A Look At: Sarnia Legionnaires’ Jordan Fogarty – by C. Scott Holland

Even with a familiar surname, it still comes down to displaying one’s talent and such is the case for Sarnia Legionnaires forward Jordan Fogarty.

His father is the legendary Ron Fogarty.  A superstar with the Sarnia Bees from 1989-91, the Sarnia native tallied 60 goals and added 46 assists for a 106 point season in 1990-91.  The 60 goals is fourth best in a single season by any Western Conference player and earned Ron a NCAA Division I scholarship to Colgate University.

After graduating and playing some pro hockey for a few years Ron turned his attention towards coaching.  He returned to his alma mater at Colgate as an assistant coach in 1995.  He later moved onto Clarkson University and Bowling Green State University until a head coaching opportunity presented itself at Adrian College in 2010.

After guiding Adrian to a 49-2-7 record over 3 seasons, the 42-year-old accepted a head coaching position with Princeton University in 2014.

Jordan is going to follow in his father’s footsteps as he has earned a NCAA Division I scholarship to Princeton beginning next season.

The 20 year-old right winger juggles many activities and said, “I manage my time well so that there are no conflicts.”

When he isn’t honing his hockey skills with the Legionnaires he volunteers some of his time and his love of golf has led him to become an assistant golf coach at his old high school. Plus he likes fishing.

His NHL role model is Edmonton Oiler Jordan Eberle. “His (Eberle’s) work ethic and clutch goals” are what inspires Jordan.

Like many GOJHL players he has a distinct love of his hometown arena. The diminutive 5′ 8″ forward said, “(Sarnia’s) fans and the atmosphere are the best!”

And of all the opposing rinks he dislikes St. Marys. “There’s no neutral zone and the atmosphere is bad there,” he stated.

The third year-vet may not be having a banner year but has contributed greatly to the Legionnaires. This year he dons an “A” and has triggered nine goals and 18 assists while keeping his penalty minutes low. Overall in his GOJHL career, the 175 lbs. winger has appeared in 117 contests, scored 37 times and added 55 helpers for 92 points. Included in his goals are six powerplay and seven game-winning markers and he has plenty of games left to reach the 100 point plateau for his GOJHL career.

With a lengthy hockey background he said his highlight was “in 2011/12 when my team won the Ohio State championship.”

Among the qualities he adds to the Legionnaires are “a solid work ethic and leadership.” But improvement for him can be done in several areas. “Probably my general strength and mental quickness in order to move to the next level.”

No matter how far ahead into the future he looks, he’d “hopefully still be playing hockey” a decade from now.

In the meantime, he continues to play hard every shift he gets with the Legionnaires as his junior career winds down.

Sarnia and the GOJHL wish Jordan all the best as he moves forward and enters a new phase of his career, his life – and hockey.

(photo credit – Sarnia Legionnaires forward Jordan Fogarty, seen here having his shot blocked by Strathroy Rockets defenceman Noah Tooke during a Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League game earlier this season, has inked a scholarship to join the Princeton University men’s hockey team. Forgarty, a 20-year-old Sarnia native, will join the Tigers’ program next season. Terry Bridge/Sarnia Observer/Postmedia Network)

(video credit – David Honsberger, Strathroy Rockets video, audio – Chris Soares, 105.7 myFM)

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