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Sheldon Keefe’s Homecoming Gift to the People of Pembroke

He wasn’t in Pembroke, but Sheldon Keefe was close enough to the Ottawa Valley city to thank the people who helped him on his road to redemption. On Saturday, February 15th his Toronto Maple Leafs were in Ottawa to play the Senators and Keefe used the opportunity to bus 40 people to the game who […]

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 […]

The Wayne Gretzky of the Central Canada Hockey League

It’s still mind boggling! Almost 35 years after Luc Chabot of the Pembroke Lumber Kings lit up the Central Canada Hockey League by scoring 101 goals in only 46 games, it’s hard to believe he was able to put up those kind of numbers in so few games. Sure, it was a different time.  In […]

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) […]

Pembroke’s Retired Lumber Kings Numbers

Over the decades, the Pembroke Lumber Kings have produced a lot of great hockey players. Many of them are recognized on the Lumber Kings Wall of Honour in the Pembroke Memorial Centre, but only two former players have had their numbers retired. In the case of Gale Linton and Ben Reinhardt’s retired sweaters, one is […]

Former Lumber Kings Make Their Mark Coaching at the Highest Levels

In 1978 the Pembroke Lumber Kings fired Bryan Murray.  The captain of that Lumber Kings team, Warnie Richardson, has been taking credit for Murray’s NHL coaching and general manager career ever since. Murray was let go after Richardson went public with several complaints the players had with the owners of the team and Murray didn’t […]

The Rivalry! Lumber Kings and Canadians Battle Again!

Sometimes teams bring out the best in their opposition. Such is the case when the Pembroke Lumber Kings and Carleton  Place Canadians get together.  Over the past decade the two franchises have been the most successful teams in the Central Canada Hockey League, and even though the players change each year, that history has impressed […]

Opening Nights are Special

When Lionel Barber was 20 years old he was the youngest player on the Pembroke Senior Lumber Kings roster when he took the ice at the brand new Pembroke Memorial Centre.  It was November 14, 1951 and the fresh smell of paint was all through the arena as the players skated  in front of a […]