Sault Ste Marie, Ontario native Jason Fortier has been named to the Ontario Hockey League’s Kitchener Rangers as an Associate Coach.
Fortier was the assistant coach with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Rouyn-Noranda Huskies for the 2015 – 2016 season. The Sault Ste Marie native helped the Huskies to the QJMHL President Cup and an appearance at the 2016 Mastercard Memorial Cup in Red Deer, Alberta. Rouyn-Noranda feel to the OHL London Knights in the Memorial Cup championship final.
From 2013 – 2015, Jason led the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Toronto Patriots to back to back league championships with a combined record of 70 – 30 – 0 – 7 record in two seasons. In 2013 – 2014, Fortier was named runner – up as the 2013 – 2014 Coach of the Year as well as trips to the Dudley Hewitt Cup and RBC Cup in 2014 along with help guding the Toronto Nationals (Midget AAA) to the Telus Cup, Canada’s national midget championship in the spring of 2014.
During his playing career, Fortier played junior A hockey in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League with the Espanola Eagles as well as the Newmarket 87’s in the Central Ontario Junior ‘A’ Hockey League, Ontario Provinicial Junior Hockey League’s Newmarket Hurricanes and stop with the Ontario Hockey League’s Newmarket Royals. In 1996 – 1998, Jason headed overseas to play one season in Netherlands and German Tier II league with the Eindhoven Kemphanen and Bad Reichenhall EHC. In 1998, Fortier returned to North America to play one season with the Central Hockey League’s Wichita Thunder. The Sault Ste Marie, Ontario native also played two seasons with his hometown Sault College Cougars in the Ontario College Athletic Association.
Listen to Saultsports and Fortier discussing his decision to leave the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Rouyn-Noranda Huskies for the Ontario Hockey League’s Kitchener Rangers.