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Lumberjacks alum Svechnikov first player to score “Michigan Move” goal in NHL


By @MichaelCaples –

It’s called “The Michigan Move” and now, another Michigan connection will forever be associated with it.

Last night, Muskegon Lumberjacks alum Andrei Svechnikov scored the first lacrosse-style, pick-the-puck-up-behind-the-net-and-wrap-it-in style goal in the National Hockey League.

Here was the goal:

The move was first performed on a big stage by University of Michigan star Mike Legg in March of 1996 before the Wolverines won the national title.

During an alumni edition of ‘Score-O’ at Yost in 2016, Legg added to his legacy by once again picking up the puck with hist stick, and throwing the puck all the way the length of the ice into the goal.


Svechnikov, brother of Red Wings prospect Evgeny, suited up for the Lumberjacks in 2016-17; he was named USHL rookie of the year after posting 58 points in 48 games.

The No. 2 overall pick of the Hurricanes in 2018, Svechnikov is thriving in his sophomore season, having posted 12 points in his first 12 games.

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