Ottawa Senators announced on Monday evening that it will commit to helping part-time employees on Monday, becoming the last Canadian team to do so since the start of the COVID-19 crisis last week .
The team, which currently does not have a president, said in an email to the media that it “would support any part-time employee in need of financial support during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19)”.
Faced with this vague commitment, the team’s players have not yet decided what they could do to contribute to compensatory measures, like many of their colleagues across the NHL – including those of their two oldest rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens – have already pledged to do so, star defender Thomas Chabot said in an interview with Le Droit on Monday.
“We just learned (Monday) that we can return to our main residences, everyone is packing up and preparing to travel, so we haven’t talked about it yet , indicated the Quebec rear. It is certain that what is happening is really a shame for all these employees of the arena. It is not their fault as much as it is not ours. We haven’t talked about it, but there are great initiatives that are being taken in this direction. ”
The Senators had four more games on their local schedule, starting with Wednesday’s game against Edmonton, Connor’s only visit of the year. Several other activities, such as the concerts of Pearl Jam and James Taylor, and a visit to the Harlem Globe Trotters, have been canceled or postponed, the next scheduled event is a “Stars on Ice” figure skating show on 26 April.
In Toronto, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment created an employee assistance fund to which players from the five professional teams (Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, Raptors, Toronto FC and Argonauts) will contribute, while the Canadiens’ players have announced Monday they would make up the shortfall in a team program to close the shortfall between what the team will pay and their regular salary. In Florida, goalkeeper Sergei Bobrovsky will pay $ 100,000 of his $ 10M salary to such a fund, his teammates matching the bet.
For its part, the NHL has decreed that the players’ last three pay checks, until the beginning of April, will be paid to them normally, despite the suspension of activities last Thursday.
For the rest, Chabot is like everyone else, living in uncertainty and observing a 14-day voluntary isolation since he was in California when Gary Bettman decreed this unprecedented work stoppage.
“It is quite different. We live day by day, without knowing what is going to happen. I try to stay in shape as best I can, with the equipment I have here at home, because we don’t know if it’s going to start again. It’s not too bad because we’re still in good shape at the end of a long season, and it makes time pass. We will also take walks with the dog, trying not to be too close to the world. We watch movies and series. It’s been a bit long and flat days , when we should normally be playing hockey, “he said.
Chabot was still in Ottawa at the time of the interview, intending to spend a few more days there before setting off for his hometown of Sainte-Marie de Beauce, where he spent his summers near his parents.
“I’m going to go hang out with them.” My father is a teacher and since the schools are closed, he is also on forced vacation for at least two weeks. My mother was a hairdresser, but she has another job now. We are going to have a good time with the family with them, “he added.