In the wake of the $5,000 fine and indefinite suspension that Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League commissioner Robert Mazzuca handed Espanola Rivermen owner-governor-director of operations Tim Clayden on Wednesday — over comments he made to HockeyNewsNorth.com earlier that day — Scott Ginson has been promoted to vice president of operations.
Ginson has been involved with the Rivermen since the start of the 2013-2014 season as a coaching assistant and in the player development department.
In announcing Ginson’s new role with the Rivermen, Clayden noted that, “obviously, we had to do something with my suspension and fine being handed down. Our organization is over-flowing with good people so I don’t see anything changing with how our team operates. The Espanola Riverman are in good hands and will be stronger than ever throughout the playoffs and next year and the year after too. It’s just the way we’re built.”
Of note, Clayden was suspended by Mazzuca on Wednesday after informing the commissioner and team governors by written e-mail on Tuesday that the Rivermen intend to leave the NOJHL after the 2013-2014 season in pursuit of opportunities with another league.