Krefeld excited by visit to UK
25-year-old Quebec native Gleason Fournier has inked another deal with the Cardiff Devils.
The smooth-skating defenceman scored 13 goals for the Devils last season and added 33 assists for 46 points in 66 games. He was a major threat on the Devils powerplay and played a ton of minutes in every situation for the League Champions.
The former NHL 3rd round draft pick to the Detroit Red Wings played 4 years with the Rimouski Oceanic Hockey Club before turning pro in 2011. He had 3 seasons bouncing between the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (Detroit's top affiliate team) and the Toledo Walleye of the East Coast Hockey League.
He eventually ended up playing for the Alaska Aces, but left halfway through the season to join the Devils in January 2016.
“Gleason was a major part of our success last season and we are very pleased to get him back for another year,” said Devils coach Andrew Lord.
“He just controls the puck so well and he is one of the best skaters I have ever seen.
"I know for a fact he could have gone to a higher-level league, but being in the Champions Hockey League and the opportunity to have another great year were both a real draw for him to come back."
“He scored some huge goals for us and he puts himself in situations to be an offensive threat while still being so good defensively.”
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Speaking of big goals, there wasn’t a bigger one for Fournier than the opening goal of the Challenge Cup Final. Re-live that goal (and that game) below. Watch from 2:50 onwards as Joey Martin and Sean Bentivoglio set up Fournier to get the Devils on the way to their Challenge Cup win.
Fournier was part of the MBA Programme at Cardiff Met this past season and is currently back in Canada completing his dissertation for his Master's Degree.