April 16, 1991 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)|
|NHL Draft||171st overall, 2009
Joni Ortio (born April 16, 1991) is a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender who is currently an unrestricted free agent who most recently played 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
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). 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. The National Hockey League (NHL)'s Calgary Flames to select him with their sixth round selection, 171st overall, at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
National Hockey League
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. 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. 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. His first NHL victory came in his second game, a 4–1 win over the Ottawa Senators on March 5. 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.
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. 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.
Regular season and playoffs
Awards and honours
|AHL All-Rookie Team||2013–14|||
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- Hanlon, Peter; Kelso, Sean; Thomas, Rob, eds. (2013). 2013–14 Calgary Flames Media Guide. Calgary Flames Hockey Club. p. 126.
- Podnieks, Andrew, ed. (2011). IIHF Guide & Record Book 2012. International Ice Hockey Federation. p. 448. ISBN 978-0-7710-9598-6.
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- "Kings shut out Flames, win 2nd straight out of break". ESPN. 2014-02-27. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
- Gilbertson, Wes (2014-03-06). "Hosts heat up". Calgary Sun. p. S5.
- "Joni Ortio player card". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2015-01-11.
- Austin, Danny (2014-04-10). "Flames snapshots". Calgary Sun. p. S10.
- Cruickshank, Scott (2015-01-09). "Flames initiate backup plan: Ortio called up from the farm". Calgary Herald. p. B3.
- "Joni Ortio's shutout helps Flames down Canucks". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2015-01-10. Retrieved 2015-01-11.
- "2013-14 AHL All-Rookie Team announced". American Hockey League. 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2014-04-10.