Pembroke Lumber Kings

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Pembroke Lumber Kings
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City Pembroke, Ontario, Canada
League Central Canada Hockey League
Division Yzerman
Founded 1964
Operated 1964-79,
1980-present
Home arena Pembroke Memorial Centre
Colours Red and White
         
Owner(s) Dale McTavish
General manager Pat Malloy
Head coach Dale McTavish

The Pembroke Lumber Kings are a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Pembroke, Ontario, Canada. They are a part of the Central Canada Hockey League and are the winningest team in CCHL (formerly CJHL) history as well as 2011 Royal Bank Cup National Junior A Champions. Some notable graduates of the Lumber Kings include: Dainius Zubrus of the New Jersey Devils, Mike Eastwood - a former member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Peter White - a former member of the Philadelphia Flyers. They had the longest running junior hockey club in Eastern Ontario having played in several leagues throughout their history including the Intermediate Junior Hockey League, the Upper Ottawa Valley Hockey League and the Ottawa Junior Hockey League where the team was know as the Junior Lumber Kings and the Pembroke Little Lumber Kings.

History[edit]

David Frost/Mike Danton controversy[edit]

The Lumber Kings were at one point at the center of the David Frost/Mike Danton controversy. At the time of the infamous murder-for-hire allegations, the Kings were owned by both Sheldon Keefe and Mike Danton, who are a part of Frost's "stable". After the murder-for-hire plot, Frost continued to be an active member of the team as a team scout. In 2004, he was banned from the Central Junior A Hockey League as a result of an altercation with a referee after a game, however after the threat of legal action the suspension was lifted. After Pembroke's elimination from the playoffs in the league semi-finals against the Nepean Raiders during the 2006 playoffs, Frost announced he would no longer be an active part of the team. Sheldon Keefe is still an owner of the team. On June 6, 2006, Keefe became the Lumber Kings' head coach and general manager.[1]

Owner Sheldon Keefe announced over twitter on May 29, 2013 that he had sold the Pembroke Lumber Kings to former Calgary Flames player, and Eganville native Dale McTavish.[2]

2005-06 season[edit]

In June 2005, the City of Pembroke, which is known as "Hockeytown" was awarded the 2006 Fred Page Cup. Owner Sheldon Keefe was appointed assistant coach to Kevin Abrams. The Pembroke Lumber Kings immediately placed first overall and eventually first in the Canadian Junior "A" Hockey League Top 15 rankings. Despite being the strongest team in Canada, the Lumber Kings were knocked out of the semi-finals to the Nepean Raiders. The Fred Page Cup was eventually won by the Joliette Action of the Quebec Junior "AAA" Hockey League.

2006-07 season[edit]

The Pembroke Lumber Kings had a strong cast of returning players. Head coach Kevin Abrams was appointed league commissioner over the summer of 2006. Owner and assistant coach and former NHLer Sheldon Keefe was appointed head coach. The Lumber Kings started off strong and held on to top spot in the CJHL till the end of the season. The Lumber Kings started the 2007 playoffs against the Kanata Stallions, which the Lumber Kings taking the series in an easy four-game sweep. In the semi-finals, the Lumber Kings met up with Hawkesbury Hawks and the Lumber Kings taking that series in 6 games, and the final was against their division rivals, the Nepean Raiders. With Pembroke up 3-0 in the series and needing a win on April 15, 2007 in Nepean to take the series. But the Nepean Raiders came up with a 2-1 win forcing a game 5 in Pembroke, but however, the Lumber Kings wanted to win it at home and that's exactly what they did on the night of April 17, 2007 with a 3-1 win and capturing their first CJHL championship since 1989. The Lumber Kings travelled to St-Jerome, Quebec and started the Fred Page Cup in their quest for the Royal Bank Cup. The Lumber Kings opened the Fred Page Cup with a 2-1 overtime win over the St-Jerome Pantheres. The second game saw the defending Fred Page Cup champions Joliette Action take on the Pembroke Lumber Kings, but this time on Quebec ice. The Lumber Kings came up with a 4-1 win to take a bye to the finals. The Pembroke Lumber Kings lost the final round robin game to the Truro Bearcats 4-2, but the Bearcats still failed to qualify for the semi-finals. The Pembroke Lumber Kings awaited the semi-final winner, and the St-Jerome Panthers knocked off Joliette 3-1. The Pembroke Lumber Kings continued their road to the Royal Bank Cup defeating St-Jerome 5-2 in the finals to claim the 2007 Fred Page Cup. The Lumber Kings travelled across Canada to Prince George, British Columbia for the 2007 Royal Bank Cup at the CN Centre, which is home to the WHL's Prince George Cougars and BCHL's Prince George Spruce Kings. The opening game for the Lumber Kings at the National Jr. A Championship was against the hosts Prince George Spruce Kings, but lost 5-2. The second matchup, the Lumber Kings managed to beat the stronger houses Aurora Tigers 5-3 of the OPJHL. The Lumber Kings fell 3-0 to the also powerhouses Camrose Kodiaks of the AJHL. With a 1-3 record, the Lumber Kings desperate for a birth in the semi-finals got a win over the Selkirk Steelers of the MJHL 2-1. The Pembroke Lumber Kings had a chance to appear on TSN's broadcast of the National Jr. A Championship final with a semi-final match against the Aurora Tigers. The game tied 2-2 going into overtime, less than 3 minutes in the extra period, Darren Michalsky of the Aurora Tigers scored the winner setting up the 2007 championship final against the Prince George Spruce Kings and Pembroke road to the Royal Bank Cup ended. Since 1997, six different teams from the CJHL competing in the Royal Bank Cup lost the semi-finals and never appeared in the finals.

