The Professional Inline Hockey Association (PIHA) today welcomed Denis Jelcic (Wallington, N.J.) as its new commissioner. Jelcic follows CJ Yoder (Colorado Springs, Colo.) who served as commissioner for 2 years and who will remain in his role as the league’s president.
Jelcic has been an enthusiastic supporter, player, and coach of inline hockey since he was a youngster, and his involvement in the PIHA spans 5 years, including the last 5 as head coach of the current Mason-Dixon Division Champion New Jersey Grizzlies. Jelcic is currently part owner, general manager and director of hockey operations for the Inline Skating Club of America (ISCA), an inline hockey facility in Wallington, New Jersey.
“As commissioner, I plan on carrying out the vision of Founder Charley Yoder to continue to build a strong league that supports the growth of the sport from the youth through the pro levels,” said Jelcic. “PIHA has made a huge positive impact on our sport, and I am excited to have the opportunity to play a day-to-day leadership role in taking PIHA’s success to the next level.”
Duties for the new commissioner include taking over more day-to-day duties, especially in the Eastern Conference, and working with President CJ Yoder and Founder Charley Yoder on promotion and expansion of the league. “PIHA is extremely excited to have Denis become an even bigger part of our league, said President CJ Yoder. “He is respected throughout the national inline community and his expertise and enthusiasm will go a long way in supporting day-to-day league operations. We are looking forward to a great 2011-12 season with Denis at the helm.”