He is one of the good guys of the game. They don’t come much better than this guy.
The venerable Joe Drago has been acclaimed as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors for Hockey Canada.
In getting the prestigious appointment, Drago — a lifelong resident of the Sudbury area — becomes the first person from northern Ontario to chair the national body.
The announcement of Drago’s elevation up the ladder came at the conclusion of Hockey Canada’s 96th annual meeting, which was held last week in Ottawa.
No stranger to the game, the highly-respected Drago had previously served Hockey Canada as its Executive Vice-Chair.
To be sure, Drago is looking forward to serving in his new role as Hockey Canada’s Chairman of the Board of Directors.
“I’m very pleased to be named Hockey Canada’s first chair under our new governance model,” stated Drago, a retired educator who is also a former owner and general manager of the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League and a former commissioner of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
“I also look forward to working with the Board of Directors, recently appointed CEO Tom Renney, the Hockey Canada staff as well as the thousands of participants and volunteers from across the country, who have dedicated countless hours to help strive and continually better our wonderful game,” added Drago.
Besides education and hockey, Drago is also well-known for his volunteerism and charity work in northeastern Ontario.
NOJHL commissioner Rob Mazzuca offered his thoughts on Drago’s appointment.
“This is a tremendous honour for Joe, a proud moment for all of northern Ontario and the NOJHL,” said Mazzuca.
“His many years of service within the game, as well as multiple charitable endeavours, truly shows a dedicated passion that all of us in the region can only strive to emulate,” added Mazzuca, in praise of Drago.
PHOTO: The legendary Joe Drago was born and raised in the Sudbury area. (Photo by Northern Life.)