Four Lumberjacks sign LOIs for college hockey programs


By @MichaelCaples –

The Muskegon Lumberjacks announced today that four of their players have officially signed their Letters of Intent for NCAA hockey programs.

Grosse Pointe native Mitch Eliot signed his LOI to Michigan State, while Brighton native Collin Adams signed with North Dakota. Fellow Lumberjacks Nate Kallen (San Diego) signed with Ferris State and Joey Daccord (Boston) signed with Arizona State.

Eliot, a NHL Central Scouting “Player to Watch” for the 2016 NHL Draft, is in his second season with the Lumberjacks. He was tendered by the USHL club prior to last season, and was the youngest defenseman on the Eastern Conference championship squad.

“It feels really good, a sense of accomplishment,” Eliot said in a team release. “I’ve been committed there for a while, and to make it official feels really good. I felt like it was a place for me to succeed on and off the ice. Having my family in Michigan, and having Michigan State right in my backyard is also an upside.”

Adams, who is in his first season with the Lumberjacks, said he is excited to compete in the NCHC with North Dakota. He has four goals and two assists in his first ten games.

“It’s a real honor, and I’m really happy to make it official,” Adams said. “I knew it was a perfect fit, they have great facilities, and it provides me with a great opportunity to further my career.”

Kallen will be sticking around the Mitten State for a while, as well, after completing his season with the Lumberjacks.

“I really like their campus, atmosphere and style of play,” he said of Ferris State. “It’s a dream come true, I’ve always wanted to do this, just really excited.”