The Boston Bruins announced on Saturday morning a $1.5 million fund for part-time gameday employees not working due to coronavirus concerns postponing the remainder of the NHL season.
The Bruins were the last of 31 NHL teams to release a statement on the matter. Saturday’s statement came three days after the Herald highlighted the plight of several part-time employees, and two days after Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey spoke with the Herald and urged TD Garden and Bruins ownership to act on behalf of its workers.
The statement in full from the Bruins:
“The Jacobs Family has established a $1.5 million fund for the Boston Bruins and TD Garden part-time gameday associates who will be financially burdened if the six remaining regular season Bruins games are not played.
“We thank our associates for their patience and understanding while we worked through the complexity of this unprecedented situation.”
The release does not include a payment plan or timeline for when employees will paid, saying only it is contingent on the final six games of the NHL regular season being officially canceled.
One other NHL team, the Buffalo Sabres, previously released a similar statement, indicating they would pay employees upon cancellation of the season. On Friday, the Sabres’ parent company laid off all arena staff.