Marko Dano is just happy to be playing again.
Less than a month after packing up in Winnipeg, the 21-year-old is one of five Jets to be taking part in the upcoming IIHF World Championship, beginning one week from today in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. In a recent interview with IIHF.com, Dano talked about his experience with the Slovak national team, his trade to Winnipeg and more in an article titled, “Leader of the Young Guns.”
“I have some experience overseas, but I don't want to make unnecessary pressure,” Dano, a two-time vet of the Worlds, told author Juraj Hudak. “I will do my best to help the team as much as I can. I will go to each game with humbleness. We all are here on the same level, so we have to help each other as much as we can. I want to pass my experience to my teammates.”
Dano’s tournament was cut short last year when he suffered a partially torn MCL in his right knee, leaving with a goal and two penalty minutes in five games. In total, he has eight international appearances dating back to 2011, including three consecutive trips to the World Juniors
from 2012 to 2014.
Dano was acquired was part of the Andrew Ladd trade back on Feb. 25. After spending the bulk of the season with Chicago’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, he was
thankful for the opportunity to play big minutes in Winnipeg.
Asked what he was told to improve on over the off-season, Dano said his agility, and to come back in good shape when camp opens later this fall.
“I want to be a part of the NHL team from the start of the season, so I have to work on it. … I think everything has happened for a reason. I believe that I will feel at home in Winnipeg, and next
season will be better.”
To read the full interview, click here.
– Ryan Dittrick, WinnipegJets.com