Jason Spezza and the Toronto Maple Leafs are hockey heroes
The Toronto Maple Leafs players made a secret philanthropic gesture that leaked over the weekend. They are truly hockey heroes.
COVID-19 has claimed too many lives. It’s not just stolen lives and people’s health, but it has devastated industries and forced too many people out of work. The hockey world was rocked as well, and some members of the Toronto Maple Leafs did what they could to help.
There are several stories of players having their dreams shattered. This disease has prevented players from playing hockey from minor to junior, up to the professional ranks.
Since the game was put on hiatus in various leagues, his top prospects have found themselves with no outlet or ability to pursue their dream. As it affects the 2021 NHL Draft and players no longer receive a much-needed paycheck, hockey careers are being destroyed.
Toronto Maple Leafs players step up efforts
The players of the American Hockey League (AHL) see their portfolios reduced this year. With the 2020-21 AHL season shortened and many arenas still not allowing fans to enter, players are receiving less than half of the salaries.
This season, AHL players who have one-sided contracts in the NHL will not see their wages change other than a 10% carry-over and a 20% escrow. However, players on a two-way contract will only receive 48% of their salary. The least a player can earn this season is $ 30,000 gross. That’s down from the league’s $ 51,000 low.
This did not suit Jason Spezza who wanted to do his part to ensure that the Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, still make a decent living. Elliotte Friedman has reported on the actions of the Maple Leafs players to help their brothers in the AHL, although the NHL players themselves have tried to remain silent.
It was reported that Spezza led the charge to speak with the well-paid Leafs asking them to help top up the Marlies’ wages. Everyone deserves a decent salary and the Toronto Maple Leafs players have done what they can by taking money out of their own pockets to make sure that others can feed their families.
Spezza and the Maple Leafs should be admired for the act. They could have easily closed their eyes, but their gratitude that others struggled and decided to help is noble. When teams choose not to pay some of their employees, it shows the character of those players and how full of leaders the team is. It is not hyperbole to call these players heroes. Their philanthropic actions keep Marlies players engaged in their dream.
Toronto Maple Leafs players have shown they care about the less fortunate. Hopefully their decision inspires others in the game to keep giving back wherever possible.