The National Roller Hockey League has awarded a franchise to the city of Muskegon, MI. The Muskegon ownership group has ties to former Muskegon pro hockey franchises. Muskegon is a town with a rich history of professional hockey. The Muskegon Zephyrs made their debut in 1960, with a name change to the Mohawks in 1965. The Mohawks continued were renamed ‘Lumberjacks’ in 1984 by the fans. The Lumberjacks played in Muskegon until the team was moved to Cleveland in 1992. The Muskegon Fury were charged with filling the pro hockey void. The Fury were renamed ‘Lumberjacks’ in 2008, until the pro team was folded following the 2009-10 season. The West Michigan Blizzard, called Muskegon home for the second-half of its season during 2009-10. In all, Muskegon pro hockey franchises combined for 8 championships in their respective leagues.
“Muskegon is a pro hockey town, that yearns for another team. The city needs a team with players who are the best in their sport and involved in the community,” stated NRHL Co-Founder/President Matt Wiedenhoeft.
The NRHL is conducting a ticket drive for the Muskegon franchise. Our first list is for the fans who want to be season ticket holders. Next is a list of fans who want group or individual game tickets, followed by the fans whom would purchase team merchandise.
"The importance of the lists we are compiling can't be understated. We are working hard and hand-in-hand with our ownership group to secure a strong list of interested season ticket holders, single game & group tickets for the ownership group coming in," stated President Matt Wiedenhoeft. Matt continued, "Muskegon is a powerful pro hockey market. However, we must have an interest in tickets and merchandise sales for the franchise to ensure this market is the best we know it can be”.
The success of a franchise is based on the fans. The NRHL understands it must have strong fan support in order to have a successful start and for a franchise's longevity. Commissioner Bob Clouston said, “We believe that the City of Muskegon is doing amazing things downtown. The NRHL franchise is a perfect fit for garnering more attention to the city and what is happening”. He concluded, “I played against Muskegon many times. It was one of the worst [best] places to play as a visitor because the fans were so passionate, the Fury were tough and skilled. We want this franchise to renew that Muskegon hockey spirit”.
This is the first announcement for the Muskegon, MI franchise. An official press conference presenting the ownership group and logo will be scheduled soon. The National Roller Hockey League is the only professional roller hockey league in North America. Find the NRHL on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.