CORNWALL – With 11 games remaining in the LNAH regular season, the River Kings have made a coaching change.
Rookie head coach Olivier Filion has been replaced by Bob Desjardins, the highly respected veteran bench boss.
“We would like to wish Olivier all the best, we thank him for his dedication and service to the River Kings,” said general manager Rick Lalonde. “However, we believe it was time to make a change.”
Through 29 games, Cornwall has a 9-17-2-1 record and sits in a tie for seventh with the Laval Predateurs. Riviere-du-Loup, victorious over the River Kings last Saturday, is four points clear of Cornwall.
While the River Kings play has improved of late, Lalonde feels this team has much more to offer. And recently, Desjardins’ services became available when he left the Saint-Georges organization.
“We felt it was a great opportunity to bring in a coach with experience with the playoffs quickly approaching and with Bob being available, we felt we needed to make this move right away,” said Lalonde.
“Bob has been around a long time and he will are happy to welcome him to the River Kings family.”
River Kings owner Steve Moreau fully supports his general manager. “I never let personal feelings get in the way of a business decision,” said Moreau.
“This is what’s best for our hockey team moving forward.”
On Saturday, Desjardins and the River Kings welcome the Trois-Rivieres Blizzard to the Civic Complex. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.