River Kings future in doubt, league takes over team

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Cornwall River Kings' Brennan Barker.

CORNWALL, Ontario - The future of the Cornwall River Kings appears in doubt, after a weekend where the Ligue Nord-Americaine de Hockey began running scenarios for a season that does not include the franchise.

The league officially assumed control of the team on the weekend.

A press release from the Ligue Nord-Americaine de Hockey suggests the owners of the team stepped aside after failing in an attempt to secure a new advertising agreement within the Ed Lumley Arena.

Team owners conceded the team to the league on Friday. League governors met on the weekend to run scenarios for a seven-team schedule next season - presumably with the Cornwall franchise folding.

The league press release indicated an investor had stepped forward to save the team, but then backed out last week.

The league is working to keep a team in Cornwall, but added time for such a move is short.

Last season was a roller coaster for the River Kings. The team was sold by Bernie Villeneuve late last summer to an ownership group that could not secure lucrative advertising rights within the Ed Lumley Arena.

The Cornwall Colts control such advertising.

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Ontario

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