There is a misconception out there that Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League commissioner Robert Mazzuca and I are not on speaking terms.
In actuality, Mazzuca and I talked on the phone for more than an hour yesterday.
As a matter-of-fact, Mazzuca and I communicate with one another rather frequently these days.
We did go months without talking, beginning about a year ago after I sided with Tim Clayden when the Espanola Rivermen owner was suspended indefinitely by Mazzuca for comments the now-president of the Canadian International Hockey League made about the NOJHL on HockeyNewsNorth.com.
Have Mazzuca and I buried the hatchet?
Well, we did talk for more than an hour yesterday.
We talked about the situation in Blind River, where the Beavers have been an on-ice disaster.
We talked about ousted Mattawa Blackhawks owner David Beauchamp.
We talked about rumours that the Sturgeon Falls Lumberjacks are leaving the Greater Metro Hockey League for the NOJHL.
We talked about leagues that are not sanctioned by Hockey Canada, specifically the CIHL and the GMHL.
We even talked about the days — many years ago now — when Mazzuca was a high-scoring, hard-hitting, free-spirited, star defenceman with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League.
Want to know what we talked about that would really make heads spin in the junior hockey world?
Sorry folks, that was off the record.
At any rate, Mazzuca and I are clearly on speaking terms.
Does he like everything that I write? No.
Do I like everything that he says and does? No.
Would I go out for supper with him? Yes.
As long as he’s buying.