Muskegon is a proud hockey town.  We have a rich history in the sport and we've built generations of players right here in town.  Our pee wee leagues are bursting at the seams, the high school programs are thriving and at the LC Walker Arena the next generation of NCAA and NHL players are being built in the top tier developmental league in the world...the USHL.  We have young players, and their families coming from all over the world to perfect their skills for their shot at the big time.  

Hockey is a physical and tough sport.  The strength and stamina it takes to play is tough for anyone.  Now, imagine wanting to play hockey, don't have the use of your legs.  To the players on the Grand Rapids Sled Wings...the answer is pretty simple.  So what.  They are going to play hockey anyway.  That's the attitude to have.  sled wings 2

The Sled Wings are a two layered team.  There is the youth group and the adult team.  They compete all over the country and spread the word that hockey is for everyone.  They are supported by Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and the goal is simple.  To give those with lower limb affected disabilities the chance to play, compete, be on a team, grow friendships, share in victory and learn from loss.  They have also found a group who are sincerely out to win hockey games, and they don't mind one bit coming in to a hosting barn and showing the home team who's boss.

Locally, Philipe Hernandez is like any other kid.  Watched him grow up at the Jacks games coming with his grandfather Ralph Burr who was the Head Score keeper for the team for years.  Philipe decided he wanted to play regardless of his chair and found the Sled Wings a few years ago and has been part of the team ever since.  Coach Steve Kozlowski has been an elemental part of all if it as well, being with the team for years and seeing first hand how the sport and the team has effected the young people that play.  We sat down to talk sled hockey and the upcoming game against the Jacks on Feb 25th.  Take a listen.  


February 24th during intermission you'll get a quick chance to see some of the Sled Wings in action during the Muskegon Lumberjacks game then on the 25th The Muskegon Lumberjacks take on the Sled Wings in a game at the LC Walker Arena.  It's a donation to get in, so if you head there to check out the game, consider a $10 spot to help the Sled Wings continue their love of hockey and their mission to spread the word that for everyone.  In Muskegon...with our rich hockey history....we know that to be true.  Click on the photo below for more on the Sled Wings.


Going on a guided duck hunt is not something that everyone can say that they have been able to do. Well today I followed along with one of the lucky raffle winners from the Lake Effect Youth Day that was held on August 26th. lake effect chapterLake Effect Chapter Michigan Duck Hunters Association on Facebook 

Rewinding back to August 26th the Michigan Duck Hunters Association Lake Effect Chapter held their 5th Annual Youth Waterfowl Day. This event was held at the DNR headquarters at the Muskegon State Game Area off Maple Island road. This was a free event for all to attend. The Children that were involved were able to see dogs retrieve in real time, shoot guns at clay pigeons, learn about trapping and get their very own duck call that they used for a "call" competition. When you arrived all of the children received a raffle ticket and after lunch they started calling numbers out for some pretty awesome prizes. Among these prizes four lucky winners were called for a fully outfitted waterfowl hunt for the 2017 Youth Hunt.

This all bring us back to today where Jeff and his son Tyler were guides to one of the winners. Meeting up at the boat launch before the sun even came up and taking a slightly cold boat ride to a previously scouted out spot Bailey was excited and ready to go. The morning started out slow but she hung in there. Bailey was able to shoot a couple rounds off at some lucky ducks that didn’t meet her metal. Even though she was unable to get a duck today she said that she had so much fun and cannot wait to go again.

Thank you to the Michigan Duck Hunters Association Lake Effect Chapter and all of the sponsors and donors that worked so hard on the Youth Day and on the time that they put in scouting and getting ready for the youth hunt. This is truly an organization and group that deserves your support. 

Back 40 Predators is back with Episode 9 on the Muskegon Channnel and this time it's a bear hunt in New Brunswick!  Rory Rought is the host of the show, he's also part of Northern Michigan Outfitters who specialize in guided hunts like these in the UP of Michigan.  All of that, and Rory also serves as a police officer in Muskegon Heights.

