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