Today the United States Hockey League announced that Gamblers defenseman Connor Mackey was named to the 2017 All-USHL First Team as determined by a vote of League general managers.
Mackey played in all 60 games for the Gamblers during the 2016-17 season, amassing 47 points (6G, 41A). His 47 points led all defenseman and were 16th among all USHL players. Mackey led all blueliners and was third in the USHL with his 41 assists, and was the only defenseman to finish in the top-20 in USHL scoring. Mackey tallied multiple points 15 times this season, including three consecutive multi-point performances from Oct. 29 to Nov. 5. He dished out multiple assists 11 times, including a four-assist game in a 5-2 win over the Bloomington Thunder on Jan 27. Mackey led all USHL players with 30 power-play assists and 34 power-play points, and his four goals on the man advantage were the third-most in the league among defensemen. Mackey was named USHL Defenseman of the Week four times, including back-to-back weekly honors on Oct. 31 and Nov. 7.