(By Rodney Wilson) The Cornwall River Kings of the LNAH continue their hunt for a bench boss. Despite numerous rumours that a head coach has already been chosen, the reality is – the search continues.
In fact, Lalonde has taken a role as head coach for a junior AAA team in Saint-Jerome, under the direction of owner Bill Hattem. Frost and Hattem are both excited at the dual role being played by Lalonde and have absolutely no issue with him working for both teams.
“It truly could not have worked out any better,” said Lalonde. “Not only do I have the opportunity to coach a terrific junior team but I also can continue to work in my home town as GM of the River Kings.” And you can bet Lalonde, who is also the head scout for Cornwall, will be keeping his eyes open for potential future River Kings.
Meanwhile, Cornwall is also being strategic and patient in regards to the signing of players. “We plan to interview each and every player personally next week,” said Lalonde. “We are looking to put the best possible product on the ice this season and need to explore all options.”
For each of the two seasons the Kings have played in Cornwall, Williamstown's Jonathan Jasper has been part of the squad. The punishing, young blueliner has told The News he is looking forward to returning to the region's pro hockey again this year.