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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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Rebels prevail in Friday night road hockey

Char-Lan’s junior ‘B’ Rebels skated to a 6-4 victory on the road Friday night against the Renfrew Timberwolves.

Ceili Picard backstopped the triumph with a 38-save effort in the hemp hut, while Joseph Samson paced the offensive attack with a pair of goals.

Also scoring were Liam MacDonald, Isaac Testani, Kale MacCormick, and Matthew Varnovitski. Assisting were Noah Konink, Testani, Paul Waldhauser, Rylan Iwachniuk, and Alexandre Elie.

The game included just six minor penalties, with Char-Lan going one for three on its power-play opportunities, while the Rebels shut the ‘Wolves down in their only chance with the man advantage.

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SD&G champion Gaels take EOSSAA volleyball silver

Glengarry District High School’s senior boys volleyball team, fresh off its championship league play that was capped off with the SD&G title, captured silver at the November 14 EOSSAA tournament, in Renfrew.

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Gaels volleyball players. (Natasha Rickerd photo)

Seeded third at the regional competition, the Gaels beat Granite Ridge (Sharbot Lake) in straight sets, on scores of 25-12 and 25-10. The boys lost to top-ranked, and host school St. Joseph’s, 25-18 and 25-20, finishing second in their pool.

The Glengarry boys met Rideau (Elgin) in their semifinal, prevailing in three sets (21-25, 25-22, and 15-11), to advance to the championship match where the boys again collided with the host Jaguars.

Coach Katherine Adams tells me that the Renfrew team featured an experienced squad led by seven fifth-year players, with a deep bench. The Gaels “played very well and connected with great hits. I’m sure we scared them [the Jaguars] a little as we had a tiny lead for much of the second set.”

In the end, the boys from Glengarry fell in straight sets, 25-18 and 25-20, taking silver.

Adams adds, “Placing second out of 45 single-A schools in EOSSAA is a great accomplishment. The athleticism on this team is promising for other sports this year.”

To read about the Gaels’ SD&G championship, please see this post.

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Gaels senior boys seeded third at EOSSAA volleyball

The senior boys volleyball team from Glengarry District High School competes at EOSSAA in Renfrew on Thursday, November 14, as the third seed in the regional ‘A’ championship.

The Gaels captured the SD&G championship last week, running the table unbeaten in league play. Please see this post for more details.

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Liam Filion, of the Glengarry Gaels, serves one up, in action from the SD&G championship match. (Sean Bray photo)
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