Dundas’ Mark Jankowski opened his sophomore season with the Providence College Friars NCAA Division 1 hockey team with two goals in a 5-1 win over Minnesota State.
The Friars were undefeated in three games as of Oct. 24. Jankowski, who turned 19 in September, had a total of three goals and one assist for four points in three games.
Jankowski was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the first round, 21st overall, in the 2012 NHL entry draft. He was selected straight out of high school and has no junior hockey experience.
After completing high school at Stanstead College in Quebec, Jankowski decided to join Providence College rather than play junior hockey in Canada or the United States.
In his first NCAA season, the former Dundas Minor Hockey player played wing instead of his natural position of centre in order to gain experience. Jankowski scored seven goals and 13 assists for 18 points in 34 games.
Jankowski scored one goal and assisted on another in Providence’s 3-1 upset win over the University of New Hampshire in last season’s league quarter-final.
In the early going of his second season, Jankowski was named among the three stars of two games. Back at centre, he won 29 of 48 face-offs.
Overlooked by the Ontario Hockey League and some NHL clubs for his lack of size, Jankowski grew over his time with Stanstead but still needs to develop more strength and bulk. He’s currently listed at six-foot three inches and 175 pounds.
Jankowski has impressed scouts with his skill and attitude, but surprised many when picked by Calgary so early in the entry draft. Since then, he has participated in the Canadian World Junior team’s summer training camp, vying for a coveted spot on the national squad.
Jankowski comes from a long line of hockey players. His father played college hockey at Cornell, his grandfather, Lou, played 11 seasons in the WHL and in the NHL with Detroit and Chicago and his great uncle is Hall of Famer Red Kelly who played 1,316 NHL games scoring 281 goals and 823 points. Providence College’s next games are Oct. 25 and 26 against Miami (Ohio) and Nov. 1-2 against Boston University.