So who is Jordan Papirny?
He was the starting goalie for the WHL Brandon Wheat Kings for three full season, and this year he was traded to the Swift Current Broncos at the trade deadline. The Broncos were just eliminated from the WHL playoffs by Adam Brooks and the Regina Pats, and Papirny has aged out of the WHL and is looking to begin his professional hockey career.
There’s no better place to start than the Toronto Marlies, and they may have some practice time opening up for him. With the Orlando Solar Bears losing their starting goalie Ryan Massa to a head injury after a line brawl, the Marlies could send Kasimir Kaskisuo back to Orlando to help out the Bears as they try to advance through the ECHL playoffs.
Papirny went to the 2016 Memorial Cup with the Wheat Kings, and almost made it in 2015, but lost to the Kelowna Rockets in the WHL Finals.
DubNetwork.ca interviewed Papirny at the end of the WHL season:
Q: What are some of the biggest lessons that you have learned and different things that you will take away from your time in the WHL?
A: Well you learn a lot as an athlete, from the time I was 17, breaking into the league, I don’t think that I established a very good work ethic. Over the course of my career I thought I learned a lot of good work habits and how to work smart, and develop little skills. Specifically as a goalie, you are thrown in the net and told to stop the puck. So being a student of the game, and learning new things everyday and working on them in practice when you do specific drills with the team was a big thing that I learned.
Q: Besides your current Bronco teammates, who are some of your closest friends in the WHL?
A: Aaron Irving, Michael Zipp, Tanner Kaspick, Kale Clague, Nolan Patrick.
Nolan Patrick? Are the Leafs trying to influence the NHL draft? No, that’s just silly.
Welcome to the Toronto Marlies Jordan. Hopefully it’s a good experience for you.
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