It's an exciting adventure as they head out hunting for bears.  Do keep in mind, this is a hunting show.  They are hunting.  Viewer discression s advised.  On to the woods!

Our thanks to Rory and the team from Northern Michigan Outfitters for the adventure.  If you'd like to know more about their hunts, you can visit their facebook page for now.  They are currently working on a new website and will have it up soon.  Find them on Facebook by clicking below!

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The Back 40 Predators are back at it and in Ohio for a turkey hunt!  It seems that turkeys are plentiful everywhere and not only roaming the neighborhoods of Muskegon like it's the Zombie Apocalypse of birds.  Back 40 Predators is a production of Northern Michigan Outfitters based in Muskegon.  They offer hunting trips into the UP and are working on a new website soon!  We're proud to help them spread the word about safe hunting, conservation of natural resources and fellowship among hunters.  Let's go hunting in Ohio!

Our thanks to the Back 40 Predators for sharing the show!  I hear they are getting their first TV deal pretty soon, stay tuned for details on that too!!  If you'd like to know more about one of their guided hunts.. click on their logo below to visit their Facebook page.

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The deer population continues to grow and it's not only MIchigan that is seeing issues with the population of the.  This week, the Back 40 Predator guys head out to the East Coast once again to do a little population control with some problem deer. 

Back 40 Predators is produced by Northern MIchigan Outfitters.  Rory Rought and his team travel the country to bring you this program and also provide you with some educational matters when it comes to conservation of wildlife and proper practices when it comes to hunting. 

We hope you enjoyed the show and we're thankful to Northern Michigan Outfitters for being part of The Muskegon Channel.  If you'd like to know more about their guide service, you can click on their logo below to connect with their Facebook page.  

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Back 40 Predators heads south to Texas to help with the over population of the Texas wild hogs. 3 Days, 56 hogs hit the dirt. Bacon everywhere!

Back 40 Predators on The Muskegon Channel is a locally produced hunting show by the operators of Northern Michigan Outfitters.  If you'd like to know more about the show or the guys who run in, please visit their Facebook page while their new website is being designed.

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Back 40 Predators heads down south to meet up with staff member Austin Humber to redeem themselves from eating last years tag soup. Karla Rought shoots her first buck ever and a couple of does take a dirt nap as well.

Back 40 Predators on The Muskegon Channel is a locally produced hunting show by the operators of Northern Michigan Outfitters.  If you'd like to know more about the show or the guys who run in, please visit their Facebook page while their new website is being designed.

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Sing along!!  Catch us if you caaannnnn....oooh..catch us if you caaaannnnn..... What?  Oh fine....sure it wasn't the best rendition of the old Dave Clark 5 song, but hey...I gave it a shot right?  None the less, it's a song that's been associated with running for quite some time, in fact if you are from around here, it's all you heard for a while when running craze got underway.  Guess what, from the early days till now...running has become somewhat of it's own travel industry and in Muskegon, we're gearing up for the Mercy Health Seaway Run which has been going on over three decades now! sway runFollow the Mercy Health Seaway Run on Facebook

 2017 will see some new improvements and fun features to accompany the actual run.  Let's start off with a new location.  Years gone by, everything kicked off and wrapped up down by the YMCA, that area has since been torn up and grass planted to make the lot a little more appealing for a potential buyer.  So...where do we move it?  RIGHT DOWNTOWN Muskegon thank you!  It will all kick off with a free Healthy Lifestyle Expo at the LC Walker Arena June 23rd from 11a-7p.  If you're running, pick up your packet and stroll through the exhibits.  If you're not running, take advantage of a free expo that can show you a few things about building your health up!  Why wouldn't you go to that?  Race day, you can pick from The Seaway 5k walk or run, The Seaway 15k or the Lake Michigan Half Marathon!  There will even be a nice community walk if you're not among the running crowd.  After it's all said and done, you might want to grab a cold one in the beverage tent.  We don't mind capping off any day in Muskegon with a beer, and after you burn all those calories and could probably use one!

