(Sudbury,Ontario– January 5, 2012) – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) and The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport(CCES) are pleased to announce a new two-year agreement under which the CCES will provide anti-doping education and testing services in support of the NOJHL’s newly implemented anti-doping policy.
“It is very encouraging to see the NOJHL take a proactive approach and become the first league under the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) umbrella to focus on anti-doping education and testing,” said Paul Melia, President and CEO of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. “The CCES already provides anti-doping services to thousands of junior hockey players, and values each new partnership as it gets us closer to our vision of sport inCanadathat is fair, safe and open to everyone.”
“We are extremely pleased to partner with the CCES, the foremost authority in anti-doping and sport ethics within this country,” notes Robert Mazzuca, Commissioner of the NOJHL. “I commend our teams and their boards of directors for initiating an anti-doping policy and ensuring, through our partnership with the CCES, that we are continuously educating and protecting our young athletes.”
The NOJHL is one of 10 Junior A hockey leagues within the CJHL. Formed in 1962, it is currently comprised of the Soo Thunderbirds, Blind River Beavers, Sudbury Cubs, North Bay Trappers, Kirkland Lake Blue Devils, Abitibi Eskimos and one American team, the Soo Eagles.
The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport is an independent, national, not-for-profit organization. We recognize that true sport can make a great difference for individuals, communities and our country. We are committed to working collaboratively to activate a values-based and principle-driven sport system; protecting the integrity of sport from the negative forces of doping and other unethical threats; and advocating for sport that is fair, safe and open to everyone.