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USHL Announces All-USHL Teams for 2020-21 Season

06/14/2021, 12:00pm CDT
By USHL

The United States Hockey League (USHL) announced Monday its All-USHL First, Second and Third teams for the 2020-21 season.

This season’s First Team All-USHL squad includes four of the five individual award winners announced last week, including Player of the Year Sean Farrell (Chicago Steel), Forward of the Year Matt Coronato (Chicago Steel), Defenseman of the Year Mason Lohrei (Green Bay Gamblers) and Goaltender of the Year Akira Schmid. Defenseman Ryan Ufko (Chicago Steel) and forward Danil Gushchin (Muskegon Lumberjacks) rounded out the First Team selections.

  • Sean Farrell led the USHL with 101 points (29-72-101) in 53 games, becoming just the second player in Tier I USHL history to break the 100-point mark. The Montreal Canadiens prospect (2020, Round 4, #124 Overall) broke the USHL record with a 24-game point streak from November 2020 to February 2021.
  • Matthew Coronato led the league with 48 goals in 51 games (48-37-85), which is the second-most goals scored in a single USHL Tier I season. The 9th ranked North American skater for the 2021 NHL Draft prospect (NHL Central Scouting, Final Rankings) led the league with 13 points (9-4-13) in the Clark Cup Playoffs, helping lead the Steel to their second Clark Cup Championship.
  • Mason Lohrei, a Boston Bruins prospect (2020, Round 2, #58 Overall), was the lone unanimous selection to the First Team after winning the USHL Defenseman of the Year award and leading all USHL blueliners with 19 goals, 40 assists and 59 points last season.
  • Akira Schmid, led USHL goaltenders with a 2.01 goals against average and a 0.921 save percentage this season. The New Jersey Devils prospect (2018, Round 5, #136 Overall) finished the season with a 22-13-1-0 record in 36 appearances and had three shutouts, which was tied for the most by any netminder this season.
  • Ryan Ufko joined Lohrei on the First Team blueline after a 39-point campaign (10-29-39). The defenseman was ranked 43rd among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting ahead of the 2021 NHL Draft.
  • Danil Gushchin rounded out the forwards on the First Team after finishing the 2020-21 campaign with 64 points (32-32-64) in 46 games. The San Jose Sharks prospect’s (2020, Round 3, #76 Overall) 64 points was the most by a non-Chicago Steel skater last season and gave him a 1.39 points per game average which was third-best in the league.

The Second Team All-USHL roster features 2020-21 USHL Rookie of the Year Cole Sillinger (Sioux Falls Stampede) along with fellow forwards Ayrton Martino (Omaha Lancers) and Josh Doan (Chicago Steel), as well as defensemen Cole McWard (Tri-City Storm) and Brent Johnson (Sioux Falls Stampede) and rounded out by goaltender Jakub Dobes (Omaha Lancers).

  • Cole Sillinger was named USHL Rookie of the Year with 46 points (24-22-46) in 31 games this season. The 2021 NHL Draft prospect (10th ranked North American skater) led USHL rookies with a 1.48 points per game average and paced first-year scorers with 24 goals.
  • Ayrton Martio was one of the best rookie skaters in the USHL this season, pacing first-year skaters with 56 points (18-38-56) in 38 games. The 46th ranked North American Skater (NHL Central Scouting) for the upcoming NHL Draft led all Omaha Lancers skaters in points last season.
  • Josh Doan, 87th ranked North American skater (NHL Central Scouting), finished the 2020-21 season third in league scoring with 70 points (31-39-70) in 53 games.
  • Cole McWard finished fourth among league defensemen in scoring with 33 points (14-19-33) in 52 games. The Storm Captain raked up 16 powerplay points (9-7-16).
  • Brent Johnson was ranked 38th among North American skaters (NHL Central Scouting) after finishing the 2020-21 campaign with 32 points (11-21-32) in 47 games, which was second among rookie blueliners this season.
  • Jakub Dobes finished in the top five of all USHL goaltenders with both a 0.908 save percentage (3rd) and 2.48 goals against average (4th). The Montreal Canadiens prospect (2020, Round 5, #136 Overall) tied for the league lead with 26 wins (26-16-2-1) in a league-leading 47 appearances.

The All-USHL Third Team is comprised of Fargo Force goaltender Brennan Boynton along with defensemen Henry Thrun (Dubuque Fighting Saints) and Alex Gagne (Muskegon Lumberjacks) and rounded out by forwards Robert Cronin (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Cameron Berg (Muskegon Lumberjacks) and Jake Schmaltz (Green Bay Gamblers).

  • Brennan Boynton finished the 2020-21 season with a third-best 2.43 goals against average and fourth-best 0.901 save percentage as the netminder appeared in 46 games and registered a 26-16-1-0 record while helping lead his Fargo Force to the Clark Cup Final.
  • Henry Thrun finished his final USHL season with 22 points (8-14-22) in 24 games, giving him a second-best 0.92 points per game average among defensemen. The Anaheim Ducks prospect (2019, Round 4, #101 Overall) finished second among Fighting Saints defensemen in scoring, just two points behind the team leader, despite playing less than half the amount of games.
  • Alex Gagne was third among a talented group of Muskegon blueliners in scoring in the 2020-21 season with 26 points (3-23-26) in 53 games.
  • Robert Cronin rounded out the league’s top-10 in scoring with 53 points (28-25-53) in 48 games. The second-year USHL forward shattered his previous best numbers that saw him collecting eight points (2-6-8) in 44 games with Dubuque last season.
  • Cameron Berg, the 140th ranked North American Skater (NHL Central Scouting) ahead of the 2021 NHL Draft, finished the 2020-21 season with 58 points (27-31-58) in 51 games, finishing second among Muskegon scorers and seventh in the league scoring race.
  • Jake Schmaltz, a Boston Bruins prospect (2019, Round 7, #192 Overall) tied Cronin for 10th in league scoring with 53 points (19-34-53) in 51 games, which was second-best on the Gamblers behind First Team All-USHL defenseman Mason Lohrei.

NOTES:

  • First Team All-USHL selections Akira Schmid and Danil Gushchin signed professional contracts with the New Jersey Devils and San Jose Sharks, respectively, earlier this summer.
  • Seven All-USHL selections have already been selected in the NHL Draft.
  • Seven of the selections are among top prospects for the 2021 NHL Draft.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the 2020-21 season will be the USHL's 19th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league. The USHL had 51 players selected at the 2020 NHL Draft, marking the third-straight season with 50-or-more USHL players selected in the Draft. More than 800 league alumni are currently on NCAA Division I rosters, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

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