The Ducks on Tuesday announced leave and layoffs related to the coronavirus, affecting nearly 15 percent of the full-time employees of the NHL team, the San Diego AHL affiliate and Honda Center, The Rinks, including Great Park Ice, and ocVIBE, the planned development near the Anaheim Arena.
The Ducks have not played a game since the NHL suspended the 2019-20 season on March 12 due to the pandemic, and it remained uncertain on Tuesday when the delayed 2020-21 season could begin. However, it is unlikely to start on January 1, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s target date.
The AHL season starts on February 5th.
All concerts and other events at the Honda Center have been postponed until spring.
“The massive social, emotional and financial impact of the coronavirus has affected us all, and the sports and entertainment industry continues to be badly affected,” the organization said in a statement released through The Ducks. “Due to ongoing uncertainty and unknown duration, today we felt it necessary to make some very difficult personnel decisions within our business units.
“For nearly three decades, we have taken pride in serving as a symbol of excellence with our employees and players actively taking on the role of standard bearers in the industry, which is what makes a day like today so heartbreaking. An overwhelming majority of the current reductions have taken place in the form of time off, and it is with caution that after this terrible pandemic we will have the opportunity to welcome back most of our highly valued team members. ”
Conferred employees received discretionary compensation and continued to receive medical benefits.
In June, Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli said they would cut the salaries of a number of full-time employees at the Ducks, San Diego Gulls, Honda Center and other companies by 20 to 25 percent over a six-month period. They avoided layoffs or leave of their approximately 500 employees during that time.