National Hockey League players unknowingly recorded disparaging team in Phoenix Uber

Aubrey Yates
November 8, 2018

A group of Senators players were recorded saying some unflattering things about an assistant coach and their own penalty killing abilities in the video.

A major Canadian newspaper is rejecting a demand from the Ottawa Senators to take down a secretly recorded video showing several players badmouthing the team's coaching staff.

While it's certainly an embarrassing moment for the Senators and the Ottawa organization, Maurice said people should realize that such talk among players is not uncommon. However, the recording doesn't seem to be illegal considering Arizona is a one-party consent state, and the driver made himself part of the conversation when he asked the riders what team they played for.

Rob Khazzam, general manager for Uber Canada, said as much.

None of the players involved, talked about their involvement in the video on Tuesday.

The five-minute recording appears to have been captured in Phoenix last week and featured a number of prominent Sens players - including Matt Duchene, Chris Wideman, Thomas Chabot and Chris Tierney - poking fun at the team's current defensive and special-teams woes.

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

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

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

Many Maple Leaf players questioned said it's imperative for players to be aware of their surroundings when having a private conversation. The Senators are now 29th on the penalty kill this season. We are grateful for the support of our fans and organization.

The video was taken without the players' consent in an Uber vehicle in Phoenix, the night before their October 30 game against the Coyotes (note: the time stamp in the video is incorrect).

Other players that were seen on video getting out of the auto were defenseman Dylan DeMelo and winger Alex Formenton, who is no longer with the Senators after leaving to return to his junior club. "We don't change anything, ever", says Duchene. "This is an important learning experience, and we will do better".

Ryan Whitney: "Every team in National Hockey League history has had a cab full of guys ripping the coach or GM".

Senators coach Guy Boucher said in a statement the club has 'every confidence in Marty Raymond's coaching, ' and he is 'treating this as a team matter, and will be making no further comment to the media'.

Uber did not immediately respond for comment on this story, but includes a lengthy section on privacy on its website.

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