Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Broncos Draft Finland 'Tender

The Swift Current Broncos are pleased to announce the selection of goaltender Joni (Yaw-nee) Ortio with the 44th over-all pick in the CHL import draft.

Ortio is a native of Turku, Finland and played with the TPS Turko Junior Team. He had a 2.63 GAA and a .917 Save Percentage last season. He was the Calgary Flames 6th round selection, 171st over-all at last Saturday’s NHL draft.

Ortio, turned 18 years old last April, is 6’1” and 181 lbs. He was Finland’s number 1 goalie at the IIHF world under 18 Championships, helping Finland defeat Cody Eakin and Team Canada in the bronze medal game.

We are excited to get the opportunity to draft Joni,” comments Assistant General Manager Sheldon Ferguson, “he is highly regarded in Finland and we had a chance to see him play at the World Under 18’s in North Dakota and were impressed with his demeanor.”


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good prospect/kid. What do you think the odds are of us seeing him play here next year?

Jon Keen said...

Help from the Flames could be required. Could be a goaltender we eventually see here.