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CCHL Commissioner Speaks About Season Cancellation

For the first time in the 58 year history of the Central Canada Hockey League there will be no league champion. The CCHL was one of the first junior leagues in Canada to put the brakes on its playoffs  when it suspended play on March 12 as the COVID-19 pandemic was taking hold in Canada. […]

The Night Gordie Howe and Terry Sawchuk Played at the Pembroke Memorial Centre

With the National Hockey League season on pause as the world deals with the COVID-19 virus pandemic, television networks have been scrambling to fill hours of programming time normally consumed by Canada’s national sport.  The Saturday night slot held by the iconic Hockey Night in Canada on CBC has been replaced by Movie Night in […]

Lumber Kings and Nationals Playoff Preview

If ever the Pembroke Lumber Kings needed a win, it was on the final night of their regular season.  Closing out their 2019-20 campaign in front of one of the largest crowds of the season, the Kings were facing the Rockland Nationals. Both teams knew this would be a playoff appetizer as they would be […]

The Legacy of Frank Nighbor-Pembroke’s Greatest Hockey Player

It has been 90 years since Frank Nighbor laced up a pair of skates in a professional hockey game.  It has been 67 years since he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and it has been almost 55 years since he died. The “Pembroke Peach,” as Nighbor was known, is recognized as one […]

Bizarre Games in Lumber Kings History

On Saturday, February 22nd in Toronto  and on Hockey Night in Canada,  a 42-year old Zamboni driver became the oldest goaltender in National Hockey League history to win his first NHL start.  It was a night to remember for David Ayres  who was thrown into emergency duty when both of Carolina’s goaltenders were injured in […]

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 […]