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Let's Talk Turkey about Cooking that Spring Turkey!

Let's Talk Turkey about Cooking that Spring Turkey!

The memories of cooking with parents or grandparents at an early age, can last a lifetime. How important and special it made you feel and the pride you have when you get to see the finish product is like a trophy of your own.

But when you get to the age that you can harvestl your dinner, prepare it and share it with others, takes the cake! Nothing is much better than that feeling.

Pretty soon the harvested meat becomes a main staple in your diet. You start to choose to prepare that meat over any choice cuts of meat you use to get from the butcher.

Cooking nourishment for family and friends that you have hunted yourself, is amazing. Over dinner, often you share the story of how your hunting trip went, which just adds another layer and so much more to the entire process.

Carrying on those traditions for the future, are extremely important to continue the turkey hunting heritage

Lumberjacks Fan Appreciation Night scheduled for Saturday

Lumberjacks Fan Appreciation Night scheduled for Saturday

Following a difficult three-game road trip, the Muskegon Lumberjacks get an immediate chance at redemption.

After dropping games in Dubuque, Waterloo and Green Bay last weekend, the Lumberjacks (17-32-7, 41 points) take on two of those three playoff teams this week in a back-to-back situation.

The Jacks travel to Green Bay for the fourth and final time Friday when they wrap up their eight-game season series with the juggernaut Gamblers at 8:05 p.m. Eastern. Green Bay (45-8-3, 93 points) tied a franchise record for wins when it topped Muskegon 6-1 Sunday afternoon at the Resch Center. The Anderson Cup winners and Clark Cup favorites are four points short of the all-time USHL record set by the 1998-99 Des Moines Buccaneers.

Second period dooms Jacks in loss

Second period dooms Jacks in loss

The Muskegon Lumberjacks finished arguably their most difficult weekend of the campaign with a 6-1 loss to the league-leading Green Bay Gamblers Sunday afternoon at the Resch Center.

The Lumberjacks (17-32-7, 41 points) played three games in three cities in less than 72 hours, the only stretch of its kind this season. They dropped decisions at Dubuque and Cedar Rapids before Green Bay poured on four goals in the second period to earn its sixth win in seven games against Muskegon.

Travis Walsh deposited his second goal in four games to cut the Gamblers’ lead to 2-1 midway through the second, but Green Bay closed the period with three more of its own to stifle the Lumberjacks’ rally. Playing at forward instead of his usual defense position, Walsh converted a pass from Joe Cox, who stole the puck in front of the Gamblers’ net.

Joe Abdelkader joins Lumberjacks staff

Joe Abdelkader joins Lumberjacks staff

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are pleased to announce that Joe Abdelkader has been added to the team’s front office staff as Housing and Academic Coordinator.

The father of Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader, who played in the USHL before heading to Michigan State, Joe Abdelkader brings his experience as a longtime local educator and hockey dad to the Lumberjacks.

“Joe is a perfect fit for our organization,” said Lumberjacks President/COO Tim Taylor. “He has limitless energy and is very passionate about what we’re doing. He wants to further our efforts in building one of the best junior programs in hockey.”

As a teacher in the Reeths-Puffer school system for 35 years, Abdelkader augmented his decades in area classrooms with various stints coaching sports teams, including middle-school tennis and golf squads.

Challenging road stretch begins this weekend for the Lumberjacks

Challenging road stretch begins this weekend for the Lumberjacks

The Muskegon Lumberjacks finish their second United States Hockey League season with six of their last seven games on the road, making the final three weeks a true challenge.

Moreover, the four teams Muskegon will take face the rest of the way – Dubuque, Green Bay, Cedar Rapids and Waterloo – have an 11-1-1 record against the Lumberjacks this season. Combine the road factor with the strength of the Jacks’ opponents, and the next seven games look like a true test of how far this team has progressed under Head Coach Jim McKenzie.

The Jacks just completed a three-game homestand with a 2-1-0 record, with wins coming against the talented U.S. National Under-17 Team and the league-leading Green Bay Gamblers. While the 6-1 wipeout of the NTDP March 17 cleared the air after a four-game losing streak, Saturday’s 4-3 shootout victory over Green Bay could go down as the highlight of the season.

Chlapik named to Czech World Championship roster

Chlapik named to Czech World Championship roster

Muskegon Lumberjacks forward Adam Chlapik has been named to the Czech Republic’s preliminary roster for April’s IIHF U18 World Championship, the team announced today.

Chlapik [pronounced CLAP-ick] will depart for his native country this weekend and join the Czech team’s pre-tournament camp in advance of the International Ice Hockey Federation’s annual get-together, which takes place April 12-24 in the Czech cities of Brno and Znojmo.   

“It’s going to be a great experience,” said Chlapik, who joined the Lumberjacks in a November trade with Tri-City. “[The tournament] is only two or three hours from my hometown. I’m very excited about the opportunity.”

Chlapik, 18, will be first-year eligible for the NHL Draft this June and was rated as the seventh-best USHL prospect by the Red Line Report last fall. The 6-foot, 185-pound left-handed shooter has 17 points this season in America’s top junior league.

Boys of winter enter spring with two home games

Boys of winter enter spring with two home games

It may feel like June outside, but the calendar reads March, so the Muskegon Lumberjacks still have business to take care of as they near the conclusion of their second season in the United States Hockey League.

After matching a season high with six goals Saturday night at L.C. Walker Arena, the Lumberjacks (16-28-7, 39 points) stay at home for a pair of games this weekend while seeking to build on a blowout win over the National Team Development Program.

Their 6-2 victory over the National Under-17 Team, powered by Dakota Klecha’s hat trick, curtailed a five-game winless streak and continued a season-long trend of the Lumberjacks playing much better at home than on the road.