The Tri-City Americans filled their final opening in the locker room Monday, hiring Zach Fournier to serve as their athletic therapist for the upcoming season.
“His qualifications are impeccable,” said Tri-City general manager Bob Tory. “He was by far the most qualified of those (more than 50) who applied. He has a masters degree and that is far and beyond what a lot of the guys in the league have.”
Fournier replaces Darcy Ewanchuk, who left the team at the end of last season after four years with the club.
“Darcy decided to move on, and we respect that,” Tory said.
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Fournier, a native of Little Compton, R.I., said he heard about the job from a former hockey player.
“A former player of mine, Riley Emmerson (Tri-City 2004-06), informed me of the position,” Fournier said. “I was interested and applied. Everything was done over the phone, I haven’t been there yet.”
Fournier, 26, earned his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, along with a Minor in Exercise Science, from the University of Tampa (Fla.) in 2011.
He completed his Masters of Science in Athletic Training in May of 2013 from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, in 2013.
After graduation, Fournier took his first jump into hockey as the head athletic trainer for the San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL for the 2013-14 season. The team folded mid-season, and Fournier joined the San Francisco Giants staff, where he is a minor league athletic trainer in Scottsdale, Ariz.
“He works for the Giants,” Tory said. “That says a lot right there.”
Even though baseball has been paying the bills, it is not Fournier’s first choice of sports.
“My first experience as an athletic trainer was with hockey,” he said. “I heard there is a great group of coaches and a good group of guys up there. It’s a fun sport and I want to be part of that again.”
NHL camps: The American did not have any players selected in last month’s NHL draft, but several players were offered an opportunity to attend NHL camps.
Jackson Playfair will attend the Arizona Coyotes development camp, while Parker Bowles was invited by the Toronto Maple Leafs to attend a rookie tournament in Pentiction. British Columbia.
Josh Thrower will attend the Vancouver Canucks camp, while Justin Gutierrez was invited to the St. Louis camp and Brian Williams will attend the Anaheim Ducks camp.
Import Draft: The Americans will pick 18th and 78th today. With no European players on the roster, expect Tory use his picks.