Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs has built quite the reputation for himself during his tenure as the man behind one of the National Hockey League's Original Six franchises, and unfortunately for fans in the Boston arena that reputation now paints Jacobs as an almost cartoonishly greedy old man. In fact it is not uncommon to hear Jacobs compared to iconic Simpsons character Mister Burns, not exactly the kind of comparison you would want people associating you with.
Jacobs' however has seemingly either never paid any mind to the criticism from his fan base or from hockey fans around the league, or simply has chosen to ignore it all in the name of the almighty dollar, and the recent coronavirus pandemic has provided yet another example of that to fans and employees of the Boston Bruins alike. As of the time of this writing the Boston Bruins remain the only team in the entire National Hockey League that has yet to make a commitment to support their employees during this time of crisis, a lack of support that some employees are now saying could potentially leave them homeless.
On Friday Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, a public official with some significant political capital, personally called out Jeremy Jacobs and the Jacobs family for their failure to follow the example set forth by the rest of the NHL's teams. Healey called on the Jacobs family to act, and more importantly to act immediately, after having personally heard from multiple TD Garden employees who have been left in the dark about what comes next for them.
“I just want them to act, I just want them to step up and do something,” she said as per the Boston Herald. “Do something for their workers. Every other team has said they are going to provide financial support for hourly workers who have been hurt by this, and that runs the range of paying their salaries or paying for their living expenses. … I just want them to act now.”
Earlier this month the Boston Bruins players, including notorious Bruins agitator Brad Marchand, contributed to a GoFundMe that was set up to help the employees that Healey was speaking out for but the Massachusetts Attorney General argued that it should have never come to that.
“Delaware North is a billion dollar company and it shouldn’t take Bruins players themselves contributing to GoFundMe pages to support these workers,” she said. “Every other NHL team stepped up, I hope the Jacobs family will step up too right now. It will make a huge difference for workers.”
Fans familiar with Jacobs' reputation likely won't be holding their breath, but hopefully for those impacted by this lack of action there will be a resolution in short order,