There are a few noteworthy developments from the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League’s annual general meeting that is being held in Sault Ste. Marie.
NOJHL governors have voted on new one-year contracts for commissioner Robert Mazzuca, executive director Ted Magee and administrator Hector Seguin.
With the new deal, Mazzuca’s annual base salary will jump from $30,000 to more than $65,000, according to a source within the league.
The pay increase was met with opposition as five team governors reportedly opposed the hefty raise.
Meanwhile, the NOJHL will operate with two six-team divisions and an unbalanced schedule in 2015-2016.
Soo Eagles, Soo Thunderbirds, Blind River Beavers, Elliot Lake Wildcats, Espanola Express and Rayside-Balfour Canadians will make up the West Division.
The East Division will be comprised of the French River Rapids, Powassan Voodoos, Timmins Rock, Iroquois Falls Eskis, Cochrane Crunch and Kirkland Lake Gold Miners.
Five teams in each division will qualify for the playoffs with a new twist. The fourth-and-fifth-place regular-season finishers in each division will meet in a best-of-three series to decide the no. 4 playoff seed in both the West and East.