ODESSA, TX – Jackalopes recently named head coach Jason Fortier has been announced as one of six finalists for the 2019-20 Darcy Haugan/Mark Cross Memorial Award, which is awarded to the Canadian Junior Hockey League Coach of the Year.
The award is named in memory of Humboldt Broncos head coach Darcy Haugan and assistant coach Mark Cross who both lost their lives in the terrible tragedy on April 6, 2018. The award is presented by the CJHL in conjunction with the National Hockey League Coaches’ Association.
“It’s a tremendous honor and it isn’t something you go into a season planning to achieve as a coach,” Fortier said. “Being nominated is a reminder of just how special our group was last season and I am grateful to have been blessed to coach those players.”
Before joining the Jackalopes, Fortier led the Coquitlam Express of the British Columbia Hockey League to a league best 47-9-1-1 record. The Express had a franchise best regular season and most impressively, Coach Fortier took over the Express in 2017 when they were dead last in the 17 team league. In addition to winning a regular season and division championship in 2020, the Express produced 16 NCAA Division I commitments last season. Fortier was also named 2019-20 BCHL Coach of the Year.
Fortier was named as the Jackalopes’ seventh head coach in team history and fifth as a member of the NAHL on April 10.