Cornwall Ontairo — Word sprang across social media that the Cornwall River Kings were in the midst of a trade. The fan page from the Marquis de Jonquiere let it slip that the River Kings were dealing goaltender Frederic Piche to the Marquis de Jonquiere in exchange for Bobby Mazerolle and Ahmed Mahfouz.
After speaking with owner David Small and coach Steve Simoes, it did turn out there was truth to the rumor. When asked about the talent that Cornwall was getting back in return, Simoes had nothing but good things to say.
“We are excited on having made this trade today. Bobby Mazerolle is a good gritty player that has a championship pedigree. He is a fierce competitor, team player and has good finish in the offensive zone. I’ve had the opportunity of playing with this guy and he fits into what we’re trying to build here. He has been integral parts of two winning franchises in the last few years.
Ahmed Mahfouz doesn’t need any introduction. He is a complete player that is rough around the edges and will add a little spice to our line-up down the road. We would only hope to have him come to Cornwall and hopefully we can welcome him someday.” – Coach, Steve Simoes
On the other hand, owner David Small was sad to let Piche go as he was a fan favourite and a valuable part of the River Kings inaugural season.
“We are excited for Fred Piche and thankful for his services with us. A great team player and helped us when we needed him. This move will allow him to get closer to home and play more. We wish him the best (just not against us!) He send everyone in Cornwall a special goodbye. The hockey staff is constantly working at trying to improve this team and this is the first step.”
The future is bright for the Cornwall River Kings as they finally head into training camp. They had their camp on Sunday afternoon at the Cornwall Civic Complex.