On Nov. 18, the Barrie Colts, looking to boost their offence, jumped into the trade market for a familiar name. In a deal made with the Kitchener Rangers, the club re-acquired the rights to winger Jacob Tortora, who was originally Barrie’s 19th overall selection in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.
Tortora was in his second year of playing NCAA Division 1 hockey with Boston College Eagles before announcing he was leaving the school.
The Colts also get a conditional fifth-round selection as part of the trade. In return, the Rangers receive a conditional 15th round pick in 2019 that becomes a third-round selection in 2020 (Oshawa) and second-round selection in 2023 (Sudbury) once Tortora plays a game for Barrie. Kitchener will also receive Barrie’s 2024 second-round pick if the highly-skilled forward plays an overage season with the Colts.
Barrie will also remove all conditions from the original trade that sent Tortora to the Rangers, erasing a pair of conditional Kitchener second-round picks in 2021 and 2022.
The Victor, New York native had six goals and nine assists in 38 career games with Boston College.
“He has game-breaking speed and is a skilled kid,” Colts general manager Jason Ford said of Tortora, who represented the U.S. at both the World U-17 Hockey Championships and World U-18 Hockey Championships. “Going back to minor midget (with Don Mills) when we first started scouting him, he was one of the top scorers in the GTHL. We thought enough of him to make him a first-round pick four drafts ago, so we’re obviously really happy that he’s looking to the OHL now.”
The Colts are hoping to clear up the necessary paper work and get Tortora signed over the next couple of days, in hopes of getting the forward into the lineup at Erie on Nov. 22.
“With Jacob, the thing is he has almost two years of junior eligibility remaining,” Ford said. “He’s a 1999-born that should also be back next year.”
Photo: The Barrie Colts added some scoring punch to their lineup, acquiring the rights to forward Jacob Tortora in a deal with the Kitchener Rangers.