Mark Visentin was born on August 7, 1992 in Waterdown, Ontario. The product of the OHL’s Niagara Ice Dogs was drafted in the first round, 27th overall, by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Visentin would play his entire four year OHL career with the Niagara Ice Dogs, leading them to as far as the OHL Championship in 2012 where they would bow out to the London Knights in five games.
After graduation from the OHL, Visentin was assigned to play for the Coyotes AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates. Visentin’s first taste of professional hockey had him only play 30 games for the Pirates in his rookie year, posting a 15-12-1 record. The following year, Visentin would get his first taste of the NHL when he debuted for the Coyotes on April 12, 2014 in a 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks.
After becoming an unrestricted free agent, Visentin signed a one year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.
On the international stage, Visentin has represented Ontario and Canada three times. He represented Team Ontario at the 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge where he helped lead the team to a Gold Medal performance. In 2011, he would represent Canada in the 2011 World Junior Championships, where he would win the starting job over Oliver Roy part way through the tournament. However, a five goal third period against the Russian team in the Gold Medal game left Canada with the Silver Medal. In 2012 Visentin would again return to the World Junior Championships where he helped back stop the team to a Bronze Medal.