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Lohrei Named to All-USHL First Team for 2020-21 Season

Bruins second-round pick in 2020 also named league's top defenseman

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / - Bruins defense prospect Mason Lohrei was named to the All-USHL First Team for the 2020-21 season earlier this week. The blue liner's Green Bay Gamblers teammate and fellow B's prospect Jake Schmaltz was named to the All-USHL Third Team.

Lohrei, selected by Boston in the second round (58th overall) last fall, was the lone unanimous selection after leading all USHL defensemen with 19 goals, 40 assists, 59 points, and six game-winning goals. The 20-year-old is also the fourth Gamblers player in history to be named the USHL's Defenseman of the Year.

The 6-foot-4, 204-pound Wisconsin native was named the USHL's Defenseman of the Week five times in 2020-21. He also set a franchise record for points in a season by a defenseman (59).

Lohrei, who played two-plus seasons in Green Bay, will be a freshman at Ohio State this fall. He finishes his Gamblers career second in team history among defensemen with 27 goals, 69 assists, and 96 points.

Schmaltz, meanwhile, tied for 10th in USHL scoring with 53 points (19 goals, 34 assists) in 51 games. The Wisconsin native, a 2019 seventh-round pick of the B's, ranked second behind Gamblers scoring behind Lohrei. The 20-year-old will head to the University of North Dakota this fall.

The American Hockey League also announced this week that the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award - presented annually to a player for his outstanding contributions to the local community - would instead go to the 31 training staffs across the AHL for their tireless efforts during the pandemic. Providence Bruins athletic trainer Dustin Stuck was the club's representative. 

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