Here we are Cornwall a small town population of a little under 46,000. Yet we have a good product that seems to be slipping out of our grasps once again. Why you ask? Why are we doomed to such failure? There are many factors needed to be taken into serious consideration.
First there is how the game is being played. Followed by the turnout of the fans. Finally there is the product they put out every game. But let’s be real here, from people who been around town and been following our local sport for so many years we simply know where the real problem lies.
It is something that is as old as time itself. Some refer it to as “The old boys club.” Consisting of eleven elected officials that gather around a table every other Monday night thinking of various ways to screw there citizens one more time.
The game of hockey has been part of us, like all Canadian cities. Our love of the sport started in the late 60’s once we introduced the Cornwall Royals to the Quebec Junior League. After winning our third memorial cup titles in ten years we seemed too good for the league. In 1981 they moved us to the Ontario League where we remained till 1992. If it wasn’t for Mr Wise dream of filling his pockets they would never had moved to Sarnia in the first place.
Then in 1993 we were given a second dose of the action with the unveiling of the Cornwall aces of the American hockey league. Again the product was there but the deal the council had made with the league became too much of a burden. In the end the team had no choice to fold following the 1995-1996 season.
Now we here we are again back to the same situation all over again with the River Kings. As they are slated to begin their second season their fate lies in the hands of the elected officials trying to work out a new deal at Mr Villeneuve’s expense. Sadly it’s the same old story, the product is there but the council has seemed to shut the doors on the owners.
What are we the hockey community left with is simply a junior rated Colts team until they decide it’s their time to be rode out of town.
In conclusion we the hockey community are left to shoot out our product, as they the elected officials capitalize on our success.
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