Canes to compensate arena, event staff for wages lost during COVID-19 pandemic

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Carolina Hurricanes center Vincent Trocheck (16) celebrates with teammates center Sebastian Aho (20), right wing Andrei Svechnikov (37) and left wing Teuvo Teravainen (86), after scoring the game winning goal in overtime during an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Uniondale, NY. (AP Photo/Jim McIsaac)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The Carolina Hurricanes will compensate arena and team event staff for wages lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team announced Tuesday.

Don Waddell, president and general manager of the Hurricanes, said hourly staff will be compensated based on expected workload during the team’s final seven March regular-season home games.

Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon and the Carolina Hurricanes Foundation will pay the staffs’ wages.

Hurricanes players have also made donations to help event staff employees, the team announced.

“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.”

The NHL put a hold on its 2019-20 season on March 12 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Tuesday morning, the league announced 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.

As of Tuesday, no Hurricanes player, team staff member or arena employee have exhibited any signs of COVID-19.

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