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Lumber Kings Alumnus Jim Montgomery Gets Another Chance at Coaching in the NHL

Jim Montgomery is on his way back to the National Hockey League.  The St. Louis Blues recently hired the former Pembroke Lumber King to be an assistant coach, a reunion of sorts as Montgomery returns to the organization that gave him his first crack as an NHL player. It was almost 30 years ago when […]

A Training Camp Like No Other

Training camp for junior hockey players has never looked like this. Players putting on their hockey equipment in parking lots, wearing masks into rinks, carrying helmets, skates and sticks and then sitting six feet apart along the lower rows of the stands to fully get dressed for practice before taking to the ice.  This is […]

CCHL Plans to Start 2020-21 Season on October 1st

It has been more than four months since the Central Canada Hockey League shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but now the league is planning for an October 1st re-start as its kicks off its 59th regular season. For that to happen, the league is banking on the Ontario government and public health officials […]

Peter White Almost Didn’t Get a Chance to Re-Write the CCHL Record Books

Jim Farelli watched intently from the press box at the Pembroke Memorial Centre.  The veteran junior A coach was making his final cuts as training camp and the pre-season wrapped up for his Pembroke Lumber Kings. The start of the 1986-87 season was just around the corner and the team’s director of player personell, Gavin […]

Tough Coach Who Knew How To Win-Jim Farelli’s Legacy

Jim Farelli was a late bloomer.  He didn’t play much hockey as a kid growing up in Northern Ontario, but as a teenager he caught on to the game quickly and because of his rugged style of play he caught the attention of some junior teams. He got his feet wet with the Kitchener-Waterloo Greenshirts […]

Wheeling and Dealing at the Trade Deadline

On Sunday, January 5th the Pembroke Lumber Kings welcomed in the New Year with their first game of 2020.  it was a stinker. The Kings lost 4-0 to the Hawkesbury Hawks, primarily because their depleted line-up had only 13 skaters, two of whom were call ups from the club’s Junior B affiliate, the Whitewater Kings. […]

Lumber Kings Alumnus Patty Kyte Prepares for His Final Chapter in Junior Hockey

Patrick Kyte knew it was coming. After 156 games played with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Pembroke native had been traded for the first time in his junior career. Less than a year after Halifax hosted the Memorial Cup and the Mooseheads came within a win of a national […]

The Reporters Issue Their Mid-Season Lumber Kings Report Card

  The Pembroke Lumber Kings are the most storied franchise in the Central Canada Hockey League. Because of that history, the Kings also garner the most media attention.  Six members of the media who have watched the team  all season long weigh in with their mid-season report cards. Jamie Bramburger: Play by Play-Your TV (Cogeco) […]

It Was His Time-Sheldon Keefe Named Maple Leafs Coach

When Sheldon Keefe made the decision to step behind the bench of the Pembroke Lumber Kings, he was a young man with an uncertain future.  He had bought the Lumber Kings in 2003 , expecting to have a long NHL career and to maybe some day get more involved in the day to day operations […]