Local Sports Journal

Four players will represent the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the upcoming USHL/NHL Prospects Game.

Defensemen Michael Brodzinski and Ben Storm, along with forwards Cameron Darcy and Frederik Tiffels will take the ice for the game which features the top draft eligible players in the USHL. The game is set for 7:15 p.m. on Jan. 23 at L.C. Walker Arena.

Michael Brodzinski, a University of Minnesota commit, has 18 points (nine goals and nine assists) in 30 games played to go along with a plus-7 rating.  This season, he is  first among all USHL defensemen in goals scored and tied for third in points.

“It is a great honor to showcase my talents on the biggest of stages playing against the some of the best the USHL has to offer,” said Brodzinski.  “It will be a fun test and a great opportunity to show the NHL what I am capable of bringing to the table.”

Storm, a St. Cloud State University commit, has four assists in 19 games played to go along with a plus-1 rating in his first season with the Lumberjacks.

“I am very thankful for this opportunity to showcase my talents in front of all the NHL teams,” said Storm.  “I have been working hard on my game all season long, and being nominated to play in this game means that my goals of playing in the NHL are beginning to grow.”

Darcy has played in 16 games with the Lumberjacks this season totaling nine points on one goal and eight assists.  This is his second stint in the USHL after playing for the U.S. National Developmental Program for the last two seasons.

“I am excited for this opportunity to play in front of multiple NHL scouts and show them what I have to offer,” Darcy said.  “It will be a good experience for me to see what I can do against the best talent in the league while trying to play like it was any other game.”

Tiffels has played in 23 games with the Lumberjacks in his first USHL season. He hasn’t scored a goal, but has 14 assists and a plus-10 rating. Tiffels is currently playing for Team Germany in the 2013 IIHF Under-20 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

“This is an enormous opportunity for those guys to compete on the biggest of stages in their young careers to show what they are made of,” Lumberjacks coach Jim McKenzie said.  “I am extremely happy for all four guys as I know they will compete hard against some of the best the league has to offer, and I will be sure to offer any advice to them to help them prepare for this game.”

This is second season that the USHL will host this event featuring many of the top players in the league who are eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft. Muskegon will have hosted both events.

The draft is June 28-29 in Newark, N.J.

“It is an honor and privilege to have the top prospects game (in Muskegon) for the second consecutive year to showcase some of the best talent in the USHL in front of top executives and scouts from every NHL organization,” Lumberjacks owner Josh Mervis said.  “This event will also showcase the great city and community of Muskegon in terms of what it has to offer and provide a positive impact financially for the community with the dollars brought into town by the scouts and visitors.”