All NHL players are being paid for the games they aren’t playing in because of the league suspension due to COVID-19.
In contrast, arena staff who would also have been working those events will not be getting another paycheck any time soon.
Many NHL teams have committed to paying their employees (some, through the end of March; others, until events resume as normal). In some cases, the owners of the teams pledged to do so only after individual players stepped up on their own accord, like the Panthers’ Sergei Bobrovsky.
Team owners have enough money to pay the arena staff during the suspended season.
These are the team owners who are choosing to leave their most vulnerable employees without a paycheck on virtually no notice.
Every name in bold is a billionaire.
Some of these ownership situations are more complicated than others. For instance, not all arenas are owned by the same person or group who own the hockey team that plays there, and some arenas’ staff is contracted through other parties. With that being said: we have done our best to present the current situation accurately and as fairly as possible.
Hopefully, these NHL teams and owners will step up soon, and render this article obsolete. Until then we will be updating as more information or decisions are made public.
This post has been updated to include a list of teams that have announced they will have a plan, but have not confirmed it will involve paying arena employees for canceled or postponed events.
Headline photo: Sikander Iqbal
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