CORNWALL Ontario – Ashley March is upset I referred to her as a “Puck Bunny” in a story I wrote where I actually gave her some….exposure, quoting from one of her pieces. Could you imagine a reasonable person drawing a conclusion like that from pictures like the one above?
CFN gave Ms Ashley one of her early writing opportunities, but politics being politics in Cornwall she abruptly left working with us to do so on her own site and contributing here and there.
Photo above of Ms March:Facebook
Her response, if one was even necessary to my piece was to actually go on twitter and say she was harassed.
She repeated her tweets a few times until things caught fire and nearly 100 tweets from people floated out into cyber space.
That resulted in one of her “fans” emailing several of our advertisers.
To whom it may concern:I noticed that your company pays for ad space on the Cornwall Free News and would like to bring some a recent action of theirs to your attention so that you can reconsider advertising with them. On December 4th an article was posted by the Editor in Chief of the website concerning the sale of of the River Kings. In this article he referred to local hockey reporter Ashley March as a “puck bunny”. Pucky Bunny is a term used to describe a women who goes to hockey games to try and sleep with the hockey players. To use this term when speaking of anyone is incredibly sexist and disrespectful, but to use it to describe a journalist who the CFN was citing for their article is downright appalling. Make no mistake, if Ms. March had been a man she would not have been referred to in such a manner and frankly if I were you I would not want my name attached to a publication that says such things of anyone. The CFN’s blatant sexist comment is intolerable. I ask and suggest that you let the website know this by pulling your advertising from their site rather than be associated with sexism.
Kudos to Councilor Brock Frost (Yeah, he’s running for council but I’m going to call it now and say he’s earned a spot at the round table), and whoever helped him along his way to keep the blue, red and white of the River Kings on course. The real work starts now.
I made a comment on the Cornwall River Kings fan page when Brock Frost bought the team. I said to make sure that there were the right hockey minded people in place. Now, I believe he has that.
Frost announced today that Rick Lalonde has come in as the new General Manager with long time Cornwall hockey veteran Al Wagar being his assistant. Here are two guys with enough hockey knowledge to build from. Sure, they may not have had their two cents into the LNAH for very long but they take their jobs seriously and won’t crumble under pressure. They aren’t afraid to get their toes dirty.
Lalonde was rumored to come in as head coach. Those rumors were put to rest with Frost announcing that they are still in the process of electing one which is great news. Lalonde has an extensive career coaching Junior A in Quebec but with all due respect (he is good at it), the LNAH is an entirely different breed of hockey and entertainment all together.
As for the fans and the comments I’ve read. Of course, they’re warranted and you deserve the right to voice your opinion, no one’s telling you not to. Humor me though and take a step back from those comments. Realize that a few months ago we didn’t even have a team. If it wasn’t for Brock Frost, you wouldn’t be making those remarks. GM’s come and go, coaches come and go.
“I have lost $37,500 to date with the River Kings,” Frost said. “The notion that I bought the team in order to win a seat on council, which pays $15,000 a year, that in turn I am donating to charity is absolutely absurd.”
Frost stands to shell out even more money on the team. In an email he suggested he will cover the bills in advance of Saturday’s home game versus Sorel-Tracy.
“This includes player salaries, staff salaries and any other costs,” Frost said.
Frost’s missive, which was circulated online Friday morning, did little to quell critics, many of whom are openly questioning Frost’s motives and honesty.
“Hockey is a strange business and people in this town love to gossip,” Frost said when asked about the criticism. “I bought the team because I saw huge community benefit and great business potential. I sold it because I learned quickly that I do not enjoy the business at all.
“Too much stress and too much time with almost no reward. I would much prefer to focus on real estate and politics.”
Well it is his team even after the embarrassing charade he dumped on the public yesterday. I mean a good business man would look at projections before buying a team right? They wouldn’t try to pawn it off on some fan boy to ditch on the community while stealing his home, would he? Or give the team credit card to someone that had to borrow food money? That would be utterly crazy and unprofessional right?
There is buzz that Brock is refusing to pay the players during the alleged period that Darren Madden didn’t really own the team.
His team did have this community buy season tickets, support via advertising, and sponsorship. The players made commitments too. Could you imagine Brock toughing it out like this? 🙂 His own quote makes one wonder what is his behind his zest to be on council as he’s not concerned about the $15K salary that he’s stated he’s giving away to charity.
The big question is who’s been funding him and what do they expect from him now that he’s on council?
I think it was also summed up real well by Steve Simoes in an interview with Ms March in her fine blog.
The issues of this team have always been about power struggles.
In the first season we had a few members of the staff that believed he could do everything, from equipment to GM to coaching to office duties and so on. The guy behind the desk didn’t just want that job, he wanted to be the GM; the guy who did the equipment wasn’t happy with just that and thought he could be GM too. Anyone with a JOB or DUTY, wasn’t happy with their situation and always wanted what the other person had.
For Christs sake, just do your JOB or DUTY. We are a team, from the big guy to the little guy.
There was rumours of potential investors, but all these potential investors came with a twist. They were either connected to one or the other guy who wanted to be GM or the “head honcho”.
This is what we all should be focusing on because until this kind of weirdness changes the team will not see success.
It’s ironic that while Frost criticized previous ownership he’s nearly destroyed the team. Deeper irony is the one common theme among all of the incarnations of this team is one Mitch Gagne who Mr. Simoes just might be talking about.
What’s clear is that until people in Cornwall learn to work together, especially in the hockey world, this will be the result.
The buzz is that council will be filled Monday night with booing River King jersey wearing fans (last year’s jersey’s mostly as many haven’t received this years yet) .
Darren Madden still is missing.
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