MUSKEGON, MI- General Manager John Vanbiesbrouck announced today that the Muskegon Lumberjacks have acquired veteran forward Michael Graham from the Fargo Force. In return, Muskegon will send forward Garrett Van Wyhe and defenseman Ty Farmer to Fargo.
“First and foremost, I want to thank Garrett and Ty for being outstanding for us here in Muskegon,” said Vanbiesbrouck. “However, we felt this was a necessary move to round out our top group of forwards.”
Graham, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound forward from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, has played 45 USHL games during two seasons with the Force, tallying 12 goals and 12 assists. The 1997-birthyear was a prolific scorer during his high school career at prestigious Eden Prairie High, totaling 170 points in 137 games.
Graham, who bears no relation to recently acquired center Monte Graham, is committed to play collegiately at the University of Notre Dame.
Van Wyhe, an undrafted free agent from Seattle, was acquired from Dubuque prior to the 2016-17 season in exchange for a 7th-round pick. Van Wyhe scored nine goals and 21 points in 57 games as a Lumberjack, and scored some of Muskegon’s most memorable goals, including an overtime game-winner in Youngstown and a late game-tying goal at home against Chicago.
Vanbiesbrouck grabbed Farmer in a midseason trade with Youngstown, sending draft picks to the Phantoms in exchange for the 2014 tender. The speedy defenseman racked up three goals and nine points in 24 games while in Muskegon.
The Lumberjacks’ 30-man roster will be finalized on July 11.