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Bruins wrack up more than $150,000 during bar celebration


Bruins wrack up more than $150,000 during bar celebration

Derrick Johnson June 22, 2011

The Boston Bruins, the winners of the Stanley Cup – the team's first time taking home the trophy since 1972 – celebrated throughout the weekend. First, there was a parade held in their honor on Saturday, before the players went to the Shrine nightclub at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. 

For four hours, the players seemed to try their best to party as hard as they had played all season. By the end of the stint, they had accrued a tab of $156,679.74, a sum that didn't even include the tip.

One of the biggest expenditures was a 30-liter Ace of Spades champagne bottle – one of six in existence – which was given to the team as a gift, according to Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton.

"If the people want to take credit for who took care of it [the bar tab], they can, but that wasn't all us," Thornton told The Boston Globe. "There's no doubt about it. We partied like we won the Stanley Cup but it wasn't like Mr. Chara and his $7.6 million [salary] just pulled out the black card and said 'Here, it's on me,' so it wasn't as bad as it sounds."

After a serious bout of wrestling with the champagne bottle, the alcohol was poured into the Stanley Cup so each player could partake in it. That was far from the only beverage the Bruins consumed. Their tab shows a diverse array of drinks, including 136 bottles of Bud Light, nine bottles of Goose MG, three bottles of Captain Morgan's and 35 Jager Bombs.

Thornton explained that it was part of the tradition.

"Hey, we won the Stanley Cup, if you're ever going to do it, all I hear about is how hard the guys from '72 went, we had to live up to those expectations," he said to the news source.