Bruins' Jacobs family last NHL owner to announce fund for part-timers

Matt Kalman
March 21, 2020 - 10:26 am

Until Saturday morning, 30 of the 31 NHL team owners had announced some sort of plan to take care of their part-time employees during the suspension of league pay because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

After much public pressure, including a tweet and radio please from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, the Jacobs family has established a $1.5 million fund should the Bruins’ last six regular-season games not be played.

“We thank our associates for their patience and understanding while we worked through the complexity of this unprecedented situation,” read a press release issued by the Bruins media relations staff.

Obviously the wording here is key because the associates will have to wait until either the resumption of play or the cancellation of the season before they find out if they’ll be getting their money.

With the NHL unlikely to return before May the earliest, for now they’ll have to get by without the money they expected to earn in March and April. In the meantime, WEEI.com has learned that late this week Garden associates received an email from the concessions management team directing them to file for unemployment. The email included an attachment with an unemployment insurance brochure with directions on how to file.

Bruins owner and Delaware North Company chairman Jeremy Jacobs' estimated worth is $3.6 billion, according to Forbes.

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