RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team will compensate PNC Arena and Hurricanes event staff for lost wages due to the 2019-20 NHL season being paused because of the Coronavirus (COVD-19) crisis. Hourly staff will be compensated based on expected workload during the team's final seven March regular-season home games.
Funding will come from Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon and the Carolina Hurricanes Foundation. In addition, Hurricanes players have made a generous donation to help supplement the incomes of the event staff employees, understanding that many may be losing from other sources during this time.
"Our part-time event staff are a vital part of the gameday experience at PNC Arena," Waddell said. "We know that the season being paused has created a lot of uncertainty, so Tom, the players and the Foundation have stepped up to help these employees through this unprecedented situation."
On Thursday at 10 a.m., PNC Arena's food service, VAB Catering, will make a large food donation to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. The Raleigh-based non-profit is currently focused on providing emergency food to families affected by the Coronavirus crisis.
The NHL paused the 2019-20 season on March 12 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Tuesday morning, the league announced that players and traveling hockey staff should continue to self-quarantine through at least March 27, either in their NHL cities or hometowns. Team facilities are closed during the quarantine period, though consideration will be given to allowing clubs to re-open them to players after March 27, depending upon world developments. The Hurricanes medical staff will continue to monitor all players and staff, but no player, team staff member or arena employee have exhibited any signs of COVID-19 at this time.