Hiler: Catching Up with Bulldog Standout Gerald Mayhew
Gerald Mayhew was one of Ferris State’s best players over the past decade.
In his senior year at Ferris State, Mayhew lead the team in goals, assists, and points. In his time as a bulldog, he appeared in 150 games, helping the ‘dawgs to two NCAA Elite Eight appearance, a WCHA Tournament Championship, and a WCHA Regular Season Championship. In addition, he led the conference in assists and points as a junior. Mayhew was also a candidate for the Hobey Baker Award in 2017.
Because of his presence on the ice, Mayhew was given the nickname and hashtag “Gerrytime” by Harrison Watt, the Bulldogs play-by-play announcer.
“There are tons of great memories at Ferris,” he said. “But I’d have to say my favorite was when we beat St. Cloud in overtime in the NCAA tournament.”
Since graduating, Mayhew hasn’t slowed down much. Last March, he signed a deal with the Iowa Wild, the Minnesota Wild’s affiliate in the American Hockey League.
“Life has been a little different going from seeing tons of people every day to seeing only your teammates most of the time. I tend to spend most of my time at the hockey rink working on things I need to improve on,” he said.
He continued: “It’s for sure an honor to be playing at such a high level of hockey and continuing to develop as a player. This is a great organization to be a part of because they want to win so badly it makes it challenging and a blast to play,” Mayhew said.
According to Mayhew, playing in the American Hockey League definitely more challenging.
“The major thing is the structure of the game is a lot more detailed. The players are faster and stronger and way more skilled in pro hockey,” Mayhew said. It’s more of a business now and every play you make or don’t make is important.”
While he enjoys his time in Iowa, Mayhew misses his home state of Michigan.
“Iowa is a lot like Michigan in many ways except is it is way more windy and colder here. I for sure miss my family and friends that live in Michigan.”
Back in December, he was able to come back to the Mitten when the Wild played the Grand Rapids Griffins.
“It was definitely special being back in Michigan and playing at Van Andel Arena. I had tons of family and friends attend that game and getting to score in front of them was a special feeling for me. We get to play there three more times which is very exciting,” he said.
With the second half of his first professional hockey season on the horizon, Mayhew is excited for what the future holds for him.
“Our season is going pretty solid it’s a very close race halfway through the season. We plan on making playoffs and we have a team that I think could potentially win the whole thing. We have a lot of work to do but that’s what makes it fun,” he said.
Although he is happy playing in the AHL, Mayhew has not lost sight of his ultimate dream: getting to the National Hockey League.
“Some goals I have are pretty obvious,” he said. “Ever since I was little I wanted to play in the NHL. I’ve worked very hard to get where I am now and I’ll continue to work my hardest to get to the big leagues.”
You can catch Gerald and company in Michigan next when the Iowa Wild take on the Grand Rapids Griffins on Feb. 24th and 25th at Van Andel Arena.