In 2011, then-high school senior Gerald Mayhew led the Wyandotte Roosevelt Bears to their first and only Michigan High School Athletic Association state hockey championship.
The 4-1 win over Birmingham Brother Rice in the title game capped a great season and was a dream come true for the Bears, the school and the coaching staff.
Recently, after stints in the United States Hockey League, at Ferris State University and in the American Hockey Association, Mayhew made his personal dream come true when he signed a two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League.
Wyandotte Mayor Joe Peterson, who was an assistant coach on the Roosevelt team for all four seasons Mayhew played there – including the state championship year – said he was thrilled for his former player.
“I am really glad for him,” Peterson said. “I am glad to have been able to coach a kid like that. He was just one of the best kids. They’ve always said he is too small, but he’s never taken that for an answer. He has a big heart. Give me 20 Gerald Mayhews and I will win anywhere.”
Wyandotte head coach Mike Quint said he was very proud of his former player.
“Gerald has worked very, very hard and now the fruits of his labor are finally coming through,” he said. “This is so, so good for Wyandotte and all of Downriver.
Mayhew has been successful at every level he has played.
After winning the state championship with Wyandotte, he was named Michigan’s Mr. Hockey, given annually to the state’s top player.
Mayhew has some gifts, according to Peterson.
“He has the best hands. I have never seen the kind of hands he has,” Peterson said. “And he has the ability to read the ice, that’s something you just can’t teach. He has the ability to know where the puck is going to be.”
In his first year in the UHSL with the Cedar Rapids Roughriders, he was fourth on the team in scoring with 33 points. A year later he led the team with 44 points and earned a scholarship to Ferris State.
There he continued his great play.
Mayhew collected 119 points (52 goals) in 150 career games during four seasons (2013-17) with Ferris in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).
He led the Bulldogs in goals and scoring his last three seasons. Mayhew served as an alternate captain his senior season and was named to the 2016-17 All-WCHA first team.
He was named to the 2015-16 All-WCHA second team after leading the conference in assists (25) and points (41). Mayhew also helped Ferris State capture its first WCHA title in 2015-16.
Mayhew was also a 2017 nominee for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award which annually goes to college hockey’s top player.
After his decorated college career, Mayhew moved on to the AHL’s Iowa Wild, where he played a partial season in 2017 and full seasons in 2018 and this year.
This year he helped lead the Iowa squad to its best season ever.
The Wild made the playoffs for the first time and beat Milwaukee in the Central Division semifinals before bowing out of the playoffs against the Chicago Wolves.
Mayhew led the team in goals with 27 and was second in points with 60.
Among the accomplishments for the Mayhew-lead Wild were: The first playoff appearance in franchise history and its first playoff series win; the most regular-season wins for the Wild in the team’s six-year history; and the most home wins in the regular season.
In addition to his career high in goals and assists, Mayhew also hit high water marks this year in shots, penalty minutes, power-play goals, shorthanded goals and plus-minus rating.
The 5-10, 175 pound 26-year-old exploded for nine goals in the Calder Cup playoffs.