Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Ottawa Senators players caught on camera ripping coach, team

Ottawa Senators players caught on camera ripping coach, team

The five-minute clip, which shows seven Senators players ridiculing Senators assistant coach Martin Raymond and scornfully discussing the team's penalty-killing performance, was shot without the players' knowledge by the driver of the Uber vehicle they were riding in while on the road in Phoenix, Ariz.

Players in the video include Matt Duchene, Chris Wideman, Thomas Chabot, Colin White, Chris Tierney, Dylan DeMelo and Alex Formenton.

Duchene later adds that he '(hasn't) paid attention in three weeks' during Raymond's meetings.

"We're all totally aware that any time someone says to you this is off the record. nothing is off the record in your life".

The Senators organization responding Monday night to what it calls "privacy breach against its players and coaches".

"We're passionate about our team, and focusing on growing together", the statement reads.

And as we learn more about this story, the Ottawa Senators have already begun to take action.

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"We want to apologize publicly to Marty Raymond, our teammates and coaches for our comments in Phoenix, Arizona on October 29".

The letter addressed to the newspaper's editor-in-chief says the video clearly violates the players' privacy and does not involve a matter of "genuine public interest". The spokesperson said Uber helped "get this video removed" but did not say what sort of discipline the driver might face.

The players go on to slam Raymond, who coaches the team's penalty-killing unit.

The video, which has since been taken down, was recorded by a camera that was mounted by the rear-view mirror of a auto, according to a report by the Ottawa Citzen.

"A video was released by the media today of several Uber passengers being filmed without their consent while having a private discussion during a trip in Phoenix", said Uber Canada General Manager Rob Khazzam in a Monday night tweet.

Team owner Eugene Melnyk threatened to move the team last season if ticket sales didn't improve, but has since committed to keeping the team in Ottawa.

Tierney, seated behind the driver, looked up the team's stats on his phone and found Ottawa is 29th of 31 National Hockey League teams in terms of penalty killing. "As a coaching staff and management and players, we're trying to form a bond that turns this team into the right direction and this is a hiccup, but I think we're on the right track of doing that". I talked to some in Ottawa and to be frank they are kind of laughing at the whole thing.They get it and I am told this won't affect any player contracts moving forward.This is more fun for the media to poke at them they are feeling.

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