The Muskegon Lumberjacks defense got a lot stronger on Tuesday as the team acquired a solid skater from the Lincoln Stars in Robert McCollum.
McCollum comes to Muskegon with a +5 rating with two goals and two assists through 19 games played this season in the USHL and brings a lot of experience under his belt.
The Thunder Bay, ON native and 6-2 defenseman, makes his way to Muskegon from Lincoln after playing for the Kenai River Brown Bears of the North American Hockey League in the 2018-19 season and 25 games this season. McCollum also played in the Super International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) and the Ontario Junior Hockey League before reaching the USHL.
“We acquired an older, more experienced defenseman to help our youth on our defensive core going into the last half of the season," said Steve Lowe, Lumberjacks President of Hockey Operations. "Adding a veteran like Robert is what this team needs right now to get our defense winning games and to take the pressure off our guys upfront."
McCollum enters into Muskegon's lineup familiar with a system that's been helped being led by General Manager Jimmy McGroarty.
"He (McCollum) is a player that Jimmy (McGroarty) knows well and we are excited to be able to work with someone who has the right attitude and is familiar with what we want to accomplish on the ice right now," said Lowe.
The Lumberjacks will put McCollum to the test this weekend as they host Madison on Friday and then head to Madison for the start of a four-game road trip.