What HockeyNewsNorth.com posted on Monday became official today — Robert Mazzuca is returning as commissioner of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League without ever having really left the position.
During a Tuesday conference call, NOJHL governors voted to accept Mazzuca’s overture to return for a fifth season as commissioner.
In a touch of irony, Mazzuca celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary with his wife Jane on Tuesday as NOJHL governors were voting on his return.
The 53-year old Mazzuca, who became NOJHL commissioner in 2011, had initially agreed to return to his position at the league’s annual general meeting that was held in Sault Ste. Marie last month.
But shortly after the AGM concluded, Mazzuca abruptly resigned as commissioner and the league began a search to replace him.
However, Mazzuca recently agreed to return as commissioner — pending a league vote and clarification of contract language pertaining to power structure and accountability — after being asked to by NOJHL chairman of the board Scott Marshall.