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Penguins announce plan to pay employees during suspension of play due to Coronavirus

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The team announced the plans Friday evening.

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The Penguins announced a plan Friday evening to pay its full-time and part-time employees in the wake of the suspension of play in the NHL due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

In a statement Friday, the Penguins said the following:

The Pittsburgh Penguins today announced a plan to pay full and part-time arena and service employees at PPG Paints Arena, who would otherwise lose income on regular season games because the NHL has paused the season.

Funding will come from Pittsburgh Penguins players, the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and the Mario Lemieux Foundation.

When the NHL announced the pause on Thursday, because of the threat of coronavirus COVID-19, the Penguins had six regular season games remaining on the schedule.

”The ushers, ticket takers, concession workers, cleaning staff and other arena workers are the backbone of a Penguins hockey game at PPG Paints Arena, and a big part of the Penguins’ family,” said David Morehouse, the team’s president and CEO. “Our owners, Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle, and our players, led by Sidney Crosby, thought it was essential to help them through this. We have come together to ensure that they will not lose pay because of the pause in our season.”

It goes without saying, but it’s a relief to see that the team is doing the right thing here.