Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
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Uber driver records Ottawa Senators criticizing coach

Uber driver records Ottawa Senators criticizing coach

Senators assistant coach Martin Raymond was a frequent target of the players' criticisms.

A video showing members of the Ottawa Senators hockey team criticizing one of their coaches has prompted an apology from several players.

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".

Ottawa forward Mark Stone said earlier in the day that the latest bit of turmoil in is a "hiccup", and the team has already done work to fix the frayed relationship between players and coaches.

Neither the Ottawa Citizen nor parent company Postmedia Network Inc. immediately responded to a request for comment.

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

Forward Matt Duchene, defensemen Chris Wideman and Thomas Chabot as well as recently acquired Chris Tierney were among the players making fun of the 5-6-3 Ottawa squad. He later added he hasn't paid attention during Raymond's meeting in "three weeks".

Given the Senators struggles of late, it's interesting to hear players give their unfiltered thoughts about the club. Out private conversation was recorded without out knowledge or consent.

"I don't know who makes decisions to put things like that out there, but when you purposely try to hurt another human being, I don't want to spend too much time on that, and especially probably the best human being I know (Raymond), that's personal", Boucher said. We are grateful for the support of our fans and organization. "This is an important learning experience, and we will do better".

The bulk of the conversation centres on the team's defensive woes - the Senators stand near the bottom of the league in terms of penalty-killing and are dead-last in shots allowed per game. Although it does not specifically mention audio or video recordings, it does say: "Uber may share your information other than as described in this policy if we notify you and you consent to the sharing".

"Nothing is more important to us during this rebuild than making sure our players and coaches are fully committed to our plan, our values and our system of play", said head coach Guy Boucher.

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

"Filming or recording passengers without their consent is totally unacceptable and if reported / detected we will investigate + take action to preserve our communities privacy and integrity".

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