What a career it’s been for Gabriel Fortier!
The highly skilled scoring winger from Montreal will be playing game 199 as the Wildcats face their Maritimes Division arch rivals the Cape Breton Eagles this afternoon at the Avenir Centre
Fortier turned in an outstanding effort last night scoring two highlight reel goals in the Cats loss to his former club the Baie-Comeau Drakkar.
Fortier’s presence in the Cats lineup solidifies an already lethal forward group and team destined for a massive playoff run.
Reaching the 200 regular season game mark in the QMJHL is an impressive accomplishment.
There’s no question Gabriel Fortier has done it style.
You see Gabriel Fortier plays the game the right way every time he laces them up.
The speedy and shifty winger is engaged at both ends of the ice and rarely cheats on the offensive side of the game.
Fortier is arguably the most complete player in the circuit and that’s what makes him so dangerous.
In 198 regular season games, the hard to play against speedy two-way winger has 92 goals and 104 assists for 196 points.
That’s just scary good, when you think about it.
The numbers speak for themselves, but one number that jumps off the page is his Fortier’s plus/minus.
For his career the Tampa Bay Lightning Prospect is a +27.
Wait a minute that’s not good, +27 for his career, some guys are + 27 for a season.
Well Fortier was part of a very young rebuilding Drakkar team for his entire career logging big minutes in every situation imaginable for that organization.
You see when it matters most you can always count on Gabriel Fortier, he’s a game breaker.
The former Drakkar captain was a staggering +41 last season and and also had 27 PIMs to go along with it.
Grit, speed, skill and accountability that’s Gabriel Fortier and that’s exactly why Ritchie Thibeau and the Wildcats brain trust targeted him during the trade period.
Fortier can match up and play a shut down role, while being a top scoring winger, and trigger man on the PP.
Fortier can also be a highly effective penalty killer and someone you can count on in the waning moments of a game.
The Lightning prospect can really do it all.
In 3 games so far with the Cats Fortier has 3 goals and 2 assists.
It’s clear Benoit-Oliver Groulx and Fortier have already developed solid chemistry and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jeremy McKenna begin to take off once again if trip becomes a line.
They say first impressions are everything, Gabriel Fortier certainly didn’t disappoint the home crowd last night.
Fortier was arguably the best player on the ice and will only get better once he finds chemistry with his new line mates.
The sky is the limit for Gabriel Fortier and the Wildcats as they begin their journey to capture junior hockey supremacy.
199 and counting, the best is yet to come!