125 years ago on December 29, 1893, Pembroke played its first hockey game. That first team travelled to Ottawa and was thumped 13-1 by the Ottawa Amateur Athletic Club, but the lopsided loss did nothing to quell interest in this new sport which was played on the frozen Ottawa, Muskrat and Indian Rivers which weaved their way through the community. By 1905, the McKay Street Arena became Pembroke’s first indoor hockey rink. It enabled Pembroke’s three Hall of Famers, Frank Nighbor, Hughie Lehman and Harry Cameron to get their start. It was also the first place where Roy Giesebrecht showed off his hockey talent on his road to the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings.
By 1951, the community had completed an extraordinary fundraising effort to build the Pembroke Memorial Centre, a tribute to Pembroke’s war dead from the First and Second World Wars, and later the Korean War. Over more than a century, Pembroke has produced many exceptional senior and junior hockey teams that competed for the Allen, Memorial and Centennial Cups, but it took until 2011 for the city to finally win a national championship when Sheldon Keefe’s Lumber Kings won the RBC Cup, the top prize in tier two junior hockey in Canada. This speaker series will tell the stories of the players, personalities and politics that have made Pembroke, “Hockey Town Canada.”
Jamie Bramburger has been a life-long fan of the Pembroke Lumber Kings. For the past thirty years, he has been the play-by-play voice of the team on cable television. In the spring of 2017, Jamie began researching the team’s history, uncovering a treasure chest of stories about the people and teams that earned Pembroke the title of Hockey Town Canada. Jamie combed through hundreds of newspaper clippings and interviewed dozens of people who have been part of Pembroke’s rich hockey history. His findings will be the basis for his talk.
Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at 7 p.m. at the Waterfront Campus
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Register online now >>