MUSKEGON, November 19 - Winning championships is a Muskegon area sports tradition and the Muskegon Lumberjacks commitment to giving hockey fans the best talent on and off the ice just got a lot stronger.
On Tuesday, the Lumberjacks took some major steps, bringing in new leadership and promoting those who are already showing they have what it takes to bring home a championship.
Steve Lowe is now the President of Hockey Operations for the Lumberjacks. The Oakville, Ontario native brings quite a hockey pedigree to the Lumberjacks organization.
Lowe was President of Hockey Operations for the USHL’s Tri-City Storm for the past six seasons, winning a Clark Cup in 2015-16. His hockey background goes even deeper with 11 seasons of professional hockey from 1993-2004, and he has built a resume of recruiting high quality players on the ice.
His talent acquisition includes 31 players drafted by the NHL, 13 that skated in the NHL, and 192 NCAA commits. Lowe also helped bring the Anderson Cup to Tri-City in 2018-19.
Steve is a current resident of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and is accompanied by his wife Christy, and daughters Lahana and Lily.
"My commitment to winning championships here in Muskegon is unrelenting and something I want for our fans, players and management," said Lowe, whose tenure with Tri-City started in 2010 before arriving in Muskegon on Tuesday. "I know the level of expectations are high here in Muskegon and that's why I want to bring my expertise here. There is nothing better than seeing hard work pay off for these players and to have fans there to share in the special moments."
The Lumberjacks have also named Jimmy McGroarty as General Manager.
McGroarty, a Toronto native, had multiple roles in the USHL for 13 seasons with the Omaha Lancers and the Lincoln Stars. Since his time in the league, McGroarty has been the Director of Hockey/Scouting at TPH Academy and scouting for the Hamilton Bulldogs in the OHL. McGroarty and his wife Cindy have two children, Molly and Rutger.
Current Head Coach Mike Hamilton was promoted to Assistant General Manager alongside his current duties as team leader.
Mike McCall, President of Business Operations, added the following: "The ownership continues to go above and beyond in their quest to be the best junior hockey organization in the world. These big moves are just another factor in developing world class teams and players!"