2007-08 season[edit]

Sheldon Keefe recruited players deep into the United States and poaching the best U.S.-born players. The Lumber Kings roster was made up of mostly American players. This paid off as the Lumber Kings won their second-consecutive Art Bogart Cup with a 5-0 win with goals from U.S born players Brandon Richardson and Scott Wentworth over the Smiths Falls Bears in game 5. Going into the Fred Page Cup the Lumber Kings were ranked number one in all of Canada in the CJHL polls for the last month of the season and highly favored to win the 2008 RBC. However, the Lumber Kings were upset as the Fred Page Cup was won by the Pictou County Weeks Crushers of the Maritime Junior Hockey League.

2008–09 season[edit]

The 2008–09 season saw the strangest events in CJHL trades. Starting goaltender Eric Levine was traded to the Hawkesbury Hawks for highly recruited scorer Jacob Laliberte; after the newly anointed goaltender John Griggs could not perform at the level the team was hoping he was then dealt to the Cumberland Grads, leaving the door open for head coach Sheldon Keefe to take back Levine from the struggling cellar-bound Hawkesbury Hawks. The Lumber Kings then traded for Cornwall Colts captain Damian Cross to add scoring depth because Laliberte decided not to show after the holiday break. The trades were genius[citation needed] and the Lumber Kings found themselves winning their third-consecutive Art Bogart Cup over the Nepean Raiders as Damian Cross scored the game-winner in overtime and Eric Levine paid off in spades having one of the greatest goaltending performances in recent CJHL history.

2010-11 season[edit]

The Pembroke Lumber Kings finished the season as the top team in the CJHL and ranked 7th in the country. The first two playoff rounds saw the Lumber Kings easily defeat the Smiths Falls Bears and Gloucester Rangers winning both series 4-0. The Lumber Kings would face the Cornwall Colts in the CJHL championship series. This series pitted two of Canada's top junior A hockey programs against one another, and it would not disappoint. After each team protected their home ice through game 5, the Lumber Kings would finally finish off the Colts in game 6 and win an unprecedented 5th straight Art Bogart Trophy. The Lumber Kings moved on to the Fred Page Cup tournament where they won for the first time since 2007, defeating the Longueuil College Francais 6-3 and moving on to the 2011 Royal Bank Cup.

After going a dismal 1 win and 3 losses in the round robin, the Pembroke Lumber Kings defeated the 3-1 hosts Camrose Kodiaks by a score of 4-2 to make their first ever final since the beginning of the round robin format. In the final, the Lumber Kings drew the 2-time running National Champion Vernon Vipers who were 5-0 thus far in the tournament. At the end of the first, Vernon outshot Pembroke 15-5 but the score was 0-0. After the second, Pembroke led in shots 15-11 and yet the score was still 0-0. In the third, Pembroke's Jonathon Milley scored on a clear-cut breakaway to take the lead. Milley scored a late empty-netter to clinch the game. Pembroke's Francis Dupuis stopped 40 shots for the shutout win. Pembroke's victory is the first for any member of the Central Canada Hockey League since the Rockland Nationals won the 1976 Centennial Cup.

Captain Ben Reinhardt played his fifth and final season of Lumber Kings Jr. hockey in 2010-11, finishing with five CCHL championships, two Eastern Canada Fred Page Cups, and the 2011 Royal Bank Cup National Championship.

