This is the first publication in a series that profiles the 2016 Athlete of the Year recipient and nominees.
Mark Scheifele Male Athlete (Hockey)
Hometown: Kitchener ON, DOB: March 15, 1993, Team: Winnipeg Jets
Mark Scheifele, from Kitchener was named the Athlete of the Year for 2016! Mark was drafted 7th overall by the Winnipeg Jets in the 2011 NHL Draft but his rookie season didn’t come until 2014-15 when he was 9th in rookie scoring with 34 points. He then went on to score 61 points in 71 games in 2015-16 with a plus/minus of +16 and 78 points in 76 games with a plus/minus of +17 this past season. Marks 2016 season included playing on the top line with Connor McDavid and Austin Mathew for Team North America in the World Cup. He topped his year off at the World Championships in Russia when Team Canada took home the Gold Medal.
Congratulations on an outstanding start to your NHL career! We look forward to following your continued success…
The Athlete of the Year Award was launched in 1999 to recognize the tremendous accomplishments of local athletes from Kitchener, Waterloo and the Townships of Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich. Some of the previous recipients of this prestigious award include: Mandy Bujold (2), Lennox Lewis, Scott Stevens, Sarah Pavan, Andrew Poje & Kaitlyn Weaver (2) and Kelly Vanderbeek.
For a full history of this community event, please visit: athleteoftheyear.ca