Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League commissioner Robert Mazzuca has been recognized by the Ontario Hockey Federation for his volunteer service.
Mazzuca has received the OHF President’s Award, which is given annually to an individual who has made a valuable contribution to amateur hockey by providing a service and showing leadership.
A one-time star defenseman in the Ontario Hockey League with the Sudbury Wolves and Soo Greyhounds, Mazzuca also played at the Canadian university level.
Mazzuca later coached minor hockey and at the high school level in the Greater Sudbury Area before taking a full-time, paid position with the NOJHL as its commissioner.
In addition to his duties with the NOJHL, the 56-year old Mazzuca has volunteered his time as an OHF representative, OHF junior council chair, Canadian Jr. Hockey League treasurer, Northern Ontario Hockey Association representative and Hockey Canada committee member.
Under Mazzuca’s leadership, the NOJHL has grown to become a 12-team league and has instituted a number of programs related to player safety and mental health.
The no-nonsense Mazzuca is about to enter his eighth season as NOJHL commissioner.