I met up with Chris Burnaw and the brand spakin new race director Andrew Buikema at the start/finish line Downtown Muskegon to talk about the event, some of this years imporviements, what we can expect race weekend and what kind of impact an event of this magnitude has on Muskegon and our economy.  Take a listen to our talk below!




Thousands will be part of this awesome event and they are coming from near and far to enjoy a run, some beautiful scenery and the hospitality that only Muskegon can provide!  Sound like something you'd like to be part of?  There are opportunities to register to run or you can volunteer thru the link in the photo below!  Muskegon is making giant strides and an event of this magnitude and endurance is yet another piece of the puzzle!  If nothing else, head down and cheer on the runners! 


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Back 40 Predators Heads up the Western end of Michigans Upper Peninsula to check out Northern Michigan Outfitters bear camp.


Stay tuned for more from Nothern Michigan Outfitters on The Muskegon Channel!!  Follow Northern Michigan Outfitters on Facebook for now!  They have an all new website under construction!


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We've promised you some original programming and we're very thankful to Northern Michigan Outfitters for saying ""Yes" to running their show on The Muskegon Channel.  Rory Rought and his crew are staying right here in Michigan this time and turkeys.....well, they had best be watching out.  In fact, right here in Muskegon County is where they filmed this second episode. nm outfittersNorthern Michigan Outfitters on Facebook

Outback Predators provides a first class hunting excursions.  They are even close to filling out the rest of the openings for the 2017 bear hunting season in Michigan.  If you'd like to know more about some of their hunts and excursions, you'll find the link right under the photo to the right.  These are local guys who are building a business from the ground up.  They are skilled, fun and observe all rules when it comes to proper conservation of nature.  In the near future, their new completely revamped website will be out and you'll be amazed! 

For now... let's go hunting and get a gobbler!









The only thing missing will be the sound of the engines firing after the National Anthem...other than that, we're going to have a brand new event in Downtown Muskegon this year and it's going to be a heart pounding race!  The inaugural Port City Criterium is a bicycle race that will take place May 13th and you're invited to come check out this great new event and be part of something very exciting in Muskegon.  Yes...I am talking to you, the one who's always saying "There's never anything to do in Muskegon" know who you are!  :) pc cri routeClick the Race Map for Port City Crit FB Page

I have seen just about anything on wheels race, I have even seen a race similar to this in Grand Rapids a few years back and let me tell ya... intensity is a big part of the game.  The racers, some of which are on bikes that cost $7000 bucks and are made out of carbon, are razor focused and out to win.  They race in packs and the chance of "the big one" (wreck) is always there.  It's a day divided up into different categories of racers, different skill levels age groups etc.  You'll find everything from the Men'sElite Category to a chance for kids to take a lap around beautiful Downtown Muskegon at noon.  The racers...they are after cash and trophies and the kids...well, they will enjoy the ride!  It's a full day with events kicking off at 8:30am with registration and the first laps turned at 10a.

I know a little about racing...but very little about bicycle racing and I figured there would be no better place to learn a little more about this event than at City Hub Cyclery which is nestled right on the corner of 7th Street and Clay Downtown.  It was my first stop into the bike shop and about cool!  It's even run by another transplant from Sparta!  It was like old home week.  Meet Jen Weaver from City Hub Cyclery and Cathy Schroder who is the event PR Manager and Sponsorship Coordinator. We caught up on all things bike racing and learned a lot more about this new, fun and exciting event coming to Muskegon.  Take a listen!


