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Detroit adds Hall of Famer Coffey to Winter Classic alumni roster

Aug 8, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings have added another big name to their star-studded alumni team.

Paul Coffey, second all-time among NHL defensemen in points, will wear the winged wheel on Dec. 31 when Detroit takes on the Toronto Maple Leafs in the annual Winter Classic alumni game, to be played at Comerica Park.

Coffey played four seasons in Detroit and will be joined by two teammates from the famous 1995-96 team that won a record-setting 62 games — Mathieu Dandenault and Martin Lapointe.

Coffey led all Wings defensemen in scoring that year (74 points in 76 games) but was traded to Hartford prior to winning a Cup with Detroit.

Dandenault and Lapointe would feature prominently in Detroit’s three championships from 1997-2002.

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  1. tigers182 - Aug 8, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    The Red Wings finally added a defenseman, and its Paul Coffey?!

  2. happybirthdaythickloins - Aug 8, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    coffey was the man when he played for the franchise.. not so much now

  3. theawesomersfranchise - Aug 8, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    1, 2, 3 glides and Coffey was gone, somehow picking up speed while his legs remained sationary just gliding across the ice. Awesome with the puck. Totally useless with out the puck but my god when he had it. One of the greatest skaters to ever play the game.

  4. theawesomersfranchise - Aug 8, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    1, 2, 3 glides and Coffey was gone, somehow picking up speed while his legs remained stationary just gliding across the ice. Awesome with the puck. Totally useless with out the puck but my god when he had it. One of the greatest skaters to ever play the game.

  5. polegojim - Aug 8, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Very cool! Still wish he could’ve enjoyed the Cup Victory.

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