There has been a lot of talk over the Boston Bruins' $156,679.74 bar tab, but captain Zdeno Chara said the team's actual tab wasn't even close to what is being reported.
"That number that is posted up is nowhere near what the actual price of the bill was," Chara said Tuesday at media availability before the NHL awards in Las Vegas. "All I have to say is we are very disappointed that something like this is coming out that is not true."
The Bruins spent Saturday night at Shrine nightclub at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. According to reports, the biggest ticket item on the bill was a $100,000 bottle of Ace of Spades "Midas" champagne. The 30-liter bottle was one of six in existence and was double the size of the 15-liter Ace of Spades brut that Mavericks owner Mark Cuban bought his team after their NBA title last week.
Chara said the owners gave the Bruins the bottle of champagne as a gift with the understanding the Bruins would be signing the bottle and auctioning it off.
"We had been given as a gift the bottle of champagne from Foxwoods and we knew after when we finished with it we would sign it and Foxwoods would auction it off," said Chara.
"Obviously we are very disappointed at something like this. I'm not sure how it got out. That was our first and only night we had as a team together. We went out to Foxwoods to have a normal good time, nothing crazy. We started the night bowling and having some snacks, then we moved to the bar and basically had a night out.”
Shawn Thornton said on The Sports Hub's Felger and Massarotti radio show that the owners of Shrine nightclub were very generous.
"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 just pulled out the black card and said 'Here, it's on me,' so it wasn't as bad as it sounds."
According to reports, the bill also included a $24,869.80 built-in tip, 35 Jager Bombs ($525), three bottles of Captain Morgan ($900), nine bottles of Goose MG ($5,400) and 67 bottles of Fiji water ($268).
Information from ESPN.com's Scott Burnside was used in this report.