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Lumberjacks Acquire Zach Saar from Des Moines

January 30, 2013 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Muskegon Lumberjacks News Release

MUSKEGON, Michigan (January 30th) - The Muskegon Lumberjacks have announced a trade for Forward Zach Saar and a fifth-round draft pick in the 2013 USHL Futures Draft from the Des Moines Buccaneers in exchange for Muskegon's second-round pick in the same Futures Draft.

Saar, the Plainwell, Michigan native, has totaled 12 points (four goals and eight assists) in 30 games played this season with the Buccaneers and is committed to play for the Penn State Nittany Lions beginning next season.

"We are excited to bring in a power forward, as well as bringing another Michigan-native back home to help the Lumberjacks in our drive for a USHL Championship," said Lumberjacks Owner and CEO Josh Mervis. "Zach (Saar) is an excellent player, as well as an NHL prospect that will benefit greatly from having our coaching staff, Jim McKenzie and Ron Gay, help him to develop into his fullest potential."

Saar is currently in his third year with the USHL and has accumulated 47 points (22 goals and 25 assists) in 117 games played between Des Moines and Chicago. Before coming to the USHL, Saar played for the Detroit Little Caesars Midget Minor team during the 2009-10 season totaling 49 points (27 goals and 22 assists) in 65 games played.

The Lumberjacks will return home for a pair of games this weekend on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:15 pm, respectively, against the Youngstown Phantoms and Chicago Steel. Friday features the return of our "Jacks Win You Win" promotion where if the Lumberjacks beat the Phantoms, every fan in attendance wins a $5 Sport Clips gift card. Also, our "Rock the Arena" promotion presented by Rock 101.7 FM will take place where from 6:15 to 7:30 pm, Rolling Rock beer will be sold for only $2 through select concession stand areas. Saturday's game features Red Wings Night presented by Sports Pro Stop where former Red Wings enforcer Tomas Holmstrom will be in attendance signing autographs for the fans. Tickets will be on sale all this week for the low price of $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-12 for both games if they are purchased before the day of the game. Fans can also purchase tickets online at www.muskegonlumberjacks.com or by calling (231) 724-JACK (5225).

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud members of the United States Hockey League, the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league and the leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. The Lumberjacks' organization prides itself on developing not just premier hockey talent, but also exceptional young men outside the arena of sports. For more information, visit www.muskegonlumberjacks.com.

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