This upcoming fall, the defending league champion Lakeside Locomotives will return to the ice of Lakeshore Sports Centre in Muskegon to compete in the team’s 10th season and embark on the 9th year as a group.  The regaining league kingpins will retain 100% of the star-studded and championship roster from the most recently completed campaign as all 14 full time members will return to the Black and Gold for the upcoming Winter 2022/2023 season.  The team’s ability to work diligently all summer long to retain the same trophy-capturing roster was the key and focus as the Locomotives laid the foundation in the team’s quest to hoist a repeat in the Tuesday league in the Muskegon suburb of Fruitport.   The following members have inked contracts with the Locomotives for the upcoming season: Andrew Page, Scott Tuggle, Joe Lochinski, Gordie Anderson, Trent Kik, Matt Zehr, Matt Neiger, Jim Marody, Nate Tyler, Keith Moorman, Zach Kinney, Mitch Hoolsema, Hunter Tuggle and Kevin Wootton.  “Having 100% of teammates, friends and players return in any season is an accomplishment I have rarely seen in my 20 years of spearheading men’s leagues teams,’ said Locomotives goaltender Kevin Wootton.  “I strongly believe that is the atmosphere that begins in the Locos locker room before a game and the atmosphere that ends in the Locos locker room after a game that has allowed us to have this full return rate for the upcoming season,” Wootton added.  In addition, the team has secured several subs for the upcoming season to assist the squad when players are unavailable to play in a game.  


The defending league champion Lakeside Locomotives will kick off the team’s tenth season and begin their ninth year of play on Tuesday, October 4th.  The Locomotives will be joined by five other teams (Beerly Legal, Lancers, Busch Leaguers, Fort Freight and Sei Bella Tattoo (formerly the house team) for the 2022-2023 season at Lakeshore Sports Centre.  On September 26th, captains of each of the teams along with rink management held their pre-season meeting in preparation of the new season.  Information from the meeting is highlighted by the following:

  • League Fees for each team will be $4375 (this is an overall increase of $475 from the previous season).  In terms of the Locomotives, fees will be $313 per player (13 skaters & goaltender).  Teams are required to have a quarter of the team’s league fees paid by the following dates: October 18, November 15, January 17, February 14). 

  • Game times will be 8:45pm, 9:50pm and 10:00pm for the season.  (In the event earlier ice times during the season, games will be shifted with as much notice as possible).  8:45pm and 9:50pm games will be played on the North Rink, while the 10:00pm game will be played on the South Rink

  • Change from Last Season: A No Slap Shot Rule will be introduced this season. At the discretion of the referee, if a person takes a slap-shot, the play will be whistled dead (no penalty for slap shots; however, intent to injure penalty could be called if it is a complete and obvious slap-shot

  • Players will be limited to 4 goals per game (Shoot-Out does not count)

  •  In the event of a tie at end of regulation, the game will enter a 3-Round Shoot-out.  If no winner is determined during the three-round shoot-out, sudden-death rounds will be added until a winner is determined.

  • Games will be three-11 minute periods.   

  • Change from Last Season: Subs will be permitted (as well as regular players) on multiple teams during the regular season.  Subs will not be able to play for multiple teams in the post-season and the 3-game eligibility for post-season will remain.

  • Fighting: If a player gets into a fight, he will be suspended for the number of games deemed by the referee and the rink.  A $20 fee will be assessed for each suspended—payable to Lakeshore Sports Center.  In the event a player gets into two fights during the season, the player must meet for an in-person meeting with rink staff prior to returning to play.

  • The rink will continue to enforce that players will be respectful to the referees, game staff and rink staff.  Referees do have the right to penalize players, eject players and suspend players (including the $20 fee) for players who fight, argue, swear, etc at referees, game staff and rink staff.

  • Lakeshore Sports Centre will be moving all league standings, stats and league information to their website at www.lakeshoresportscentre.net. This will replace Project Hockey.  Once their website is up and running with links, we will provide the information and links on the Locos website.

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The West Michigan Phantoms have announced that Munn Arena, on the campus of Michigan State University, will host our second Black vs. Gray game of the 2022-2023 season on Saturday, January 28th.  The newly renovated arena is ready for the Phantoms and we expect a great game on the banks of the Red Cedar River.  Price to skate in this game will be $40 and will be limited to 24 skaters (12 skaters vs. 12 skaters) and 2 goaltenders.  Game time for this event will be 3:15-3:45pm (1.5 hours of ice time). Those signed up and playing in the Chicago Wolves Black vs. Gray game on November 12th will have priority until November 13th to sign up (still spots available for that game). Everyone (including the Wolves game players) are NOW able to get their name on the list, non-Chicago Wolves players will be entered into Wait List in order of sign-up . 

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