LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Vegas Golden Knights have pledged a minimum of $500,000 to assist employees at T-Mobile Arena who are not working during the coronavirus crisis.
Leading the player contributions is goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who has committed to donating $100,000.
“Knights are the Epitome of the Warrior Class. Our foundational principles are centered on helping people in need and defending those who cannot defend themselves,” said Vegas Golden Knights Owner Bill Foley. “Make no mistake, these are uncertain and challenging times, especially here in the great city of Las Vegas. But we are all in this together and we will all persevere together. We hope these contributions can have a positive impact on many of the staff and their families who are affected. We want to do our part.”
The Golden Knights together will support arena hourly on-call staff that would normally work Vegas Golden Knights home games, including third-party vendors, service providers, food and beverage employees, retail associates, medical staff, event personnel, production and cleaning operations.
The Golden Knights will also support all their own part-time game night employees. This includes the entire VGK Cast and Crew – including in-arena hosts, PA announcer, Vegas Vivas!, Golden Belles, Knights Guard, Knight Line, the dj, The Golden Knight, music director, camera operators, control room crew, Battle Wagon driver, Villain and Watchman – and the drivers of the ice resurfacers. Vegas Golden Knights interns who work game days across all the VGK business teams will also be assisted by these efforts.
The Vegas Golden Knights Foundation 51/49 raffle staff will be supported as well.
“A big part of what makes the Vegas Golden Knights game day experience so memorable is the staff working behind the scenes,” said Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. “As players we truly appreciate all the employees who work so hard in making The Fortress the best place to play in the NHL. They are just as much a part of the Las Vegas community as we are. My family and I hope that these contributions not only help those in need, but also inspire others who are in fortunate positions to step up and find ways to help too. We can’t wait to see the employees and our fans again soon.”
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) March 19, 2020
On March 12, the NHL announced the decision to pause the 2019-20 season. The NHL’s goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent, so that the league will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup. The Vegas Golden Knights contributions will be distributed for 2019-20 regular season games not played or rescheduled.