Sens play­ers apol­o­gize for mock­ing coach

North Bay Nugget - - SPORTS - Bruce Garrioch bgar­rioch@post­ Twit­ter: @sun­gar­rioch

The Ottawa Sen­a­tors taped with­out their knowl­edge mock­ing as­sis­tant coach Martin Ray­mond in an Uber last week in Ari­zona have is­sued pub­lic apolo­gies.

As the Sen­a­tors wrapped up their skate at the Canadian Tire Cen­tre, de­fence­men Chris Wide­man and Thomas Chabot, who were among seven play­ers in the cab last week Ari­zona, both spoke with the me­dia fol­low­ing the club’s skate Wed­nes­day.

Chris Tier­ney and Dy­lan Demelo also of­fered them­selves up to speak to the me­dia to is­sue apolo­gies if they were needed to be avail­able and so is Alex For­men­ton who is back in ju­nior.

Fol­low­ing the club’s vic­tory Tues­day over New Jersey, cen­tre Matt Duch­ene and winger Colin White also said they were sorry.

“From the bot­tom of my heart ex­press­ing my apolo­gies to Marty Ray­mond for my role and for what hap­pened that night,” Wide­man said. “What was said was def­i­nitely not how we feel about him as a per­son and as our coach.

“We were car­ried away and that’s def­i­nitely all I can say about it.”

Chabot said he felt the same about Ray­mond.

“As a group we want to apol­o­gize to Marty Ray­mond,” Chabot said. “He’s some­one we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate. We love hav­ing him around. He shares his pas­sion for the game ev­ery sin­gle day and he’s al­ways there for us, but I think that’s where we’re go­ing to leave it.

“We’re not go­ing to go any fur­ther com­ments than that.”

Duch­ene spoke Tues­day night after the game.

“I want to take this op­por­tu­nity to ex­tend my ab­so­lute sin­cere apolo­gies to (as­sis­tant) Marty Ray­mond,” he said. “He is a heck of a per­son, and coach, and he didn’t de­serve what we said. That’s all I can say on right now, un­for­tu­nately.

“I sin­cerely, sin­cerely mean that, and that’s all I can say on be­half of my­self and my team­mates.”

As a group we want to apol­o­gize to Marty Ray­mond. He’s some­one we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate. We love hav­ing him around.” thomas chabot

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