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Reece Proulx and Jesse Kirkby Earn Stars of the Month for November

Friday, December 3, 2021: The Lumber Kings dropped their second game in a row in a 4-2 setback in Brockville.  The Kings had won 9 of 10 games before being cooled off, but still lead the CCHL's Robinson Division with 35 points.

Thursday, December 2, 2021: Lumber Kings forward Jesse Kirkby is named the CCHL's first star for the month of November after he picked up 14 points in ten games. His totals included 7 goals and 7 assists. In 26 games so far this season, Kirkby has 23 points.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021: Lumber Kings goaltender Reece Proulx is named the CCHL's goaltender of the month in November. Proulx was 5-0-0-1 as he made 189 saves in the month and a league best save percentage of .936.

Sunday, November 28, 2021: The Renfrew Wolves cooled off the surging Lumber Kings with a 3-2 overtime decision over the Kings.  Pembroke had won nine of its last ten games before the loss but remain in first place in the Robinson division.

Saturday, November 27, 2021: Jack Stockfish scored 15 seconds into overtime to give the Lumber Kings a 4-3 road win over the Ottawa Junior Senators in a battle of the top two teams in the Central Canada Hockey League.  It was Pembroke's ninth win in the team's past ten games.

Thursday, November 25, 2021:  The Lumber Kings needed a third period rally to edge the Cornwall Colts 5-4 in a shootout.  Max Martin and Brady Egan scored in the shootout to secure the victory after the Kings tied the game at 4 in the third period.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021: The Lumber Kings have traded defenceman Issac Barrett to the Smiths Falls Bears for a player development fee.

Sunday, November 21, 2021: Gavin Ewles scored his first goal as a Pembroke Lumber King as the Kings got back in the win column with a 5-3 decision over the Nepean Raiders.  Joe Jordan and Jack Stockfish each had a goal and an assist in the win as the Kings won their seventh in eight games.

Friday, November 19, 2021: The Lumber Kings had their six game win streak snapped in a 5-1 road loss to Hawkesbury.  Jack Stockfish had the only goal for the Kings.

Thursday, November 18, 2021: Lumber Kings forward Riley Thompson is suspended three games for a hit from behind in Kings 2-1 overtime win over Kemptville on November 14th.  Thompson was assessed a game misconduct for the hit.

Sunday, November 14, 2021: With alumni from seven previous decades watching, the Pembroke Lumber Kings edged the Kemptville 73's 2-1 in overtime to help celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Pembroke Memorial Centre.  Raphael Seguin scored in the extra period while Brady Egan had a goal and an assist for the Kings who made it six wins in a row.

Friday, November 12, 2021: Jesse Kirkby scored a hat trick as the Lumber Kings rallied to edge the Rockland Nationals 4-3 for their fifth win in a row. Brady Egan scored his 16th goal of the season for the other Pembroke marker as they improved to 12-3-1-1 on the season.

Sunday, November 7, 2021: Gabe Malek scored twice as the Lumber Kings extended their winning streak to four games with a 6-3 decision over the Rockland Nationals.

Friday, November 5, 2021: Carter Vollett had a goal and an assist and the Lumber Kings got goals from five different players in a 5-2 road win over the Smiths Falls Bears.  It was the third win in a row for the Kings.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021: Brady Egan continues to climb in the overall league scoring race.  Egan scored three goals to lead the Lumber Kings to a 4-1 road win over the Nepean Raiders.

Sunday, October 31, 2021: Jesse Kirkby scored in overtime as the Lumber Kings rallied from two goals down in the third period to edge the Cornwall Colts 4-3 on home ice.

Friday, October 29, 2021: The Pembroke Lumber Kings gave up a powerplay goal in overtime in a 6-5 loss to the Navan Grads. The Grads tied the game late in the third period to force sudden death. Brady Egan led the Kings offence with a pair of goals.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021: Lumber Kings captain Brady Egan is named the CCHL player of the week. Egan has six points in two games leading the Kings to wins over Rockland and Hawkesbury.

Monday, October 25, 2021: Rogers Hometown Hockey announces it is coming to Pembroke from December 4-6 as part of its cross Canada tour. The weekend will include a hockey festival for families and a viewing part of the NHL Monday, December 6th game between the Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers.

Sunday, October 24, 2021: Gabe Malek scored twice and Reece Proulx made 30 stops as the Pembroke Lumber Kings blanked the Hawkesbury Hawks 4-0.

Friday, October 22, 2021: The Pembroke Lumber Kings snapped a three game losing streak with a 5-3 road win over the Rockland Nationals.  Captain Brady Egan led the offence with two goals and two assists.

Sunday, October 17, 2021: The Ottawa Senators scored a late powerplay goal and an empty net goal to defeat the Pembroke Lumber Kings 3-1.  The loss was the Kings third in a row. Riley Thompson scored the lone Pembroke goal.

Friday, October 15, 2021: The Pembroke Lumber Kings were beaten 3-2 in a shootout by the Hawkesbury Hawks. Gabe Malek and Jesse Kirkby scored for the Kings who rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force overtime.

Thursday, October 14, 2021:  The Pembroke Lumber Kings have traded forward Jeff Taylor to the Nepean Raiders for forward Carter Vollet. The Kings had acquired Taylor from Kemptville during their pre-season schedule.  He never played a regular season game for the Kings.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021: Former Pembroke Lumber King Mason McTavish scores his first NHL goal in his first NHL game as Anaheim defeats Winnipeg 4-1.  McTavish was the third overall pick in the NHL entry draft in the summer of 2021.  He also picked up an assist in NHL debut.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021: The latest Canadian Junior Hockey League rankings have listed the Pembroke Lumber Kings as the 13th best Junior A club in the country. Three teams from the Central Canada Hockey League were in the top 20 list.  Read more here. 

