Fairbanks defenseman Mayhew makes NCAA DI commitment
March 26, 2018
The Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that defenseman Kyle Mayhew has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Denver University of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), and last year’s NCAA Division I national champion.
“It’s very humbling,’’ Mayhew said. “They have so much talent every year and they’re such a prestigious program, they’re always in a contention for a national title. It means everything, and I can’t thank everyone enough for helping me along,’’ he added.
Mayhew, a 5’8/150 lbs. blueliner from Anaheim Hills, California, has 36 points this season, which is 10th overall in team scoring and second among scoring for Ice Dogs defensemen. Mayhew has eight goals and 28 assists in 55 games played.
Mayhew was also selected to and played in the 2018 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the Midwest Division team. Denver University attended the event.
Mayhew is one of the shortest Ice Dogs players, and he’s among its hardest working, too.
“You don’t have to really teach that with him,’’ said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart said of Mayhew’s work ethic. He’s competitive. He needs to be competitive and he has a skill level to back it up,’’ Stewart said. “He been doing a good job for us the entire year, especially as of late.”
Mayhew has played two seasons in the NAHL, with the majority of it coming with the Ice Dogs. He also played 10 games for the Aberdeen Wings last season. In 91 career NAHL games, he has recorded 48 points.
Mayhew is also an alum of the NAPHL, having spent the 2014-15 season with the Anaheim Jr. Ducks 18U team, where he played in 23 NAPHL games that season.
Mayhew said he is considering majoring in engineering or business at Denver.