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Bouchard, Callander, Feasby commit to Feb. 11 Alumni Game

Bouchard, Callander, Feasby commit to Feb. 11 Alumni Game

MUSKEGON, Mich. – Muskegon hockey legends Robin Bouchard, Jock Callander and Scott Feasby will make their returns to the L.C. Walker Arena ice Saturday, Feb. 11 in the Red Wings Alumni Game.

Retired Red Wings greats Mickey Redmond, Jimmy Carson and Kris Draper are also scheduled to play in the contest, which makes its return after a two-year absence. But while the Detroit alumni are sure to thrill, the presence of Bouchard, Callander, Feasby and others will add a distinctly Muskegon feel to the nostalgic event.

In addition, the Lumberjacks announced that Bouchard’s No. 32 will be retired in a formal ceremony prior to the Jacks’ game against the Youngstown Phantoms Friday, Feb. 10 at 7:15 p.m. He will join Callander and Feasby as one of only 10 players to be so honored in the annals of Muskegon hockey.

Gamblers push past Jacks 6-4

Gamblers push past Jacks 6-4

MUSKEGON, Mich. (January 14, 2012) – The Muskegon Lumberjacks rallied for a 3-2 lead midway through Saturday night’s game at L.C. Walker Arena, but the first-place Green Bay Gamblers scored the next four goals en route to a 6-4 win.

Rudy Sulmonte and Matt DeBlouw scored back-to-back goals to snatch the lead after the Gamblers (26-5-1, 53 points) carried a 2-1 edge into the second period. However, goals nine seconds apart by Green Bay restored the visitors’ advantage, and Andy Welinski’s stunned Muskegon by hitting the twine with 0.8 seconds left in the second for a two-goal bulge.

Michigan native Alex Kile popped in two goals, including one with 9:15 remaining in the third to stretch the Green Bay lead to 6-3. Nick Seeler rifled his third of the season to draw the Lumberjacks (9-16-2, 20 points) within two, but that’s as close as they would get.

Lumberjacks make changes to Hockey Operations staff

Lumberjacks make changes to Hockey Operations staff

MUSKEGON, Mich. (January 13, 2012) – The Muskegon Lumberjacks today announced changes to their hockey operations staff, which includes naming NHL veteran Jim McKenzie as the Head Coach of the team for the remainder of the 2011-12 season. Kevin Patrick was relieved of his duties this morning.

“It was a difficult decision to make as Kevin helped build our organization when the Lumberjacks first became a part of the USHL,” said Lumberjacks Owner/CEO Josh Mervis, who will assume the club’s General Manager responsibilities. “The team was not having the results we needed and it was time to move in a new direction.”

Skate drive continues as Muskegon hosts pair of games

Skate drive continues as Muskegon hosts pair of games

MUSKEGON, Mich. (January 11, 2012) – With the infamous lakeshore winter arriving late this year, the debut of the outdoor skating rink in downtown Muskegon has been delayed, but there is a bright side to the unseasonably warm temperatures.

Since the rink, which will be built along Western Ave. between Jefferson and First streets, will not be opening this weekend as scheduled, that gives local hockey fans additional time to donate new or used ice skates during the Lumberjacks’ ongoing five-game homestand.

The Jacks host Des Moines Friday and Green Bay Saturday, with both games facing off at 7:15 p.m. at L.C. Walker Arena. Each pair of skates collected will be sharpened, with costs covered by the Muskegon Lumberjacks Charitable Foundation. The skates will then be resold to the public for $5 per pair at the rink kickoff Saturday, Jan. 21.

Jacks rally again, but Indiana gets OT win

Jacks rally again, but Indiana gets OT win

MUSKEGON, Mich. Dakota Klecha and Mark Yanis scored third period goals to force overtime, but Sean Kuraly ended the game in sudden death as the Indiana Ice escaped with a 3-2 win over the Muskegon Lumberjacks Wednesday night.

Ten days after the Lumberjacks (9-12-1, 19 points) used a late rally to snatch a thrilling victory at L.C. Walker Arena, they came back against the same Indiana team. Muskegon had been 0-10-0 when trailing after two periods, and this time the deficit was two goals.

After Klecha converted a sweet setup from Alex Smith during a power play early in the final frame, Yanis took a drop pass from Joseph Cox and ripped a wrister between the legs of Indiana goalie Jon Gillies to tie the score with 7:34 remaining in regulation.

Lumberjacks post-holiday week features Indy rematch, Sled Wings visit

Lumberjacks post-holiday week features Indy rematch, Sled Wings visit

MUSKEGON, Mich. (December 27, 2011) – Although the Muskegon Lumberjacks have but one USHL game on the schedule in the final week of 2011, the next few days are significant in more ways than one.

Certainly Wednesday’s rematch with Indiana will get the Lumberjacks’ attention after a 10-day holiday hiatus. Muskegon rallied late to defeat the Ice Dec. 18 at L.C. Walker Arena, netting two goals 36 seconds apart to transform a potential loss into a pulsating overtime win.

After Indiana leaves town, perhaps an even more formidable opponent will be waiting for them Friday, as the Grand Rapids Sled Wings travel to the Port City for a matchup with the Lumberjacks.

Stanley Cup coming to Muskegon

Stanley Cup coming to Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich. (December 22, 2011) – Many Stanley Cup winners have passed through Muskegon on their way to the top of the hockey world, with more to follow as today’s Lumberjacks develop their talents in the USHL.

But on Saturday, Jan. 7, hockey’s ultimate prize will be available for all to see, as the Stanley Cup will be on display at L.C. Walker Arena when the Jacks host the Chicago Steel in their first home game of the new year.

Fans in attendance will be able to take pictures with the Stanley Cup for a nominal donation to the Muskegon Lumberjacks Charitable Foundation. Arena doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the game, presented by The Lube Shop and Rock 101.7 WMRR, begins at 7:15.