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CCHL announces relocation of Kanata franchise to Renfrew

The region’s junior ‘A’ hockey league, the CCHL, yesterday announced that the Kanata Laser franchise, owned by Cory Greer and Nick Urbisci, has been transferred to Jim Seyers and Ryan Leonard who plan to move the club to Renfrew for the 2020-21 season, to play as the Renfrew Wolves.

Renfrew is located northwest of Ottawa, just off Highway 17 at Highway 60, approximately 194 km from Alexandria. The rink is known as the Ma-Te-Way Activity Centre and is located in the western part of the community.

Renfrew is currently home to the junior ‘B’ Timberwolves, which, according to renfrewtoday.ca, will be relocated to another community yet to be confirmed. Speculation is that the likely new home would be Comben, as the team now playing there, the Whitewater Kings, is working to move to Petawawa.

The Timberwolves and Kings play in the Richardson Division of the CCHL2, with the former in fourth place in the standings and playoff-bound, on a record of 25-14-1-4, while the latter will be watching the post-season from the stands, as Whitewater stands seventh, on a record of 10-29-3-2. Both teams have completed their 2019-20 regular-season schedules.

Renfrew will take on neighbouring Arnprior in round one of the junior ‘B’ playoffs, starting next week.

As for the Lasers of the CCHL, Kanata is currently fifth of six teams in the Richardson Division, with four games remaining. Their regular season continues through March 8. The Lasers play out of the Kanata Recreation Complex.

On the team’s relocation, league commissioner Kevin Abrams says, “This represents full-circle closure of the CCHL’s plan to expand from 10 to 12 teams and relocate two city-based teams to outside markets. This has been 12 years in the making, after expansion to Kemptville and Carleton Place, and relocation of [the] Gloucester [club] to Rockland.”

Abrams describes Renfrew as “a vibrant community that will embrace everything that CCHL hockey is about,” adding, “and I look forward to welcoming them to the world of Junior A hockey. I would like to thank the Greer family for their commitment to the Lasers and the CCHL, and welcome Jim Seyers and Ryan Leonard to our league.”

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