Marc-Andre Fleury pledged $100,000, and the Vegas Golden Knights announced a minimum $500,000 contribution Thursday to assist their game day employees.
The Golden Knights goalie said he hopes others follow his lead with the NHL season paused due to the concerns surrounding the coronavirus.
He announced his donation on the team's Twitter account with a statement:
"A big part of what makes the Vegas Golden Knights game day experience so memorable is the staff working behind the scenes. As players we truly appreciate all the employees who work so hard in making the Fortress the best place to play in the NHL.They are just as much a part of the Las Vegas community as we are. My family and I hope that these contributions not only help those in need, but also inspire others who are in fortunate positions to step up and find ways to help too. We can't wait to see the employees and our fans again soon."
The team announced its contribution of a minimum $500,000 in a statement from Golden Knights owner Bill Foley:
"Knights are the epitome of the warrior class. Our Foundational principles are centered on helping people in need and defending those who cannot defend themselves. Make no mistake, these are uncertain and challenging times, especially here in the great city of Las Vegas. But we are all in this together and we will all persevere together. We hope these contributions can have a positive impact on many of the staff and their families who are affected. We want to do our part."
Fleury and the Golden Knights joined several players and teams around the NHL who have made sizable donations to pay game day employees and arena staff with the season paused.