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Russian Pipeline Continues in Muskegon

By Mike Sontag, 08/10/21, 12:45PM EDT

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MUSKEGON, MI– The Muskegon Lumberjacks have acquired forward Daniil But, a recent gold medalist for Team Russia in the Hlinka Gretzky Cup. Daniil is a highly prolific player who knows how to score, create goals, and has quickly worked his way to a top spot with the Russians. The unexpected roster opening became available when forward Carson Rehkopf chose to change his plans for the upcoming 2021-22 season. 

“It is with great disappointment that Carson Rehkopf, our tender, has chosen to sign major junior for the upcoming season,” said President of Hockey Operations, Steve Lowe. “Although losing Rehkopf is unexpected, we’re thrilled we were able to quickly use our resources to sign a player of equal caliber. We are excited to keep the Russian pipeline going in Muskegon and look forward to developing Daniil But in the near future.” 

Standing at six feet, four inches, the forward is regarded as a top prospect for the 2023 NHL Draft, and he is one of three underage Russian U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup players.

“We’re excited to add a player of Daniil’s capability to our organization,” said Lumberjacks Head Coach Mike Hamilton. “We were able to watch him participate in the Hlinka Gretzky Cup and were impressed with his abilities and how he matched up physically against players a year older. He has a bright future.”

Daniil But joins a long list of fellow Russian players to skate for the Lumberjacks in recent years, including Andrei Svechnikov, Egor Afanasyev, Danil Gushchin, Alex Yakovenko, and Igor Larionov Jr. The Lumberjacks have forged an unprecedented connection with Eastern Europe, with But being the latest Russian-born player who will take aim at stardom in the USHL.