Former Everblades defender Fortunato moves upstate to Jacksonville


JACKSONVILLE, FLA – The Jacksonville Icemen, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack announced today that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Brandon Fortunato. Fortunato, 25, joins the Icemen after appearing in 13 American Hockey League appearances split between the Belleville Senators and Cleveland Monsters last season. During the 2019-20 season, the 5-11, 170-pound blueliner recorded 21 points (2 goals, 19 assists) in 48 games played with the Florida Everblades (ECHL).

“Brandon is a smooth, puck-moving defenseman, who will play a major role on our team this year,” Icemen Head Coach Nick Luukko said. “Brandon is extremely passionate and hungry to prove himself this season. As a staff, we think he is going to turn a lot of heads this season.”

Prior to turning pro, Fortunato played collegiately at Quinnipiac University where he totaled 36 points in two seasons from 2017-2019. The Albertsons, New York resident also played two seasons at Boston University, registering 40 points.

Fortunato joins Ara Nazarian (F), Abbott Girduckis (F), Travis Howe (F), Derek Lodermeier (F), Ben Hawerchuk (F), Christopher Brown (F), Craig Martin (F), Vladislav Mikhalchuk (F), Jacob Friend (D), Croix Evingson (D), Jacob Panetta (D) and Charles Williams (G) as players who have agreed to terms with the Icemen for the 2021-22 season.

The Icemen’s home opener for their 2021-2022 All-Star Season is set for November 6th against the South Carolina Stingrays.

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