By Craig Beilfuss

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are just days away from hosting their home opener of the 2021-22 regular season.

So, on Tuesday, the Jacks hosted a press conference at the Family Financial Credit Union downtown hub to discuss what is coming up.

Changes to Mercy Health Arena were a topic of conversation along with the chance to meet the new faces in the Lumberjacks’ organization. Among those in attendance were Coach Mike Hamilton and Team President Andrea Rose.

The team also unveiled its new jerseys to the public.

Muskegon City Manager Frank Peterson, complimented the Lumberjacks and talked about the

Muskegon City Manager Frank Peterson Photo/Leo Valdez

changes at the arena, which for those attending hockey games, will include no access to the arena along Western Avenue. All spectators will enter through the Convention Center.

“Mercy Health Arena brought in over half a million people in both 2019 and 2020. It’s had a huge impact on the community,” said Peterson.

Coach Hamilton, entering his third season, thanked the City of Muskegon for their commitment.

“The ownership speaks for itself,” said Hamilton. “We’re 0-2-1-1. We’re off to a slower start than we had hoped to be. I’m excited about the team that we have. We have a good team and we’ll be a very entertaining team.”

Lumberjacks Coach Mike Hamilton Photo/Leo Valdez

Rose discussed a variety of events that will be taking place on weekends when the Lumberjacks are at home.

“We’re excited about bringing people back downtown again,” said Rose.

The Lumberjacks will be in action this Friday and Saturday evening at Mercy Health Arena. Both games are against the Clark Cup champion Chicago Steel.