Monday, October 11, 2021: Former Pembroke Lumber King Mason McTavish has made the roster of the Anaheim Ducks to start the 2021-22 NHL season.  McTavish was selected third overall in the NHL entry draft in 2021.  He played five games for the Lumber Kings as a 15 year old while also leading the Kings U-18 team to a league championship.  He was then drafted fifth overall by the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League.

Monday, October 11, 2021: Brady Egan scored twice but it wasn't enough as the Lumber Kings had their five game win streak snapped in a 4-3 loss to the Navan Grads on the final day of the CCHL Showcase event in Ottawa. The Kings gave up three powerplay goals.

Sunday, October 10, 2021: Jesse Kirkby scored two goals and added an assist as the Lumber Kings won their fifth game in a row 4-3 in a shootout over the Carleton Place Canadians. Brady Egan scored the shootout winner.

Saturday, October 9, 2021: Dalton McBride made 14 saves and the Lumber Kings scored two shorthanded goals in an 8-0 shutout of the Nepean Raiders at the Central Canada Hockey League Showcase weekend in Ottawa. Sawyer Prokopetz had two goals for the Kings who won their fourth game in a row.

Sunday, October 3, 2021: The Lumber Kings got goals from four different players in a 4-1 win over the Cornwall Colts as they won their third game in a row. The game marked the return of Reece Proulx who made 17 stops to record his first win of the season.  Proulx was the Lumber Kings rookie of the year in the 2019-20 season.

Saturday, October 2, 2021: Former Lumber Kings owner and head coach Sheldon Keefe has signed a two year contract extension to continue coaching the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League. Keefe is entering his third season behind the Leafs bench.  His new contract will be in place through the 2023-24 season.  Keefe led the Lumber Kings to an unprecedented five consecutive CCHL titles from 2007 to 2011, winning Pembroke's only national championship in the spring of 2011.

Friday, October 1, 2021: Caden Eaton scored twice as the Lumber Kings doubled the Brockville Braves 4-2 for their first road win of the season. Riley Thompson and Jesse Kirkby also scored for the Kings who improved to 2 and 1 on the young season.

Sunday, September 26, 2021: Brady Egan scored late in the third period to give the Lumber Kings a 2-1 win over the Smiths Falls Bears in their home opener for the 2021-22 season.  Jack Stockfish had the other Kings goal as the team improved to 1 and 1.

Friday, September 24, 2021: The Pembroke Lumber Kings fell short in their opening game of the 2021-22 CCHL season dropping a 3-2 decision to the Kemptville 73's.  Brady Egan and Jordan Fuller scored for the Kings. Pembroke was 1 for 3 on the powerplay.  Kemptville was 0 for 5 with the man advantage.

Thursday, September 23, 2021: The Pembroke Lumber Kings announce broadcast partners for 2021-22 season.  MY FM Radio in Pembroke will broadcast 22 Lumber Kings road games beginning on Thanksgiving Monday, October 11 when the Kings face the Navan Grads at 11:15 a.m. The final radio broadcast of the regular season will be on Friday, March 18th when the Kings travel to Smiths Falls.  Your TV (Cogeco Cable) will broadcast nine Lumber Kings home games at historic Pembroke Memorial Centre beginning with the team's home opener on Sunday, September 26th versus the Bears. As the official broadcast streaming partner of the Central Canada Hockey League, all CCHL games will be available through Hockey TV.

Sunday, September 19, 2021: Riley Thompson netted a pair of goals as the Lumber Kings edged the Renfrew Wolves 5-4 in overtime in their final pre-season game before opening the Central Canada Hockey League regular season on Friday, September 24 in Kemptville.

Friday, September 17, 2021:  The Pembroke Lumber Kings have acquired 20-year old forward Jeff Taylor from the Kemptville 73's for Ryland Landon.  Two years ago, Taylor had 33 points for the 73's.

Sunday, September 12, 2021: Jordan Fuller scored twice as the Pembroke Lumber Kings defeated the Renfrew Wolves 4-1 in an exhibition game at the Pembroke and Area Community Centre.

Friday, September 10, 2021: The Pembroke Lumber Kings opened their exhibition schedule with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Renfrew Wolves.  The two teams will play two more pre-season games before the regular season starts.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021: The Pembroke Lumber Kings have announced season tickets for the 2021-22 season are now on sale. A season ticket package for an adult is $300, $250 for seniors and $150 for children under 13 years of age. Season tickets will be on sale at Kings exhibition games or by contacting the team's Operations Manager, Maureen Duhamel at 613-639-5292.

Monday, August 23, 2021: The Pembroke Lumber Kings have opened their training camp for the 2021-22 season which will start on September 24th. The Kings are holding their training camp at the Pembroke and Area Community Centre.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021: The Central Canada Hockey League has announced it will be mandatory for players and team personnel to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. See the media news release here: https://www.thecchl.ca/release-cchl-announces-vaccination-policy

Thursday, August 5, 2021: The Lumber Kings have scheduled three exhibition games with their regional rival, the Renfrew Wolves. The Kings will play in Renfrew on September 10, and then host the Wolves on September 12 and September 19.  Additional pre-season games may also be added to the Kings schedule before they open their regular season on September 24.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021: Forward Brady Egan has been chosen to captain the Lumber Kings in the 2021-22 season.  Egan was reacquired from the Fredericton Red Wings earlier in the summer after playing last season in the Martime Junior Hockey League.  He has spent most of his junior career with the Lumber Kings.

