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DeBlouw aces fitness exams at NHL Combine

DeBlouw aces fitness exams at NHL Combine

Former Lumberjacks center and future Michigan State Spartan Matt DeBlouw rated among the most physically fit draft prospects at the NHL Scouting Combine.

DeBlouw, who finished his second season as a Muskegon Lumberjack this spring, tested in the top 10 among 105 draft-eligible players in six categories, including lower-body power, upper-body strength and body fat percentage.

"Matt's natural ability is very good, but he put in a ton of hard work and bought into what we're doing here in Muskegon," said Lumberjacks Assistant Coach Dave Noel-Bernier, who runs the team’s strength and conditioning program. "It's just great to see him succeed at the combine and represent us well."

Hot Rod Power Tour headed to Muskegon

Hot Rod Power Tour headed to Muskegon

Friday and Saturday the Lakeshore was brought back in time to the era of  Hot Rods.

Local Hot Rod enthusiast shared their passion for these cars by filling the lot at  Fricano's on Muskegon Lake with their Hot Rods. This blast from the past fueled the fires for Sunday’s event.

Sunday the Hot Rod Power Tour will leave the GM Proving grounds in Milford MI and head to the Lakeshore, the cars are expected to begin arriving around noon.

The schedule of Events for Sunday is :

 7am – 8:30 am the Hor Rods will leave from the Warren City Hall, the Tour is scheduled to take US-31 Business to Seaway Drive into downtown Muskegon it is unknown if road construction may detour the cars down Apple Ave.
8am - Noon Sponsors and vendors set-up in Downtown Muskegon, MI

Noon Registration opens in Muskegon and Tour begins to arrive – Coker Tire Cruise Night begins

Size matters for Lumberjacks in Entry Draft

Size matters for Lumberjacks in Entry Draft

The Muskegon Lumberjacks redefined their roster in dramatic fashion Tuesday night, as they added 16 players via the USHL Entry Draft, which was open to any hockey player born from 1992 to 1997.

"We got the guys we identified,” said Lumberjacks Owner/General Manager Josh Mervis. “We will be bigger, faster, stronger and older. We got exactly what we hoped to get out of the draft.”

The Jacks acquired the rights to 11 players over six feet tall, and they started right away. With back-to-back picks at Nos. 2 and 3 overall, the Lumberjacks chose right winger Adam Gilmour and center Connor Hurley, the top two players available according to Muskegon's hockey operations department.

Gilmour, a 6-foot-2 right winger from Dedham, Mass., put up 56 points (26 goals) in 26 games for the Noble & Greenough prep school in the Boston area. He recently committed to perennial power Boston College.

Encouragement for Beginning Hunters

Encouragement for Beginning Hunters

Being a responsible hunter is something everyone should take extreme pride in.

As an avid hunter, spending much of my time within Sparta and Muskegon, it is very personal to me. It is the chance at taking an animals life for the nourishment of my family or for the betterment of the livestock on my farm, the way God intended for it to be.

The animal that I kill will no longer roam this earth. That animal will no longer breathe, breed, or even enjoy the sunshine. I take this all very serious. I respect it and am grateful for it. I enjoy every aspect of it and do not take it lightly.

When you are just starting out learning to hunt, take advise, learn and do your homework. Don't be discouraged. We have ALL made mistakes. It's a learning process. But never, ever let anyone make you feel ashamed, or less than, for trying.Their rude, inconsiderate behavior is to try and make them feel superior over you.

Whitecaps to donate in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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Comstock Park, MISunday, May 20, 2012, the West Michigan Whitecaps will honor National Child Abuse Prevention Month by donating $0.50 from each individual ticket sold to the Children’s Assessment Center.  All proceeds will be used to provide essential services for children who have been sexually abused in Kent County.  Tickets for the 1:00 p.m.

Lumberjacks Blog - Getting to Know Conor Garland

Lumberjacks Blog - Getting to Know Conor Garland

This is the first of a series of posts designed to help Lumberjacks fans get acquainted with the newest members of the Muskegon hockey family. Today's subject is Futures Draft pick Conor Garland.

Playing against much older competition should never be easy for a teenager, but Conor Garland made it look elementary this year when he poured in 94 points, including 42 goals, in his first season of junior hockey with the Boston Jr. Bruins.

"I went into the season knowing that this was when the 'real hockey' starts," said Garland via phone from his hometown of Scituate, Mass., which is about 30 miles southeast of Boston. "I expected to have a good season even though it was my first year at that level."