MOOSE TRACKS – JASON TROINI
Former Halifax Mooseheads forward Jason Troini has done a little bit of everything during his playing and coaching career, but now he’s taking some well deserved time away from the game to focus on his growing family.
Troini and wife of nearly 11 years Meagan have recently welcomed their second child into the world. Daughter Ashtyn is just six-weeks-old, and surprisingly enough, Jason doesn’t sound like a man who is ready to fall asleep at any moment. The Troini household in Fall River is certainly a busy one these days with baby Ashtyn and big brother Brenden running the show.
“We’re really enjoying having the new baby in our lives and it’s been an easy transition too since Brenden is only two-years-old,” Troini said.
“It is a lot of fun to have both a boy and a girl now.”
Troini was selected in the first round, sixth overall by the Mooseheads in the 1996 QMJHL Entry Draft. The gritty forward spent three-and-a-half seasons in Halifax, eclipsing the 20 goal plateau on three occasions. He was dealt to Val d’Or during the 1999-2000 season in a deal that brought in Nick Greenough and Benoit Dusablon.
Jason has worked for JTI MacDonald (Japan Tobacco International) for the past year-and-a-half as a trade marketing representative which he says is “basically a nice way to say sales representative.”
“I travel mostly around the Metro and Truro area which is nice because it usually means I get to be home every night with my family.”
Troini was a manager at Moosehead Breweries for 11 years before switching careers.
Troini spent two seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Halifax Mooseheads and was also highly successful as the Head Coach with the Dartmouth Major Midget franchise, which has since aligned with Newbridge Academy. He guided his teams to three finals appearances in four years.
Jason resigned from coaching Midget hockey in 2013 knowing that with work and family commitments, he wouldn’t be available to fully engross himself in the hockey program as he once did.
“One of the reasons I decided to step away was because I wanted to be able to enjoy my new family. It just felt like the right time for me.”
He says he’ll more than likely be back in the game in some capacity down the road.
“Certainly I’ll be involved in hockey either with my kids or potentially later on back on the coaching side of things, whether it’s Midget, Bantam or Pee Wee.”
Troini admits coaching served as an outlet for his competitive spirit and was a way to stay involved in the game he loves.
“The interaction with the players was great, it was rewarding to watch young players succeed and I liked the competition level because it’s something I’ve always enjoyed. It was about setting them up for success on the ice and in life.”
The Montreal native thinks back to his years as a member of the Mooseheads and says his rookie season of 1996-97 is one that he’ll never forget. Troini and fellow first-year forward Alex Tanguay sparked the team to a Division Finals appearance, where they would eventually lose to Chicoutimi in seven games.
“Gatineau (Hull) was hosting, so if we had of won that final game we would have made it to the Memorial Cup with the Olympiques. That was an unbelievable run we had such a good team with players that to this day are still in the NHL.”
He says that season helped to set the tone for the Mooseheads franchise for years to come.
“I think that’s really when they city of Halifax started to embrace the team and get behind them. It’s also when the whole heart, pride and determination aspect came into play and I think we really started that.”