from Dave Feschuk and Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star, At the NHL Winter Classic alumni game on New Year’s Eve, a baseball stadium filled with hockey fans appeared collectively touched by a feel-good moment.
Eric Lindros, a Philadelphia legend come home, was feted with a standing ovation. Bernie Parent, the 66-year-old Stanley Cup hero of the 1970s, was showered in adoring chants. Some among the faithful smiled through tears.
If the memories, for many fans, were priceless, certainly the revenue was both real and large. With about 45,000 in attendance, with reports pegging mid-level tickets at face values of $75, with suites and other premium seats going for more . . . well, let’s be conservative and suggest gate receipts topped $4 million, never mind the take from concessions and parking and merchandise.
You’ll excuse the ballpark estimations and know there is one key financial that can be stated with at least a little more certainty. The ex-players who thrilled the crowd don’t...