The USHL has announced the 2010-11 USHL All-Star team and Phantoms defenseman Scott Mayfield and forward Cody Strang have been named Eastern Conference All-Stars.
Both Mayfield and Strang are in their final season with the Phantoms and their hard work on the ice has been recognized by the general managers and head coaches of the USHL. Even though this is an individual accomplishment, Strang was quick to credit his teammates for this award. “It’s a great honor,” said Strang. “It takes a lot of hard work but I have to give a lot of thanks and credit to my teammates. Without the hard work they put in on the ice we would not have been able to succeed like we have.”
Mayfield, a first time all-star, was quick to say that this award would mean a lot less if the Phantoms do not qualify for the post season. “It feels really good, but I know my teammates are focused on the games ahead,” said Mayfield. “This accomplishment ranks up there with all of my other personal awards but what means the most is how well the team does. If we do not make the playoffs, no disrespect, this award does not mean nearly as much.”
Assistant Coach Anthony Noreen gave credit to both players for the accomplishment, but like his two assistant captains, he was also quick to give credit to the entire team. “It’s a great accomplishment for both of our guys, said Noreen. “This is also a testament to all the guys in our locker room. What they said is exactly why they are two of our captains. It shows their leadership on and off the ice and this award just gives them the gratification for their hard work.”
For Mayfield this has been a season where the all-star award is just one of a few personal accomplishments that he has earned since this summer. Over the summer Mayfield competed at the NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp and back in November, he also played for Team USA at the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge. At the Junior ‘A’ Challenge Mayfield won a gold medal and was named the tournament MVP. With all of these accomplishments Noreen pointed out that the 6’4 defenseman has not changed one bit since he arrived in Youngstown last season. “If you know Scottie and how humble he is this does not mean much to him,” said Noreen. “The way he comes to the rink would not change even if was not named an all-star. This is great for him and his family but since day one he has not changed who he is or what kind of player he is.”