Friday, April 15, 2011

Phil Legault Fired


Longtime director of communications for the Sens Phil Leagult has been fired by the Ottawa Senators. No reason has been given at this time but I am working on it. There's nothing official from the Sens yet, but it's a done deal, he has been let go.

Need more proof? Check out his twitter page, that used to mention the Sens as his employer and no longer does, while also the condolences from Steve Lloyd and others. I've also heard hockey ops' Chad Schella may have been let go too, but that's just a rumor for now.

You probably don't know who Phil was, but he was in charge of players interviews, media availability, press releases etc. He had been there a very long time, so somewhat shocked/curious to find out what happened. If anyone knows feel free to let me know via email. I guess these are some of the changes to the organization we were promised, though this is hardly a significant move.

Thoughts on the firing?

7 comments:

Randy M. said...

Thoughts???? Phil has been a devoted and loyal Sens team member for a very long time. Although I understand the need for changes to management at times, this decision was senseless, and a lack of common sense of someones part. Total BS

Anonymous said...

I can't see how someone so dedicated to the team and to its fan should be relieved of his duties. It's a true loss for the Senators.

Peter Raaymakers said...

I'm not really sure how people can criticize this move; none of us are privy to the details of what happened, so condemning the Senators organization for it seems pretty ignorant.

I will agree, though, that Legault was a great member of the organization. In the few dealings I had with him personally, he was always respectful and professional. I'm sure it won't take him long to get back on his feet, and wish him the best.

Phil Legault said...

Thanks The Mayor, Randy and Peter for the kind words.

It was a privilege for me to be with the Sens my first two years as director and then last 12-plus years as vp. I had so much fun, learned from NHL team colleagues and the media.

It's not relevant why I was fired -- it is what it is. But know that I will continue to cheer on and support the Senators.

With playoffs, I've seen over 1,000 Senators live in-person games. I went to two Olympics. Been to Sweden and every major city in North America. Again, it was a privilege.

Would I prefer to be with the Senators for Chris Phillips' 1000th game, Alfredsson's last game and a Stanley Cup parade on Elgin St.? Yes. And I will but as a fan.

So, now let's turn our attention to the playoffs, who Bryan will hire as head coach and the new third jersey.

Phil

Phil Legault said...

Oh yeah, The Mayor, and for the record I don't believe i ever had Ottawa Senators in my bio. It was mostly generic as it is now from what I remember. I also did not tweet much directly relating to the Senators or media's coverage of the team. I just didn't feel right doing it there. I did do the odd tweet about 'number of days to training camp', but I don't remember much more than that.

Phil

Anonymous said...

Phil was fired because he could no longer adequately do his job, simple as that. There are a handful of reasons why you ever have to fire some one and none of them is good.

Anonymous said...

perhaps this had a little to do with it:

How do I remove something that has been "found" through Google search? If I search for the my name "Phil Legault".

2 posts by 2 authors in Google Search Forum
Categories: Unexpected Search Results


legaultphilLevel 1 Sign in to reply13/05/2011
Other recipients:
I am looking to remove this search for "Phil Legault" in Google search. I have removed this tweet from my Twitter account.


Legault_Phil‎: Ha RT @danwenzel Yes I'm wearing an Ottawa Senators shirt tonight and yes I'm still bitter about them not being in the playoffs so fuck off! 18 hours ago



2011-05-13
I am looking to remove this search for "Phil Legault" in Google search. I have removed this tweet from my Twitter account. Legault_Phil‎: Ha RT @danwenzel Yes I'm wearing an Ottawa Senators shirt tonight and yes I'm still bitter about them not being in the playoffs ...

(at least he tried to remove it)