Jason Fortier joins the Odessa Jackalopes organization as the seventh head coach in Jackalopes history and the fifth since becoming a member of the North American Hockey League.
A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Fortier brings 11 years of excellence in the junior hockey coaching ranks. This past season, he was the GM and Head Coach of the Coquitlam Express in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) for the 2019-20 season. His team finished the year with 47 wins – 9 losses and won the regular season championship. During the playoffs, the team went undefeated heading into the Division Finals, until the season ended prematurely due to the coronavirus.
Over the past two seasons Fortier has placed 31 of his players into Division I college hockey and he was named the 2019-20 BCHL Coach of the Year. Additionally, Fortier has captured the U-18 National Championship, several Jr. A leagues titles and a championship in the prestigious Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In total, he has 8 Championship rings.
Before joining the coaching ranks, Fortier played junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), in Jr. A and then professional hockey in Europe and later for the Wichita Thunder in the Central Hockey League. He also played 4 seasons in the Canadian College Hockey League.
Fortier on plan for Odessa
“Our staff plan is to concentrate on building a positive culture with accountability, hard work, fun, honesty and clarity. Build open and honest relationships with players so we can achieve success together. We will focus to improve our techniques and daily habits on and off the ice, which leads to player success. We believe that if you work hard to show your players that you care about them, you can achieve greater results. Our style will be a fast puck possession game with creativity, and we will cultivate a relentless work ethic. We pride ourselves on being detailed coaches that will teach the why and implement structure to have a team working with a common purpose.”
- 8 Championships – Bring a winning history
- Over 100 NCAA Div. 1 player commitments
- QMJHL League Championship and Memorial Cup Finalist
- 2 Jr. A Tier II League Championships and National Championship Finalist
- 1 U-18 AAA National Championship and 3 U-18 League Championships
- Operated Ontario’s largest NCAA College Showcase – 24 College Coaches (2011-2014)
- Former Pro player and Owner of Future Pro’s Hockey Group futureproshockey.com
Link for skill development work from coaching staff
Coach Fortier has amassed a Junior hockey record of 373 Wins – 175 Losses – 45 OTL
|2008 to 2012||Vaughan Vipers||OJHL||GM/Head Coach|
|2012 to 2013||Toronto Titans Midget AAA||GTHL||Head Coach|
|2013-2015||Toronto Lakeshore Patriots||OJHL||Head Coach|
|Toronto Nationals Midget AAA||GTHL||Asst. Coach / Director of Hockey|
|2015-16||Rouyn-Noranda Huskies||QMJHL||Asst. Coach|
|2016-17||Kitchener Rangers||OHL||Assoc. Coach|
|2017-18||Coquitlam Express||BCHL||Head Coach *Hired Mid-Season|
|2018 to 2020||Coquitlam Express||BCHL||GM/Head Coach|
|2020-21||Odessa Jackalopes||NAHL||GM/Head Coach|