First of all, before we can move forward, we must look back. After all, there were plenty of fun moments on the ice last weekend, despite the setbacks in the standings. Courtesy of Creative Services Director Brian Haberkorn, I present your latest Lumberjacks YouTube highlights:
Now for something even better: If you saw last week that Lumberjacks Affiliate List forward Grant Besse was named to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's All-Metro Team, you were probably already excited to see the University of Wisconsin-bound sniper spend at least one season wearing Muskegon black and Vegas gold.
This weekend, Besse put forth a virtuoso performance, scoring five goals (including three shorthanded) to lead Benilde-St. Margaret's to the Minnesota Class 2A high school championship at the packed Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. While Besse's output will be talked about for years to come, the sight of his paralyzed teammate Jack Jablonski celebrating the Red Knights' title in a suite high above the ice is as good as it gets in sports.
Take a look, courtesy of Yahoo! Sports' Sean Leahy and the Star-Tribune. Also included in the link is instructions on how to donate to the Jack Jablonski Fund. A stick tap goes to Lumberjacks fan Kevin Carlson for finding the link and posting to our Facebook page.
Continuing the "triumph of the human spirit" vibe, I ask that you watch the following one-minute video produced by the You Can Play Project, headlined by Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke and his son, Philadelphia Flyers scout Patrick. Brian's son (and Patrick's brother) Brendan was a team manager for the University of Miami RedHawks Division I men's hockey team before passing away in a car accident two years ago.
Brendan was also gay, and he fought for the rights of gay athletes (especially hockey players) to compete freely without outside prejudice or malice. I think everyone involved in our sport can be more welcoming to folks of all backgrounds, and it's great to see all the NHL guys who have already gotten involved:
Finally, as a sneak preview of this week's Lumberjacks Log, here are highlights of former Muskegon forward Casey Thrush netting two goals in New Hamsphire's 2OT loss to Boston University in the Hockey East quarterfinals last weekend, followed by fellow Jacks alum Chris Lochner scoring the game-winner in Niagara's triumph over Robert Morris in the Atlantic Hockey postseason tourney. Enjoy!
Click here for Lochner's goal!