Lumber Kings Start 2016-2017 Season with Labour Day Weekend Home- Opener on Sept 18 at PMC
Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2016
PEMBROKE - The Pembroke Lumber Kings will begin their first season with Sean Crozier at the helm on Labour Day weekend when the Kings play three games as part of the Central Canada Hockey League Showcase weekend in Ottawa. The new head coach of the Kings will see his club play six consecutive road games before returning to the Pembroke Memorial Centre on Sunday, September 18th for its home opener against the Cumberland Grads.
The Lumber Kings get their 62-game schedule started against the Cornwall Colts on Saturday, September 3rd at the Bell SensPlex, before playing Hawkesbury and Brockville, the following two days. They then travel to Kemptville, Nepean and Gloucester before facing the Grads on Opening Night at the PMC.
The 2016-17 version of the Lumber Kings will begin its training camp on August 19th at the Pembroke and Area Community Centre. With only 26 players invited to the camp, and many of them returning from last year’s squad, there won’t be a lot of decisions to make for Lumber Kings owner and General Manager, Dale McTavish, who is pleased with the make-up of the team.
“We had a very strong second half of last season and with many players returning we have a solid foundation moving forward. We’ve signed some highly skilled players in the off-season and expect to have a club that will compete for a championship,” said McTavish.
Among the players the Kings will welcome back are forward Alex Gilmour, goaltender Boyd Diclemente and last year’s number one CCHL draft pick, Patrick Kyte. Head Coach, Sean Crozier, expects the team to be very strong in its own end, but will continue to look for scoring.
“We have some defencemen who can move the puck and we hope to capitalize on this strength by allowing our back end players to be more aggressive offensively,” said Crozier.
The Lumber Kings have been eliminated from the playoffs the past three seasons by the eventual league champion, Carleton Place Canadians. The Canadians will visit Pembroke three times this season beginning on Sunday, November 20th.
The bulk of the Lumber Kings home games will be played on Sunday evenings, however there are two Sunday matinees on January 8th and Super Bowl Sunday, February 5th, both against Carleton Place. The only other day game is on Friday, October 21st when the Kings play their annual School Day game versus the Ottawa Junior Senators at 11 a.m.
Thanksgiving weekend will serve up a rare Saturday night home games as the Kings host Brockville for a 6 p.m. face-off. On Thanksgiving Sunday, the Kings play Kanata for a traditional 7 p.m. start at the PMC. There are three Friday night games on December 16th versus Nepean, December 23rd against Cornwall and March 10th when Nepean comes to town. The Lumber Kings close their regular season schedule on Sunday, March 12th against the Smiths Falls Bears.
Season tickets remain on sale for the 2016-17 season for the CCHL’s most storied franchise. The Lumber Kings have won more league championship than any other club and are recognized as one of the most successful Junior A hockey clubs in the country.