Lumberjacks to hold tryout camp

Aspiring Lumberjacks won't just be vying for a spot on Muskegon's United States Hockey League team during the team's tryout camp June 13-19; they also could be taking a step toward the next level. During last year's camp - the Jacks' first - several players not only made the team's roster, but they also paved the road to a college commitment.
Tribune Staff
Jun 4, 2011


“A number of Division I colleges will be represented here during camp,” Lumberjacks head coach Kevin Patrick said. “It’s definitely a recruiting and scouting ground. They’re looking for a little bit more information. They might have seen a player play midget hockey or high school hockey, maybe even junior hockey in another league.

“If they see a player getting it done in the USHL, they’ll often pull the trigger. We had three players receive scholarships at camp last year.”

From June 13-19, potential Jacks will have a chance to write the next chapters of their hockey story at the L.C. Walker Arena. The invite camp takes place from Monday, June 13 through Wednesday, June 15. Players who impress the coaching staff enough will be kept in the mix for main camp, which goes from Thursday, June 16 until Sunday, June 19.

There will be two All-Star games, one at 8 p.m. Saturday and another at 10 a.m. Sunday, after which the Jacks’ roster will be determined and posted.

Matt Berry, a Canton native and a product of the Belle Tire Youth Hockey program, set the hook to commit to Michigan State University with his performance during last year’s camp. He went on to lead the Jacks in goal scoring with 25 markers in the regular season and will skate for the Spartans this fall.

Berry recently informed his former Belle Tire teammates, Dakota Klecha and Omar Mullan, of the opportunity that’s in front of them, as the Jacks selected both players in the recent 2011 USHL Entry Draft.

“There’s a lot of scouts at camp, and I told them both I’m very excited for them,” Berry said. “They’ve got a chance to know where they’re playing in college before they even come to fall training camp.”


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