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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Muskegon Lumberjacks New Owner Dan Israel Reflects On His First Season In Town

Early on, we featured a story on Dan Israel who came on as the new owner of the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the 2015-2016 season.  From my point of view, it was a season of true change, both internally for the team and in the stands.  I have been there for 5 owners now.  I have seen a lot of things come and go.  I have seen the crowd change, kids grow up, visitors come back, hockey legends, Star Wars night, you name it, I've seen it!

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This year was a very pivotal year from my perspective, especially with the return to some more excitement in the stands, some familiar faces coming back and a renewed vigor for hockey in Muskegon.  Can Muskegon support a professional team?  That's a question way past my pay grade, but...the road to the NHL begins with the USHL as players are shaped to head to the show right here in Muskegon.  Imagine the drive down 96 as that road!  It's a direct link to Detroit and the Red Wings!

Let's hear things from Dan's point of view on this season, the off season and next year.

As you can see, Dan is passionate about making sure Muskegon is a truly developmental place for players, a great experience for fans and an asset to the community!  If you've not been to a game in a while, you've got the whole summer to make plans!  Supporting our home teams helps support the entire area.  We've got baseball, soccer, basketball,  arena football but we're still a hockey town!

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  1. Throwback night? @Dan Israel that would be a wonderful night to have next season wearing Muskegon Fury uniforms. That would really bring in fans.

  2. By far the best owner Muskegon has had.....EVER!