Fuel blueliner Fournier to retire

Dillon Fournier, a Chicago Blackhawks prospect who has played parts of three seasons with the Indy Fuel, has announced his retirement, according to The Athletic’s Scott Powers.

Dillon Fournier is retiring at age 22 after three professional seasons. Photo by Whiteshark Photography.

Fournier is the only player to have suited up for the Indy Fuel in all three of the team’s seasons, but he suffered multiple injuries, which caused him to retire from hockey at age 22.

Fournier was drafted in 2012 in the second round by Chicago. He first suffered a shoulder injury in 2014 when playing junior for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in the QMJHL. He played 68 professional games over the next three seasons, including 45 with the Fuel. In 2014-15, he had two goals and five assists in 34 games with Indy – and also played 21 games with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, where he had three assists. He played 11 games with the Fuel and two with Rockford over the next two seasons, both of which were cut short early with injuries.

He had two goals and eight assists in his 45 games with the Fuel.

Fournier was one of the first players under Blackhawks contract assigned to the Fuel. His three-year entry level contract was set to expire this offseason and he would have been a restricted free agent before announcing his retirement.