Oh, to be a fly on the wall in the town hall of Espanola.
To be sure, there is more to the story that started with Monday’s press release issued by the Town of Espanola which stated that it was “exercising its right” to terminate its contract with the Espanola Rivermen of the Canadian International Hockey League.
For starters, the Rivermen have a contract with the Town of Espanola which carries through until May, 2017.
On the other hand, the Town of Espanola — by virtue of its actions made public through a press release that it issued — seems to believe that it has the right to terminate its contract with the Rivermen.
So, at least for now, there is a standstill.
But don’t think for a minute that the Town of Espanola plans on being without a Junior A hockey team in 2015-2016 and beyond.
Don’t think for a minute that commissioner Robert Mazzuca hasn’t been doing what he can to get back into Espanola after the Rivermen left the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for the CIHL in 2014-2015.
CIHL president Tim Clayden, who also owns the Rivermen, has a huge number of Espanola hockey fans on the side of his team.
The Rivermen have done a lot of exceptional community work in and around Espanola in the two seasons of their existence and fans have been showing their unhappiness with the Town of Espanola and its treatment of the CIHL team in the wake of Monday’s press release.
But while I do believe that “a contract is a contract” and that Clayden should fight for the rights of the Rivermen, part of me says he should say to hell with the Town of Espanola.
Why fight to stay where you are not wanted?
Why not accept the overture from the community of Massey and move the Rivermen a mere 20 miles away to the picturesque Township of Sables-Spanish Rivers area?