Jacks deal for Omaha goalie Keeney
October 20, 2011
Muskegon sent a future draft pick and a player to be named to the Lancers for one of the more accomplished goalies in the league
by Matt Gajtka
MUSKEGON, Mich.– With their home opener two days away, the Muskegon Lumberjacks added what could be an important piece to their 2011-12 puzzle.
The Jacks acquired three-year USHL veteran goaltender John Keeney from the Omaha Lancers in a trade Thursday afternoon. Muskegon sent its third-round selection in the 2013 USHL Entry Draft to Omaha, along with a player to be named later.
Keeney, 18, is one of the most experienced netminders in the league, with 45 games under his belt in parts of three seasons. He made his debut during the 2009-10 season and suited up in 30 contests for the Lancers last year.
The 6-foot-1, 187-pounder from Twin Peaks, Calif., made the most of the increased playing time last season, going 15-9-3 with a 2.23 goals-against average – fifth-best in the USHL – and a .918 save percentage that ranked eighth.
“John has put up excellent numbers during his time in the league,” Lumberjacks Head Coach/GM Kevin Patrick said. “He is one of the more veteran goalies in the USHL.”
Thus far this season, Keeney has played in two games, stopping 54 of 58 shots while posting a 1-1-0 record. He will join returner Paul Berrafato in Muskegon’s goaltending stable, as rookie Blake Voth was released in a corresponding transaction.
“We are constantly evaluating our needs to put our team in the best position possible,” Patrick said. “We felt we needed to solidify the goalie position in order to be successful.”
The puck drops for the home opener at 7:15 p.m. Friday, as the Lumberjacks host defending Clark Cup champion Dubuque at L.C. Walker Arena. Call 231.724.JACK(5225) to purchase your tickets, or visit startickets.com or any local Meijer location.
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud members of the United States Hockey League, the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and the leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. The Lumberjacks’ organization prides itself on developing not just premier hockey talent, but also exceptional young men outside the arena of sports. For more information, visit muskegonlumberjacks.com.