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PRESS RELEASE - Williams named captain, Strinden and Tresca tabbed as alternates

By Ryan Vallon, 09/22/21, 3:45PM EDT


MUSKEGON, Mich. — Mike Hamilton, Head Coach for the Muskegon Lumberjacks announced today that Jack Williams will serve as the team’s captain for the 2021-22 season. Ben Strinden and Phil Tresca will serve as alternate captains.

“We’re excited to name Jack Williams as our captain for this year,” said Hamilton. “Our team chose a great person, who leads by example, to help mold our team into a family. His leadership qualities on and off the ice speak volumes.”

“Phil and Ben are both returning players, known as hard-working players with a great head on their shoulders. The team couldn’t have picked two better guys to help Willy lead the team.”

Williams, the 5-foot-11, 170-pound forward skated in 58 games with the Lumberjacks during the 2020-21 regular season, totaling 18 goals and 20 assists for 38 points while registering 30 penalty minutes. The Biddeford, Maine native is committed to playing with the Northeastern University Huskies.

“I’m extremely honored to be named captain of the Lumberjacks,” said Wiliams. “I’m excited to lead this great group of guys, represent the Lumberjacks and get the season started.”

Strinden, the 6-foot-1, 193-pound forward was limited to 23 games with the Lumberjacks during the 2020-21 regular season, totaling one goal and nine assists for 10 points. The Fargo, N.D. native is committed to the University of North Dakota.

“I’m honored to be selected by the team as alternate captain,” said Strinden. “I can’t wait to lead by example, do my best, and try to win a Clark Cup.”

Tresca, the 6-foot, 190-pound forward appeared in 44 games with the Lumberjacks during the 2020-21 regular season, totaling seven goals and two assists for nine points. The Newton, Mass. native is committed to playing for the Bulldogs at Yale University.

“It’s an honor to be chosen by my teammates as a leader,” said Tresca. “We have a great group of guys and I’m excited to get the season going and compete for a championship.”


Flannel Fest

The Lumberjacks are kicking off the season with a bang for the home opener slated for October 15! Come down to Flannel Fest when the defending Clark Cup champion Chicago Steel comes to town for a two-game weekend series. Enjoy tailgating, an outdoor concert, hayrides, pumpkin and wood carving, axe throwing, and much more! Plus, the first 50 adults to open an account with Family Financial Credit Union during Flannel Fest will become the proud owners of an exclusive white Lumberjacks jersey! Single-game tickets are now on sale. For more information, call the Muskegon Lumberjacks Business office at (231)-799-7000 or email


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The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. The club’s goal is to create an environment where student-athletes develop into successful young men both on and off the ice, which includes playing the game the right way while keeping up with their studies in the classroom and staying actively involved in the West Michigan community. The organization is committed to providing quality, affordable, and top-notch family entertainment while providing positive role models for the youth for the local community.