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Sittler, Delvecchio, Lindsay headline Detroit-Toronto Winter Classic alumni games

Jul 11, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

Hockeytown Winter Festival

It promises to be a star-studded affair in December when Detroit’s Comerica Park transforms into the Hockeytown Winter Festival.

Especially for the annual Alumni Showdown — well, make that Showdowns.

According to Detroit GM Ken Holland, there will be a pair of alumni contests to facilitate the large number of players that wanted to participate.

On Wednesday, we got a glimpse at that overwhelming number as partial rosters for both the Maple Leafs and Red Wings were named, headlined by Hockey Hall of Famers Darryl Sittler, Alex Delvecchio and Ted Lindsay.

Here are the players that have committed for both sides thus far:


Mike Palmateer, Felix Potvin, Curtis Joseph, Doug Gilmour, Darryl Sittler, Wendel Clark, Dave Andreychuk, Kevin Maguire, Darcy Tucker, Rick Vaive. (Jim McKenny, Ron Ellis and Johnny Bower will participate as well.)


Chris Osgood, Mike Vernon, Dino Ciccarelli, Alex Delvecchio, Ted Lindsay, Joe Kocur, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty, Mickey Redmond, John Ogrodnick, Larry Murphy, Mark Howe, Luc Robitaille.

The Detroit team will be coached by Hockey Hall of Famer Scotty Bowman.

The Alumni Showdown(s) will be played at Comerica on Dec. 31. They will be the culmination of the two-week long Winter Festival, which includes amateur games, open skates, the Great Lakes Invitational (featuring Michigan, Michigan State, Western Michigan and Michigan Tech), an Ontario Hockey League doubleheader (featuring Windsor, Saginaw, Plymouth and London) and an AHL game between the affiliates of the Wings and Leafs — the Grand Rapids Griffins and Toronto Marlies.

  1. mclovinhockey - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Cant wait… Easily the best part of the classic

  2. ct14flyers - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Absolutely. Watching Bernie and Lindros last year was incredible. I’m suprised Yzerman or Lidstrom are not playing. Pumped to see Wendel Clark. Hope he crushes someone. Actually would love it if he fought Tucker even though they are both Maple Leafs. Would make my year.

  3. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Kocur is going to pound Wendell and his boy Toller

  4. lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Should be a good time! It’s too bad Jimmy Skinner passed away some time ago and won’t be there to see it. I met the guy once at Victoria Beach by Bel-air on Lake Winnipeg years ago. Super nice guy.

  5. hockinj25 - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Can’t wait to see the Grind Line back together.

  6. dannythebisforbeast - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Saw McCarty on hardcore pawn show. He didn’t look like e was doing too good financially Hopefully I’m wrong loved watching him play

    • hockinj25 - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:10 PM

      Reality television isn’t real.

  7. nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Terrible Ted!!?? Fantastic!! Lindsay turns 87 on July 29 by the way folks, so let’s all sing together. And Johnny Bower??!! More wow. He’ll be 88 by then. Very sad though that Mr. Hockey’s health woes will probably keep him from participating. Let’s all hope No. 9 will be able to enjoy it at home on TV. We can all toast him with our beverage of choice!

  8. sheckyrimshot - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    holy crap now i want to break out the genesis and play nhl 94

  9. jrsaffell - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    And I will be there to enjoy all of this!

  10. redwingsfan999 - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Can’t wait 4 the winter classic festival and everything that comes with it, this is gonna be the best one yet

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