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Muskegon Lumberjacks Bolster Strength Training with 2SP

By Mike Sontag, 08/19/21, 2:30PM EDT

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MUSKEGON, MI- The Muskegon Lumberjacks have announced an agreement with 2SP Sports Performance, a full-service off-ice training team founded by Joe Neal, who is committed to helping athletes reach their peak athletic performance. No stranger to athletic conditioning, Detroit based 2SP has worked with hundreds of the top NHL players and future stars of the game over the past decade. 

“We hold our players to a high standard and 2SP’s training ideology just clicked with us and the direction our organization is heading,” said Head Coach Mike Hamilton. “I personally have worked with Joe Neal and 2SP for many years and have benefited as a coach from the growth of my teams. 2SP will push our players to reach their peak physical condition while maintaining their health and safety. We truly believe the steps we’ve taken can help us take the next step toward our championship aspirations."

The coaches of 2SP tailor their training programs individually for each player, working meticulously to ensure each of their own needs and goals are being reached. The exercises, intensity, and duration vary throughout the training program so that athletes are constantly challenged and improving. While the staff will be spending much of their time working with the team in the gym, they will also provide nutritional guidance to maximize gains and help the Jacks reach their body composition goals. 

The agreement with 2SP was not the only addition made to the Lumberjacks’ training regimen this offseason. Earlier this week, the team announced a partnership with Belfry Hockey, an innovative, skills-based training organization with a reputation for developing hockey players into elite stars. While 2SP is working with athletes in the gym and the kitchen, Belfry will be working with players on the ice. 

“The work we put in on the ice is equally as important as the work we put in off the ice,” said Steve Lowe, President of Hockey Operations. “The partnerships with both 2SP and Belfry establish a well-rounded training protocol that covers all of our bases. Actions speak louder than words, and you can see team owners Bob Kaiser and Dan Israel’s commitment to making us the best junior hockey organization in the world with the incredible moves they’ve made this offseason.” 

With the exception of the 2019-20 season, which was suspended early due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lumberjacks have made playoffs every year since the 2016-17 season. While the team currently has the tools for success, the coaching staff is confident these new partnerships can elevate the organization to an elite level. 

The 2021-22 season kicks off on September 25 in Pittsburgh at the DICK’S Sporting Goods Fall Classic. The Lumberjacks will face the Chicago Steel at their home opener on October 15. Season tickets for the 2021-22 season are now on sale. For more information, please call the

Muskegon Lumberjacks Business Office at (231) 799-7000 or email afranczek@muskegonlumberjacks.com.