Goalie Jordan Fairlie has had his eyes set on playing in the WHL for some time now, with an eventual goal of playing at the pro level. He cleared the first hurdle when he was signed by the Swift Current Broncos on August 30 during training camp.
“It was very exciting and my goal at the beginning of camp. I was happy when they asked if I was interested and it feels great to know that my hard work paid off,” Fairlie said.
Fairlie started the team’s first preseason game this year against the Regina Pats on August 31. The Broncos lost 4-1, but Fairlie faced 36 shots and felt good about how he played. He was set to go back to Swift Current this weekend for the team’s next two preseason games, but he and the Broncos decided its best he stay with his team in Penticton since he has three league games coming up.
Fairlie plays for the Okanagan Hockey Academy’s midget prep team in the CSSHL. Last year, he played for the OHA’s elite 15 team, and had a .896 save percentage and a 3.73 goals against average. Fairlie moved from Fort St. John to Penticton when he was 14 and has moved up a division in all three years he’s been there. The midget prep level is comparable to the major midget level, which the Prince George Cariboo Cougars play in.
Fairlie said he’s eager to start the season with OHA, and thinks he’ll face a lot of shots and it will be a good year for his development. He expects to be called up once or twice by the Broncos this year, and hopes to make the team’s active roster for the 2019-20 season.
He had a great camp with the Broncos, playing in five scrimmages and only allowing four goals.
“I’m happy I reached my goal, but now I’m working towards the next ones, like staying at the WHL team and eventually playing pro hockey. It’s like I’m taking baby steps,” said Fairlie.
Though he’s going on his third year in Penticton, Fairlie is grateful to his coaches in Fort St. John that helped him get to this level, as he began playing hockey here when he was four up until his first year in bantam.
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