It's's something you don't see every's a break from the normal and a chance to get Downtown Muskegon to enjoy an event free to specataors and be a part of all of the amazing things happening Downtown.  City Hub Cyclery is an incredible small business and to see their shop grow and now...bring in events along with the other Downtown establishments who are supporting the Criterium.  We're all about helping spread the word about the great people and the great events in Muskegon!  Best of luck to the Port City Criterium and we hope that they are here to stay!  Hmmm.... we've got Rebel Road....wonder if Pedal Road is equally as catchy?  Click on the event poster below for the Port City Criertium Website

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At the Muskegon Channel, we're out to help spread the word about the great things that go on in and around Muskegon.  If you read the "slug line" where it says "We have a new story to tell" we kinda mean just that and think that showing off what we've got is a great way to build a little self confidence in everyone and you know too... there's something cool about being "on the show."  We're out taping our own stuff, but there's a group of guys from right here in Muskegon that have been putting on a show for a while, and since we've got room for them, let's get you up to speed with Back 40 Predators. b40 playgroundBack 40 Predators on Facebook

Back 40 Predators is hosted by Rory Rought and his band of hunters and outfitters.  They will take you on some amazing hunts in Michigan and other areas.  It's an honor and pleasure to have them on the Muskegon Channel.

I will offer a disclaimer.  This is a HUNTING show.  The hunting you will see is all legit, there's no disrespect for life or waste of the harvest.  Hunting is not for everyone, so if you are not of the hunting and outdoors pursuasion, you might enjoy Cooking with Chef Char or The Beer Show, both here on the Muskegon Channel!

With that, let me welcome you to Season 1 Episode 1 of Back 40 Predators on The Muskegon Channel! 







 Cool huh?  Thanks to Back 40 Predators for agreeing to run the show on The Muskegon Channel!  We'll look forward to their next outdoor adventure!

Muskegon has long been a very proud hockey town!  We've seen everything in the workd of hockey going all the way back to the Muskegon Reds...Zephyrs....Mohawks....Lumberjacks...Fury...Lumberjacks again and now, the elite players in the USHL are here playing for their future and the hopes that one day, they will make it to the big show in the NHL.  We've had good years and bad.....we've had names and faces we'll never forget and we even hold the record for the most golas scored in minor pro hockey when Robin Bouchard dumped in goal number 683 on March 21st 2010.  A moment I was standing right there with Bouch for, and will never forget.

All of our hockey history has led to a failry large group of those who play hockey at pick up games, on leagues and in the schools.  With all those players, there will soon come a chance to get some of them together and play a game for a great cause.  Thus was born the Muskegon Guns and Hoses Charity Hockey Game.  It's a yearly tradition and the organizers have gone to great lengths all those years to not only put on a fun game pitting cops against firefighters, but to raise some serious money for very worthy local charity. 


In 2017, they have a divers group of causes they are playing for. Chase Boucher, 7 year old Chase is a smart and funny kid. At the age of 4 he was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This disease is genetic and is a muscle wasting disease.  Erik Merrick, Erik was diagnosed with a disease called Adrenal Leuko Dystrophy at birth, he is now 9 years old. This disease is a defect on the X chromosome for boys.  Miranda Mock, Miranda is 16 years old and suffers from multiple severe impairments that leave her completely dependent on others for care.  Finally, The Old Newsies Good Fellows of Muskegon County.  As many are aware, the Old Newsies have stood on street corners for over 80 years, collecting money to provide area kids with toys at Christmas time. They are unable to collect money on the street because of a new Michigan legislature suggestion that was adopted.

I was able to catch up with Chris Wilks and Lacey Koens who have been a part of making this great event grow and the amount of money raised to help take care of some pretty remarkable causes over the years about this game and what you'll find if you head out to be a part of the fun.  Take a listen below.





A remarkable bunch of first responders who've taken their love for a little hockey when they can fit it in, and turned it into one of Muskegon's biggest events to help some pocal people out.  The job we ask of our police and fire is difficult, and it's upon us all to say thanks by heading out to the game.  They don't even set a price, they just ask for your donation at the door.  To learn more about Muskegon Guns and Hoses, click on their photo below.  See you at Lakeshore Sports Center on April 15th for the 6pm puck drop.

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