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Lumber Kings Alumni Everywhere!

What a week it was for the Pembroke Lumber Kings brand!  At all levels of hockey, Lumber Kings alumni were at the centre of some of the sports’ biggest events and news stories. None of these moments were bigger than Shawn Allard’s ear-to-ear smile as he gripped the Stanley Cup and held it high over […]

Lumber Kings Bring 45 Players to Spring Evaluation Camp

The last time the Pembroke Lumber Kings were on the ice was when they suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the Brockville Braves, ending their 2021-22 season.  That was on April 22, a night the Kings and Braves played into a fourth overtime period in game seven of their Central Canada Hockey League […]

CCHL Plans to Play Full 2021-22 Season Despite COVID-19 Pandemic

The Central Canada Hockey League is determined to complete its 2021-22 season.  The league has been shutdown since mid-December because of the rising number of COVID-19 cases, but league commissioner Kevin Abrams is confident the league’s 12 teams will each be able to play a 55-game schedule and a full post-season. The league is planning […]

The Great Bill K-The Greatest Voice of the Pembroke Lumber Kings

Ron MacLean of Hockey Night in Canada was impressed when he heard a tape of the great Bill Kutshcke calling a Pembroke Lumber Kings game in the early 1960’s, so impressed that he used the clip on a national broadcast of Rogers Hometown Hockey, comparing Kutschke to a hockey broadcasting legend, Dan Kelly. Kutschke and […]

Pembroke’s Hockey Heritage Presented to the Nation on Rogers Hometown Hockey Broadcast

The city of Pembroke and its storied hockey franchise took centre stage recently when Rogers Hometown Hockey broadcast live from the parking lot of historic Pembroke Memorial Centre.  For three hours, the city and its special relationship with the sport were profiled to a national television audience on Sportsnet, the final act in a three […]

Rogers Hometown Hockey Comes to Pembroke

Hockey is Canada’s national game and like many communities across the nation, Pembroke has a special relationship with the sport. From Pembroke’s first official game in 1893 to its most famous hockey player, Frank Nighbor, hockey is weaved into the fabric of the municipality which brands itself as Hockey Town Canada. This weekend that rich […]

The Original Ice Maker of the Pembroke Memorial Centre

Morris Snider was busy.  As the first manager of the new Pembroke Memorial Centre he was expected to turn the new arena into a profitable enterprise, especially after the town of Pembroke had needed to hold a referendum to get the blessing of taxpayers to borrow the final $125,000 to finish the building. In the […]

The Habs Come to Town-Opening Night at the PMC

The Pembroke Peach had waited four years to receive his Hall of Fame scroll.  The Hall had called Frank Nighbor’s name in 1947, more than 15 years after he had hung up his skates after an illustrious career that included five Stanley Cup championships, but Nighbor was unable to attend the ceremony and now he […]

The First Game at the Pembroke Memorial Centre-70 Years Ago!

It was time to play a game at Pembroke’s new hockey arena.  On Saturday, October 27, 1951 as last-minute construction continued on the Pembroke Memorial Centre, the Pembroke Senior Lumber Kings hosted the Smiths Falls Rideaus in a game that would produce 14 goals and be settled in overtime. The more than 2,200 fans who […]

Pembroke Memorial Centre Marks 70th Anniversary

It has been seven decades since the Pembroke Memorial Centre opened its doors.  The official opening was led by Ontario’s Governor General, Ray Lawson, on November 11, 1951 when close to 5,000 people attended a special Remembrance Day Service to christen the new building that was a memorial to the Pembroke area’s war dead from […]