Mayhew set for Minnesota Wild

BIG RAPIDS – Gerald Mayhew led Ferris State’s hockey team in scoring for two seasons and is now a member of the Minnesota Wild organization.

But on Saturday, Mayhew had golf on his mind as he participated in the annual Ferris hockey golf outing at Katke Golf Course.

“It’s good to be back,” he said. “It’s always good to see the boys. You see guys you haven’t seen in a couple of years.

The Wild signed Ferris State alum Gerald Mayhew, a current member of the Wild’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in Iowa, to a two-year, two-way NHL contract worth up to $1.4 million over the course of the agreement.

“It’s exciting. It’s just a month from camp, we’ll see what happens,” Mayhew said. “Hopefully I’ll wind up on the big club. If not, I’ll be back in Iowa.”

Mayhew, a 2017 graduate, was a standout for the Bulldogs from 2013-2017, helping the Bulldogs to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in 2014 and 2016 as well as a Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) MacNaughton Cup Championship in 2014 and Broadmoor Trophy Championship in 2016.

Mayhew had a breakout season for the Iowa Wild in 2018-19, with career highs in nearly every category on 27 goals, 33 assists and 60 points in the regular season.

He credited his line for his success.

“We jelled right off the bat,” Mayhew said. “It was a great group of guys.”

When Mayhew graduated, he left Ferris State as the all-time leading playoff point scorer (conference and NCAA tournaments combined) in program history. He scored the game-winning goal in Ferris State’s 2014 NCAA Tournament victory over Colgate, and earned an assist, creating the game-winning overtime goal in Ferris State’s 2016 upset of second overall seeded St. Cloud State in the NCAA West Regional.

“That was a good time,” Mayhew said.

Mayhew was the WCHA point-scoring champion in both 2015-16 and 2016-17, and wrapped up his career with 52 goals and 67 assists for 119 points in 150 collegiate contests. He is Ferris State’s current leading scorer of the 2010-2020 decade.

“The (Ferris) coaching staff was great,” Mayhew said. “It was a good four years here and I miss it a lot. I’m usually more of a playmaker. Last year, I had a pretty good season with goals. Maybe I could start scoring some more goals.”

The Wild missed the NHL playoffs for the first time in several years.

“They’re hunting for it again,” he said.

 

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John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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