Commissioner Kevin Abrams of the Central Canada Hockey League has confirmed the sale and transfer of the Kanata Lasers. And Ryan Leonard of the Cochrane Crunch of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League is part of the transaction which will see Kanata relocate to Renfrew effective the 2020-2021 season.
Leonard is a long-time owner, general manager and coach in the NOJHL with franchises in Cochrane and, before that, Elliot Lake. He is also a former assistant coach in the NOJHL with the Blind River Beavers.
It remains to be seen what Leonard will do with the Cochrane franchise.
A Sault Ste. Marie native, Leonard will be involved with the new set-up in Renfrew with co-owner Jim Seyers.
With Leonard at the helm of hockey operations, the Renfrew team will be known as the Wolves.
The aforementioned Abrams, as CCHL commissioner, commented on the transfer of the Kanata franchise to Leonard and Seyers and the relocation to the Ottawa Valley town of Renfrew.
“This represents full circle closure of the CCHL’s plan to expand from 10 to 12 teams and relocate two (Ottawa-based) teams to outside markets,” Abrams relayed. “This has been 12 years in the making after expansion to Kemptville and Carleton Place and relocation of Gloucester to Rockland (and now Kanata to Renfrew.)
“Renfrew is a vibrant community that will embrace everything that CCHL hockey is about,” Abrams added.