Kyle Shaw heading to Pembroke to further pro hockey aspirations



By Ron Giofu


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Shaw, 20, has joined the Jr. A Pembroke Lumber Kings with his first game being Jan. 13. He had been the leading scorer for the Leamington Flyers Jr. B team and while he admitted it was tough to leave Leamington, he felt it was a necessary move to further his professional hockey dreams.

“My agent Shane Sullivan contacted me because it was near the trade deadline and he knew I still aspired to play pro hockey,” said Shaw.

Shaw said there is more scouting from professional teams at the Jr. A level than in Jr. B so that helped make what he said was a difficult decision.

“That was a tough conversation (with Leamington) because I was happy in Leamington,” said Shaw.

“I appreciate them seeing it from my perspective and what is best for my hockey career and making a deal and letting me go,” said Shaw.

Shaw officially became a part of the Lumber Kings Jan. 10.

While he was the leading scorer with the Flyers, he indicated his role will likely not diminish in Pembroke. He said the Lumber Kings want to make a run at the RBC Cup and knew of his skills from seeing him in a camp in Kingston as well as through Shaw’s agent. He joined the Lumber Kings and was placed on their first line.

“I’m getting the opportunity to start on the first line. I can keep that or not keep that. It’s sort of up to me,” said Shaw.

Shaw had been with Leamington since Oct. 2012 when he was sent down by Niagara of the OHL after sustaining injuries, including a concussion. “Good to go” since Christmas 2012, he tried to make the most of his opportunities there and has kept his pro hockey dreams alive. His new coach has played in Europe and Shaw sees that as a possible opportunity for himself.

“That’s something I’d definitely be interested in,” said Shaw.

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