The biggest cheapskates in pro sports? Oilers make hockey’s case – The Globe and Mail

Oh man, what an odd situation to find yourself in. Stupid hockey players making too much freaking money.

The biggest cheapskates in pro sports? Oilers make hockey’s case – The Globe and Mail.

In a scenario that brings new meaning to hockey’s long-standing “Battle of Alberta,” the Edmonton team found itself stranded in Calgary on New Year’s Eve. The team had intended to set out for San Jose after a game against the Flames, but was forced to lay over due to the unexpected change in airport restrictions to the United States. They set off in a party of approximately 45 to the Osteria De Medici, a fine restaurant in the city’s Kensington area that, sources say, had been recommended by Calgary captain Jarome Iginla, himself a native of Edmonton.

The Oilers, no doubt stinging from a 2-1 loss to the Flames earlier in the evening, drowned their sorrows and brought in 2010 with the help of $8,248 worth of booze – including two $500 magnums of Dom Perignon and a $250 round of shooters.

The alcohol amounted to nearly half the total bill, which reached $16,796.39 once an 18 per cent tip was tacked on, according to a newspaper report confirmed by owner Maurizio Terrigno.

According Mr. Terrigno, the team – which has a payroll of $59,253,000 before certain cushions bring it down just below the National Hockey League’s salary cap of $56.8-million – refused to pay the full bill and forked over only $12,381.45.

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