Tuesday, August  3, 2021: The Lumber Kings have announced they will open their training camp on August 23 at the Pembroke and Area Community Centre. As many as 60 players are expected to be in camp. The club will open its regular season on September 24 in Kemptville.

Monday, August 2, 2021:  Gary McGee has been named the President of the Pembroke Lumber Kings. Earlier this summer, McGee was brought on board as Education Director and Alternate Governor after spending several years with the Carleton Place Canadians.

Friday, July 23, 2021: Former Pembroke Lumber King Centre Mason McTavish has been selected third overall in the NHL entry draft by the Anaheim Ducks.  McTavish becomes the highest seeded NHL draft pick of any player to wear the Lumber Kings jersey.  Read more on our Lumber Kings blog. 

Sunday, July 18, 2021: The Pembroke Lumber Kings have reacquired forward Brady Egan from the Fredericton Red Wings of the Maritime Junior Hockey League.  Egan was traded to the Red Wings last season when the CCHL season was postponed.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021: The CCHL has released its 2021-22 regular season schedule.  The Lumber Kings will open their season on the road in Kemptville on Friday, September 24th and play their home opener on Sunday, September 26th at 7 pm against the Smiths Falls Bears.  The Kings will play a 55-game regular season which will end on March 20th, also against Smiths Falls.

Friday, June 11, 2021: The Central Canada Hockey League has announced plans to start its 2021-22 regular season on September 23rd with teams playing a 55-game schedule. Team schedules have not yet been released. The regular season will wrap up on March 20th.  Read the CCHL media release.

Saturday, June 5, 2021: Pembroke Lumber Kings U-18 forward Nolan Defazio is taken in the 13th round of the Ontario Hockey League draft by the Sudbury Wolves.

Thursday, May 27, 2021: The Pembroke Lumber Kings have announced the appointment of Gary McGee to the role of Education Director and Alternate Governor. McGee has spent several years with the Carleton Place Canadians where he guided more than 100 players to NCAA scholarship opportunities in the United States.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021: The Pembroke Lumber Kings have announced the hiring of Todd Clarke as the club's U-18 head coach.  Clarke has held the same role with the Carleton Place Canadians for several years, developing many Junior A, Major Junior A and college players, while helping the Canadians remain among the elite teams in the CCHL.

Saturday, May 8, 2021: On the tenth anniversary of the Pembroke Lumber Kings winning their only national Junior A championship (May 8, 2011), Algonquin College's Pembroke Campus has announced it will award Toronto Maple Leafs head coach, Sheldon Keefe, with an Honorary Degree.  Keefe was the owner and head coach of the Lumber Kings during the national championship season and was a strong supporter of the college, encouraging many of his players to enroll in courses at the Pembroke Campus while also contributing financially to the building campaign for the Waterfront Campus which opened in 2012.

Saturday, May 1, 2021:  Former Pembroke Lumber King Mason McTavish continues to captain Canada at the World Under 18 championship in Texas. McTavish is being touted as a potential top 10 pick in the NHL entry draft after a huge rookie season with the OHL's Peterborough Petes and some playing time in Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021:  The Pembroke Lumber Kings made 8 selections on the first day of the CCHL Bantam draft. The Kings made 15 year old defenceman Xavier Beauchamp their first pick when they chose him ninth overall.  Listed at 6' 4" and 179 pounds, the big blueliner played in 28 games in the 2019-20 season with the Ottawa Jr. 67's scoring 4 goals and adding 12 assists. The Kings second pick, 21st overall, was defenceman Johnathan Laporte who played with the U14 Ottawa Senators in the 2019-20 season.  The Kings had no pick in the third round but Pembroke's fourth pick, 34th overall, was defenceman Maverick Hayes.  Hayes played in 29 games with the Ottawa Valley AAA Titans in 2019-20.

Saturday, February 27, 2021: The Pembroke Lumber Kings resumed playing developmental scrimmages when they fell 4-1 to the Carleton Place Canadians. As part of the league's showcase, the Kings will play four non-contact games with the Canadians, none of them home games.

Thursday, January 28, 2021: The CCHL has released a new schedule for league activities with the hopes of salvaging some on ice activities while the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The league has announced its pre-draft showcase camp for players born in 2006 will be held March 6/7 and/or March 13/14 and its 2021 Bantam protected draft will be staged March 16/17.

Monday, January 18, 2021: Lumber Kings defenceman William Neault has committed to playing next season with Hamilton College in the NCAA.  In two seasons with the Kings, Neault had 27 points in 122 games, logging a lot of ice time as one of the club's steadiest blueliners.

Thursday, January 14, 2021: The CCHL has issued an update on the status of its regular season following an extension of Ontario's lockdown as a result of increasing COVID-19 infections in the province. The league has confirmed that its return to play plans have been pushed back to after February 11, 2021 but says it is still hopeful that meaningful games can be played. Read the entire update here.

Saturday, January 9, 2021: The Pembroke Lumber Kings have traded team captain Cameron Hough to the Pictou County Weeks Crushers of the Maritime Junior Hockey League.  Hough was entering his second season with the Kings after playing a few years in the Ontario Hockey League.  He had been named team captain in the off season after scoring 24 goals and 21 assists in 56 games in the 2019-20 season. The MJHL is the only Junior A league operating in the country.  The trade will give Hough a chance to play in his final year of junior hockey eligibility.

Thursday, January 7, 2021: The Pembroke Lumber Kings have traded forward Brady Egan and defenceman Devan Newhook to the Fredericton Red Wings of the Maritime Junior Hockey League.  The move was made because of the uncertainty surrounding whether there will be a CCHL season this year.  The Maritime League is the only Junior A league in the country that is currently operating.

