The Winnipeg Jets, in conjunction with Hockey Canada, announced today that forward Mark Scheifele, defenceman Josh Morrissey, goaltender Eric Comrie and head athletic therapist Rob Milette have joined Canada's national men's team for the 2017 IIHF World Championship next month in Germany and France.
Schiefele, 24, finished seventh in NHL scoring this season with 82 points (32G, 50A) in 79 games. He established career highs for goals, assists and points to lead the Jets in scoring. This is the third time in four years Scheifele is representing Canada at the World Championship. He tallied nine points (5G, 4A) in nine games at last year's World Championship to help Canada win a gold medal and had four points (2G, 2A) in eight games during the 2014 World Championship. During his junior career, Scheifele played for Canada at the 2011 World U18 Championship and the 2012 and 2013 World Junior Championship.
Morrissey, 22, appeared in all 82 games with the Jets this season, scoring six goals and adding 14 assists. This is his first appearance at the World Championships, but he donned the Canadian jersey on five occasions during his junior career. His first experience was playing for Canada Pacific at the 2012 World U17 Hockey Challenge. He won a bronze medal at the 2012 U18 World Championship and gold medal at the 2013 U18 World Championship. He also played for Canada at the 2014 and 2015 World Junior Championship, winning a gold medal in 2015.
Comrie, 21, made his NHL debut earlier this month on Apr. 6 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, stopping 35 of 39 shots in a 5-4 win on the road. He recently finished his second season with the AHL's Manitoba Moose, going 19-26-2 with a 2.96 goals-against average and .906 save percentage this past season. This is Comrie's first trip to the World Championship, but he has represented Canada three times previously. He played for Canada Pacific at the 2012 World U17 Hockey Challenge and a won a gold medal playing for Canada at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka U18 Memorial Tournament and 2015 World Junior Championship.
Milette is joining Canada for the second time in three years. He served as head athletic therapist for Canada at the 2015 World Championship, winning a gold medal.