As a former Winnipeg Jet who had a hand in a present Jet’s success, Dale Hawerchuk is doubly on this yr’s NHL Western Conference ultimate.
Hawerchuk, a Jets centre from 1981 to 1990, coached present Jets centreman Mark Scheifele for 3 seasons when he performed for the Barrie Colts from 2010 to 2013.
Hawerchuk performed for Jets 1.zero sooner than that franchise moved to Arizona in 1996. Scheifele was once the primary participant Jets 2.zero drafted in 2011 after the Atlanta Thrashers’ relocation to Winnipeg.
Scheifele’s shot, skating, paintings ethic and management that helped Winnipeg advance to this yr’s convention ultimate in opposition to the Vegas Golden Knights emerged throughout his Colt years, Hawerchuk stated.
“Mark was one of those guys who was so determined to do anything extra on the ice or off the ice,” Hawerchuk stated Wednesday. “He would problem gamers pronouncing ‘if I do not do that, or you do not do that, we aren’t making the display.’
“They’d be in there doing chin-u.s.at the chin-up bar and he would say ‘if you do not do 5 extra, you are no longer making the display.”‘
Scheifele’s fast unlock on a deadly shot, which generated a playoff-leading dozen targets in 14 video games, is a fabricated from summers spent in a makeshift yard taking pictures gallery built out of tarps held on timber and plexiglass.
“He should have shot thousands and thousands of pucks all summer season lengthy in his again backyard,” Hawerchuk stated.
Skating was once a query mark in Scheifele’s recreation as a youngster, so he installed additional paintings on that too.
Hawerchuk believes Scheifele’s efficiency at the better world ice floor on the 2011 global under-18 championships in Germany — the place Hawerchuk was once an assistant trainer for Canada — replied questions on his skating.
The Jets made Scheifele the 7th general select within the draft that yr.
“A large number of other folks have been keen on his skating,” Hawerchuk said. “He simply driven the tempo in apply always and become a greater skater. He did the paintings off the ice as neatly to construct the legs.
“Really, you could argue he’s one of the fastest guys in the league now.”
Scheifele’s ultimate season as a Colt was once pivotal as a result of he found out tips on how to be a dominant goalscorer within the face of power from opposing staff’s most sensible checkers, Hawerchuk stated.
Winnipeg’s six-foot-three, 207-pound centre is doing that once more on this NHL post-season.
“It’s important for guys to be able to do that in junior if you want them to do that at the pro level,” Hawerchuk defined.
“He gets challenged after almost every whistle or when he carries the puck. They’re looking to break him down. That comes with the territory. He got to understand that in junior.”
Hawerchuk retired in 1997 after achieving the Stanley Cup ultimate with the Philadelphia Flyers with a profession 518 targets and 891 assists in 16 NHL seasons.
Scheifele, from Kitchener, Ont., felt fortunate to have a Hockey Hall of Famer as his primary junior trainer.
“He’s just a wealth of knowledge,” Scheifele stated. “He went thru such a lot of reports in his profession and was once in a position to go on a large number of wisdom to me.
“Every day there was once some studying level I used to be taught by way of him, whether or not it was once in apply or whether or not it was once doing video, whether or not it was once throughout a recreation. He was once a large mentor of mine.”
While the 2 males performed for 2 other Jets franchises, “if you end up a Jet you are a Jet the entire method” as the “West Side Story” lyric is going.
So Hawerchuk, 55, is happy for each Scheifele and town the place Hawerchuk spent a lot of his NHL profession.
“Anybody that is performed for the Jets up to now, they simply hope for not anything however excellent issues for the staff, the lovers in the market,” Hawerchuk stated.
“I do not know too many guys that performed in the market that truly did not experience it as it was once the sort of tight-knit staff and the group is truly so supportive of the membership.”