He played for American International University from 1988 to 1991. After being drafted by the Calgary Flames, Wortman turned pro with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles in 1991-92. He won the Ken McKenzie Trophy as the top American rookie in the league.
Wortman played another two years in the Flames' minor pro system while getting into five games with the Flames in 1993-94. He signed as a free agent with the San Jose Sharks in 1994 and spent 1994-95 with the Kansas City Blades and 1995-96 with the Fort Wayne Komets.
- 1991–92: Ken McKenzie Trophy for Outstanding American-Born Rookie in the International Hockey League
- 1992–93: IHL Second All-Star Team