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Mark Scheifele
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Born March 15, 1993 (1993-03-15) (age 26)
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
NHL team Winnipeg Jets
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 7th overall, 2011
Winnipeg Jets
Playing career 2011–present

Mark Scheifele (born on March 15, 1993) is a Canadian ice hockey center who is currently playing and serving as an alternate captain for the Winnipeg Jets in the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was selected in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and was the first draft pick in the history of the new Winnipeg Jets after being relocated from Atlanta.

Playing CareerEdit

AmateurEdit

Mark 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, he was drafted by the Saginaw Spirit in the seventh round (134th overall) of the 2009 OHL Priority Selection. The following season, he 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, Mark's rights were traded by the Spirit with a second round choice in 2013 to the Barrie Colts in exchange for goalie Mavric Parks. The trade was made on August 16, 2010. Two weeks later, he signed with the Colts for the 2010–11 season.

Mark played major junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League with the Barrie Colts. According to the TSN mid-season ranking published in January 2011, he was projected to go 21st overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, but in the June draft he was selected seventh overall by the Winnipeg Jets.

Instead of a Winnipeg jersey however, Mark was given a black generic NHL jersey to wear on his draft day. He did so because the Winnipeg Jets did not have an official jersey at the time of the NHL Entry Draft.

ProfessionalEdit

In the 2011–12 NHL pre-season, in his first exhibition game, Mark scored two goals and two assists against the Columbus Blue Jackets, garnering the first star. On October 3, 2011, the Jets announced that they had signed him to an entry-level contract and he started the 2011–12 NHL season in the NHL.

Mark 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 Barrie Colts were eliminated from the play-off race, Mark was called up by the Winnipeg Jets to play for their American Hockey League team the St. John's IceCaps for the Calder Cup playoffs.

He participated in the Jets 2012–13 training camp, and played with the team. However, he was a healthy scratch for several games and was eventually sent back down to Barrie.

For the 2013–2014 NHL season, Mark played in all 60 Winnipeg Jets' regular season games up to the 2014 Winter Olympics break.

With Mark being a "top six forward" for the Jets and having a regular shift centring the team's second line, there was little doubt the 2013–2014 season would be his first full NHL season with the Winnipeg Jets hockey club, making him eligible for the Calder Memorial Trophy in 2014.

On March 4, 2014, in a game against the New York Islanders, Mark suffered a knee injury, which ultimately forced him to miss the rest of the regular season.

He surpassed the 20-goal mark for the first time in his professional career during the 2015–16 season when he netted his first NHL hat-trick in a game against the Montreal Canadiens on March 5, 2016.

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
NHL totals 306 90 137 227 124 4 0 1 1 4

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Canada WJC18 4th 76281
2012 Canada WJC Template:Brca 63360
2012 Canada CAN-RUS Template:Goca 40447
2013 Canada WJC 4th 65382
2014 Canada WC 5th 82240
2016 Canada WC Template:Goca 94590
2016 Team North America WCH 5th 30112
2017 Canada WC Template:Sica 103588
Junior totals 1799188
Senior totals 309132210

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2016 Russia
Silver 2017 Germany/France
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2012 Canada

Mark participated at the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships held in Canada and won the bronze medal. He also participated at the 2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships held in Russia.

Mark played for Team Canada at the 2014 World Championships in Belarus and won gold at the 2016 World Championships in Russia.

He also represented Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, playing on the top line alongside Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid.

AccoladesEdit

  • 2011 IIHF World U18 Championships Top 3 Player on Team

Personal LifeEdit

Mark 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.

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