Cardiff Devils defenceman Gleason Fournier has been announced as the Elite League Player of the Week for week ending 21st October 2018.
The 27-year-old helped the current champions to two impressive wins over Sheffield Steelers and Fife Flyers as they continued their quest for a third straight league title.
After their CHL campaign ended in midweek, he picked up three goals and four assists in the two victories as Cardiff moved to within two points of league leaders Nottingham Panthers and Fournier is having a good time.
“It’s awesome to play for this team,” he said. “The organisation really looks after us, but they expect a lot from us. When we deliver like we have done, it’s great and everyone enjoys it.
“The owners, the management and the coaching staff do a great job recruiting players. There are great players here and we enjoying being with each other.
“I’m very happy to be here with these guys and we’re looking forward to another great year here.
“The thing about those wins was that everyone got involved and played very well so it couldn’t be a better feeling around the team.
“We can now fully focus on trying to win the league and the Challenge Cup now that our Champions Hockey League campaign is finished.
FOURNIER PICKED UP SEVEN POINTS IN CARDIFF’S TWO WINS AT THE WEEKEND (PHOTO: Cardiff Devils)
“It was a nice experience and we learned a lot from it. Of course, we would have liked to have gone further in it, but we still enjoyed it. It’s all about the league now.”
Fournier is the second Cardiff player to scoop the award this season after Joey Martin, who took the accolade last month.
He picked up two goals and three assists in Saturday’s thumping 7-1 win over the Steelers – the fifth player to get five points in one game this season.
Another goal and assist in Sunday’s 7-2 victory over Fife topped up his tally for the weekend and he admits he’s never had a spell like it in his career.
He added: “I don’t think I’ve had a weekend like it before. Those wins were big and even though Sheffield are where they want to be, they’re still a pretty good team.
“Fife have a lot of skilled players and we knew all about Paul Crowder, who played with us last season and he’s the leading scorer. We came out strong and it helped us to claim a good win over them.
“We’ve got four good lines where every line can score. They each have their dangers and can score, which is something the other teams know and need to play 60 minutes if they want to beat us.
“Looking ahead, the two Challenge Cup games are coming up against Guildford and Coventry and they’re pretty important. We know these are two difficult teams so we’ll have to be ready for them.”
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