Score one for the north.
The Canadian Jr. Hockey League has confirmed its executive committee for the 2021-2022 season and Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League commissioner Rob Mazzuca will have a commanding role.
Mazzuca has been appointed the CJHL’s chairman of the board for the upcoming campaign.
Marty Savoy of the Ontario Jr. Hockey League and Ryan Bartoshyk of the Alberta Jr. Hockey League will serve as vice chairmen.
Continuing his role on the CJHL executive committee as treasure is Bill Chow of the Saskatchewan Jr. Hockey League while Brent Ladds returns as CJHL President.
Mazzuca is on ongoing mainstay as NOJHL commissioner, having first been hired by the league in 2011.
Since taking over as the boss of the NOJHL, Mazzuca has overseen the increase in the number of member teams to 12, which is the most ever.
As commissioner, Mazzuca created a Concussion Safety Program for the NOJHL, which was the first of its kind in Junior A hockey in Canada. He likewise spearheaded the establishment of the Talk Today program with the NOJHL in 2015, in partnership Canadian Mental Health Association.
This multi-faceted CMHA program promotes positive mental health while supporting individuals who may find themselves in crisis and has grown exponentially across the CJHL.
“It is truly an honour to be selected by my peers as CJHL chairman of the board,” relayed Mazzuca. “We’ve all dealt with trying times the past couple of seasons, as part of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“However, my colleagues, staff and I, along with our partners at Hockey Canada and the National Hockey League, as well as the multitude of dedicated volunteers across the CJHL’s Jr. A platform, aim to get out of this on the right end and safely return to the ice in full form in the not-too-distant future,” Mazzuca added.