The United States Hockey League (USHL) has named Green Bay Gamblers defenseman Mason Lohrei the 2020-2021 USHL Defenseman of the Year. Lohrei becomes the fourth Gambler to receive this award, joining Andy Welinski (2011-12), Jeff Finger (1999-00) and Tom Preissing (1998-99).
Lohrei led all USHL Defenseman in goals (19), assists (40), points (59) and game-winning goals (6). The Verona, Wisconsin native was named USHL Defenseman of the Week five times over the course of the season. Lohrei’s 59 points set a franchise record for points in a season by a defenseman. Lohrei finished his USHL career second all-time among Gambler defenseman in goals (27), assists (69) and points (96).
“Mason has been a great two-way player for our organization,” says Gamblers Head Coach/General Manager Pat Mikesch. “Along with being one of the most dynamic defensemen in the USHL, Mason was also a great leader off the ice. I look forward to following his progression at Ohio State and eventually the NHL.”
Lohrei, who will be a freshman at Ohio State in the fall, was selected in the 2nd round of the 2020 NHL Draft by the Boston Bruins.