NHL alumni not getting much as league prospers

Fog from their breath lingers between former Toronto Maple Leafs Curtis Joseph, left, and Bryan...

Fog from their breath lingers between former Toronto Maple Leafs Curtis Joseph, left, and Bryan Berard, right, as they talk during the Alumni Showdown game against the Detroit Red Wings at Comerica Park in Detroit Tuesday December 31, 2013. (CRAIG GLOVER/QMI Agency)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:25 PM ET

This is a time of hockey opulence and excess.

A record number of 105,000 fans will pay more than $20 million for a Winter Classic game today at the Big House. This coming a day after Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf signed a $49-million contract. This coming five weeks after Rogers Communications offered up $5.2 billion for the rights to televise hockey in Canada.

This coming after the baseball stadium, Comerica Park, was nearly full to cheer on legends who now skate at the speed of Brad Marsh. This coming a day after USA Today, which often treats hockey as an afterthought, ran an eight-page section on the Winter Classic and the naming of the U.S. Olympic hockey team.

If you ask anyone from the National Hockey League how business is, they will smile widely, almost blushing, and say, “Business is gooooood.”


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