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Earning His Spot

Mark Scheifele invited to Canada's National Junior Team Selection Camp

Wednesday, 11.30.2011 / 2:18 PM CT / Feature
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content
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Earning His Spot
Mark Scheifele
FORWARD, 2011-12 JUNIOR STATS
GP: 19 | GOALS: 9 | ASST: 17
PIM: 12 | +/-: +4

Coming as no surprise, Winnipeg Jets first round draft choice of 2011, Mark Scheifele, has been formally invited to attend Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp in Calgary. Scheifele, 18, was one of 41 players invited to the camp.

“It’s an unreal feeling, every kid dreams of this,” said Scheifele. “There are so many Canadians that have traditions to do with the World Juniors. Getting invited to the selection camp is an incredible honour, and something I’ll definitely always remember.”

With the invitation comes pressure. First is the pressure to make the team, and then the pressure once you are on the team.

Mark Scheifele with the Winnipeg Jets“If you make the team, there is a lot of pressure from the whole nation,” said Scheifele. “In Winnipeg you have the home crowd on you, but this is the entire nation. It’s definitely a lot more pressure but it’s something that will help all the hockey players improve mentally and physically.

“I think you can use it as motivation, because you want to be on that team and show what you can do.”

The Kitchener, Ontario native has had the chance to look over the long list of talented players and has more than a few familiar faces joining him in December.

“Tanner Pearson from Barrie, is a very good friend of mine,” said Scheifele. “I also played with a lot of guys at the U18 (Under 18) like Ryan Murphy, Ryan Murray, Mark McNeill, Cody Ceci and Scott Harrington. Then in the last two years at the combine and the draft, I’ve gotten to know a lot of the guys. I’d say I probably know about 80% of the guys.”

Because national junior teams only have a couple short weeks together, having established relationships between teammates can prove to make all the difference when it comes time to putting up important wins.

“To be comfortable with the guys definitely helps,” he said. “You have to come together as a team quickly and it’s a tough thing to deal with. When you have guys who know each other and know how to play with each other will help a lot.”

The 18-year old has no doubt in his mind that if he earns a roster spot on Team Canada’s National Junior Team, he will be able to contribute more than just the odd goal on the scoreboard.

“I want to play a key role, I’m not taking anything for granted,” he said. “I have to go in and work my hardest at camp and show what I can do. If I make the team I think I will be able to contribute both offensively and defensively and do whatever it takes for the team to win.

“It’s not an individual thing, it’s a team thing and it’s a country thing. You have to play for your country and do whatever you need to do to help the team succeed.”

Although the pressure to make this roster may be immense, Scheifele says he just has to go there and do what he does best - work his hardest, and keep a smile on his face.

“I have to just go and play my game and do what got me there,” said Schefele. “I’ll also bring an extra edge to my game to show that I can play in any role and I can do whatever it takes to help the team.

“I always go into everything with an open mind and work my hardest. That’s how I’m going to be going into this, and try to make that team.”

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 76 47 22 7 222 213 101
2 NSH 75 46 21 8 214 180 100
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 73 44 23 6 207 167 94
5 MIN 74 42 25 7 211 183 91
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 74 40 27 7 217 195 87
10 DAL 74 36 28 10 232 236 82
11 SJS 74 36 30 8 207 210 80
12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 74 21 40 13 177 254 55
14 ARI 75 23 44 8 158 249 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 75 24 35 11 59
B. Wheeler 73 24 34 24 58
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
M. Scheifele 75 14 32 10 46
D. Byfuglien 66 16 27 7 43
M. Frolik 75 17 23 4 40
D. Stafford 69 16 24 -14 40
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
J. Tlusty 65 14 15 -18 29
T. Myers 65 7 18 -9 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
O. Pavelec 19 14 7 .919 2.35
M. Hutchinson 20 10 5 .913 2.43
 
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