The Kamloops Blazers’ office staff has been laid off and hockey staff have taken pay cuts.
Gregg Drinnan, on his website greggdrinnan.com, reported the news on Sunday.
In a text on Monday to KTW, Blazers’ president Don Moores confirmed the layoffs and pay cuts and opted to make no further comment.
Tom Gaglardi is majority owner of the WHL’s Blazers and the NHL’s Dallas Stars. Shane Doan, Jarome Iginla, Mark Recchi and Darryl Sydor round out the Blazers’ ownership group.
Drinnan noted on Sunday he is not aware of any other WHL team that has followed suit, but he expects other clubs will experience layoffs, perhaps as soon as this week.
Last week, the Blazers announced their business office and team store inside Sandman Centre are closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The WHL’s regular season was suspended on March 12 and cancelled on March 18.
On Monday, WHL commissioner Ron Robison announced the cancellation of the 2020 WHL playoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The rest of the 2019-2020 Canadian Hockey League campaign has been nixed and the 2020 Memorial Cup in Kelowna has been cancelled.
Kamloops finished atop the B.C. Division.