Local Sports Journal

The Muskegon Lumberjacks announced defenseman Doyle Somerby has joined the team for the remainder of the United States Hockey League season.

Somerby, who played at Kimball Union Academy and is a New York Islanders draft pick, is a native of Marblehead, Mass.

He was the Lumberjacks sixth-round draft pick in the 2012 USHL Entry Draft and was a fifth-round pick of the NHL’s Islanders in the 2012 NHL Entry draft.

He is committed to playing at Boston University from the Hockey East Association beginning in the 2013-14 season.

“Doyle (Somerby) is a great asset to the team that provides great size and maturity for his age,” said Lumberjacks assistant coach Ron Gay.  “Doyle is excited for the opportunity to showcase his talents as he is soaking everything in and wants to learn how to become better at his position every day.”

Somerby played three seasons with the Kimball Union Academy Wildcats in Meriden, New Hampshire out of the New England Prep School hockey league (NEDI). He had three goals and 17 assists in 66 games during his first two seasons at the school. Before joining Kimball Union Academy, Somerby spent his freshman season playing for St. Mary’s High School in Lynn, Mass. While there, he had five points in 24 games.