Ferris State Hockey's Gerald Mayhew Garners National Strength & Conditioning All-American Athlete Award

Ferris State Hockey's Gerald Mayhew Garners National Strength & Conditioning All-American Athlete Award

Big Rapids, Mich. - Senior forward Gerald Mayhew (Wyandotte), who recently completed his collegiate career for the Ferris State University men's ice hockey program this past season, has received his first All-American Athlete Award presented by The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

The award recognizes Mayhew's athletic accomplishments and his dedication to strength and conditioning. He was nominated by FSU Hockey Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Dave Cencer. This year marks the third consecutive year in which the Bulldogs have had a student-athlete claim the distinction as former defenseman Brandon Anselmini was a two-time recipient the previous two years.

Along with being a standout performer on the ice, Mayhew broke the program's record previously set by Simon Denis in 2013 for on-ice conditioning testing last August. Following the conclusion of the collegiate season this year, he went on to play in 17 games for the American Hockey League's (AHL) Iowa Wild.

"Gerald's competitive drive made him a standout athlete in our strength training and, in particular, our team conditioning," said Cencer. "He was a leader for us in our off-ice training and constantly pushed himself and his teammates. We're proud of him for this tremendous honor."

The All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year Award program honors collegiate and high school athletes whose athletic accomplishments, in the opinion of their strength coach, reflect their dedication to strength training and conditioning. These athletes are also recognized for their academic and personal accomplishments and their integrity as student athletes.

"We are proud to have Coach Cencer join the NSCA in its mission to safely improve athletic performance," said Scott Caulfield, the NSCA's Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. "Supporting our student-athletes like Gerald Mayhew guarantees a stronger future for the NSCA."

A 2017 Hobey Baker Award candidate as college hockey's top player, Mayhew finished as this season's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Scoring Champion and helped lead the Bulldogs to two NCAA Final Eight appearances along with a WCHA Regular-Season and Playoff Championship during his four-year career.

Over his four seasons at Ferris State, Mayhew played in 150 games for the Bulldogs. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder forward scored 52 goals and added 67 goals for 119 collegiate points. Mayhew led the Bulldogs in scoring in each of the past three seasons, scoring 17 goals and adding 18 assists for 35 points in 33 games as a senior.

He posted career bests for assists and points as a junior, setting up 25 goals and totaling 41 points in 41 outings as the Bulldogs captured the WCHA Broadmoor Trophy Championship and came within a game of reaching the NCAA Frozen Four.

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is an international nonprofit professional association founded in 1978 and is dedicated to advancing the strength and conditioning profession around the world.

The NSCA advances the profession by supporting strength and conditioning professionals devoted to helping others discover and maximize their strengths. The organization disseminates research-based knowledge and its practical application by offering industry-leading certifications, research journals, career development services, and continuing education opportunities. The NSCA community is composed of more than 45,000 members and certified professionals who further industry standards as researchers, educators, strength coaches, personal trainers, and other roles in related fields.

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the NSCA serves as a valuable resource for its members, the fitness industry, general public, and the media. The association provides a wide variety of resources and opportunities designed to strengthen, build, advance, and unify.

For more information the NSCA, please visit www.nsca.com.