Council Votes To Rename Dresden’s Arena After Ken Houston

Chatham-Kent Council passed a motion last night to renamed Dresden’s Lambton-Kent Memorial Agricultural Centre after Ken Houston, a local hockey legend who passed away in March.

The idea, originally conceived by a local group, spearheaded by Dresden Jr. Kings president Dave Cameron soon after Houston’s passing, was supported at Council by ten different speakers.

The motion received support from various Dresden Minor sporting organizations, the Agricultural Society, Kinsmen Club, Dresden Minor Hockey, Royal Canadian Legion, and Houston’s family members.

Dresden’s arena will be officially renamed during December’s Hometown Hockey events.

“We came up with idea when Ken passed,” said Cameron. “We talked to some of Chatham-Kent Council, they thought it was a good idea.”

Lambton-Kent Memorial Agricultural Centre was built in 1953, with support of the Legion, the local Agricultural Society, and both Lambton and Kent County, hence the current name.

Houston played 605 regular season and playoff games in the NHL scoring 347 points, and adding 690 penalty minutes. He scored 20 goals 6 times in the NHL, and spent the longest stint of his career with the Atlanta Flames/ Calgary Flames organization.

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