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Rename Lake Street in honour of the Pembroke Lumber Kings

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Support our request to rename Lake Street as LUMBER KINGS WAY. The game of hockey has been an integral part of life in the Pembroke area for more than a century. Many people throughout the Ottawa Valley have played and loved Canada\'s game. However, many more have watched and cheered for our local minor, junior and senior teams. Everybody who recognizes Pembroke as their home knows of the Pembroke Lumber Kings. Pembroke junior and senior teams have long shared and been recognized under \"Lumber Kings\" name. The name identifies our city across Canada and North America. Hundreds of local players and players from as far as Alaska, California, the Maritimes, British Columbia and even Eastern Europe have donned the familiar red and white crown jerseys. They have come to hone their skills, get noticed by NCAA schools, Canadian universities, the C.H.L. and the N.H.L., and in the process have brought a great deal of pride and prestige to our community. The historical list of accomplishments by the Pembroke Lumber Kings franchise is as long as it is polished: 11 Art Bogart Cups as CJHL league champions, 2 Central Canadian Championships, 2 Eastern Canadian Championships and multiple appearances in the national championship. Additionally, more than three dozen former Lumber Kings have played in the NHL, including current New Jersey Devil Dainus Zubrus. Further, Hughie Lehman - Old Eagle Eyes - and Art Ross are both Pembroke Lumber King alumni who have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Most importantly, the Pembroke Lumber Kings play an important role in shaping our city\'s identity. The players have long acted as positive role models for our local children, assisting in area schools and appearing in charity related fundraisers. For decades throughout Fall, Winter and Spring almost one in ten people in Pembroke congregate at the Pembroke Memorial Centre every Sunday night to watch the team play. It is a hockey game - but it is also a social staple, forever engrained in the community\'s culture. We ask that the City of Pembroke recognize the role the Pembroke Lumber Kings play in shaping our identity, in building our civic pride and in supporting the community. The Pembroke Lumber Kings play in the Pembroke Memorial Centre, next to which Lake Street runs. We ask that this street be renamed LUMBER KINGS WAY.


We live in Pembroke and are proud of the city\'s rich hockey history and its ongoing love of the game. We believe that the city should do everything it can to embrace and highlight its Hockeytown identity.

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