CORNWALL — The River Kings will have a familiar face behind the bench when the puck drops on the 2016-17 LNAH season.
Veteran bench boss Bob Desjardins will return in the fall as the team’s head coach.
“I’m really looking forward to starting the season in Cornwall,” said Desjardins, who came to town in the middle of the last two seasons. “We will be ready.”
Desjardins would like his team to be built with character players who play with passion and emotion.
“We have a good core here in Cornwall,” said Desjardins. “We have to add to that core now.”
Meanwhile, preparations are well underway for the River Kings’ fifth season.
“It’s good to have Bob coming back,” said general manager Rick Lalonde. “We have been working closely together preparing for the draft in June and looking at options to continue to improve our team.”
The big focus right now for Lalonde and Desjardins, who also serves as Cornwall’s assistant GM, is the LNAH draft.
The River Kings have the 1st and 2nd overall picks.
“With the top two picks, it gives us so many options and we are exploring them all,” said Desjardins.
Talks are always ongoing with players who will not be returning to Europe or the United States as well.
In the meantime, season tickets are currently on sale for the 2016-17 season.
River Kings fans who purchase season tickets online prior to July 1 will receive a free replica jersey. The tickets can be purchased at www.cornwallriverkings.ca.
Ticket prices are as follows: Adults: $250, Seniors: $180 (65+), Students: $180 (13-18) and Children: $70 (5-12).
For more information, please call the River Kings Operations Office at 613-933-9797. The office is open during the off-season on Wednesday (12-5), Thursday (3-8) and Friday (12-5).