Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano and his family have tacitly paid it up front during the COVID-19 lockdown that put his NHL season on hold.
“My wife has been online and there are a lot of different groups on Facebook. She is very involved and we are very helpful. It was really worth it,” Giordano told CBC Calgary News at 6:00 am.
“There were many families who reached out to this group and asked about specific needs like food. We love to help and want to help as many families as possible. It was very touching to see some of the stories.”
A Calgary woman posted on social media that her $ 430 grocery bill was covered by someone who worked for Giordano.
“I’m still in shock [by] what just happened, “wrote Ashley Martin.
Ashley Martin wrote on social media that her $ 430 grocery bill was covered by someone who worked for Mark Giordano, the Calgary Flames captain. (Ashley Martin / Facebook)
Aside from helping Calgarians bring food to their tables, Giordano said he and his team will long to get back on hold when the time is right.
“I just want to go back and play,” he said.
“We’re not really concerned about the format. We’ll all be in the same boat. We look forward to playing a few games and maybe a playoff format, but we’ll see how it all plays out here.”
Busy with children
His children, seven year old Jack and two year old Reese, are busy.
“They kept them busy with the online school and online classes. We get up and do this with Jack every morning. He’s still doing his guitar lessons online and taekwondo lessons online. The only thing he misses a lot, like me , is sport and hockey, “said Giordano.
“We’ll get back to it as soon as it’s safe. Our daughter Reese, who is two years old, is a little ball of energy so there is always something to do or play with. Now that the weather is nice, we can go out in the backyard. “
Like everyone else, it’s a waiting game.
“It’s definitely a different time when you’re indoors a lot and not being able to socialize like we normally do, especially when the weather is nice,” he said.
“But we’re just trying to stay safe and hope that in the coming weeks or months we can figure out something where we can go back to a more normal routine.”