PLK Alum Shining Brightly
PLK Alum Jim Montgomery recently grabbed the hockey spotlight, capturing the NCAA championship title coaching his University of Denver squad to a national collegiate championship. A Montreal native, Montgomery played with the Kings in the late eighties and his prolific scoring with Pembroke was a main reason the team enjoyed immense success. Along with PLK teammate Brian Downey, Montgomery went on from Pembroke to the University of Maine where again, great success followed the dynamic duo. After Maine, Montgomery played pro hockey for well over a decade, spending time with both the Philadelphia Flyers and the Montreal Canadiens. After playing, championships continued to follow Montgomery, as he captured USHL titles twice with Dubuque as a head coach. Now, with the University of Denver, he continues to shine, recently knocking off College hockey icons Minnesota Duluth to claim the prestigious NCAA title as a head coach with the Denver Pioneers.
Congratulations to Jim Montgomery on this outstanding achievement from the entire Lumber Kings' organization. As an interesting piece of irony to Montgomery's recent championship, it is of note to acknowledge one of his players specifically, Jarid Lukosevicius, who scored a hat trick to lead his Denver squad to victory. His hat trick was the first in an NCAA final since 1993, when coach Montgomery did the deed leading his Maine squad to the title! Montgomery is only the fourth man in history to win this title as a player and a coach. Keep up the great work, Jim!
Kings Add Young Talent through Draft
The Pembroke Lumber Kings participated in the CCHL draft on Monday April 10th and added a group of very talented individuals that will help ensure the organization has a bright future. The Lumber Kings would like to congratulate and welcome the following players into the PLK family. First round pick for the PLK was Tyson Tomasini, a Cobden native who played centre for the Ottawa ValleyTitians bantam squad last season. Kanata native right winger Liam Doyle was selected second out of the Ottawa Senators bantam organization, followed by three Kings' picks in a row, again, coming from the Ottawa Valley Titans organization. In the 4th round, the PLK acqiuired Carp native, defenceman Jacob Duhn, and then the the Kings grabbed a pair of Pembroke natives playing for the Titans selecting Zach Martin, a forward, in the fifth round, followed by defenceman Sean Tallon in the sixth slot. The PLK continued their focus on local talent and selected another Pembroke native, Connor Peplinskie, in the seventh round out of the Ottawa Valley Aces AA program. Peplinskie's team mates were selected in the 8th, 9th and 10th rounds respectively, as the PLK picked Brendan Dellaire, a forward from Ottawa, Brayden Schimmens, a Pembroke forward next, then forward Liam Serviss from Westmeath. With their 11th and final pick, the PLK selected forward Sean James from Almonte, who played with the Ottawa Silver 7 last season. As all these boys are at the very early stages in their hockey journey, we are pleased to be able to welcome them aboard and look forward to seeing what type of impact these players can make upon the Lumber King organization in the future.