How the Canucks plan to help part-time arena staff during coronavirus hiatus

Mar 13 2020, 5:45 pm

The Vancouver Canucks will have a program in place for part-time arena workers who “require support” while the NHL pauses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Canucks Sports & Entertainment (CSE) recognizes the importance of its staff to our fans, our arena experience and business overall,” said Canucks COO Trent Carroll in a statement provided to Daily Hive. “CSE has committed to a program that will help any part-time employee who requires support. The program will be based on individual need, to avoid financial hardship during this unexpected employment disruption.

“The safety and well-being of all Rogers Arena staff and guests remains at the forefront of every decision made related to controlling the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”

The Canucks employ a number of game-night staff who are paid on an hourly basis. The team was due to play six more home games in the regular season. Part-time staff will also miss out on Vancouver Warriors lacrosse games, concerts, and other events postponed or cancelled because of the coronavirus.

Following the lead of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, a number of NHL and NBA teams have pledged to pay their part-time staff during each league’s work stoppages. Some players in both leagues have even begun to step up, following the lead of Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love, who is donating $100,000 through his foundation.