Oh Captain, My Captain! Texas Stars Maxime Fortunus

Maxime Fortunus
Maxime Fortunus /

Growing up in the frozen and chilling winters of Canada, Maxime Fortunus spent his days and nights like any other Canadian kid. Out of the frozen ponds of La Prairie, Quebec, Fortunus found his love and calling for hockey. Being one of the very few Haitian hockey players in the world, Maxime’s parents emigrated to Canada in the 1970’s searching for a better life. Seeing as French is a major language in Haiti, Quebec seemed to be the obvious choice.
The road to the NHL wasn’t an easy one. Maxime’s career started off in the very tough QMJHL — The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Known for it’s toughness, the league has turned out such superstars as Doug Gilmour, Dale Hawerchuk and more recently, Sid the kid.
Fortunus suited up for the Drakker from Baie-Commeau for 5 seasons. In 2 of those, he helped the Drakker finish first in their division. From there Fortunus turned professional and bumped around the ECHL and AHL lacing the skates for the Louisiana Ice Gators, Houston Aeroes and the now defunct Manitoba Moose.
On July 3rd, 2008 Fortunus was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Stars proving that hard work and determination does pay off. Maxime has spent the past four years in the Dallas system and more recently was assigned captain of the Texas Stars. On July 13, 2012, Fortunus signed a one year two way deal.
Playing in over 300 AHL games before jumping into the Dallas loop, Fortunus has proven his unqiue talent and experience to steer the reigns of our beloved Texas Stars and even more so Dallas in the years to come.