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A New Lumber Kings Season Begins

New players, a new team captain, new assistant coach and a new season.  Pembroke Lumber Kings hockey returns this weekend with a lot of new faces playing in the oldest rink in the Central Canada Hockey League.  Fresh off its 70th anniversary, the Pembroke Memorial Centre marks another opening night when the Kings welcome the […]

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 […]

Junior Hockey is Back! Lumber Kings Open 2021-22 Season

It will have been 565 days since the Pembroke Lumber Kings played a meaningful hockey game when the team returns to the ice to start its 2021-22 Central Canada Hockey League regular season Friday night in Kemptville. Two nights later they will play their home opener against the Smiths Falls Bears at the venerable Pembroke […]

The Last Game!

It was the most energy the Lumber Kings had experienced in their home rink all season long.  On Sunday, March 9, 2020 the Kings completed their 2019-20 regular season with an impressive 4-3 win over the Rockland Nationals.  It was a playoff preview.  Four days later the two teams were to begin a best of […]

What Makes the Pembroke Memorial Centre Special?

Hockey Night in Canada’s Twitter feed had some fun with hockey fans recently when it tweeted, “Name your favourite small-town hockey rink to play in and why?” The tweet generated a lot of interest as Canadians posted pictures of their favourite rinks and explained what made them special. Among the responses was the Pembroke Memorial […]

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 […]

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 […]