Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dave Fortier
Defenceman Dave Fortier was a rugged competitor with three different NHL clubs in the 1970s. He was known for taking the body and sticking up for less physical teammates while being fairly competent at head-manning the puck.

Born in Sudbury, Ontario, Fortier excelled with the Chelmsford Chargers of the NOHA before playing the 1970-71 season with the St. Catharines Black Hawks. He was selected 23rd overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 1971 Amateur Draft then spent a year developing with the CHL's Tulsa Oilers where his puck handling improved considerably. He scored 27 points and recorded over 200 penalty minutes in his first pro season in 1971-72.

Fortier was following up with another fine year in Tulsa when he was called up by the struggling Maple Leafs who lost their top bodychecker, Brian Glennie. The youngster was a popular and aggressive addition to the team but was sent back to the minors when Toronto improved their roster in 1973-74.

On May 27, 1974, the young blueliner was sent to the Philadelphia Flyers in the deal that brought Bill Flett to Toronto. A few days the New York Islanders in the Intra-League Draft claimed Fortier. He fit in well with his new club, as it became competitive while his individual development improved under Al Arbour's coaching.

The burly rearguard played 65 games in 1974-75 and helped the team come reach the semi-finals and come within one game of upsetting the defending Stanley Cup champion Philadelphia Flyers. He played 59 games the next year but was gradually phased out as the team had Denis Potvin, Gerry Hart, Dave Lewis, Bert Marshall, Jean Potvin, and Pat Price to handle the blueline chores.

Fortier was traded to the Vancouver Canucks for Ralph Stewart and played 58 games for his new team in 1976-77. The next year he jumped to the rival WHA and suited up for the Indianapolis Racers where he was a teammate of Wayne Gretzky. Fortier retired in 1978 after playing a year with the Erie Blades of the Northeastern League.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1969-70 Garson Falcons NOJHA
1970-71 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 60 8 16 24 196 15 0 6 6 74
1971-72 Tulsa Oilers CHL 71 7 20 27 217 13 0 8 8 39
1972-73 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 23 1 4 5 63 -10
1972-73 Tulsa Oilers CHL 50 2 20 22 148
1973-74 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 72 10 38 48 200 10 0 1 1 35
1974-75 New York Islanders NHL 65 6 12 18 79 +14 14 0 2 2 33
1975-76 New York Islanders NHL 59 0 2 2 68 +9 6 0 0 0 0
1976-77 Vancouver Canucks NHL 58 1 3 4 125 -15
1977-78 Indianapolis Racers WHA 54 1 15 16 86
1978-79 Erie Blades NEHL 44 1 22 23 145
NHL Totals 205 8 21 29 335 20 0 2 2 33


NOJHA First All-Star Team (1970) Selected by Quebec (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 13, 1972. Traded to Philadelphia by Toronto with Randy Osburn for Bill Flett, May 27, 1974. Claimed by NY Islanders from Philadelphia in Intra-League Draft, June 10, 1974. Traded to Vancouver by NY Islanders with Ralph Stewart for cash, October 6, 1976. Signed as a free agent by Indianapolis (WHA), September, 1977.
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