ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears have agreed to terms with forward Stefan Fournier for the 2018-19 season.
Fournier (FORN-yay), 26, skated in 49 games with the Brampton Beast during the 2017-18 season, in which the forward posted totals of 22 points (15g-7a) and 145 penalty minutes. On June 13, the Solar Bears acquired Fournier’s rights from Brampton to complete the future considerations portion of the Feb. 8 transaction that sent the ECHL rights of defenseman Jeff King to the Beast.
“Stefan is a player who is willing to go to the tough areas of the ice and can provide a net-front presence for us,” Solar Bears head coach and general manager Drake Berehowsky said. “He uses his size to create opportunities that enable him and his teammates to score.”
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Fournier has played in 211 career games split between the ECHL and AHL, generating a combined 52 points (27g-25a) and 526 penalty minutes.
“I’m ecstatic to be a new addition for the Solar Bears for this upcoming season,” Fournier said. “I have high expectations of myself and our team. It’s such a privilege and opportunity to play in the Sunshine State in front of the best fans in the ECHL – I can’t wait to see everybody in October.”
Prior to turning pro, the native ofDorval, Quebec played four seasons of junior hockey with the Halifax Mooseheads, Victoriaville Tigres and Lewiston MAINEiacs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, tallying 212 points (101g-111a) and 337 penalty minutes in 289 games. During his final year with Halifax in 2012-13, Fournier captained the Mooseheads to the QMJHL Presidents Cup title, as well as the Memorial Cup championship.
2018-19 Offseason Headquarters:
Keep up with league deadlines and player signings throughout the summer with our 2018-19 Offseason Headquarters. Use this page to stay informed on all of the latest news regarding departing, returning and new players to join the Solar Bears for the upcoming season!
Lightning Preseason Tickets Now on Sale:
NHL hockey returns to Orlando this fall when the Tampa Bay Lightning face off against the Florida Panthers at the Amway Center in a preseason clash on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. Get your tickets now – visit the Amway Center box office or visit orlandosolarbearshockey.com/lightning.
2018-19 Single-Game Tickets Now on Sale:
Single-game tickets for the Orlando Solar Bears 2018-19 regular season home schedule are now on sale. Fans can purchase single-game tickets for as little as $15 at the Amway Center box office, or online at Ticketmaster.com.
2018-19 Season Ticket Memberships:
Season Ticket Memberships for the seventh season of ECHL Orlando Solar Bears hockey are now on sale. Full and Half-Season memberships are both available, starting as low as $270. For more information, call (407) 951-8200 or visit orlandosolarbearshockey.com.
About the Orlando Solar Bears:
The puck drops on Saturday, Oct. 13 against the Atlanta Gladiators as the Orlando Solar Bears open the 2018-19 season, presented by XYMOPrint. The Solar Bears are the proud affiliate of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning and members of the ECHL, the premier “AA” hockey league in North America. In six seasons of operation, the team has qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs four times. The Solar Bears are owned and operated by the Orlando Magic and the DeVos Family, and play at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center, the 2012 Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year.
Officially licensed Orlando Solar Bears replica team jerseys, apparel, and headwear can be purchased at orlandosolarbearshockey.com/shop.