June 17, 1951 |
Sudbury, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
|Played for||Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Islanders
Indianapolis Racers (WHA)
|NHL Draft||23rd overall, 1971
Toronto Maple Leafs
A hard-nosed, physical defender, Fortier was selected 23rd overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft. He spent most of the next three seasons in the Central Hockey League, earning a 23-game callup to the Maple Leafs in 1972–73 during which he scored his first NHL goal and added 4 assists.
Fortier was dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers in 1974, but was claimed by the New York Islanders in the intra-league draft a few weeks later. He emerged as a regular for the Islanders in 1974–75, recording 6 goals and 18 points in 65 games, as well as a solid +14 rating. In the playoffs, he was a member of the Islander team which memorably came back from a 3–0 series deficit to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins and reach the Stanley Cup semi-finals.
In 1975–76, Fortier saw his icetime significantly reduced, and he recorded just 2 assists in 59 games for the Islanders. Prior to the 1976–77 campaign, he was sold to the Vancouver Canucks. He spent one season in Vancouver as a solid depth defender, recording 4 points and 125 penalty minutes in 58 games.
For the 1977–78 season, Fortier jumped to the World Hockey Association to sign with the Indianapolis Racers. With the Racers, he recorded 1 goal and 15 assists for 16 points in 54 games. However, he found himself in the minors the following season, and retired from the sport in 1979.
During his career, Fortier appeared in 205 NHL games, scoring 8 goals and 21 assists for 29 points along with 335 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 20 playoff games, recording 2 assists and 33 penalty minutes.