Is the NCHC losing its commissioner before the puck drops?
That’s the big question after Inside the Games reported that Jim Scherr could be the chief executive officer of the European Games. Read a little about that in the Herald here.
So where does the NCHC go from here?
Well, if Scherr does take the job, he told the Colorado Springs Gazette that it would be the NCHC board of directors’ decision whether he would work both jobs. I can’t imagine the NCHC would be OK with that. If Scherr accepts the job, his priorities obviously lie elsewhere.
The NCHC would have to hire another commissioner just a few months before the league is set to kick off – not an ideal situation.
I’m assuming that director of hockey ops Joe Novak would become an even-more prominent guy in the interim if Scherr leaves. Novak has been a central figure in putting together the league.
Scherr says that he’s only had discussions about the job and nothing is final. But, even if he stays, there will no doubt be speculation about whether his heart is in the NCHC job if he’s already talking about taking another one.