Monday, December 21, 2020: The Ontario government announces a 28 day lockdown for much of the province as cases of COVID-19 virus  increase. The move further delays any plans for the CCHL to begin its regular season in 2021.

Monday, November 16, 2020: Former Lumber King Matthew Barnaby signs with the Huntsville Havoc of the Southern Professional Hockey League.

Sunday, November 15, 2020:  The Pembroke Lumber Kings come back from a 6-3 third period deficit to defeat the Renfrew Wolves 7-6 in overtime as the two teams continue to play developmental scrimmages against one another. The Wolves beat the Kings 5-3 the previous night in Renfrew.

Sunday, November 8, 2020: Former Pembroke Senior Lumber King, Lionel Barber, passes away in his 90th year. Barber was the last living member of the Senior Lumber Kings team that opened the Pembroke Memorial Centre in October of 1951.

Thursday, October 2, 2020: Hockey Eastern Ontario has announced that Central Canada Hockey League teams can begin playing controlled scrimmages with other league clubs. The way these games will be played has been modified significantly because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  There will be no body contact, face offs have been altered and there will be fewer stoppages in play.  Read the media release from Hockey Eastern Ontario.

Thursday, September 17, 2020: The Pembroke Lumber Kings have acquired forward Chris Piche from the Cornwall Colts for goaltender Marshall Frappier.  Piche spent the last three years with the Ottawa Junior Senators where he won two league championships. Frappier had played the past two seasons in the Ontario Hockey League and had signed with the Lumber Kings in the spring.  The Kings have also acquired defenceman Devan Newhook. Newhook played last season in the British Columbia Junior Hockey League.

Thursday, September 10, 2020: The Pembroke Lumber Kings have acquired forward Easton Ryan from the Kemptville 73's for future considerations. The 17 year old Ryan had 5 goals and 10 assists in 54 games last season with the 73's.

Friday, September 4, 2020:  The Central Canada Hockey League continues to work with various municipalities and public health authorities to safely start its regular season, however the league has indicated it is unlikely its regular season will start on October 1st.  Rather, the league is hoping to gain permission to begin playing exhibition games in early October, before determining a new regular season start date. Earlier in the summer the league had announced its intentions to start its regular season on October 1st, but did indicate the appropriate approvals would need to be in place for that to happen.

Monday, August 17, 2020: The Pembroke Lumber Kings have opened their evaluation and training camp at the Pembroke and Area Community Centre.  About 40 players are in camp as the team prepares for the upcoming season. There are several restrictions in place, including only players and coaches are allowed in the arena as the municipality adheres to public health and provincial guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday, August 14, 2020: Former Lumber King Sam Allison has committed to playing with Saint Francis Xavier  university for the 2020-21 season.  Allison split his final Junior A season between Brockville and Pembroke last year when he put up 37 points. He is originally from Nova Scotia so will be returning to his home province after spending most of his junior career in the CCHL.

Thursday, August 6, 2020: The Whitewater Kings have announced the hiring of Jason Gould as the team's new head coach.  The position was to be filled by Mike Bredlaw, but Bredlaw will now return to an assistant coaching role with the Pembroke Lumber Kings.  Gord Goldberg, who had been previously hired as an assistant coach with the Kings, has accepted a head coaching in Junior B.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020: The annual Pembroke Lumber Kings alumni golf tournament has been rescheduled for Friday, August 28 at the Pembroke Golf Club. The event has been altered to respect health and safety requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be no dinner and teams will be given tee off times beginning at 11 a.m. The cost is $60 per player and includes 18 holes of golf, a box lunch and prizes.  Contact Lumber Kings alumnus Pat Hahn for more information at 613-732-1666.

Wednesday, July 23, 2020:  The Pembroke Lumber Kings have announced the appointment of Lee Rose to their U-18 team coaching staff.  Rose will join Corey Smart as an assistant on the bench after Smart was earlier announced as the team's head coach.

Wedneday, July 15, 2020: The Central Canada Hockey League has announced it intends to begin its 2020-21 season on Thursday, October 1st.  The schedule for the league's 12 teams will be announced in mid-August.  See full CCHL media release.

Wednesday, June 29, 2020: The Central Canada Hockey League announces it will finalize the start date and schedule length for its 2020-21 season at its meeting on July 15th, based on the current information available from the province of Ontario and public health authorities.

Thursday, June 25, 2020:  Cameron Hough has been named the captain of the Pembroke Lumber Kings for the 2020-21 season.  In his first season with the Kings last season Hough had 24 goals and picked up 45 points.  The previous three years Hough played in the Ontario Hockey League with Sarnia and Kingston. In his final season in the OHL, Hough played 46 games with the Frontenacs, but had only two points.  Playing at the Junior A level gave him significantly more ice time and allowed him to develop his leadership skills. Hough will turn 20 years old in October.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020: The Pembroke Lumber Kings have announced that Gord Goldberg will join head coach Alex Armstrong on the bench as an assistant coach for the 2020-21 season. Goldberg was the head coach of the Whitewater Kings of the Eastern Ontario Junior B Hockey League last season.

Thursday, June 11, 2020:  The Central Canada Hockey League has announced that its Junior B affiliated league, the CCHL2, will be re-branded as the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League, a name the league formerly held.  The Whitewater Kings are part of the league, and are owned by Pembroke Lumber Kings owner, Alex Armstrong.

