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Lumber Kings hold Remembrance Day ceremony

By Celina Ip

PEMBROKE - 

Second World War veteran Tony Bourne was honoured during a remembrance ceremony prior to the Lumber Kings’ Sunday night game.

 

Each year, the Pembroke Jr. A Lumber Kings team up with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 72 to host a special pre-game Remembrance Day ceremony during the home game leading up to Nov. 11.

The ceremony kicked off with a march past involving members of the Legion before MPP John Yakabuski led the singing of ‘O Canada’ as a few members of the Lumber Kings were lined up on the ice and facing the arena’s Canadian flag.

Thereafter, everyone was asked to join in a moment of silence before Yakabuski took to the mic to conclude with ‘God Save the Queen’.

As the final notes echoed throughout the arena, everyone’s attention was drawn to the centre of the ice where Bourne along with Branch 72 President Stan Halliday and executive members Romeo and Denis Levasseur had gathered together.

Once the four were lined up at the end of the red carpet, it was announced that Bourne was being honoured by the Lumber Kings with the presentation of a special commemorative gift.

The Royal Canadian Air Force veteran has been religiously attending Lumber Kings games for the past 50 years, as a season ticket holder.

To honour the veteran and loyal Lumber Kings fan, the team presented him with a customized Lumber Kings jersey that feature the number 50 – for his years as a season ticket holder – and Bourne on the back.

An expression of clear joy fell upon Bourne’s face as he was presented with the jersey by Lumber Kings’ Andrew Meininger.

After Bourne’s special moment, the audience witnessed another celebration as the Legion honoured Lumber Kings owner and head coach Dale McTavish with a certificate of appreciation.

“For them to present Dale with that certificate of appreciation and that's just to show the public that they recognize what he is doing within the community,” said Lumber Kings marketing coordinator Sandra Fraser. “Dale is local born, he's from Eganville, he played for the Lumber Kings and then he had a vision and desire to go higher and ended up playing in the NHL and in Europe. After retiring from hockey, he came home and put his investment in the community with the Lumber Kings. He's quite a remarkable individual and we're quite lucky to have him.”

Following the special presentations, Bourne had the opportunity to engage in the traditional puck drop to kick off that evening’s game between the Lumber Kings and the Brockville Braves.

The Braves defeated the Lumber Kings 6-2 during a high-action game that saw both teams firing off an onslaught of shots and racking up a number of penalties.

The Kings were only able to block 29 of the 35 shots fired at their net and they fell short on all seven of their power play opportunities

On the other side of the arena, the Braves shut out 36 of the 38 shots that rained upon them throughout the game while taking advantage of two out of their seven power play chances.

The Braves were the first on the scoreboard with Nicolas Vlahos netting a goal off assists from James Walker and Mike McArthur. The remainder of the period saw Braves’ Tyson Kirkby and Eric Holland sink two more goals to bump them up to a 3-0 lead (with assists from Nicholas Hawkins and Jonathan Hill).

Ten minutes into the second period, the Kings had shot onto the scoreboard with goals from Jarrad Vroman (assisted by Michael Douglas and Mike McArthur) and Jacob Kamps.

The Kings sudden burst of confidence was shortlived, as the Braves regained control and fired back a couple more goals from Jordi Jefferson (assisted by Andrew Jarvis and Mike McArthur) and Jonathan Hill (assisted by Nicholas Hawkins and Andrew Jarvis).

By the third and final period, Hill sunk one more goal for the Braves (assisted by Nicolas Vlahos and Mike McArthur) to solidify his team’s 6-2 victory.

cip@postmedial.com