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Arizona Coyotes president and CEO Ahron Cohen and president of hockey operations and general manager John Chayka will donate 20% of their salaries "over the coming months" to support COVID-19 relief efforts in Arizona, the team announced Tuesday.
The donations will go to the Arizona Coronavirus Relief Fund and other Arizona non-profits. The fund is initially focused on paying for personal protective equipment for medical personnel, helping non-profit organizations such as food banks and homeless shelters, and assisting low-income students in accessing online learning.
Chayka, 30, is the league's youngest general manager. He says the efforts of Arizona's frontline workers inspired him to donate.
"Kathryn (Chayka) and I could not be more grateful to the health care workers, doctors, nurses, EMTs, and grocery store and food service workers who every day sacrifice so much so their neighbors can stay healthy and safe," he said.
Cohen has been with the Coyotes organization since 2015 and was named president and CEO in 2018.
"Arizona has been our team's home for nearly 25 years and this community has rallied around the Coyotes in good times and bad," said Cohen. He added, "I see this as our privilege and responsibility to help support the people of this great state. I know we will make it through this challenge as a result of all of us Arizonans rallying together."