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Leafs add four Hall of Famers to Winter Classic alumni roster

Aug 23, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

Mats Sundin

In what’s becoming a game of one-upmanship, the Toronto Maple Leafs added four Hockey Hall of Fame members to its roster for the annual Winter Classic alumni game.

Mats Sundin, Joe Nieuwendyk, Frank Mahovlich and Borje Salming have all committed to wearing the blue and white on Dec. 31, when the Leafs alumni take on the Red Wings alumni at Comerica Park in Detroit.

These additions come on the heels of Detroit naming several HHOF members to its lineup, including Alex Delvecchio, Sergei Fedorov and Igor Larionov.

Sundin is the highest-scoring Swedish player in NHL history and Toronto’s all-time leader in points. He was one of the four inductees for the 2012 Hall class.

Mahovlich won four Stanley Cups with the Leafs between 1962-67 before being inducted into the HHOF in 1981 and the Canadian Senate in 1998.

Salming played 17 seasons in Toronto and is still the highest-scoring defenseman in franchise history. Nicknamed “The King”, Salming is credited for being the one of the first international players to make a major impact on the NHL — he was inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996 and the IIHF Hall of Fame in 1998.

Nieuwendyk only spent a single season in Toronto — 2003-04, scoring 50 points in 64 games — making his marks mostly with the Flames, Devils and Stars (the three teams he won Stanley Cups with.) Nieuwendyk was inducted to the HHOF in 2011.

/ignores comments about the possibility of there being no Winter Classic


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  1. theawesomersfranchise - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Leafs can’t find anyone other than Joe N?
    Someone call Todd Gill or Russ Courtnall, call anyone who meant more to the Leafs than Joe freakin’ Nieuwendyk

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:04 AM

      Goals 2 and 3…..Leafs legend.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:30 AM

        The ACC caring about a hockey game at all is just surreal at this point.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:44 AM

        1st round legend and 2nd round exit
        Oh to be a Leafs fan

        Telling me that Joe Nieuwendyk and that 1 season is Leaf Legend?
        Doesn’t take much in Leaf land huh?

        Nevermind that Todd Gill came up to the Leafs as a 19 year old and played there till he was 30.
        But that’s typical for Leafs fans isn’t it?
        Yas forget so quickly…… because yas have to…. that or drink a lot

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:52 AM

        Your hatred runs deep, eh?

        Clearly (to most of the level-headed folks here) there was a bit of sarcasm involved in my comment….point is Leafs fans remember guys who scored big goals against the Sens in the playoffs…let’s add Cory Cross to this roster while we’re at it.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:56 AM

        Radek Bonk is possibly the best name in the NHL in this millenium.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM

        LOL that may be a fact

      • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:03 AM

        So Deep you have no idea

        But Todd Gill deserves to be there and many others before Joe.
        Come on man, Gill gave yas the best years of his hockey life.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Nice to see salming in there

    • sunderlanding - Aug 23, 2012 at 7:24 PM

      Totally agree. I kept wondering when they were going to add Salming. A class act and underated defensman who played through some really hard years in TO.

  3. beergold - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Talk is if there is a lockout Kessel will suit up this winter with the USA Womens team and Neon Dion will play for the Canadain Womens team. NO SEPERATE DRESSING ROOMS RQUIRED FOR BURKES TWO FRANCHISE PLAYERS!

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