Sens players apologize for mocking coach
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