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Earning His Spot

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

Wednesday, 30.11.2011 / 3:18 PM / Feature
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content
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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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01