Thursday, June 4, 2020:  Hockey Canada has announced its return to play policy allowing its member leagues and associations to begin discussions with local health authorities that would clear the way for hockey to return. In a media release issued by Hockey Canada it reads, "Currently there are no Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities being conducted, and we are working with our Members on their return-to-hockey plans. After ongoing discussions with the board of directors, our chief medical officer, the 13 Members and public health authorities across the country, it has been determined that the best approach for a return to hockey in Canada is to allow each Member the opportunity to work with authorities in their respective regions to determine when it is safe to return to the ice in areas that fall under their jurisdiction. We expect the timing of each Member’s return to hockey will be different, but will be based on the advice of their government and public health authority."

Tuesday, June 2, 2020:  The Pembroke Lumber Kings have made their first trade of the off-season with their new geographical rival, the Renfrew Wolves.  The Kings sent 19 year old forward Jesse Dick to the Wolves for 18 year old forward Zach Martin.  Martin played last season with the Renfrew Timberwolves of the CCHL2 Junior B circuit where he showed good scoring process with 18 goals and 25 assists in 41 games.  Martin is from Pembroke.  Dick was acquired in a trade with Smiths Falls last season and played 14 games with the Lumber Kings, picking up 4 goals and 7 assists.

Friday, May 29, 2020:  An annual tradition for former Lumber Kings players has been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Lumber Kings alumni golf tournament, scheduled for Friday, July 3rd has been postponed with the hope that it can be played later in the summer if public health and government authorities permit tournaments to be held.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020:  Former Lumber Kings U-18 star forward Mason McTavish has been named to the Ontario Hockey League's Second All Rookie team. In his first season with the Peterborough Petes, the 16 year old McTavish scored 29 goals and had 42 points. McTavish was a first round, fifth overall pick of the Petes in last year's OHL draft.

Thursday, May 14, 2020: Mike Bredlaw will take over the bench of the Whitewater Kings in the CCHL2 Junior B league in the 2020-21 season. Bredlaw spent last year as an assistant coach with the Junior A Lumber Kings.  He has previous Junior B coaching experience with the Renfrew Timberwolves.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020:  Corey Smart has been hired to coach the Lumber Kings U-18 team for the 2020-21 season. Smart played three season in the CCHL with the Kanata Lasers in the late 1980's and early 90's. Smart has coaching experience at various levels of hockey.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020:  Lumber Kings captain Jacob Shankar has committed to play NCAA Division 3 hockey with the Concordia University Wisconsin Falcons in 2020-21.  Shankar had 45 points in his last season of junior A eligibility with the Kings. He played 161 games in the CCHL over his four year junior career, totaling 96 points.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020:  Lumber Kings forward Andrew Poulias has committed to play NCAA Division 3 hockey with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2020-21. Poulias closed out his junior A career with the Kings last season picking up 36 points in 62 games.

Thursday, May 7, 2020:  Brent Sylvestre has been named the new General Manager of the Whitewater Kings, the Junior B affiliate of the Pembroke Lumber Kings. Sylvestre spent many years as a coach and general manager of the Renfrew Timberwolves where he played four seasons of  junior hockey in the 1990's.  Sylvestre has also spent time with the Arnprior Packers organization.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020:  The Pembroke Lumber Kings are saddened to learn of the passing of alumnus Barry Egan. Egan played three seasons with the Kings in the 1980's under head coach Jim Farelli, producing great numbers including an 85 point season in the 1984-85 campaign.

Tuesday, April  21, 2020: Lumber Kings alumnus Adam Beveridge has signed a professional contract  with France's Remparts de Tours club. After leaving the Lumber Kings, Beveridge spent four years playing with the University of Ottawa Gees Gees. He was part of the 2015 Lumber Kings team that made it to the CCHL championship series against Carleton Place.

Saturday, April 4, 2020:  Two members of the Pembroke Lumber Kings U-18 team were selected in the Ontario Hockey League Major Junior draft. Jace Letourneau was chosen 288th overall by the Erie Otters and Ryland Landon was taken by the Ottawa 67's,  260th overall in the 13th round of the draft. In all, 300 players were selected in the OHL draft which was done remotely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monday, March 23, 2020: Former Lumber Kings defenceman Brendan Clavelle will join Saint Francis Xavier University next season after finishing his junior career with the Charlottetown Islanders of the QMJHL. Clavelle will join another Lumber Kings alumnus, Patty Kyte, who has also committed to ST. FX for the 2020-21 season. The Clavelle announcement came on the same day that all of Canada's major junior hockey leagues announced their playoffs would be cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 virus pandemic.

Friday, March 13, 2020: For the first time in the close to 60 years the Central Canada Hockey League has operated, there will be no league champion. On the direction of the Canadian Junior Hockey League, the Central Canada Hockey League has cancelled its 2019-20 league playoffs as a result of the Covid-19 virus pandemic that has forced several sports league to suspend operations.

Thursday, March 12, 2020:  Two Lumber Kings have been named CCHL all-stars for the 2019-20 season.  Forward Fletcher Anderson was named to the second all star team and goaltender Reece Proulx was named to the league's third all-star team.  Proulx was also named to the high school All Academic team.

Sunday, March 9, 2020: The Pembroke Lumber Kings ended their regular season with a 4-3 win over the Rockland Nationals, the same team they will face in the first round of the CCHL playoffs. The Kings finished the regular season with a 32-27-2-1 record for 67 points.  They finished seventh overall in the league standings. Rockland finished second. Read our new blog for a playoff preview of Kings vs. Nationals.

Saturday, March 8, 2020:  Lumber Kings goaltender Reece Proulx has been named to the CCHL's all rookie team.  Proulx had an outstanding season with the Kings, logging more playing time than any other goalie in the CCHL.  He is a  draft pick of the North Bay Batallion of the Ontario Hockey League.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020: Lumber Kings forward Dennis Golovatchev is handed an automatic 5 game suspension for fighting at the end of a game with the Ottawa Senators. The suspension against the player also carries an automatic 3 game suspension for head coach Alex Armstrong. Golovatchev will miss the team's last 4 regular season games and its first game of the playoffs.

