Cameron Hough Named Team Captain of Lumber Kings for 2020-21 Season
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
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.