On the heels of his failed attempt to save the Cornwall River Kings of the LNAH, Rodney Rivette has teamed up with Mitch Gagne to try and get a Federal Hockey League expansion team up and running in time for the current season.
The Federal Hockey league nearly came to Cornwall a few years ago, but instead The Akwesasne Warriors were formed and played in the Turtle Dome due to the same issues that killed the River Kings.
Rivette, son of current City Councilor Andre Rivette, was a part of all of those franchises and would be President of the new franchise known as the Cornwall Nationals.
River Kings former owner Steve Moreau sent in the following statement for publication to CFN regarding the new team.
How many failed hockey teams is Cornwall going to go through before people realize this is not a hockey town like some believe.
Mr. Moreau may have a point in that the City’s make up is not that of a Mill town which historically supported smash mouth hockey whereas Cornwall is now more of a retirement/bedroom community.
The team would be playing 26 home dates, six more than the River Kings.
The focus seems to be on the Federal League not costing as much to run a team in than the LNAH and hopes to generate 100% advertising dollars from the new score clock at the complex for home games. The ticket prices are also expected to be less for FHL games at the Civic Complex.
The majority of FHL games take place in US cities. The closest team in the six team league is Watertown NY. The team would be travelling to Illinois, Connecticut, and New Hampshire as well.
The team would generate $37, 042.87 in ice rental fees for City coffers if successful.
So far no word on who the ownership is of the new franchise or if the team actually has a bag o money ready to fund the expansion franchise’s first season.
City Council is holding a special meeting tonight to approve the team’s deal.
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