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Lumberjacks take on USNTDP in 'Play with Purpose' charity hockey game

By Mike Sontag, Ryan Vallon, 09/07/21, 5:00PM EDT

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MUSKEGON, MICH. - The Muskegon Lumberjacks will be heading to Plymouth, Mich. on September 18 for a 6 pm charity matchup with the United States National Development Program (USNTDP) U-18 in the 4th annual “Play with Purpose” hockey game. For one night only, these two teams will set their rivalry aside to help raise awareness and end distracted driving.

The game will be played to honor Mitchel Kiefer, who tragically lost his life in 2016 from a motor vehicle accident caused by a distracted driver. In 2017, the USA Hockey Arena dedicated their Olympic rink and posthumously renamed it the Mitchel Kiefer Memorial Rink.

Both teams, with the support of Gallagher-Kaiser, Hockey has Heart, and StopDistractions.org will dedicate this game to help raise awareness in the community about the deadly consequences of distracted driving.

A portion of the proceeds will support organizations focused on educating local communities about the dangers of distracted driving, changing driving behaviors and saving lives.

Advanced General Admission tickets can be purchased by calling the USA Hockey Arena Box Office at (734)-453-6400 Ext. 303. Tickets sold at the door will be $15.

The game will be broadcast on HockeyTV free of charge. In addition, Detroit-based Comcast subscribers can access the game on CN 900.

A pre-game ceremony and honorary puck drop will take place before the action kicks off. Autographs from both teams will be available after the game.

The Lumberjacks are gearing up for their 2021-22 season, starting the regular season on the road with the DICK’S Sporting Goods Fall Classic in Pittsburgh on September 25. The Lumberjacks home opener is October 15, taking on the Chicago Steel. Single game tickets are now on sale. For more information, please call the Muskegon Lumberjacks Business Office at (231)-799-7000 or email afranczek@muskegonlumberjacks.com.