The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proudly carrying the torch of the city’s proud hockey tradition. The Lumberjacks have played in United States Hockey League (USHL) since the 213-14 season. The team welcomes some of the world’s best junior skaters into Muskegon each year. In 2016, Dan Israel purchased the franchise, and has invested heavily in the team and the Muskegon community. In Israel’s first season as owner, the team not only broke records for wins, points, goals allowed and goals scored in a single season, but also set a new standard in attendance. The Muskegon Lumberjacks were named USHL Organization of the Year following the 2018-19 season.
Muskegon Junior Jacks
The Muskegon Junior Lumberjacks are the USA Hockey-sanctioned youth organization playing at Mercy Health Arena. The Junior Lumberjacks provide hockey programing from age 4 to 17 at all skill levels. The Junior Lumberjacks host a number of camps and tournaments each year, and field teams playing at the recreation level, the house level, and the various travel levels.
The Muskegon Risers organization was established in January of 2014 to help facilitate positive social and economic change along the Muskegon Lakeshore through the game of soccer. A Riser is someone who understands their community’s potential and who pushes themselves and others to realize that potential. Our ‘Risers’ name was inspired by the ‘Muskegon, Together Rising’ sculpture that stands in the heart of downtown Muskegon. Risers are not limited to an era, industry or ethnicity. The Muskegon Risers represent the spirit of our community’s people – a community which extends from Muskegon across the world – in past, present and future tense. MKG fields a men’s outdoor team (National Premier Soccer League), men’s arena team (Major Arena Soccer League II), women’s outdoor team (United Women’s Soccer), women’s arena team (Independent) and eSports team (eNPSL/VPG). The Risers play all home outdoor games at historic Monsignor Kehren Stadium in Muskegon’s Campbell Field Neighborhood, and all arena games in downtown Muskegon’s Mercy Health Arena.
West Michigan Ironmen
The West Michigan Ironmen are a professional indoor football team based in Muskegon, and representing the larger region which also includes Grand Rapids and Holland. The Ironmen play their home games at Mercy Health Arena. The team joined the American Indoor Football League in 2016. After the AIF ceased operations, the Ironmen joined the Champions Indoor Football League. The Ironmen currently play in the American Indoor Football League. The Ironmen are the second indoor football team to play in Muskegon, after the Muskegon Thunder, which played at Mercy Health Arena from 2007-2009. The Ironmen have dominated the competition since returning the Mercy Health Arena in 2016 – winning a league championship in 2018 and a division championship in 2019.
Muskegon Elite Hockey Academy
The Muskegon Area has a long history of producing world-class athletes. Our local athletic programs have helped developed scholar-athletes that have competed at the highest collegiate levels, as well as professional athletes in nearly every major sport. For decades, our community has focused its attention on sports like football and basketball – producing several Mr. Basketball and Mr. Football winners, hundreds of All-State selections, and many Division-1 and Division-2 athletic-based scholarships. Beginning in 2020, Muskegon’s efforts to build superior, elite athletes is taking another great step forward to focus on building world-class ice hockey players.
The 2020-21 school year will be the inaugural year of the Muskegon Elite Hockey Academy. The partnership between The Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League, Orchard View Schools, and Mercy Health Arena, will bring world class coaches, facilities, and educators together to build elite players, high-quality students, and strong leaders.