Wasn't it the bridge keeper at Monty Python's "Bridge of Death" who couldn't answer the air speed of an unlaiden swallow and was tossed into the "Gorge of eternal peril."
The River Kings have made their 2013 quest for the LNAH crown, just as they were, oh so close to matching the bridge keepers fate.
It really begs the question. How did this happen to a team that stole the hockey limelight last year, despite the junior team employing the services of the best player in the country. Michael Pontarelli and a championship season aside, the Kings were an instant hit and even though they had their moments, 2,500 fans fell in love with their team and the LNAH.
In December last year, the beginning of this mess took place at a home game against Three Rivers, er sorry that's, Trois Rivieres. That night the team was dealt a big blow when GM Wayne Veary up and resigned after an off-ice incident. Sure other things happened along the way, but that was an indicator that things would have to change and they did, just not for the right reasons. I really believe Bernie Villeneuve's heart was in the right place, he just let the situation run amuck and that, unfortunately for Bernie, didn't end until he pitched his tent at city hall last week.
It's a tough situation the new Kings owners find themselves in, they have the right coach, the right GM and in time they will need to find the right mix of players. A betting man would say the Kings may take some early season lumps. The fans will have to be patient and I believe they will come back and follow their team. The roster will be tinkered with until Christmas, but in the end the Kings will make the play-offs and that's where the season can turn on a dime.
The other day, I saw a rabbit sitting under the arbour in the back yard. I approached him or her, and it just stared at me. Another step and still no movement. Instantly the killer rabbit scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail came to mind, so I did the right thing and backed away slowly. Have faith Kings fans, King Arthur had faith that he would find his Holy Grail, we have to have faith and give it a chance. Let's all hope it will translate into a competitive season on the ice or it really will be time to "bring out our dead."