I was recently able to do an in depth interview with promising young Flames prospect, netminder Joni Ortio, who was drafted in the 6th round (171st overall) in this past summer’s entry draft. Like his idol, Miikka Kiprusoff, Ortio is from the goalie hotbed of Turku, Finland.
Ortio is a focused, mature beyond his years, young gatekeeper with tremendous upside and a brilliant future.
One of my favourite responses from "Ortsa":
CR: Who’s the craziest teammate, on and off the ice, you’ve had so far?
JO: One of my present teammates but I can’t say his name because he don’t know he is crazy.
Here are highlights from the Bronze medal game in which Ortio backstopped Finland to a 5-4 shootout win over Canada at the World U-18 Championships: