Mark Scheifele Continues to Enjoy His Off-Season
WINNIPEG, MB. – Slow down Mark, save some points for the Jets! One year removed from winning gold at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships in Russia, Mark Scheifele and Team Canada will be back at it again, playing in the semi-finals against Russia on Saturday in France.
Following a 2016 tournament that saw Scheifele serve as a key component on a line combining for 27 points in the event, the Jets young offensive leader has continued his success at this year’s World Championships.
Although only producing five points through round robin play, Scheifele contributed two very important points in Canada’s 2-1 victory of Germany, helping propel the Canadians to the semi-finals. After scoring the game’s opening goal on the power play in the first period, Scheifele then added an assist on the eventual game-winning-goal in the second frame.
Saturday’s game vs. Russia will set the stage for the gold-medal game featuring either Canada or Russia against the winner of Finland and Sweden. If Mark Scheifele and the Canadians move on to the finals, it would be Canada’s third-straight trip to the gold-medal game.
Earlier this week, Scheifele was named the Kitchener-Waterloo Athlete of the Year for outstanding performance on and off the ice. On top of compiling 32 goals and 82 points for the Winnipeg Jets this past season, Scheifele also serves as an ambassador for KidSport Winnipeg and runs a yearly boys and girls hockey camp through the organization.
Scheifele beat out seven other nominees for the award, including Jamal Murray of the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, and Paralympic swimmer Alec Elliot. Winnipeg Jets fans paying attention to Scheifele’s accolades both in France and in his hometown of Kitchener, can only hope that this dominant year leads to yet another remarkable season with the Jets in 2017-18.
– Carter Brooks, MyToba Sports
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