CJHL appoints new commish

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

After firing its commissioner, the Central Junior Hockey League is hoping there's smoother skating ahead.

The league relieved Mac MacLean of his duties as commissioner yesterday and replaced him with John Comerford, who was the assistant general manager and director of player personnel for the Nepean Raiders.

Comerford will carry an "interim" title.

While there are rumours of a long list of issues, Arnold Dashney of the Cumberland Grads, the chairman of the CJHL's board of governors, said MacLean's suspension by the Ottawa District Hockey Association was the main reason for the change.

"We had to have a representative to the ODHA," Dashney said yesterday. "That's one reason we had to get a new commissioner in place. We had to have someone to speak on our behalf to the ODHA and Hockey Canada.

MACLEAN OUT

"The CJHL is well aware of what Mac MacLean has done and we appreciate it,'' Dashney said. ''We're the first ones to say thanks and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours."

MacLean was suspended by the ODHA after allowing a player from another jurisdiction to play for the Brockville Braves before the required paperwork had been done.

MacLean could not be reached for comment yesterday.

"It's a negative to have to do this in mid-season, but we can make a positive out of it," said Andre Brunet, the governor of the Smiths Falls Bears.

"I think John Comerford is going to be outstanding. He's very level-headed with a calm, methodical approach. That's positive."

"It's onwards and upwards from here," said Ottawa Jr. Senators governor Fred Crouch. "We can go back to promoting the kids and getting them scholarships and operating in the true spirit of hockey."

chris.stevenson@ott.sunpub.com


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