Laura Fortino

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Laura Fortino
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Laura Fortino warming up for Team Canada in 2017
Born (1991-01-30) January 30, 1991 (age 27)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Weight 137 lb (62 kg; 9 st 11 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
CWHL team
Former teams
Brampton Thunder
Cornell
National team  Canada
Playing career 2009–present

Laura Michele Fortino (born January 30, 1991) is a Canadian ice hockey player for Brampton Thunder. On October 3, 2011, she was named to the Team Canada roster that participated in the 2011 4 Nations Cup.[1] Of note, she was the first overall selection in the 2014 CWHL Draft.[2]

Playing career[edit]

In 2004, Fortino played for the Hamilton Reps (Bantam AA Boys) and she won a silver medal at the Ontario provincials, with honourable mention going to her AA defence partner Kyle Rooney. As a member of Stoney Creek, she won a bronze medal at the 2007 PWHL championships. At the 2007 National Women's Under-18 Championships in Kitchener, Ontario, she won a gold medal with Ontario Red. The following year, Fortino won a gold medal with Stoney Creek at the OWHA provincials and at the PWHL championship of 2008. In 2007–08, Fortino led PWHL defencemen in scoring. She won a gold medal with Ontario Red at the 2008 National Women’s Under-18 Championships in Napanee, Ontario. In 2009, Fortino won a silver medal with Stoney Creek at the OWHA provincials. Fortino ranked second among PWHL defencemen in scoring in 2008–09.

NCAA[edit]

Fortino joined the Cornell Big Red in 2009 and she earned All-America honours as a freshman. She led NCAA defencemen, Cornell defencemen and Cornell freshmen in scoring in 2009–10. As a member of the Big Red, she played in the NCAA championship game at the Frozen Four in 2010.

Hockey Canada[edit]

Named to 2014 Olympic roster for Canada.[3] In August 2008, Fortino was a member of Canada's National Women's Under-18 Team for a three-game series against the United States in Lake Placid. Later that year, she would win a silver medal with Canada's National Women’s Under-18 Team at the 2008 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship in Calgary.

The following year, she participated with Canada's National Women's Under-22 Team for a three-game exhibition versus the United States in Calgary. At the 2009 IIHF World Women's Under 18 championships, Fortino won a silver medal in Füssen, Germany. She was part of another three game exhibition series with the Under 22 team vs. the United States in August 2010. Fortino won a gold medal with Canada's National Women's Under-22 Team at the 2010 MLP Cup in Ravensburg, Germany. In the semifinal of the 2011 MLP Cup, Fortino scored a goal in a 9–0 rout of Russia to advance to the Gold Medal game.[4] Fortino would score another goal as Canada beat Sweden in the final by a 6–0 tally to claim the gold medal.[5] In March 2011, she was invited to the Canadian national women's ice hockey team selection camp to determine the final roster for the 2011 IIHF Women's World Championships.[6] In a March 31, 2012 exhibition game versus the United States, Laura Fortino scored her first international goal in a 1–0 win at the Ottawa Civic Centre.[7] She scored at 17:26 of the second period and was assisted by Marie-Philip Poulin, as she scored on American goaltender Molly Schaus. Fortino was credited for an assist feeding the puck to teammate, Marie-Philip Poulin when she scored the winning goal in Sochi against the United States.

Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL)[edit]

On August 19, 2014, Fortino was chosen first overall in the CWHL by the Brampton Thunder.[8] She is the second alumna of the Stoney Creek Junior Sabres (PWHL) to be selected first overall.

For the 2015–2016 season she was named an Assistant Captain.

Personal[edit]

Fortino is a Hamiltonian born and raised, and she is a distant relative of John Fortino of the Fortinos supermarket chain.[9] She is of Italian descent.[10]

Awards and honours[edit]

  • Cornell's co-Rookie of the Year 2009–10
  • ECAC First All-Star Team 2009–10
  • ECAC All-Rookie Team 2009–10
  • RBK Hockey/AHCA Women’s Division I 2009–10 First Team All-American [11]
  • 2011 First Team All-America selection[12]
  • 2011–12 CCM Hockey Women’s Division I All-American: First Team[13]
  • Player of the Game for Canada, 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship, April 8 contest vs. Finland
  • Gold medal recipient at the 2011 "Expressive Italian Hand Talkers Competition"
  • Nominated for 2015–2016 CWHL Most Valuable Player[14]
  • 2015–16 CWHL Defenceman of the Year[15]

Career statistics[edit]

Hockey Canada[edit]

Year Event GP G A Pts
2008 Pre-U18 1 1 1 2
2008 U18 WC 4 1 4 5
2008 U18 vs USA 3 0 1 1
2009 U18 WC 5 0 4 4
2009 U22 Selection Camp 2 0 0 0
2010 MLP Cup 4 1 0 1
2010 U22 vs USA 3 2 1 3
2011 MLP Cup

NCAA[edit]

Year GP G A PTS PIM +/-
2009–10 33 10 22 32 38 +24
2010–11 14 0 11 11 6 +44
2011–2012 33 8 29 37 24 +45
2012–2013 34 5 16 21 22 +29

CWHL[edit]

Year Team Games Played Goals Assists Points +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG
2014–15 Brampton Thunder[16] 24 5 10 15 −19 8 2 0 0
2015–2016 Brampton Thunder[17] 24 8 20 28 +13 10 1 2 1
2016 Clarkson Cup Brampton Thunder 2 0 0 0 −1 0 0 0 0

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