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Pembroke Loses a Hockey Legend-Lionel Barber Passes Away in his 90th Year

It was almost 70 years ago that Lionel Barber arrived in Pembroke.  He came to play hockey and never left. On Sunday, November 8, 2020 he took his final breath in the community he adopted as his home so many years ago. His death was not unexpected as Barber had been diagnosed with colon cancer […]

A Hockey Life-Lionel Barber’s Legacy to Pembroke’s Hockey History

Lionel Barber was often the last player to leave the dressing room.  His Barrie Flyers had just played in St. Catharines and as the 18-year old left the arena and headed to the bus that would take the team back to Barrie he noticed the police officer standing near the front of the bus.  The […]

Lumber Kings Alumni Golf Tournament Postponed

To understand how special it is to play for the Pembroke Lumber Kings, one only needs to attend the team’s alumni golf tournament once. Players who wore the red and white jerseys emblazoned with the well known Lumber Kings crown decades earlier, come from across the province for this annual get together to share stories […]

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 […]