Bernique Steps Down, Ryan Leonard hired as new GM and Head Coach of the Flock

The Flock to announce both the stepping down of current GM and Head Coach Marc Bernique and the hiring of Ryan Leonard as the new GM and Head Coach.

Because of work commitments, Marc had to step down from the Hawks’ top job. He leaves the team after 2 seasons as an assistant coach and 2 ad GM and head coach. Marc took the job in a difficult position and did an excellent job, making sure a rebuilding Flock stayed competitive while building a young team. He lead the team to the playoffs in both season as HC.

Thanks for all the time and effort Marc. You can leave with your head held high, knowing you made the best of an almost impossible task,

Ryan comes to the Hawks after bringing the Wolves to Renfrew & brings a wealth of success and experience to the job.
Ryan was born and raised as an avid hockey player and fan in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. At just 15 years old he began his Junior A hockey career, where he went on to play a full 5 seasons in the NOJHL. After his playing career ended, Leonard took a full time job at the Algoma District School Board, where he would spend the next 14 years working with children who had a variety of special needs.

Ryan began coaching Junior A 17 years ago when he took a job as an Assistant Coach for the NOJHL’s Blind River Beavers. In 2006 he was named as the Head Coach and General Manager of the Elliot Lake Bobcats, the program he would end up purchasing just 2 years later, and still owns today. In 2014 the Leonard family moved the Bobcats program to Cochrane, Ontario where they were renamed the Cochrane Crunch.

In his 13 years owning the program, Ryan has won 2 League Championships and more recently went to the Dudley Hewitt Cup in back to back seasons leading up to this year. His personal trophy case includes 2 Coach of the Year awards, 2 General Manager of the Year awards, as well as 5 separate All-Star Team appearances. His proudest achievement in his time in hockey however, is the 45 players he has moved on to College Hockey over 9 seasons.

Ryan was one of two owners who purchased the Kanata Laser in 2020 and relocated the team to Renfrew, where he helped build success with both the Wolves and Junior B Timberwolves.

Ryan is happily married to his wife Katherine, and has 3 children; Kayla, Riley and Brody.

Welcome to the Flock, Ryan. Time to shed the fur & spread your wings!