Fournier completes Giants' forward line

Published Wednesday, 15 August 2012
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The Belfast Giants' forward unit for the upcoming season is now complete with the signing of winger Andrew Fournier.

Fournier completes Giants' forward line
Fournier will wear number nine for the Giants. (© Belfast Giants)

The 24-year-old played for Olofstroms IK in Sweden last season, where he notched 27 goals and 53 points in 40 games, while leading the league in plus/minus.

Fournier, who hails from Amherstview, Ontario, is a former teammate of Darryl Lloyd and Will Colbert, and has twice scored over 70 points in the East Coast Hockey League.

Giants coach Doug Christiansen said:"Andrew is an extremely talented offensive player. He is extremely skilled with a great pair of hands and good playmaking vision.

"Andrew has a knack for scoring big goals, he has been on a number of very good teams and knows what it takes to win.

"I expect him to be an impact player for us from day one. I really believe we unearthed a gem here late in the off-season."

Christiansen has finished his forward line-up and said he has an excellent offensive group.

He continued: "I think we have a lot of great players coming into the Giants this season. In Lloyd and Keefe, we have two of the most physical players in the league and I don't think Greg Stewart will be far behind.

"Our British forwards are among the best in the league. Craig Peacock is coming off the best season of his career and I am looking forward to him having an even better year.

"Garside is the best third line center in the league and I believe he should be a 20 goal scorer this year. Matt Towe will be a big part of our offense.

"He has great wheels and should be effective on the penalty kill. I expect his role to grow over the course of the season as his gets used to the pace of the EIHL game.

"Noah Clarke, Daymen Rycroft, Scott Champagne and Andrew Fournier should be excellent.

"They have speed, skill and creativity. Each of them has the ability to lead our team in scoring."

Fournier will wear number nine for the Giants.

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