If Mervin moved to live just over the US border in upstate NY or VT, it is roughly a 60 mile commute to St. Leonard QC, the biggest problem being border crossing in these miserable post 911 days. While a slog, he might be able to work out being a US resident, although not in time for KOR without Congressional help, I would think.
Oh for the days of my youth, when my husband played hockey 3 nights a week in QC, when all you had to do going through the border going north to Canada was mount your hockey sticks on the ski rack:
Mr. Ski: "Hockey!"
Canadian Guard waves you through.
The US crossing only took a little longer.