Monday, September 16, 2013

Lumberjacks make roster moves prior to regular season opener

Press Release

 MUSKEGON, Michigan (September 16th) – The Muskegon Lumberjacks have announced numerous roster moves in which they have acquired two players via trades in Defenseman Matt McArdle and Forward Jason Cotton from the Dubuque Fighting Saints and Tri-City Storm, respectively.

Matt McArdle, the Annapolis, Maryland native, was Dubuque’s 16th-round pick (236th overall) in the 2012 USHL Entry Draft and spent the previous four seasons in the Shattuck St. Mary’s hockey program totaling 98 points (21 goals and 77 assists) in 216 games played.

In return for McArdle, the Lumberjacks sent a 13th-round pick in the 2014 USHL Phase Two Draft to the Fighting Saints.

Jason Cotton, the Murphy, Texas native, was Tri-City’s third-round pick (35th overall) in the 2012 USHL Entry Draft and spent last season with the Storm recording one goal and five assists in 45 games played.  Cotton also participated in the 2013 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game that was held in Muskegon and is committed to Northeastern University following his USHL career.

The Lumberjacks will send over future considerations at a later date to the Storm to complete the trade for Cotton.

In other moves, the team has released Forward Brian Bachnak and Defenseman Jake McCarthy from the active roster.  Bachnak tallied one assist in four preseason games this season with the Lumberjacks.  McCarthy also appeared in four preseason games and will remain on the team’s affiliate list.

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