Homecoming's Over: Fournier Leaves UAA
Fournier finished second on the Seawolves in scoring last season
with 32 points in 38 games.
fans attending the Seawolves' season opener versus Canisius on Oct.
15 will surely want to grab a copy of the program. The names on
the backs of the home team's sweaters might be a bit bewildering
and unfamiliar at first.
who ended the 2003-04 season on a high note, advancing to the WCHA
Final Five for the first time in school history after a first-round
playoff upset at Wisconsin, have plenty of holes to fill. The most
recent void in the lineup comes from the fact that Anchorage native
Chris Fournier has left school and will not return to the team.
Fournier, who led the Seawolves with 18 assists last season, was
ruled academically ineligible and has left UAA.
"Chris was ineligible after the spring semester," head coach John Hill said. "He needed to take care of some things over the summer and didn't do them. I don't think school was a priority for him.
"He has left the program and we wish him the best," he added.
two seasons in the WCHA were not without highs and lows. He was
the Alaska high school player of the year as a freshman, and was
named the national junior player of the year before committing to
North Dakota. Fournier only lasted one season in Grand Forks, transferring
to his hometown college after a marginal freshman season during
which he posted 13 points in 28 games.
After sitting out the 2002-03 season, Fournier's college hockey
fortunes took a decided upward turn last season, when he emerged
as one of Alaska Anchorage's better forwards, and seemed happy to
be playing in his home state again, while expressing some bitterness
toward North Dakota. The feeling, apparently, was mutual, and Fournier
was met with a chorus of boos at Ralph Engelstad Arena last January
when he scored a goal for the Seawolves in their 6-2 loss to the
departure leaves the Seawolves without their top three scorers from
last season (leading scorer Curtis Glencross signed with the Anaheim
Mighty Ducks shortly after the season ended, and Dallas Steward
was a senior last season). Making matters more of a challenge for
coach John Hill, both of the Seawolves' goalies from last season,
Chris King and Kevin Reiter, were seniors. The netminding duties
will likely fall to either freshman Nathan Lawson or junior John
DeCaro – a transfer from Ferris State who practiced with the
team all of last season.