Terry Pembroke

Terry Pembroke

Terrence David Pembroke
Born: April 22, 1944 (Toronto)
Died: March 5, 2015 (Seguin, Texas)

Terry Pembroke, a stay-at-home defenceman, spent 13 bruising seasons patrolling the blue line for the Fort Wayne Komets.

The International Hockey League team retired his No. 5 sweater in a ceremony in 1982.

Terry Pembroke with horseThe 5-foot-11, 180-pound rear-guard skated for the Komets from 1964 until 1978, with a two-season interregnum in the late 1960s. When he retired, the one-time captain had played in 864 games for the Komets. He scored 66 goals with 273 assists for the team. He also accumulated 1,143 penalty minutes.

Born in Toronto and raised in Meaford on Georgian Bay, Pembroke played junior in the Ontario Hockey Association with the Guelph Royals and Kitchener Rangers. The New York Rangers prospect showed a nasty streak that undoubtedly earned notice from the scouts. At the end of a 3-0 loss to the Peterborough Petes in 1963, Pembroke charged Danny Grant, a future NHL star, breaking his jaw.

Pembroke’s own career suffered a setback when an opponent he had bodychecked cartwheeled in the air before landing on the defenceman’s right foot, the skate slicing between his shin pad and skate boot, severing tendons. Pembroke needed surgery and returned to the ice with a different skating motion.

After 13 games with the New York Rovers in 1964-65, Pembroke was sent to the Komets. He spent the 1967-68 season and with the Omaha Knights and split the the 1968-69 season between Omaha and the Buffalo Bisons.

Pembroke won Turner Cup championships with the Komets in 1965 and 1973.

After retiring from hockey, he raised cattle and trained and competed with cutting horses in Seguin, Tex. He died four years after being diagnosed with melanoma. He also had colon cancer.

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