In a roundabout way, the Humboldt Broncos are turning to their past to help the present.
On Tuesday, the Broncos acquired center Conner Kortko from the Manitoba Junior Hockey League's OCN Blizzard.
Kortko's dad Roger dawned the green and gold for two seasons from 1979 to 1981 before moving on to the Saskatoon Blades where his play earned him a sixth round designation from the New York Islanders in 1982.
"He's pretty excited, I'm excited too. I think he played when he was 16, 17, so a long time ago, but it should be good."
The 20-year-old has previous experience in the SJHL, playing 66 games for the La Ronge Ice Wolves over the past two seasons, where he tallied 25 points.
Originally from Saskatoon, he is looking forward to moving closer to home.
"I'm really excited. It's a great organization, I was really happy about the move," Kortko stated. "Everyone around the hockey world knows Humboldt, so I'm pretty excited to finally play for a pretty good organization like Humboldt."
Humboldt is Kortko's fourth destination over the past eight months. In December he was traded from the Ice Wolves to the Dauphin Kings, who in turn flipped him to OCN in June.
He gives Broncos fans a glimpse into what they can expect.
"I like to work hard, try and put the puck in the net, play good defensively, and bring a little leadership as a 20-year-old."
Kortko expects to meet with Broncos new bench boss Darcy Haugan on Sunday.
"He seems like a really good guy. Pretty straight forward. I'm pretty excited to finally meet him and get things going."
The Broncos open training camp on September 4th.
To hear more from Kortko in an interview with Bolt FM's Clark Stork, click below.