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Zhukov Named to 2017 All-USHL Rookie Second Team

Today the United States Hockey League announced that Gamblers goaltender Maksim Zhukov was named to the 2017 All-USHL Rookie Second Team as determined by a vote of League general managers.

Zhukov finished the regular season with a 19-8-1-1 record, a 2.25 GAA and a .913 SV%. His GAA ranked first among rookie goaltenders, while his wins ranked second and his SV% ranked third. He posted a three-game winning streak from Oct. 22 to November 4 and finished his regular season appearances with six straight victories from March 4 to March 31. He made 25 or more saves 10 times over the course of the season. The Russian netminder was named to the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game earlier this season, where he was credited with 11 saves. He was also ranked nine among North American Goaltenders in NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings. Zhukov previously won Goaltender of the Week honors on Jan. 30 and March 20.

Mackey Named to 2017 All-USHL First Team

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.

Mackey Named 2017 USHL Defenseman of the Year

The United States Hockey League announced today that Green Bay Gamblers defenseman Connor Mackey has been named 2017 USHL Defenseman of the Year 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. Mackey had a five-game point streak from Oct. 20 through Nov. 5 and a four-game point streak from Dec. 9 through December 17, with three two-point games in that span. Mackey put up a four-game point streak over the course of the season from Jan. 27 through Feb. 4, with eight assists in four games, and also had a pair of three-game point streaks (Feb. 25 to March 4 and March 17 to March 19). 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.

Mackey was named USHL Defenseman of the Week four times, including back-to-back weekly honors on Oct. 31 and Nov. 7. In that stretch, he tallied eight points (2G, 6A) in four games.  He also earned the award twice in three weeks late in the season, and was named USHL Defenseman of the Week on March 6 and March 20.

2016-17 marks Mackey’s second season in the USHL. In 89 career USHL games, the Barrington, IL native has 49 points (7G, 42A). Mackey was selected in the 13th round, 197th overall by the Green Bay Gamblers in the 2015 USHL Phase II Draft. Prior to his time in Green Bay, Mackey spent time with Team Illinois (HPHL) and Barrington High (USHS). Mackey is committed to play his college hockey at Minnesota State University, Mankato following his USHL career.

Mackey joins former Green Bay Gamblers Andy Welinski (2011-12), David Makowski (2009-10), Jeff Finger (1999-00) and Tom Preissing (1998-99) as recipients of the USHL Defenseman of the Year award.

Gamblers Pass Out Year End Awards

The Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) have announced team honors for the 2016-2017 season. These players were selected for the following awards:

Most Valuable Player – Connor Mackey
Offensive Player of the Year – Jared Spooner
Defensive Player of the Year – Connor Mackey
Unsung Hero – Jason Dhooghe
Community Service Award- Matt Berkovitz

Mackey led all defensemen in the USHL tallying 47 points (6 goals, 41 assists) in 60 games this season for the Gamblers. Mackey helped guide the team to the best powerplay (23.5%) in the USHL netting a league best 34 points with the man advantage. Selected in the 13th round (197th overall), Mackey played a total of 89 games for the Gamblers in two seasons totaling 49 points (7 goals, 42 assists) and 155 penalty minutes. A native of Tower Lakes, IL, Mackey is comitted to Minesota State.

Captain Jared Spooner was second only to future Minnesota State teammate Connor Mackey in team scoring this season registering 46 points (19 goals, 27 assists) in 60 games. A native of Bismarck, ND, Spooner logged 111 games in two seasons in the USHL totaling 63 points (25 goals, 38 assists) to accompany 178 penalty minutes. Spooner was selected in the 2nd round of Phase II of the 2015 USHL Draft.

Dhooghe suited up for 142 games over the course of his USHL career tallying 40 total points (21 goals, 19 assists). Committed to Wisconsin, Dhooghe was a key piece in the Gamblers top penalty killing unit this season. The Aurora, IL native’s shorthanded goal scored against the Madison Capitols on March 23rd helped the Gamblers secure a 4-2 victory en route to the team’s 7th straight victory.

Off the ice, Berkovitz volunteered countless hours to various community-based programs, such as youth hockey and reading in the local elementary schools. On the ice, the Army West Point commit registered 25 points (2 goals, 23 assists) in 53 games this past season with the Gamblers.