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Senators Players Apologize After They Were Caught Ripping Coach, Team on Video

08 November 2018

In the video, Duchene, one of the Senators' alternate captains, is heard saying: "Marty Raymond, the only coach in National Hockey League history to have the worst power play and the worst PK within a calendar year".

A video on a Postmedia outlet's YouTube page shows Senators players talking about their ineffective penalty kill and mocking one of their coaches in what appears to be a recording from a camera mounted on the dash of an Uber driver's van or SUV.

The Ottawa Citizen says the video, recorded by an Uber driver in Phoenix, Ariz., was circulating on social media when the paper chose to report on it and share it to its website.

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

The General Manager of Uber Canada tweeted about the video Monday night.

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It wasn't just the coaches or the team that the players took shots at.

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. "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".

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

"Here's the other thing, too", Duchene says.

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The video was the latest bit of humiliation for the organization, which has endured numerous controversies over the past two years. The state only requires one side to consent to recording conversations, but it's not clear if any privacy laws have been breached by posting the video online.

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). We are grateful for the support of our fans and organization. The Senators are now 29th on the penalty kill this season.

"Once we got that first (goal) I thought we did a good job pushing back and imposing our game on them", Duchene said.

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".

"Sadly they learned the lesson more than anybody else, but everyone else will understand, you've got to be real careful in this day and age about what you say in public, even when you think it's private", Maurice said.

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Senators Players Apologize After They Were Caught Ripping Coach, Team on Video