Thursday, July 11, 2013

Lumberjacks Announce Initial Protected List for Upcoming Season

Press Release

MUSKEGON, Michigan (July 11th) – The Muskegon Lumberjacks have announced their initial 28-man protected list following the completion of June’s Tryout Camp at the L.C. Walker Arena and in preparation for Training Camp in late August to try and make the 2013-14 roster.
Eight notable players from the 2012-13 season will be returning to the team this season being led by Forward Connor Hurley (Eagan, Minnesota), who was recently selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2nd round (38th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and is committed to the University of Notre Dame following his USHL career. The following is the list of players from the 2012-13 season that will be returning this season (in alphabetical order by first name):
Cameron Darcy
– South Boston, Massachusetts
Connor Hurley
– Eagan, Minnesota (Buffalo Sabres draft pick/University of Notre Dame commit)
Cullen Hurley – Eagan, Minnesota
Frederik Tiffels – Cologne, Germany (Western Michigan University commit)
Mason Jobst – Speedway, Indiana
Matt Mendelson
– Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mike Preston – Carmel, Indiana
Jordan Uhelski – Flint, Michigan
The remaining players on the protected list feature the Lumberjacks’ first two picks in the 2013 USHL Phase One Draft in Forward Grant Jozefek (7th overall) and Defenseman Chaz Switzer (8th overall). Also, Muskegon’s first two picks in the 2013 USHL Phase Two Draft also land on the list in Defenseman Tommy Panico (3rd overall) and Forward Haralds Egle (8th overall).
Other notable players on the list include Phase Two draft pick and late round gem in Forward Robbie DeMontis (19th round, 278th overall) along with Michigan’s 2013 Mr. Hockey award recipient in Riverview High School Forward Brian Bachnak. Bachnak was also named to the Michigan High School Hockey Coaches’ Association’s (MHSHCA) “Dream Team” for his efforts during the 2012-13 season.
The following is the rest of the complete list to round out the initial 28-man roster (in alphabetical order by first name):
Brian Bachnak – Brownstown, Michigan (Riverview High School)
C.J. Smith – Richfield, Minnesota (Austin Bruins/University of Massachusetts-Lowell commit)
Cody Kuster – Ludington, Michigan (Shattuck St. Mary’s)
Grant Jozefek – Chester, New Jersey (North Jersey Avalanche/West Mendham High School)
Haralds Egle – Liepaje, Latvia (Portland Junior Pirates/University of Vermont commit)
Matheson Iacopelli – Brownstown, Michigan (Belle Tire)
Robbie DeMontis
– Kleinburg, Ontario (The Hill Academy)
Sam Berg
– Beamsville, Ontario (Hamilton Red Wings)
Trevor Morbeck – Jackson, Wisconsin (Oshawa Generals)
Adam Larkin – Clarkston, Michigan (Honeybaked Midget Major)
Carson Gatt – Farmington Hills, Michigan (Detroit Catholic Central High School/Michigan State University commit)
Chaz Switzer – Muskegon, Michigan (Compuware)
Connor Frantti
– Spring Grove, Illinois (Culver Academy Prep)
Jake McCarthy – Dedham, Massachusetts (St. Sebastian’s)
Janik Moser – Mannheim, Germany (Mannheim Adler)
Sean Lang – Apple Valley, Minnesota (Coulee Region Chill)
Tommy Panico – Wall, New Jersey (Team Comcast/University of Massachusetts-Lowell commit)
Tristan Rostagno - Pawaukee, Wisconsin (Arrowhead High School/Michigan Tech University commit)
Alex Blankenburg – Washington, Michigan (Port Huron Fighting Falcons)
Eric Schierhorn
– Anchorage, Alaska (Russell Stover/USNTDP)
The Lumberjacks also announce two trades in which they have traded the rights of Defenseman Alexx Privitera to the Dubuque Fighting Saints in exchange for a conditional first round pick in the 2014 USHL Phase One Draft. Also, the Lumberjacks completed a trade with the Sioux Falls Stampede in which they have acquired the rights to Defenseman Janik Moser in exchange for a conditional eighth round pick in the 2014 USHL Phase Two Draft.
The initial protected list is subject to change over time. The Lumberjacks will begin their preseason slate in the 2013 USHL Atlantic Challenge slated for September 6-8th in New York and New Jersey. A complete 2013-14 schedule will be released within the coming days.

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