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Washington’s Winter Classic alumni roster a real “Who’s that?” list of talent

Dec 14, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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Last week we heard about how Mario Lemieux, Ron Francis, Paul Coffey, Bryan Trottier and Bill Guerin would be taking the ice on New Year’s Eve at Heinz Field for the 2011 Winter Classic Alumni Game. With that array of talent headlining things for Pittsburgh, we were immediately curious about who the Capitals would dust off to take on this hall of fame group.

Ultimately we knew already that legendary Caps goal scorer Peter Bondra was already set to play but who else could the Caps break out? Today, On Frozen Blog digs up the details and the lines the Caps will throw out there on December 31st and we’re left still excited but a bit disappointed.

Peter Bondra           Michal Pivonka         Alan Hangsleben
Paul Mulvey             Dennis  Maruk         Mark Lofthouse
Errol Rausse             Alan May                Nick Kypreos
Blair  Stewart           Greg Adams             Pete LeBoutillier

Pat Ribble           Ken Sabourin
Robert Picard      Sylvain Cote
Yvon  Labre         Gord Lane

Don Beaupre

All right so sorting through that we’re left to see more names that aren’t there than that will be playing. OFB makes mention that Donald Brashear and Kelly Miller will also play and those are notable Caps so that’s good. Seeing Michal Pivonka and Greg Adams makes us feel nostalgic for the 80 and early 90s all over again but there’s some huge names missing here.

On the forward unit we don’t see anyone like Mike Ridley, Steve Konowalchuk, or former captain Dale Hunter. On defense you could come up with an All-Star alumni unit of guys that are missing. Calle Johanssen, Scott Stevens, Phil Housley, and Jeff Brown all immediately come to mind as well as legendary king of the slap shot Al Iafrate. While it’s fun to see Don Beaupre’s name again, we’d be wrong to say we’re disappointed that Olaf Kolzig won’t be getting a shot.

We understand that a lot of these guys may have other job commitments (Dale Hunter owns a team in the CHL for instance and Calle Johanssen works on Swedish TV) but it’s a bit of a bummer to be without them nonetheless. Does this make us any less excited to see the game though? Hell no.

  1. bigbear42 - Dec 14, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    Ive watched the Caps for about 25 years and Ive only heard of Bondra, Pivonka, May and Maruk. How do they not have Craig Laughlin, the Caps color guy?

  2. snot16 - Dec 15, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Wtf??? Where’s Mike Gartner? Bobby Carpenter? Rod Langway? I’d even take a Lou Franceschetti!

  3. ThatGuy - Dec 16, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Should have Jonesy out there…

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