The Devils are pleased to confirm the return of Gleason Fournier for the 2018-19 season.
Fournier joined the Devils mid-season in January 2016 after starting that year in Alaska in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). The following season in 2016-17, he was part of the League, Conference and Challenge Cup winning Devils team whilst establishing himself as one of the premier offensive defenceman in the EIHL.
The 26-year old French-Canadian played a huge role on last year’s League and Playoff winning side, scoring 16 goals and 42 assists for 58 points in 68 games. He finished 7thin the league in overall scoring for defenceman and played a key role on the Devils’ league best powerplay where he scored 6 of his 16 goals.
Coach Andrew Lord spoke about Fournier:
“Gleason is one of the best, if not the best skater in the EIHL. He has an ability to pick up the puck in his own end and go coast to coast with ease, but his speed lets him always get back into position on defence.
“His skating and offensive skill makes him dangerous every time he is on the ice and he gives us an added offensive element that can catch out a lot of teams. He has a cannon of a shot and scored some big goals for us the last 3 seasons.”
Before turning pro, Fournier played 4 seasons with Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He split his first 3 years pro between Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League (AHL) and Toledo of the ECHL.
In 2013, he was part of the Calder Cup winning Grand Rapids team, his only professional championship before becoming a Devil. In his 3 years in Cardiff he has won 3 Erhardt Conference Titles, 2 Elite League Championships, 1 Challenge Cup and most recently the 2018 Playoff Championship.
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