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Wednesday, 18 May 2011 18:15

Local product thrilled to be drafted by Broncos

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By Chris Jaster — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jordan Wittman felt like he was living in a fairy tale world May 5.



The Stewart Valley native and member of the Swift Current Kabos AA Bantam Raiders was left in complete disbelief when he saw his name pop up beside the Swift Current Broncos in the third round of the WHL Bantam Draft.

“It was just mind-blowing,” said Wittman. “I was just so excited that I could be going to my hometown team and that I could stay home … I wasn't really sure where I would be going. When I found out, I was just thrilled.”

Born in Swift Current and raised in Stewart Valley, Wittman always dreamed of putting on a Bronco jersey and playing with the team.

He wasn’t as nervous as the Broncos were as the draft went into the third round.

Jamie Porter, the Broncos’ assistant general manager and director of player personnel, was interested in taking the five-foot-11, 170-pound forward, but didn’t think he would last until the third round.

“We kind of had Wittman (being taken late) in the second round and the fact that he was still available made it a no-brainer for us,” he said. “We like his body size. We like his skill level and how he skates. He's a power forward-type. His second half of the season got better and better. We like where he's going with his game and the local thing is certainly a bonus.”

Wittman, who credits the community and all his coaches in Swift Current for making him the player he is right now, hopes to bring an offensive flair to the Broncos.

He would like to be able to score goals at key times, but he’s willing to sacrifice his body while playing unselfish and disciplined hockey. He scored 29 goals and recorded 24 assists with the Raiders last season.

Now that Wittman, who will try to make the Legionnaires this season, has been drafted by the Broncos, he will do everything in his power to let his fairy tale dream continue to come true.

“It would mean everything (to put on a Broncos’ jersey),” he said. “Ever since I was a little kid, I always dreamed of playing for the Broncos. If it comes true, that will be the best moment of my life.”

Four other Raiders were also selected in the WHL bantam draft.

Tim Vanstone was selected 52nd overall by the Prince Albert Raiders while Carter Forsyth was taken 127th overall by the Kootenay Ice. Reid Frizke was taken 159th overall by the Seattle Thunderbirds and Austin Larochelle was selected 176th by Victoria.

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