May 4, 2011

CHICAGO - When the United States Hockey League announced its All-USHL First and Second Teams Tuesday, they had a certain Miami feel to them, as three future RedHawks were recognized by the Tier I junior league. Miami’s commits made up a quarter of the All-USHL squads while the RedHawks had more signees honored than any other university.

Forwards Blake Coleman of the Indiana Ice and Jimmy Mullin of the Fargo Force were tabbed to the All-USHL First Team while goalie Ryan McKay of the Green Bay Gamblers received second-team honors.

Blake Coleman

Coleman (Plano, Texas) led the USHL with 92 points (34g, 58a) in 59 games – the most points in a USHL season in over a decade – on his way to being named both the USHL Player of the Year and Forward of the Year. The last player to surpass 90 points was Thomas Vanek (46g, 45a) in 2001-02. Coleman had 17 more points than the next highest scorer in the league. He also posted a plus-52 rating, the highest recorded mark since the USHL became Tier I in 2002.

Jimmy Mullin

Also a member of the USHL All-Rookie Team, Mullin (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished seventh in USHL scoring with 60 points (23g, 37a) in 52 regular season games. He was fourth overall with a plus-29 rating and his four short-handed goals tied for the league lead. The 2010 fourth-round NHL Entry Draft pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning equaled a Force team record for points in a game when he collected five (1g, 4a) in a 6-2 win vs. Sioux City on Dec. 3, 2010. On three occasions this season, Mullin earned honors as the CCM Offensive Player of the Week in the USHL.

Ryan McKay

McKay (Palatine, Ill.) led all USHL goaltenders in both goals-against average (2.00) and save percentage (.928) while posting a 25-9-3 season record. His 25 victories were the third most in the USHL. McKay also recorded five shutouts, tying for the second most among league goaltenders. The 5-foot-11 netminder put together a 10-game winning streak from Nov. 12 to Jan. 7 while helping Green Bay win 40 games for the second straight season.

All three future RedHawks were part of a 12-member signing class back in November, the largest recruiting class in head coach Enrico Blasi's 12 years at Miami.

Headquartered in Chicago, Ill., the USHL celebrates its ninth season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2010-11. With over 250 players this season already committed to NCAA Division I schools and 18 NHL Entry Draft picks currently on league rosters, the USHL is the nation's foremost producer of junior hockey talent.