MUSKEGON, MI- Muskegon Lumberjacks forward Garrett Van Wyhe announced via twitter Monday that he will play collegiate hockey for the US Military Academy.
Van Wyhe, a 19-year-old Seattle native, is playing his first season in Muskegon. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by Dubuque, and then acquired by Muskegon for a draft pick this preseason.
Van Wyhe has played in 37 games this year, tallying four goals and 11 assists.
Both Van Wyhe and head coach John LaFontaine came to Muskegon from Wichita Falls, and LaFontaine has enjoyed having Van Wyhe in his lineup for the second straight year.
“It is exciting to see hard-working, smart, and yet humble players be rewarded,” said LaFontaine. “Garrett has had to work hard for every opportunity and as a result has learned perseverance. His work ethic and high character make him a great fit for West Point.”
“West Point can provide young men like me so many options,” said Van Wyhe. “The opportunities are endless after graduation. Obviously, I want to go pro, but if hockey doesn’t work out, I’ll have every skill I need to make a career in something else.”
After graduation, Van Wyhe said he will definitely consider a career in the armed forces. He plans to study kinesiology and could continue his studies in Physical Therapy.