Lumberjacks hope to give a boost to Hearst community.

As the Lumberjacks prepare for their first season in the NOJHL, Team President Pat Vaillancourt is looking forward to delivering Hearst more than just Junior level hockey.

Vaillancourt says based off his talks with fellow NOJHL teams, he expects the Lumberjacks to have a positive impact on the community as a whole.

He says the franchise has already been selling merchandise faster and more frequently than expected.

Vaillancourt says he hopes the interest of the community only continues to rise as the season nears its start date in September.