The Canadiens knew they had a project on their hands when they signed undrafted Dorval native to a three-year entry level contract last summer.
Fournier had spent five years in the Quebec Junior league with four different teams. He had some skating issues to be addressed and there were the usual defense deficiencies that come part and parcel with many players coming out of junior.
On the other hand, he was big at 6’3” and 212 pounds. He had always shown signs of a willingness to drop the gloves to protect his teammates and the final eye-catcher was, as co-captain of the Halifax Mooseheads, he scored 16 goals and 29 points in 17 games en-route to the Memorial Cup.
The step up to he pros has not been an easy one. Over this past season he was often a healthy scratch. In 40 games had two goals and five assists, but he has also shown more of that toughness, witness his 86 penalty minutes.
Because he wasn’t getting much ice time with the Bulldogs, Fournier was shioped to the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL a week ago. The Nailers used him in one game, and were having a problem finding a role for him on a team that was just entering the playoffs, so Monday the Bulldogs recalled him. He will be available for the Bulldogs final two games of the season this week.
From Canadiens Communications
MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevinannounced today the Canadiens have reassigned forward Stefan Fournier to the Bulldogs from the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers.
Fournier has split this season between the Bulldogs and Nailers. In 40 games with Hamilton, the 6’3”, 212-pound forward has recorded seven points (two goals, five assists) and 86 penalty minutes. In one game with Wheeling, the 21-year-old has recorded no points and no penalty minutes.
Before turning professional this season, Fournier played five seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2008-2013 with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, Lewiston Maineiacs, Victoriaville Tigres and Halifax Mooseheads. In 289 career QMJHL regular season games, he recorded 212 points (101 goals, 111 assists) and 337 penalty minutes. The Dorval, Quebec native capped off his junior career last season by co-captaining the Mooseheads to a Canadian Hockey League Memorial Cup championship.