Fortier making return visit to Bulldogs


bulldogsOrlando Solar Bears centre Olivier Fortier has been recalled to the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Fortier, 23, has played 23 games this season for the East Coast Hockey League team, recording 19 points (nine goals, 10 assist) and ranks second on the team in goals and points. Fortier has played 106 regular season games over parts of three seasons from 2010-12 with the American Hockey League Bulldogs, registering 35 points (17 goals, 18 assists) and 46 penalty minutes.

In 2010-11, the 5’11”, 181-pound centre tied for third on the ‘Dogs in rookie scoring with 20 points while ranking second in goals scored by a rookie with nine. The native of Quebec City played four seasons – 2005-09 with the Drummondville Voltigeurs and the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He totalled 161 points (65 goals, 96 assists) and 107 penalty minutes in 205 regular seasons games.

Fortier was originally selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the third round, 65th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

The Bulldogs’ next game is against the Wolves in Chicago on Thursday (Dec. 13).