MUSKEGON—Logger Hockey LLC announced on Monday that LC Walker will host the first ever Division I hockey game on October 1st when the Western Michigan University Broncos will host the University of Toronto Varsity Blues at 7 p.m. in the season opener for the Bronocos.
The arena has undergone massive renovations over the past year with the addition of a state-of-the-art scoreboard, a National Hockey League-worthy locker room, a weight room and a cutting-edge players' lounge.
"When I came to Muskegon a year ago, I saw this opportunity as being so much more than hockey," Logger Hockey Owner and CEO Josh Mervis said. "My goal is to revitalize this building and make it a magnet for great events downtown. This is only the beginning."
The Broncos are coached by Jeff Blashill. The Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., native led his team to its first CCHA Tournament Championship game at Joe Louis Arena since 1986, earning the school's first NCAA Tournament at-large bid since 1996. Blashill, 37, was named the U.S. College Hockey Online National Coach of the Year, National Coach of the Year by both Inside College Hockey and College Hockey news, as well as Michigan College Hockey.
"I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to play a Bronco Hockey game at L.C. Walker Arena," said Blashill. "This event gives us a chance to energize Bronco Nation in greater depth in West Michigan, while also cultivating new Bronco Hockey fans. Our players and fans will love the atmosphere inside L.C. Walker. I would like to thank Josh Mervis for this great opportunity."
This will be the fourth meeting between the Broncos and the Varsity Blues and the first since 1996. WMU is 3-0 lifetime against the University of Toronto.
Tickets will be $15, and youth tickets will be $8.