Former Flivvers’ leading scorer Fortner joins Humboldt Broncos

Kingsford High School’s Daunte Fortner looks on during a Division 2 regional final against Traverse City Central on Saturday, March 3, 2018, in St. Ignace, Mich. (Adam Niemi/Iron Mountain Daily News)

Kingsford’s Daunte Fortner is one of the newest members of the Humboldt Broncos.

Fortner, a leading scorer for the Flivvers last season, joined the team this week.

The Broncos became international news earlier this year after the team bus was struck by a semi-trailer while traveling for a playoff game in April, resulting in 16 deaths and 13 injured.

Humboldt lost 2-1 to Nipawin in the season-opener on Wednesday, the Broncos’ first game since the April 6 crash. Fortner did not dress but was on the roster and introduced prior to the opening faceoff. He will wear No. 46 for the Broncos.

Fortner, 18, was drafted in the 15th round and 347th overall by the North American Hockey League’s Corpus Christi IceRays in June. He was also taken in the first round by North Iowa Bulls in the Tier 3 North American Hockey League.

Last season as a junior, Fortner tallied 38 goals and 26 assists for the Flivvers, who fell in the Division 2 state quarterfinals to Ada Forest Hills Eastern.

Fortner also helped Team Copper Country to a USA Hockey 18U Tier 2 national title in March.

The Broncos play in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, a Junior A league in Humboldt, a city of about 6,000 in southern Saskatchewan.