Legion hosting PLK reunion Saturday
The Pembroke Royal Canadian Legion will be playing host to hockey history on Oct. 14.
This Saturday from 12 noon to 5 p.m., past and present members of the Pembroke Lumber Kings Junior A hockey team with gather in Branch 72’s Legion Hall to celebrate Hockey Town’s team in an event called Blast from the Past.
The event is free and open to the public, which is encouraged to come out and cheer on its hockey heroes.
Organized in concert with the Lumber Kings organization by Branch 72 sports officer Denis Levasseur, a Lumber Kings alumnus himself, the idea is for past players from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s up to the present time to gather to swap stories and get reacquainted.
Joining them for the first hour and a half of the event will be the current roster of the 2017 Pembroke Lumber Kings, who will be signing autographs and meeting with fans.
“This is going to be really exciting,” Levasseur said, noting it has been awhile since a gathering such as this has been done. He encouraged everyone to come out, especially fans of the Central Canada Hockey League team.
On the day of the event, the current Lumber Kings team will meet in front of the Pembroke Legion with their jerseys at 11:45 a.m., or if the weather is nasty, inside the Centennial Room.
At 12:15 p.m., the team will be marched into the Legion Hall accompanied by pipers, where they will be officially welcomed by Branch 72 president Stan Halliday, followed by greetings from politicians..
The team members will then be introduced one at a time by Geoff Patterson, the Kings radio announcer. Following this, there will be time for autographs by and photographs with the Kings for the fans and public. There will also be a barbecue. Displays of Lumber King memorabilia will be set up in the hall.