Monday, March 2, 2020: The Pembroke Lumber Kings have clinched a playoff spot in the CCHL. The Kings advanced to the post-season as a result of Kanata's 4-3 shootout loss to the Kemptville 73's.  Pembroke missed the playoffs last season.

Monday, March 2, 2020:  The Pembroke Lumber Kings made 11 selections at the CCHL Bantam Draft, choosing several players from the Ottawa Valley Titans and Ottawa Valley Aces.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020: The Central Canada Hockey has approved the re-location of the Kanata Lasers to the town of Renfrew for the start of the 2020-21 season.  The Lumber Kings welcome the new Renfrew Wolves franchise and look forward to developing a strong rivalry between the two Ottawa Valley teams which has not existed since senior hockey days.

Monday, February 24, 2020: One of the most talented players to come through the Pembroke Lumber Kings is coming home. Matt Peca, who grew up in Petawawa, was traded by the Montreal Canadiens to the Ottawa Senators on the NHL's trading deadline.  Peca has spent much of the season with the Habs American Hockey League affiliate, the Laval Rockets.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020: The Lumber Kings leading scorer, Fletcher Anderson has been named the CCHL player of the week.  Anderson had 4 goals and 3 assists in 3 games  as he remained in the hunt for the league's scoring title with 67 points with 8 games remaining in the season for the Kings.

Monday, February 17, 2020:  Lumber Kings defenceman Sean Fortier has been suspended two games after being assessed a major penalty in the Kings game in Smiths Falls on Friday, February 14th.  Fortier was assessed a major for slew footing a Bears forward in the third period of the game.

Sunday, February 16, 2020:  Jim Farelli coached more games than any other Pembroke Lumber Kings coach.  From 1981 to '89, he was behind the Kings bench for 420 games.  Over that period, he led the Kings to eight consecutive appearances in the Central Junior Hockey League Final, winning six championships. Farelli passed away several years ago, but the Kings honoured his legacy with a special banner that was unveiled prior to their game with the Brockville Braves on February 16th.  Farelli's family and several of his former players were on hand for the pre-game ceremony.

Saturday, February 15, 2020: The Pembroke Lumber Kings returned to the roots of the game on Family Day Weekend.  The entire roster staged an outdoor practice at the Shadynook rink just outside Pembroke, carrying on a tradition that started when Sheldon Keefe owned the team.  Ironically, the practice was held on the same day that Keefe hosted several of his former operational staff, billets and volunteers when his Toronto Maple Leafs played the Senators in Ottawa.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020:  Fletcher Anderson scored his team leading 30th goal of the season as he collected a hat trick in the Lumber Kings 6-3 win over the Nepean Raiders.

Monday, February 10, 2020:  Defenceman Ty Hollett has been called up to the North Bay Batallion of the Ontario Hockey League.  Hollett is a draft pick of the Batallion and is only 16 years old.  He has seen limited playing time with the Lumber Kings in recent weeks as the team has a  crowded blue line with more with experienced players. Playing at a higher level with the Batallion should allow him to improve his skills.

Sunday, January 26, 2020: Former Lumber Kings forward Tyler Gaudet is back in the NHL.  Gaudet has been reacquainted with Sheldon Keefe, who was his coach during the two seasons he spent in Pembroke between 2011 and 2013.  Gaudet followed Keefe to Sault Ste. Marie where in his final season with the Greyhounds he put up 61 points in 65 games. He then signed with the Arizona Coyotes where he played 20 NHL games, but spent most of his time in the American Hockey League.  Gaudet signed a two way deal with the Maple Leafs this year and has played 39 games with the club's AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.  He was called up to the Leafs on January 26th.

Friday, January 10, 2020: The Lumber Kings have strengthened their roster by adding four experienced players at the Central Canada Hockey League trading deadline.  The Kings have acquired forwards Sam Allison  who had been playing with Brockville in the CCHL, forward Dennis Golovatchev from the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League,  Brendan Cianflone of the Flin Flon Bombers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and Joey McCollum from the St. Cloud Blizzard of the North American Hockey League. The Kings also acquired 17-year old defenceman Ben Hofstetter from the Strathroy Rockets of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.

Friday, January 3, 2020:  Lumber Kings defenceman Liam Enright voluntarily leaves the team to pursue an education at Trent University in Peterborough.

Sunday, December 22, 2019:  Lumber Kings goaltender Reece Proulx makes 25 saves to record his second shutout of the season, a 3-0 win over the Nepean Raiders. The win is the Kings 20th of the season as they enter the holiday break in third place in the Robinson Division.  In a pre-game ceremony, the Lumber Kings retired the number 16 jersey worn by Larry Mick from 1963 to '66.  Mick was a league all star and was selected 13th overall by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1967 NHL draft.

Sunday, December 22, 2019:  Former Lumber Kings defenceman, Johnny Kyte, captains Team Canada to a silver medal at the Deaflympics Hockey Tournament in Italy, as Canada loses 7-3 to the United States in the Gold Medal game after going 4 and 0 in the round robin.

Saturday, December 21, 2019:  Lumber Kings forward Fletcher Anderson is suspended two games for a slashing incident versus the Rockland Nationals.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019:  Lumber Kings defenceman Nicolas Guillemette has been rewarded for his fine first half of the season by being named to the Central Canada Hockey League's Select team that will face the University of Massachusetts Lowell on Sunday, December 29 in  Lowell, MA.  Guillemette is among the league's top scoring defencemen with 6 goals and 25 assists for 31 points in 35 games. Before joining the Lumber Kings this season, Guillemette spent two years with the Hawkesbury Hawks.

