NHL PLAYER, Mark Scheifele
Born Mar 15, 1993 -- Kitchener, Ontario
Selected by Winnipeg Jets round 1 #7 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft
Scheifele spent his first six years in hockey as a defenseman until his minor bantam coach, searching for offense, put him at forward.
By his recollection Scheifele scored four goals in that game and never went back to his old position, becoming a junior star and getting selected by the Winnipeg Jets with the No. 7 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft.
Blessed with the prototypical center's frame at 6-foot-2 and 207 pounds, the Kitchener, Ontario, native has a quick, hard shot with a smooth, long skating stride that makes it difficult for opponents to stop him. His bulk also enables him to win battles in the corners and along the boards.
The Jets franchise relocated to Winnipeg for 2011-12, and Scheifele made his NHL debut in the team's first game since moving. On Oct. 9, 2011, an 18-year-old Scheifele played 13:44 in a 5-1 home loss to the Montreal Canadiens. Scheifele scored his first NHL goal in his fifth NHL game - and within about an hour's drive of his hometown - when he put the puck past goalie James Reimer in a 4-3 shootout loss on the road against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 19, 2011.
That goal would be Scheifele's only point in 11 NHL games over the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons as Winnipeg twice returned him to juniors. But in 2013-14 Scheifele made the Jets roster out of training camp and scored Winnipeg's first goal of the season in a 5-4 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 1, 2013.
On Dec. 17, 2013, against the Buffalo Sabres, Scheifele set a franchise record for the fastest two road goals, 36 seconds apart. That was part of a 39-game run in which Scheifele had 12 goals and 29 points before sustaining a season-ending knee injury in a 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders on March 4, 2014.
Despite playing in only 63 games that season, Scheifele finished tied for eighth in scoring among NHL rookies with 34 points. The following season Scheifele was fourth on the Jets with 49 points and made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut, recording one assist in four games as Winnipeg lost to the Anaheim Ducks in the first round.
Scheifele opened 2015-16 with a three-game goal streak and, on March 5, 2016, had the first hat trick of his career in a 4-2 win against the Canadiens. On July 8, 2016, Winnipeg signed Scheifele, who was a restricted free agent, to an eight-year contract.
Scheifele named 2nd star of the week January 07, 2020
Mark Scheifele was named one of the three NHL stars of the week on Monday, after leading the league in points between the period of December 30th and January 5th. The All-star center tallied an impressive 3 goals and 5 assists in just 3 games played in that span, raising his point total to 48 for the season.
For more on Scheifele, check out globalnews.ca story here.
Tkachuk, Konecny, O'Reilly, Pietrangelo, Scheifele and Markstrom among 2020 All-star nods January 06, 2020
The NHL announced the 2020 All-star rosters for the four divisions (Atlantic, Metropolitan, Central and Pacific) last week, with the notable inclusion of first-time All-stars Travis Konecny and Matthew Tkackuk. Konecny is in the midst of a breakout season with the Philadephia Flyers, tallying 36 points in 39 games to date. Tkackuk, meanwhile, is on pace for another 70-point campaign this season, after registering 77 points (34 goals, 43 assists) in 2018-19.
Also named to the All-star squads were Ryan O’Reilly (Central Division, 3rd appearance), Alex Pietrangelo (Central Division, 2nd appearance), Mark Scheifele (Central Division, 2nd appearance) and Jacob Markstrom (Pacific Division, 1st appearance).
For more on the 2020 All-star game, keep reading the nhl.com article here.