Maxime Fortunus (D)
||La Prairie, QC
Enters his eleventh professional season in 2013-14. Undrafted, Fortunus made his professional debut with the Louisiana IceGators of the ECHL and that year also made his AHL debut with the Houston Aeros. He signed his first NHL contract with the Dallas Stars as a free agent on July 3, 2008 and he made his NHL debut with Dallas on December 12, 2009 against Detroit. Fortunus made his Texas Stars debt on October 2, 2009 at San Antonio, the team’s first-ever game, and he scored the first goal in franchise history, a power play goal at 19:34 of the first period, in a 3-2 loss to the Rampage. He begins the 2013-14 season as the Texas Stars all-time leader amongst defensemen in games played (272), goals (29), assists (76), points (105), power play goals (11), power play assists (31) and shots (410). Fortunus ranks fourth overall on the Stars all-time franchise list in games played, assists and points, is fifth in shots, ninth in goals and 13th in penalty minutes. He is one of only three players, along with Colton Sceviour and Francis Wathier, to play in all 39 Calder Cup Playoff games in Texas Stars history. On October 12, 2012 Fortunus was named the third captain in Stars history. He has twice appeared in the Calder Cup Finals, with Manitoba in 2009 and with Texas in 2010, both times losing to the Hershey Bears in six games. With 94 career Calder Cup games played he is tied with Gordie Clark for 18th on the AHL’s all-time list. Fortunus signed a two-year standard AHL contract with Texas on July 16, 2013. He played parts of five season of major junior hockey with Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the QMJHL. In 285 career QMJHL games he had 148 points (40 goals, 108 assists) and 277 penalty minutes. Fortunus was selected to the 2002-03 QMJHL First All-Star Team and awarded the Emile Bouchard Trophy as the 2002-03 QMJHL Defenseman of the Year.