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Mark Scheifele (born March 15, 1993) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre currently playing for and serving as an alternate captain of the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Jets in the first round, seventh overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the Jets' first draft pick after relocating from Atlanta.

Mark Scheifele
Mark Scheifele - Winnipeg Jets.jpg
Scheifele in October 2014
Born (1993-03-15) March 15, 1993 (age 26)
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
NHL team Winnipeg Jets
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 7th overall, 2011
Winnipeg Jets
Playing career 2011–present

Scheifele is a Sport Ambassador for KidSport Winnipeg, a charity that aims to remove the financial barriers to playing sports, and runs an annual hockey camp for boys and girls on behalf of KidSport Winnipeg.[1]

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Playing careerEdit

AmateurEdit

Scheifele grew up playing minor hockey in his hometown of Kitchener, Ontario, playing for the Kitchener Jr. Rangers rep program in the Alliance Pavilion League. After his minor midget season in 2008–09, Scheifele was drafted by the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)'s Saginaw Spirit in the seventh round, 134th overall, of the 2009 OHL Priority Selection.[citation needed]

The following season, Scheifele was assigned to his hometown Kitchener Dutchmen Jr.B. club for a year of seasoning in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (OHA). After the 2009–10 season, on August 16, 2010, Scheifele's playing rights were traded by the Spirit (along with a second round choice in 2013) to the Barrie Colts in exchange for goalie Mavric Parks. Two weeks later, Scheifele signed with the Colts for the 2010–11 season.[citation needed]

 
Scheifele in 2012

In TSN mid-season prospects' ranking ahead of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft published in January 2011, Scheifele was projected to be drafted 21st overall.[2] Ultimately, he was selected seventh overall by the Winnipeg Jets, the organization's first draft pick since relocating to Winnipeg from Atlanta.[3][4]

ProfessionalEdit

During pre-season to the 2011–12 season, in Scheifele's first NHL exhibition game, he scored two goals and two assists in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, garnering the first star.[5] On October 3, 2011, the Jets announced that they had signed Scheifele to an entry-level contract,[6] and that he would start the on Winnipeg's NHL roster. He scored his first NHL goal on October 19, 2011, against James Reimer of the Toronto Maple Leafs. On October 23, he was sent back to the OHL and rejoined the Barrie Colts. After the Colts were eliminated from the OHL playoff race, he changed his number from 45 to 55 and was called-up by the Jets to play for their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the St. John's IceCaps for the 2012 Calder Cup playoffs.

Scheifele participated in the Jets' training camp ahead of the 2012–13 season, and played with the team, however he was eventually sent back down to Barrie.[7]

For the 2013–14 season, Scheifele played in all 60 of Winnipeg's regular season games up to the NHL break for the 2014 Winter Olympics.[8] During the season, he cemented his role as a top-six forward centering the Jets' second line, emerging as a top candidate for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year.[9][10][11] However, on March 4, 2014, in a game against the New York Islanders, Scheifele suffered a knee injury that forced him to miss the remainder of the regular season.[12]

During the 2015–16 season, Scheifele surpassed the 20-goal mark for the first time in his professional career, scoring his first NHL hat-trick in a game against the Montreal Canadiens on March 5, 2016.[13]

International playEdit

 
Scheifele as a member of Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championships
Medal record
Representing   Canada
Ice hockey
World Championships
  2016 Russia
  2017 Germany/France
World Junior Championships
  2012 Canada

Scheifele participated at the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships held in Calgary and Edmonton, winning the bronze medal with Canada.[14] He also participated in the 2013 edition of the tournament, held in Ufa, Russia.[15]

Scheifele played for the senior Canadian team at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk,[16] as well as the 2016 edition of the tournament held in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, where he won gold. Scheifele also represented Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, playing on the top line alongside Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid.[citation needed]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Kitchener Jr. Rangers ALLIANCE 31 20 19 39 16 9 5 8 13 2
2009–10 Kitchener Dutchmen GOJHL 51 18 37 55 20 5 0 3 3 6
2010–11 Barrie Colts OHL 66 22 53 75 35
2011–12 Winnipeg Jets NHL 7 1 0 1 0
2011–12 Barrie Colts OHL 47 23 40 63 36 13 5 7 12 12
2011–12 St. John's IceCaps AHL 10 0 1 1 2
2012–13 Barrie Colts OHL 45 39 40 79 30 21 15 26 41 14
2012–13 Winnipeg Jets NHL 4 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Winnipeg Jets NHL 63 13 21 34 14
2014–15 Winnipeg Jets NHL 82 15 34 49 24 4 0 1 1 4
2015–16 Winnipeg Jets NHL 71 29 32 61 48
2016–17 Winnipeg Jets NHL 79 32 50 82 38
2017–18 Winnipeg Jets NHL 60 23 37 60 18 17 14 6 20 10
2018–19 Winnipeg Jets NHL 82 38 46 84 38 6 2 3 5 8
NHL totals 448 151 220 371 180 27 16 10 26 22

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Canada WJC18 4th 7 6 2 8 1
2012 Canada WJC   6 3 3 6 0
2012 Canada CAN-RUS   4 0 4 4 7
2013 Canada WJC 4th 6 5 3 8 2
2014 Canada WC 5th 8 2 2 4 0
2016 Canada WC   9 4 5 9 0
2016 Team North America WCH 5th 3 0 1 1 2
2017 Canada WC   10 3 5 8 8
Junior totals 17 9 9 18 8
Senior totals 30 9 13 22 10

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "KidSport Winnipeg". kidsportcanada.ca. 2015-04-05. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  2. ^ "2011 McKenzie's Top Prospects - Mid-season". The Sports Network. 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2011-06-26.
  3. ^ "Winnipeg Jets select Mark Scheifele". Winnipeg Jets. 2011-06-26. Retrieved 2011-06-26.
  4. ^ "Jets tab Scheifele in first round". Winnipeg Jets. 2011-06-26. Retrieved 2011-06-26.
  5. ^ "Jets skate to victory in return to Winnipeg". The Sports Network. 2011-09-26. Retrieved 2011-09-26.
  6. ^ "Jets agree to terms with Mark Scheifele". Winnipeg Jets. 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2011-10-03.
  7. ^ Campbell, Tim (2011-10-23). "Jets Send Scheifele Back to the OHL". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 2011-10-29.
  8. ^ "Mark Scheifele Winnipeg Jets Individual Player Stats". Winnipeg Jets. 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  9. ^ Peters, Skylar (2014-02-03). "Mark Scheifele Emerging As True Calder Trophy Candidate". Hockey at the Forks. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  10. ^ Tessier, Peter (September 14, 2013). "Mark Scheifele- Calder Candidate?". hockeybuzz.com. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  11. ^ Stoller, Jacob (January 31, 2014). "Scheifele & Trouba top Calder candidates". winnipegwhiteout.com. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  12. ^ "Scheifele out for several weeks with knee injury".
  13. ^ "Jets end home winless streak with Scheifele hat trick".
  14. ^ TSN.ca. "Canada's 22-man roster finalized for 2012 World Juniors".
  15. ^ "Team rosters for the 2013 World Junior Championship".
  16. ^ "Jets rookie Mark Scheifele pumped up about worlds".

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Alexander Burmistrov
Winnipeg Jets first round draft pick
2011
Succeeded by
Jacob Trouba