CORNWALL, Ontario - Cornwall's return to semi-pro hockey seems to have been short lived.
After just one season the Cornwall River Kings appear to on the verge of folding. Operations manager Rick Lapierre told Seaway News this afternoon that a press conference is being planned for Thursday morning where the move will be confirmed.
"We have no choice," Lapierre said in a short interview, blaming the team's relationship with the city, Mayor Bob Kilger in particular, as well as inability to co-exist with the Jr. A Cornwall Colts in the same arena.
"He's just killing us," Lapierre said of Kilger, but would not get into more specifics.
Lapierre added further questions will be answered during Thursday's press conference.
The mayor said he's waiting to get more details.
"I'm not going to react to anything until I hear from the hockey club specifically," Kilger said.
He added to best of his knowledge the city has been provided with nothing, officially, to indicate the team is shutting down operations.
River Kings owner Bernie Villeneuve will be attending the press conference, Lapierre said.
Parks and recreation manager Christine Lefebvre was not available for comment.
More to come.