VANCOUVER -- The journey goalie Joni Ortio endured after being recalled to the Calgary Flames from Adirondack of the American Hockey League was arduous. It took the better part of two days and involved a snowstorm, a detour, and an overnight stop in Toronto, plus a connection in Winnipeg before he reached Calgary from Glen Falls, N.Y., last week.
Plus, his luggage did not arrive at the same time as the goalie. Ortio was in Calgary and back in the NHL, but his clothes, goalie sticks and contact lenses, which come in handy when your job is stopping pucks being shot up to 100 mph, were missing.
If Ortio needed a reality check on perseverance, he needed to look no further than Flames goalie coach Jordan Sigalet.
"A couple lost bags is nothing compared to what [Sigalet] has to go through," Ortio told NHL.com. "I've got so much respect for him."