One day after Nick Mattson was named the USHL's top defenseman, the Ice's Blake Coleman was named the USHL's Player of the Year today. He also won the USHL Forward of the Year award.
His 92-point effort this season was the highest-scoring year by any USHL player since Peter Sejna did it in 2000, and he becomes the first player since current Buffalo Sabres leader Thomas Vanek in 2002 to post 90 points.
Coleman also led the USHL with a +52 plus/minus rating, and centered the highest-scoring line in the league. Linemates Daniil Tarasov and Brian Ferlin were second and third in the USHL in scoring, respectively. Coleman tallied 34 goals and a league-best 58 assists. Twice, he posted five-point nights this season, setting club records. Coleman is committed to Miami University to play collegiately, and is draft-eligible this year.
Coleman is the first Ice player to be named Player of the Year and Forward of the Year in the USHL. Mattson, the league's top defenseman, was also the first Ice player to receive that award. The Ice just completed their seventh USHL season.
The USHL Player of the Year has been won by such players as Ryan Potulny, Dan Ellis, Jason Blake and Peter Ferraro.