Joni Ortio

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Joni Ortio
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Born (1991-04-16) April 16, 1991 (age 24)
Turku, Finland
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Calgary Flames
TPS
HIFK Helsinki
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 171st overall, 2009
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2009–present

Joni Ortio (born April 16, 1991) is a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender who plays for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was a sixth round selection of the Flames, 171st overall, at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He previously played for TPS and HIFK Helsinki in the Sm-liiga. Internationally, Ortio has represented Finland on four occasions. He was a member of the bronze medal-winning team at the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships and played in the 2013 World Championship

Playing career[edit]

SM-liiga[edit]

A native of Turku, Finland, Ortio played junior hockey for his hometown team, TPS. He appeared in 26 games in Finland's junior league in 2008–09 and recorded an 18–8 record with a 2.63 goals against average (GAA).[1] He made his first appearance with the Finnish national team, as he recorded three wins and one shutout to help the under-18 team win the bronze medal at the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships.[2] The National Hockey League (NHL)'s Calgary Flames to select him with their sixth round selection, 171st overall, at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.[1]

Ortio remained in Finland for the 2009–10 season where he appeared in 30 junior games. He also made his SM-liiga debut with TPS as he played three games and won one.[1] Moving up to the national junior team, Ortio made two appearances at the World Junior Hockey Championship winning three games at both the 2010 and 2011 tournaments for Finland as the nation finished 5th and 6th, respectively.[2] He played 15 games with TPS in the SM-liiga in 2010–11 before moving to North America. Ortio was assigned to Calgary's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat. He made his North American debut on April 10, 2011 against the Toronto Marlies, but lost 6–0.[3] He began the 2011–12 AHL season with Abbotsford, but after nine games was re-assigned on loan back to TPS in the SM-liiga. Ortio admitted that he had not been ready to play in North America at that time.[4]

Moving to HIFK Helsinki for the 2012–13 SM-liiga season, Ortio was the team's starting goaltender and appeared in 53 games. He recorded a 23–20–9 record with a 2.42 GAA and four shutouts.[1] Making his debut with the Finnish senior team, Ortio appeared in three games at the 2013 IIHF World Championship. He won all three and recorded a GAA of 1.98.[5]

National Hockey League[edit]

Ortio returned to North America in 2013–14 and after playing four games with the ECHL's Alaska Aces, won his first nine decisions in the AHL with Abbotsford.[6] By midseason, he had posted a 19–5–0 record and earned his first recall to the NHL on February 3, 2014, after Calgary's starting goaltender Karri Rämö suffered an injury.[7] Ortio made his NHL debut with the Flames on Feb 27, 2014, in a 2–0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings at the Scotiabank Saddledome.[8] His first NHL victory came in his second game, a 4–1 win over the Ottawa Senators on March 5.[9] Ortio posted a record of four wins and four losses in nine games with the Flames before finishing the season with the Heat; he won 27 of the 37 AHL games he played and was named to the AHL's All-Rookie Team.[10][11]

Returning to the AHL to begin the 2014–15 season, Ortio joined the newly-relocated Adirondack Flames. He won 17 games by mid-season, and with a .916 save percentage, was named to play in the AHL All-Star Game before injury again led to his recall to Calgary.[12] Ortio made his season debut with the Flames on January 10, 2015, against the Vancouver Canucks and recorded his first career NHL shutout in a 1–0 victory.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

  Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League   GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV%   GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2009–10 TPS SM-l 3 1 0 0 108 8 0 4.45 .837
2010–11 TPS SM-l 15 2 7 3 729 38 1 3.13
2010–11 Abbotsford Heat AHL 1 0 1 0 60 6 0 6.03 .800
2011–12 TPS SM-l 14 3 6 3 753 33 2 2.63 .909
2011–12 Abbotsford Heat AHL 9 1 4 0 387 19 0 2.94 .890
2012–13 HIFK Helsinki SM-l 54 23 20 9 3120 126 4 2.42 8 3 5 481 20 0 2.49
2013–14 Alaska Aces ECHL 4 3 1 0 238 4 2 1.01 .944
2013–14 Abbotsford Heat AHL 37 27 8 0 2133 83 2 2.33 .926 4 1 3 250 12 0 2.88 .915
2013–14 Calgary Flames NHL 9 4 4 0 501 21 0 2.51 .891
2014–15 Adirondack Flames AHL 37 21 13 1 2095 94 4 2.69 .912
2014–15 Calgary Flames NHL 6 4 2 0 333 14 1 2.52 .908
Liiga totals 86 29 33 15 4710 205 7 2.61 8 3 5 481 20 0 2.49
NHL totals 15 8 6 0 834 35 1 2.52 .899

International[edit]

   
Year Team Comp Result GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2009 Finland U18 WJC-U18 3rd 5 3 2 0 309 15 1 2.91
2010 Finland Jr. WJC 5th 6 3 3 0 318 16 0 3.02
2011 Finland Jr. WJC 6th 6 2 0 3 354 11 1 1.86 .931
2013 Finland WC 4th 3 3 0 0 182 6 0 1.98 .897

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
AHL All-Rookie Team 2013–14 [14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hanlon, Peter; Kelso, Sean; Thomas, Rob, eds. (2013). 2013–14 Calgary Flames Media Guide. Calgary Flames Hockey Club. p. 126. 
  2. ^ a b Podnieks, Andrew, ed. (2011). IIHF Guide & Record Book 2012. International Ice Hockey Federation. p. 448. ISBN 978-0-7710-9598-6. 
  3. ^ "Joni Ortio player card". American Hockey League. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  4. ^ "Joni Ortio mahdollisesta NHL-kutsusta: Kun sen on aika tulla, niin se tulee" (in Finnish). sportti.com. 2014-01-27. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  5. ^ "Player statistics by team – Finland" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. 2013-05-19. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  6. ^ Pettengill, Kat (2014-01-25). "Ortio taking AHL by storm". American Hockey League. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  7. ^ "Flames' Ramo out with knee injury; Ortio recalled". National Hockey League. 2014-02-03. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  8. ^ "Kings shut out Flames, win 2nd straight out of break". ESPN. 2014-02-27. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  9. ^ Gilbertson, Wes (2014-03-06). "Hosts heat up". Calgary Sun. p. S5. 
  10. ^ "Joni Ortio player card". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2015-01-11. 
  11. ^ Austin, Danny (2014-04-10). "Flames snapshots". Calgary Sun. p. S10. 
  12. ^ Cruickshank, Scott (2015-01-09). "Flames initiate backup plan: Ortio called up from the farm". Calgary Herald. p. B3. 
  13. ^ "Joni Ortio's shutout helps Flames down Canucks". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2015-01-10. Retrieved 2015-01-11. 
  14. ^ "2013-14 AHL All-Rookie Team announced". American Hockey League. 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 

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