Canadian Armed Forces personnel were invited to bring their family members to the Feb. 23 appreciation game. Corporal James Pacquing and his children Nicky and Harmony enjoy the game. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
The game heated up between the Pembroke Lumber Kings and the Kanata Lasers. Despite close calls, the Kings won 6-3. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
On Feb. 23, the Pembroke Lumber Kings played against the Kanata Lasers in a Military Appreciation Night game. Invited to do the puck drop to start the game were (back row left to right) Pembroke Mayor Mike LeMay, 4th Canadian Division Support Group (4 CDSG) Formation Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Tom Verner, 4 CDSG Commander Colonel Louis Lapointe, 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) Commander Colonel Michael Wright, 2 CMBG Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Shawn Mercer, (front left to right) Lumber Kings Captain Andrew Meininger and Kanata Lasers Captain Liam Markhauser. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Warrant Officer Andrew Slate and his 13-year-old daughter Miranda cheer for the Pembroke Lumber Kings. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Pembroke Lumber Kings hold appreciation game for military
By Patricia Lebeouf
Posted on Thursday March 8, 2018
The Pembroke Lumber Kings warmly welcomed members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Defence Team to an appreciation night game held in their honour.
A total of 700 tickets were distributed to personnel at Garrison Petawawa; though most of the CAF members wore their uniforms on Feb. 23, family members and other attendees were invited to wear red to show their support. The stands at the Pembroke Memorial Centre (PMC) were filled with cheering fans.
“People are very excited and ... very happy,” said 4th Canadian Division Support Group (4 CDSG) Commander Colonel Louis Lapointe. “It shows how much the community cares and how much the community supports us.”
The special evening also came at a very opportune time. With the brigade in high readiness, many families have loved who ones are deployed, or preparing for deployments.
“It is a good time to get together and share such an event. We are very grateful to the Pembroke Lumber Kings for allowing us to be here,” said Col Lapointe.
He, as well as 4 CDSG Formation Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Tom Verner, 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) Commander Colonel Michael Wright, 2 CMBG Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Shawn Mercer, and Pembroke Mayor Mike LeMay were given a place of honour at the game. They were invited to do the official puck drop between Pembroke Lumber Kings Captain Andrew Meininger and Kanata Lasers Captain Liam Markhauser.
Singing the national anthem was the Petawawa Chapter of the Canadian Military Wives Choir.
As well as a chance to spend some time together, the game was also an exciting time for the home team, with the Kings winning the game 6-3 against Kanata.
The Friday night game wasn’t the first time that the Lumber Kings have held an appreciation night for the CAF. Yet Sandra Fraser, Pembroke Lumber Kings Corporate Partnerships and Marketing Director, wanted to ensure that the soldiers see all the support surrounding communities have for them.
Originally, she had opened up the PMC for 500 personnel and their family members. Interest was so high, however, that she delivered an additional 200 tickets to the units.
She was ecstatic to see such a large turnout. “It’s been really, really good working with the Garrison,” said Fraser. “It is just fun and it is a nice opportunity to show appreciation.”