Muskegon roster finalized for Alumni Game
January 31, 2012
NHL veterans and local favorites make up the team that will try to beat the Red Wings Alumni Feb. 11 at L.C. Walker Arena! Kharin among 5 NHLers added to Detroit team
by Matt Gajtka
MUSKEGON, Mich. – The Muskegon Lumberjacks announce the addition of five more players for the Red Wings Alumni Team and the finalization of the Muskegon roster for the Red Wings Alumni Game Saturday, Feb. 11 at L.C. Walker Arena.
Former NHLers Bryan Smolinski, Kip Miller, Wayne Presley, Craig Wolanin and Sergei Kharin, the latter of which played five seasons in Muskegon, will take the ice for the Detroit team as they face a squad of local hockey heroes at 7:15 p.m.
“We continue to be impressed by the efforts of the Red Wings Alumni Association,” said Muskegon Lumberjacks President/COO Tim Taylor. “The lineup they are providing is the best I’ve seen for an event like this. We look forward to seeing this formidable collection of NHL veterans on our ice.”
Mickey Redmond, Darren McCarty, Kris Draper, Joey Kocur and Jimmy Carson, among others, have already committed to play for the Red Wings Alumni, which has raised over $4 million for various causes since 1959.
Stanley Cup winner Jock Callander, Scott “Farmer” Feasby and top minor-league goal scorer Robin Bouchard will join a host of past Muskegon pros as they try to beat an imposing Red Wings lineup.
The Muskegon team (roster attached) has been completely filled, featuring NHL veterans like Tim Hrynewich, Phil Russell, Drew Callander, Carl Mokosak and Mike Fountain.
Rounding out the local team will be Port City favorites Jason Lawmaster, Rob Melanson, Norm Krumpschmid, Jeff Napierala, Erle Switzer, Grant Block, Billy Collins, Mark Vilneff, Pat Rabbitt, Charlie Link and Tyler Palmer. The Muskegon squad will be coached by Ron Stephenson and Joe Kastelic.
As the list of participants grows, the time to buy tickets quickly decreases. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets for the game are on sale at the L.C. Walker Arena box office, as well as on StarTickets.com and at your local Meijer. Call (231) 724-JACK for more information!
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.