Not only hockey players themselves, but their family members as well, know how impactful the game can be on one's life. Lifelong friendships, life skills and a healthy lifestyle, not to mention fun, can be clearly seen from the foundational level through the pros.
It is no secret that hockey has a long and strong history here in Muskegon, from our first pro team in 1933 and the kids that skated the ponds before them. We are proud of each person who has ever skated in Muskegon whether they played professionally or as a youth recreationally.
We are also proud and humbled to be chosen to bring our youth players the opportunity to apply for a memorial scholarship due the generous donations of area families. It is an honor to help loved ones continue the memory of their own hockey player. For in hockey, we always remember.
For those interested in applying for a scholarship, please send an emailed paragraph to firstname.lastname@example.org and title it scholarship. With the email please include how this scholarship will benefit your son or daughter in continuing the great sport of hockey here in Muskegon.
We will be taking emails from January 18 - February 10
Jeremy Tejchma (J.T.) was a sports enthusiast at a very young age. He started ice skating at the age of 4. Even though J.T. played many other sports such as soccer, football, and baseball his passion was the “game of hockey.”
J.T. played for many West Michigan Hockey Programs: Norton Shores Recreational Hockey, Muskegon Chiefs, Grand Rapids Jr. Griffins, West Michigan Warriors (AAA), and Mona Shores High School where he received All State Hockey honors as a sophomore.
After his sophomore year in high school, Jeremy wanted to pursue his hockey career by moving away from home and staying with host families. The teams he played for were Team Illinois (AAA) and Junior teams such as the Indianapolis Ice, Waterloo Blackhawks (Iowa), and Bridgewater Jr. Bandits (Massachusetts).
Though not big in size at 5’5” 165lbs, J.T. had a big heart and dedication to play the game of hockey at all levels. His God given talents for skating, tremendous puck handling skills, and knowledge of the ice landed him a Division 1 hockey scholarship to Wayne State University.
Jeremy always knew the sacrifices and commitments that parents go through to afford such an expensive sport. A memorial fund has been set-up in the recognition of Jeremy through the hard work of Family, Cousins, Aunts, Uncles, and many great Friends. It is our hope that this gift will help today’s youth hockey players pursue their hockey dreams and help with the costs of the sport that they love.
J.T. Memorial Fund Family and Friends
The Muskegon Junior Jacks would also like to recognize LYLE HOWE a longtime season ticket holder and a lifelong supporter of Muskegon hockey.