Tuesday, December 17,  2019:  Members of the media issue their mid-season report cards for the Lumber Kings.  Read it here.

Friday, December 13, 2019:  Lumber Kings goaltender Reece Proulx is back on the bus to North Bay.  The  talented goaltender has been called up to the North Bay Batallion of the Ontario Hockey League for the second time this season. Proulx has been carrying the load in nets this season for the Kings. The call up will give Nick Beck an opportunity to make his Lumber Kings debut for the Kings as they face the Carleton Place Canadians Friday night.  Beck was acquired a few weeks ago to back up Proulx.

Thursday, December 12, 2019:  The Pembroke Lumber Kings have  announced they will be holding Spring King Hockey camps for youth hockey players in April 2020. To register your young hockey player, download the attached registration form and return it to the Lumber Kings office.  Spring King Classic Tournament Registration

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Sunday, December 8, 2019: The Lumber Kings have announced that Goldie Goldthorpe  of Slap Shot Movie fame will be at their home game on Sunday, December 15 versus the Carleton Place Canadians.  Goldthorpe, who was the inspiration for the character, Ogie Ogelthorpe in the 1977 blockbuster movie, will be joined by author Liam McGuire, who has written a book called "The Real Ogie."

Tuesday, December 3, 2019:  Lumber Kings goaltender Reece Proulx has been named the CCHL player of the week after consecutive wins over Kemptville and Brockville.  Proulx posted a 1.00 goals against average and a save percentage of .973 in the two games.

Sunday, December 1, 2019:  Defenceman Sean Fortier scores his first Central Canada Hockey League goal as the Lumber Kings snap Brockville's 15 game winning streak with an an impressive 5-1 win at the Pembroke Memorial Centre.

Saturday, November 30, 2019:  The Pembroke Lumber Kings trade forward Josh Maine to the Leamington Flyers for a player development fee.  The Lumber Kings also acquire goaltender, Nick Beck who had been playing with the Maine Nordiques of the North American Hockey League.

Thursday, November 28,  2019:  The Pembroke Lumber Kings have acquired Arnprior native Jesse Dick from the Kemptville 73's for forward Dante Moretti.  Dick had 9 points on the season at the time of the trade, while Moretti had recorded 13 points during his first season with the Lumber Kings.

Monday, November 25, 2019:  The Pembroke Lumber Kings have traded goaltender Darian  McTavish to the Chatham Maroons of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League,. McTavish had been with the Kings for the past three years but had seen limited action this year as the back-up to starting goaltender Reece Proulx,  He was 4 and 1 in 5 starts with the Kings this year, recording a save percentage of .892 and a goals against average of 3.72. The trade will hopefully provide him with more playing time.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019: Former Pembroke Lumber Kings owner and head coach, Sheldon Keefe, has been named the 31st coach in the history of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Keefe, who led the Lumber Kings to five consecutive CCHL titles from 2007 to 2011, was promoted after the Leafs fired Mike Babcock.

Monday, November 18, 2019:  Lumber Kings goaltender, Reece Proulx stopped the seven shots he faced in his 20 minutes of play and his Robinson division all-star squad edged the Yzerman division 3-2 in the CCHL all star game in Ottawa.  Teammates Cameron Hough and Fletcher Anderson were held off the scoresheet.

Sunday, November 17, 2019: The Pembroke Lumber Kings score an incredible 8 goals on the powerplay in a 8-2 thumping of the Smiths Falls Bears.  Brady Egan scores four goals for the Kings.

Thursday, November 14, 2019:  Goalie Reece Proulx and forward Cameron Hough of the Lumber Kings have been named to the Robinson Division all star team in the CCHL.  The team's leading scorer, Fletcher Anderson was named as an alternate for the all-star game.

Friday, November 8, 2019: Mason Burkhart will make his Lumber Kings debut tonight as he joins the club from the Whitewater Kings of the CCHL2 Junior B circuit.  Burkhart will replace Alex Urbisci who is suspended for one game for fighting in the last ten minutes of a game. In 15 games with Whitewater, Burkhart has 5 goals and 6 assists.

Monday, November 4, 2019:  Lumber Kings forward Alex Urbisci has been suspended one game for fighting in the final ten minutes of the third period in the Kings 4-1 loss to Brockville on November 3rd at the PMC.  The fight with Brockville's Charlie Merkley came with only 1:16 remaining in the game.

Sunday, October 31, 2019:  Lumber Kings goaltender Reece Proulx has been named to the 20 man roster for the Central Canada Hockey League all star team that will face the top players in the Quebec Junior Hockey League on November 5 in Terrebonne, Quebec. The players who have invited to play in the game will be evaluated for participation in the upcoming World Junior A championship, scheduled for Dawson Creek, British Columbia in December.  Proulx is having an outstanding rookie season and has backstopped the Lumber Kings to several wins this season, while also playing in a pair of games with the North Bay Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League.

Sunday, October 27, 2019:  The Lumber Kings made it three wins in a row on home ice with a 3-2 win over the Hawkesbury Hawks at the PMC.

Friday, October 25, 2019:  Fletcher Anderson scored twice and Reece Proulx returned from a call up to the North Bay Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League to make 31 stops as the Lumber Kings doubled the Ottawa Junior Senators 4-2 in their annual school day game.

