Steve Moreau and his team have one big thing to be proud of after this most recent River King season. They started and finished under the same owner.
The most controversial issue with the team this season was its performance, but then this is a rookie owner building his own management team and adapting to the LNAH.
The big issues facing the team forward for next season, and Mr. Moreau has assured fans that there will be a next season is attendance.
If Cornwall wants a team they will have to support it.
You can’t blame Mr. Moreau after nearly being in the hole for $1,000,000 since purchasing the team which in spite of having one of the higher attendance records for the league is penalized by the City of Cornwall which has limited his revenue streams.
The River Kings only get 30% of the rink revenue and are limited by not being able to have their own beer deal. The city also doesn’t provide reasonable practice ice for the team and clearly needs to be more accommodating for its largest rental client for the Civic Complex.
Mr. Moreau spoke via phone with CFN about the season and what’s needed for next year.
The team essentially needs to average 1,500 fans per game which would only be about 1/3rd capacity for the Civic Complex as well as up the ante for local business sponsorship.