FHL Formally Approves Expansion to Cornwall, Ontario for 2016-17 Season
Syracuse, NY – The Federal Hockey League (FHL) has formally approved an expansion FHL Member Club to Cornwall, Ontario, Canada that will begin play during the 2016-17 season.
The new Cornwall expansion membership will play its home games at the Ed Lumley Arena at the Cornwall Civic Complex in Cornwall, a venue that was opened in 1976 and has a seating capacity of up to 5,000 fans for hockey.
The membership has been awarded to Mitch Gagne and Rodney Rivette of Cornwall, Rodney is a well-known musician and promoter of the City of Cornwall. One of the founders of Cornwall’s Winterfest Rod sits on many community committees within the City of Cornwall.
Rodney also assisted with the day to day operations with the former Cornwall River Kings Hockey Club.
Mitch Gagne, is owner of Dangles And Dekes Hockey Inc. a successful hockey program provider in Cornwall. Mitch has also worked in one instance or another with every team that’s been in existent the last 22 years from the American Hockey League’s Cornwall Aces to the most recent Cornwall River Kings of the LNAH. Mitch has held titles such as Equipment Manager to General Manager throughout those 22 years.
“We welcome the Cornwall, Ontario market as our only Canadian membership and are excited to branch out into the north” said FHL Commissioner Don Kirnan. “Mitch and Rodney have already done a terrific job in the off season including securing season ticket and corporate partnership commitments required to make this team successful.”
The Ed Lumley Arena has hosted elite hockey organizations including the QMJHL Cornwall Royals (1976 – 1981) and most recently the Cornwall RiverKings on the LNAH. The Arena also hosts many amateur hockey organizations including the Cornwall Colts, a tier II junior A hockey club.
A press conference has been schedule for Saturday, September 17th at the Cornwall Civic Complex to announce the team’s ownership jerseys and logo.
A revised 2016-17 schedule will be released shortly.