Thursday, October 24, 2019:  The Lumber Kings have acquired defenceman Ty Hollet from the Navan Grads for a player development fee.  Hollet had played with Navan's U-18 team last year and was drafted in the third round of the OHL draft by the North Bay Battalion.  Hollet will make his Lumber Kings debut at the team's school day game against Ottawa on Friday, October 25th.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019:  Miss Teen Canada, Emma Jeapes of Beachburg, will participate in the ceremonial puck drop when the Lumber Kings host the Hawkesbury Hawks on Sunday, October 27 at 7 p.m. at the Pembroke Memorial Centre.

Monday, October 21, 2019:  The Pembroke Lumber Kings have announced their players will use pink tape on their hockey sticks in support of Breast Cancer Awareness  Month at their school day game on Friday, October 25 versus the Ottawa Jr. Senators.  The game will begin at 11 a.m. and always offers one of the best atmospheres of the season as hundreds of school children cheer on the Lumber Kings.

Sunday, October 20: Lumber Kings netminder Darian McTavish recorded his first shutout of the season with 29 saves as the Lumber Kings blanked the Nepean Raiders 4-0 at the Pembroke Memorial Centre. McTavish was starting his third straight game after regular starting goalie Reece Proulx was called up to the North Bay Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League.

Wednesday, October 16:  The North Bay Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League have called up goaltender Reece Proulx after one of their goaltenders, Joe Vrbetic, was sidelined by injury. Proulx was drafted by the Battalion in the OHL draft in 2018.  He is one of several protected North Bay players who have been playing with the Lumber Kings this season as part of an affiliation agreement between the Kings and Battalion.

 

Friday, October 11, 2019:  After dropping five of six games and still looking for their first win this season at the Pembroke Memorial Centre, the Lumber Kings hope to deliver a Thanksgiving feast when they host the Kemptville 73's at 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Sunday.  In  their only match-up with the 73's this year, the Kings dropped a 6-4 decision to Kemptville.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019:  Lumber Kings goalie Reece Proulx has been named the CCHL's rookie of the month.  The North Bay native went 5 and 2 in his first 7 games with the Kings recording a goals against average of 1.64 and a save percentage of .953. During those seven games in September, Proulx stopped 243 of 255 shots.  He was instrumental in the Lumber Kings getting off to a great start. Proulx was also given an honourable mention for the goaltender of the month category,  which was awarded to Carleton Place netminder Devon Levi who posted a perfect 8 and 0 record for the Canadians.

Friday, September 27, 2019:  The Pembroke Lumber Kings have announced they will offer free admission to their make-up game against the Smiths Falls Bears on Wednesday, October 2nd at 7:30 p.m. at the Pembroke Memorial Centre.  The game was re-scheduled after the Lumber Kings home opener against the Bears was called mid-way through the second period because of heavy fog inside the arena.  Free admission will be available on a first come, first served basis.  Doors will open to the PMC one hour before game time.   While the game will be played in its entirety, the Bears will start the game with a 2-1 lead. That was the score when the game was called by officials.

Thursday, September 26, 2019:  The Pembroke Lumber Kings have added depth to their line-up with the addition of defenceman Daniel Nardi from the Hamilton Bull Dogs.  Nardi was a ninth round draft pick of the Mississauga Ice Dogs in the Ontario Hockey League draft in 2017.  He played three games with Niagara  in the 2017-18 season, but spent the majority of his season with the Fort Erie Meteors of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. In 42 games with the Meteors, Nardi picked up 28 points.  Nardi spent most of last season with the Toronto  Jr. Canadians of  the GOJHL.  Nardi is a native of Newmarket, Ontario and is 5 ' 11 " tall, weighing 185 pounds. Nardi was traded to Hamilton by Mississauga in January of 2019.

Sunday, September 22, 2019:  Tonight's home opening game between the Pembroke Lumber Kings and Smiths Falls Bears was postponed with 8:50 remaining in the second period because of persistent fog in the Pembroke Memorial Centre.  Officials called the game because of unsafe playing conditions.  The game will be replayed in its entirety, but will start with the Bears leading 2-1.  The Lumber Kings will announce the date of the rescheduled game once it is determined.

Sunday, September 15, 2019:  The Pembroke Lumber Kings continued their winning streak with a three game sweep at the Central Canada Hockey League showcase event in Gloucester. The Kings defeat Navan 3-2, Cornwall 5-4 and Hawkesbury 4-2 to improve to 5 and 0 on the season.

Thursday, September 5, 2019:  The Pembroke Lumber Kings have opened their 2019-20 season with a 2-1 win over the Kanata Lasers.  Ethan Emanuel scored a powerplay goal at 11:37 of the third period to give the Kings the victory.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019:  The Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Canada Hockey League and North Bay Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League have reached an affiliation agreement that will allow players protected by the Batallion to develop their skills with the Lumber Kings. Both teams cited the close geographical proximity of Pembroke to North Bay as being a major consideration in the agreement.

Monday, July 1, 2019:  A blockbuster nine player trade between the Pembroke Lumber Kings and Smiths Falls Bears caught CCHL fans by surprise as both teams re-tool with training camp approaching.  The Lumber Kings will receive four players including Jacob Shankar, Fletcher Anderson and two brothers, Alex Urbisci and Anthony Urbisci.  The Bears get Alex Lewis, Andre Simard, Brendan Dempsey, Ethan Heidepriem and Cameron McLean.

Friday, June 14, 2019:  The Pembroke Lumber Kings have been purchased by Alex Armstrong.  Armstrong coached the Smiths Falls Bears last season and takes over ownership of the Central Canada Hockey League's most historic franchise from Dale McTavish, who has owned the team since 2014.  Armstrong intends to be both the coach and general manager of the Kings.