Lumberjacks beat Team USA, top prospect


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — The Muskegon Lumberjacks kept their hot streak alive Thursday as they took on Team USA’s under-18s and top prospect Jack Hughes.

The Lumberjacks won 6-4 at L.C. Walker Arena.

The crowd included a number of NHL scouts like Kris Draper from the Detroit Red Wings. They were there for Hughes, a 17-year-old phenom who’s expected to be the first player taken in the 2018 entry draft.

“Jack’s a phenomenal hockey player, we do nothing but respect him. We had a whole game plan based on having guys on the ice when he was on the ice,” Lumberjacks head coach Mike Hamilton said.

“I try not to think about it,” Hughes said of the attention. “Try to get better each and every day, play my game and keep my feet on the ground rather than think about that stuff. It’s been fun. You kind of want that as a player. It’s pretty fun. Try and do the same thing every night whether there’s people in the building or not.”

The Lumberjacks have won nine of their last 10 to start the USHL season.

They play the Steel in Chicago Saturday.

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