Season by season record[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, SOL = Shootout Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts Finish Playoff Results
1958-59 16 10 6 0 --- -- -- 20 3rd IPJHL Won League
1959-60 20 13 7 0 --- 122 93 26 3rd IPJHL Lost Final
1960-61 19 13 4 2 --- 104 66 28 1st IPJHL Won League
1961-62 30 16 8 4 --- -- -- 36 3rd OHDJHL Lost Final
1962-63 32 20 10 2 --- 180 128 42 3rd OHDJHL Lost Semi-final
1963-64 32 22 8 2 --- -- -- 46 2nd OHDJHL Lost Final
1964-65 35 17 12 6 --- 171 146 40 4th CJHL Lost Quarter-final
1965-66 36 27 9 0 --- 203 175 54 3rd CJHL Lost Semi-final
1966-67 50 18 24 8 --- 179 234 44 4th CJHL Lost Semi-final
1967-68 39 15 18 6 --- 158 174 36 4th CJHL Lost Semi-final
1968-69 40 13 23 4 --- 146 149 30 3rd CJHL Lost Final
1969-70 40 13 21 6 --- 136 176 32 3rd CJHL
1970-71 48 13 34 1 --- 164 254 27 5th CJHL
1971-72 48 20 26 2 --- 206 220 42 4th CJHL
1972-73 55 47 4 4 --- 368 183 98 1st CJHL Won League, Won HDMT
1973-74 50 26 20 4 --- 235 215 56 3rd CJHL
1974-75 50 28 13 9 --- 280 215 65 1st CJHL Lost Semi-final
1975-76 50 16 28 6 --- 209 310 38 6th CJHL
1976-77 50 28 17 5 --- 282 223 61 2nd CJHL Won League, Won HDMT
1977-78 48 31 13 4 --- 284 220 66 1st CJHL Won League
1978-79 48 21 23 4 --- 254 262 46 4th CJHL
1979-80 Franchise Suspended
1980-81 50 13 32 5 --- 185 219 31 5th CJHL
1981-82 50 25 20 5 --- 259 190 55 3rd CJHL Won League
1982-83 48 29 16 3 --- 237 164 61 2nd CJHL
1983-84 54 25 20 9 --- 348 295 59 4th CJHL Won League
1984-85 54 38 13 1 2 355 213 79 1st CJHL Won League
1985-86 60 42 15 1 2 376 238 78* 2nd CJHL
1986-87 54 39 10 1 4 323 179 83 1st CJHL
1987-88 56 42 10 2 2 395 217 88 2nd CJHL
1988-89 56 39 12 1 4 319 195 83 1st CJHL
1989-90 56 21 28 4 3 218 280 49 5th CJHL
1990-91 54 26 24 1 3 220 221 56 6th CJHL
1991-92 57 30 24 1 2 291 274 63 5th CJHL
1992-93 57 29 21 3 4 285 264 65 7th CJHL
1993-94 57 30 21 3 3 293 292 66 6th CJHL
1994-95 53 26 19 5 3 290 272 60 4th CJHL
1995-96 54 18 29 7 0 237 290 43 4th in Yzerman
1996-97 53 22 24 7 0 166 197 51 5th in Robinson
1997-98 56 14 34 8 3 215 255 39 5th in Yzerman
1998-99 54 20 31 3 0 202 242 43 5th in Yzerman
1999-00 56 23 28 5 0 244 255 51 5th in Yzerman
2000-01 55 33 17 5 0 261 184 73 1st in Yzerman
2001-02 55 27 19 10 0 236 207 64 2nd in Yzerman
2002-03 55 16 33 6 2 228 265 40 4th in Yzerman Did not Qualify
2003-04 55 23 28 3 1 217 242 50 4th in Yzerman Did not Qualify
2004-05 57 37 14 5 1 236 169 80 2nd in Yzerman Lost Semi-finals
2005-06 59 50 7 1 1 320 116 102 1st in Yzerman Lost Semi-finals, Hosted FPC
2006-07 55 41 10 2 2 261 133 86 1st in Yzerman Won League, Won FPC
2007-08 60 46 11 2 1 281 138 95 1st CJHL Won League
Season GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts Finish Playoff Results
2008-09 60 43 13 4 3 248 145 90 2nd CJHL Won League
2009-10 62 52 9 1 0 288 144 105 2nd CJHL Won League
2010-11 62 51 9 2 2 300 142 104 1st CCHL Won League, Won FPC, Won RBC
2011-12 62 32 24 6 2 184 177 70 6th CCHL Lost Semi-final
2012-13 62 38 20 4 3 235 185 80 5th CCHL Lost Quarter-final
2013-14 62 37 19 6 4 229 184 80 4th CCHL Lost Semi-final

(*) denotes the removal of 9 points from Pembroke's totals by the CJHL for disciplinary reasons.
The Lumber Kings lost their franchise prior to the start of the 1979-80 season for failing to remain in good standing with the league.[3]


Championships[edit]

CJHL Bogart Cup Championships: 1973, 1977, 1978, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Central Canadian Dudley Hewitt Cup Championships: 1973, 1977, 1987, 1988
Eastern Canadian Fred Page Cup Championships: 2007, 2011
CJAHL Royal Bank Cup Championships: 2011

Notable alumni[edit]

Preceded by
Vernon Vipers
Royal Bank Cup Champions
2011
Succeeded by
Penticton Vees

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peplinskie, Tina (June 7, 2006). "Abrams leaves Lumber Kings, Sheldon Keefe will coach team". Pembroke Daily Observer. 
  2. ^ http://www.thedailyobserver.ca/2013/05/29/pembroke-lumber-kings-sold-to-dale-mctavish
  3. ^ Gallagher, Danny (January 21), "More strife brewing on Pembroke hockey scene", The Ottawa Journal: page 19, archived from the original on unknown date, retrieved September 11, 2014 

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