Norfolk Admirals run up $10,000 bar tab after winning Calder Cup (photos)

Norfolk Admirals: you just won the Calder Cup. What are you going to do?

We’re going to run up a huge bar tab! Yaargh!

And deservedly so, as the Norfolk Admirals just capped off a remarkable run that saw them rattle off 43 wins in the team’s final 46 games, culminating in a sweep of the Toronto Marlies to win the AHL’s Calder Cup. I wonder if the Calder clan and the Stanley clan are like Canada’s version of the Hatfields and McCoys. Something to ponder.

Anyhoo, riding high on a wave of good feelings and a hankering for some good-time-having, the Admirals squad, along with friends and family, bellied up to the bar at the Madison Avenue Pub in Toronto and when it was all said and done, had racked up a mighty hefty bar tab of about $10,000, evidence of which follows below in the form of a photos of the lengthy bar tab and receipt.

Not too shabby. Not too shabby at all, save for the 260 bottles of Coors ordered. Blech. Sure, it pales in comparison to the $156,000+ bar tab the Boston Bruins ran up after winning the Stanley Cup last year, but the Admirals are a minor league outfit after all.

Puck Daddy got in contact with Admirals’ VP Joe Gregory to discuss the bill — although it’s hardly merits much of a fuss — and the only thing Gregory appeared to care about was that the photo of the receipt didn’t show that the team left a $400 tip. Ouch. Sadly, it appears the Norfolk Admirals are not the greatest of tippers, as $400 is only a 4% tip, but upon closer inspection, it looks like there is a charge for “service” of $1,173.26, which presumably is an automatic gratuity charge. So, in reality the Admirals went above and beyond by throwing in an extra couple hundred bucks.

Then again, maybe the tips scale is different and that’s how they roll up Canada way. The team was doing its celebrating in Toronto, after all. When in Rome, right?

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3 Comments

  1. Sportmentary

    June 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Isn’t beer about a $150 a pop in Canada. I think so eh.

  2. Exciledknight

    June 14, 2012 at 6:59 am

    The service fee actually works out to exactly 15% of the amount billed. Considering players, staff, coaches, family and possibly close friends, that could amount to anywhere from 40 to 100 people, that is not that big a bill! In fact if the Bruins bill is true, then the Admirals bill was only about 7% of that. Slow news day in Toronto or just Admiral bashing? A liitle sour grapes or embarrassed because they got swept?

  3. Kevin

    June 14, 2012 at 8:32 am

    That one bottle of champagne (ace of spades) from the bruins celebration cost 10x more than the whole admirals tab.

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