New FHL hockey club would be Cornwall Nationals

Cornwall businessman Paul St-Onge and hockey team champion Rodney Rivette listen to Cornwall city council on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 discuss a rental agreement for a semi-pro hockey team. Rivette is working with Mitch Gagne to being an FHL expansion team to Cornwall, which will be called the Cornwall Nationals. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – City council will decide this afternoon to sign a short term rental agreement at the Ed Lumley Arena for an expansion hockey team with the Federal Hockey League.

Mitch Gagne and Rodney Rivette are named as the club representations for a proposed expansion team in the FHL, called the Cornwall Nationals.

The proposed deal would be for one season, starting this year, with the option to extend the contract another season.

Rivette is asking for the advertising deal that the Cornwall River Kings had before the club dissolved (30 per cent of ad space in the Ed Lumley Arena) but would want to revisit the deal after this deal expires to have 100 per cent of “new advertisement opportunities” on game nights.

Based on calculations in documents before councillors today, it would cost $1,610 per game to run the team or $41,857 for a 26 game season.

Rivette, the future president of the Cornwall Nationals, says the operating costs are “less than half” of the River Kings franchise.

Ticket prices would be $13 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $5 or kids under 12.

FHL Commissioner Don Kirnan has “conditionally approved” the expansion team in a letter from the league headquarters in Dewitt, N.Y.

The council meeting starts at 5 p.m. at city hall.