Leafs, Wings team up for two alumni games

- July 11th, 2012

So rich are the histories of the Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings that the clubs have included two alumni games as part of the 2012 Hockey Winter Festival.
“When we began the process of determining who should be on the roster for the Red Wings alumni team, it became very obvious very quickly that we simply did not have enough room on one bench to hold enough of the deserving players,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said during a news conference in Detroit on Wednesday.
“When we contacted Toronto and asked them what they thought about the possibility of two games, they immediately breathed a sigh of relief as they were going through the exact same issues we were in trying to fit all these players on one team.”
Close to 100 players are expected to take part in the games on Dec. 31 at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers. Fans will have to pay for just one ticket for the games.
Both teams announced preliminary rosters on Wednesday.
Toronto – Darryl Sittler, Rick Vaive, Doug Gilmour, Dave Andreychuk, Darcy Tucker, Felix Potvin, Mike Palmateer, Kevin Maguire, Wendel Clark, Curtis Joseph, as well as Johnny Bower, Ron Ellis and Jim McKenny
Detroit – Mickey Redmond, John Ogrodnick, Luc Robitaille, Dino Ciccarelli, Chris Chelios, Mark Howe, Larry Murphy, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty, Joe Kocur, Chris Osgood, Mike Vernon, as well as Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay and Alex Delvecchio
The centrepiece of the week, which will include AHL, OHL and NCAA games, will be the regular-season game between the Leafs and Wings in the Winter Classic at the Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1.

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2 comments

  1. clyde4 says:

    Even though these are only alumini games ,I hope that the referee is able to control the whining
    coming from the Leaf bench.
    Thy have some of the “alltime’whiners like Tucker,Gilmore, and “teardrop Sundin”.Maybe they need to put ductape on these players ,until the game is over.

  2. t j says:

    id love to see one shift of all the 70yr olds just for the memory

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