Abbotsford Heat star Sven Baertschi says he didn't receive any special perks during his WHL days with the Portland Winterhawks.
CALGARY - Yeah, Sven Baertschi’s parents once accepted a free flight across the Atlantic Ocean to watch their son skate in the Western Hockey League.
Thing is, the Portland Winterhawks had nothing to do with it.
Baertschi, widely considered the Calgary Flames’ most exciting prospect in recent memory, paid the bill himself.
“My parents only came over once and I paid fully for that. I was able to pay for it because I was already signed with the Flames,” said Baertschi, whose family lives in Switzerland. “In Portland, I got treated the exact same way as anybody else on the team.”