Local Sports Journal

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are officially under new ownership.

The sale was approved on Monday at the USHL’s board of governors meeting in Chicago.

That means three former National Hockey League players own the 3-year-old club – Brother Chris and Peter Ferraro and former goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck.

That group takes over for Lou and Josh Mervis, who owned the USHL club the first three seasons of its existence.

The Jacks are going through training camp this week at L.C. Walker Arena under the watchful eye of the new owners, new head coach Todd Krygier, and others. One of those in town watching the action is former minor-leaguer Kevin Kerr, who had a long career in minor professional hockey and that included stints in Flint and Quad City.

There was a Black and Gold game on Wednesday night. On Thursday, the top players from the three-day open camp will stick around for the invite camp, which runs through Saturday.

The week will culminate with a Black and Gold game Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at Walker Arena. The team’s top brass will then have to narrow down their roster to 23 players.