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Muskegon Community Benefits from Top Prospects Game

February 5, 2013 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Muskegon Lumberjacks News Release

MUSKEGON, Michigan (February 5th) - The Muskegon Lumberjacks are pleased to announce that the Muskegon community has experienced an economic impact of $1,002,056 from the festivities taking place during the week of the 2013 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

This year's Top Prospects Game was well-received as players, families, scouts, officials, and fans converged upon downtown Muskegon for the January 23rd all-star event. The estimated total was determined using a formula approved by the Muskegon County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"I am very pleased that this event did well for our community, and that's very important to us." said Lumberjacks Owner and CEO Josh Mervis. "One of our goals in our business is to create economic benefits for our partners and the community. The impact of sports on a community economically is one of the great opportunities out there for the Muskegon area."

The Shoreline Inn and Conference Center served as the host hotel for accommodating USHL teams and officials along with executives and scouts from each NHL franchise. The USHL League meetings along with the Board of Governors meetings were held over two days, and officials stayed from one to six nights at the hotel.

"It was an honor and a privilege to accommodate all of the staff from the USHL and NHL, and having an event like that is wonderful for the economic growth of this community," said Shoreline Inn Director of Sales Darlene Witham. "We are a huge supporter of the United States Hockey League, and we hope to see the event back again (in Muskegon) next year."

The 2nd Annual Top Prospects Game was played on Wednesday, January 23rd from the L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon and was won by Team West by a 2-1 final. The game featured 40 of the best USHL players that will be draft-eligible during this summer's 51st NHL Entry Draft, which takes place on June 30th from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

The Lumberjacks will hit the road on Friday night to take on the Chicago Steel at 8:30 pm. Tickets will be on sale all this week for the low price of $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-12 for Saturday's home tilt against the Indiana Ice at 7:15 pm if they are purchased before the day of the game. Saturday's game features the second installment of Family Faith Night where local Christian bands will be performing in the annex from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. 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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