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Winter Classic alumni game rosters have plenty of stars

Nov 25, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

2012 Winter Classic

The 2012 Winter Classic alumni game is going to be loaded with stars from both the Rangers and Flyers as both teams announced the rosters they’ll be using for the game in Philadelphia.

We already knew about Eric Lindros and Bobby Clarke taking part in things for the Flyers, but they’ll also be joined by the likes of Rick Tocchet, Mark Recchi, Brian Propp, John LeClair, Mark Howe, and NBC’s own Jeremy Roenick among a host of other former Flyers from the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

Sadly, Mikael Renberg won’t be there to bring us the “Legion of Doom” line. Flyers fans can feel better though because the classic line from the Broad Street Bullies years of Clarke, Bill Barber, and Reggie Leach will be there.

For the Rangers, they’ll run out notable stars like Glenn Anderson, Mike Gartner, Adam Graves, Brian Leetch, and Darius Kasparaitis. Some guys you won’t be seeing, however, are Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, and Mike Richter. While we knew Gretzky wouldn’t be playing, Messier and Richter have medical reasons for missing out right now. Messier is getting shoulder surgery but hopes to play while Richter is hoping to be cleared by his doctor.

Hey, maybe John Vanbiesbrouck and Dan Blackburn can help you feel better about the Rangers in goal. Either way, the Rangers are still bringing a bit more name presence to the net for the game as the Flyers will trot out Mark LaForest and Neil Little in goal.

No matter what, the game on December 31 will set the table nicely for the Winter Classic itself. If you want to check out the full roster, NHL.com has you taken care of there.

  1. pkswally024 - Nov 25, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    No Hextall is a little sad

    • chaseutley - Nov 25, 2011 at 5:19 PM

      Amen to that. I mean, who goes to a Flyers alumni game to see Mark LaForest between the pipes? Are Bob Froese and Chico Resch too old?

  2. tcclark - Nov 25, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Neil Little? Really? This isn’t a Phantoms Alumni game… can we trade for Beezer?

  3. brucewaynewins - Nov 25, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Will this be on tv?

  4. chaseutley - Nov 25, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    PS….. I miss Pelle Lindbergh.

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