"I think Fitzpatrick had an exceptional second half as far as I was concerned. I just feel that with his type of game, I think he has a little bit of an edge. He's got a big presence in the net and I really like his compete." - Al Jensen, Central Scouting
Fitzpatrick posted 18 victories in 2015-16 to become the all-time wins leader for the Sherbrooke Phoenix (31 W) and help the club reach the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Playoffs for the third time in its four-year history.
In 2014-15, he earned a spot on the QMJHL All-Rookie team after establishing a franchise record for wins by a first-year goaltender (13). That included a 26-save shutout victory on Oct. 19, 2014 against the Drummondville Voltigeurs, the only clean sheet ever by a Sherbrooke rookie goaltender.
He was Canada’s starting goaltender at the 2016 Under-18 World Championship, posting a 3-2 record with a .895 save percentage to help the club reach the bronze medal game. He also represented his country at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
He moved from Newfoundland to Nova Scotia to attend Newbridge Academy, where he played behind fellow 2016 NHL Draft prospect Luke Green (No. 40 NA Skater). Fitzpatrick was named a First Team All-Star in each of his two seasons with Newbridge and also claimed the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League’s Top Goaltender award in 2012-13.
Fitzpatrick, selected fourth overall by Sherbrooke in 2014, is one of four goaltenders to be chosen in the top four selections in the QMJHL Draft over the past 10 years.