4||20|
|DiDiomete, DevinDevin DiDiomete||27||LW||41||11||16||27||277|
|Donati, TylerTyler Donati||19||RW||46||14||47||61||29|
|Ellington, TaylorTaylor Ellington||4||D||17||5||6||11||14|
|Embach, MikeMike Embach||16||F||60||13||13||26||41|
|Faubert, Pierre-LucPierre-Luc Faubert||72||RW||72||19||25||44||70|
|Gingera, MattMatt Gingera||26||F||6||1||0||1||2|
|Grantham, RyleyRyley Grantham||71||F||19||6||5||11||75|
|Gratchev, MaximeMaxime Gratchev||93||F||27||8||20||28||38|
|Henningson, DanDan Henningson||12||D||27||1||2||3||10|
|Johnson, ChazChaz Johnson||98||RW||64||20||15||35||132|
|Johnson, TylerTyler Johnson||18||C||20||3||3||6||8|
|Lehman, ScottScott Lehman||7||D||11||0||2||2||7|
|Lutz, NathanNathan Lutz||44||D||72||6||7||13||121|
|Maiani, AnthonyAnthony Maiani||7||F||39||4||14||18||10|
|Marvin, AaronAaron Marvin||17||C||65||11||27||38||49|
|Moje, KylerKyler Moje||15||F||2||0||0||0||0|
|Motherwell, BrettBrett Motherwell||42||D||25||0||8||8||20|
|Ostrow, KyleKyle Ostrow||9||F||59||11||20||31||23|
|Painchaud, ChadChad Painchaud||27||LW||27||11||11||22||29|
|Palm, TrentTrent Palm||5||D||4||0||0||0||0|
|Paquette, DanickDanick Paquette||20||F||13||7||4||11||27|
|Paris, DrewDrew Paris||2||D||22||3||6||9||10|
|Riley, BlairBlair Riley||22||LW||15||7||9||16||8|
|Robins, BobbyBobby Robins||25||F||28||7||8||15||123|
|Romano, TonyTony Romano||15||C||3||0||0||0||0|
|Ryd, JohanJohan Ryd||26||F||3||0||0||0||0|
|Spencer, TimTim Spencer||21||F||8||0||1||1||42|
|Stephens, EvanEvan Stephens||24||D||48||3||16||19||22|
|Thomas, MikeMike Thomas||7||F||2||0||0||0||4|
|Tifu, YannickYannick Tifu||10||C||17||3||8||11||19|
|Tomassoni, MattMatt Tomassoni||24||D||3||0||0||0||0|
|Wietecha, ScottScott Wietecha||3||D||54||14||13||27||69|
|Zion, JonathanJonathan Zion||8||D||40||10||15||25||29|
|Dainton, PaulPaul Dainton||31||18||794||6||3||2||3.25||.896||1|
|Madore, RobRob Madore||31||12||722||8||3||1||2.41||.926||1|
|Mannino, PeterPeter Mannino||31||22||1334||10||8||2||3.15||.899||1|
|Nolan, RobRob Nolan||47||16||844||6||8||1||2.99||.896||0|
|Ostergard, BrooksBrooks Ostergard||47||1||65||0||0||1||4.65||.844||0|
|York, AllenAllen York||30||11||604||4||4||1||3.28||.892||0|
All player statistics taken from the ECHL.com.
- Nathan Lutz, 2011–12
- Press release (August 1, 2011). "Annual ECHL Board of Governors Meeting concludes". ECHL. Retrieved August 1, 2011.
- Selvam, Ashok (June 19, 2010). "Sears Centre to house new hockey team". Daily Herald. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
- Press release (July 13, 2011). "Columbus Blue Jackets Announce ECHL Affiliation Agreement Chicago Express for 2011-12". Columbus Blue Jackets. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
- Press release (June 24, 2010). "Expansion membership approved for Chicago". ECHL. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
- Selvam, Ashok (February 8, 2011). "Sears Centre welcomes new hockey team to town". Daily Herald. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
- "2011–12 Season Statistics - Chicago Express". ECHL. Retrieved 2012-04-26.