This pandemic has been rough on everybody, leagues around the world were shut down and some like the OHL couldn’t even get started.
The AHL season went forward but players on a two way contract are only receiving 48 per cent of their usual salary in 2020-21, taking a reduced pay to help keep the league afloat and to get through this covid season as best they could.
Elliotte Freidman said Saturday night during the intermission of the game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Winnipeg Jets that members of the Toronto Maple Leafs have come together and pooled their money to help players of their farm team, the Toronto Marlies get back some of what they have lost due to the covid cuts.
The Idea came from veteran Jason Spezza and some of the leafs highest paid players jumped right in to contribute. Captain John Tavares had this to say:
“Yeah, obviously not quiet enough, I have to give Spezz a lot of credit on this one. He kind of brought it to the forefront from the leadership standpoint, and the leadership group thought it was really important. I think we know — society as a whole, but certainly in our game — how tough a year it is for so many. So, within the organization, we wanted to make sure we try to take care of our own.”
Love em or hate em the Leafs did good here, hopefully other teams around the league take similar action. It’s good to help when you can.
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