SUDBURY – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League released the following statement today regarding the situation with two members of the Soo Thunderbirds coaching staff.
The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) has suspended Soo Thunderbirds coaches Preston Mizzi and Jamie Henderson indefinitely.
The suspensions were issued in response to inappropriate off-ice behavior and leadership.
The Thunderbirds coaches were provided a warning following a formal investigation by the NOJHL, and upon repeat of the behavior were immediately suspended.
The decision to suspend these individuals was made in the interest of player safety and to ensure this type of detrimental behavior is deemed as unacceptable in the NOJHL.
The Soo Thunderbirds organization fully supports the decision of the NOJHL.
The NOJHL and Dudley Hewitt Cup Champion Soo Thunderbirds will be led by interim Head Coach Zoltan Kovacs and General Manager Kevin Cain throughout the upcoming 2012 RBC Cup.
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