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Winter Wonder: Yzerman to play in Alumni Showdown

Dec 10, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT

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The Captain is coming back to Detroit.

On Tuesday, the Red Wings announced that Steve Yzerman would participate in the 2013 Winter Classic Alumni Showdown, cementing what will be one of the most star-studded lineups in alumni game history.

Yzerman joins a Detroit roster featuring Sergei Fedorov, Brendan Shanahan, Igor Larionov, Alex Delvecchio, Chris Chelios, Mark Howe, Larry Murphy, Paul Coffey, Brian Rafalski and Nicklas Lidstrom.

News of Yzerman joining the fold is something of a surprise given he previously turned down the opportunity to participate in the 2013 Winter Classic alumni game (which went the way of the dodo bird thanks to the lockout).

“It will be a fantastic event with two great organizations at a storied venue,” Yzerman told the Detroit News last year. “The perfect location and matchup, this is wonderful for the NHL.

“At this time I don’t plan on participating in the alumni game but hope to watch the Classic on TV.”

It’s possible the inclusion of so many of Yzerman’s ex-teammates changed his mind. To see the full list of participants, click here.

  1. 19to77 - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Man, a Wings team with names like those could probably still thrash several current NHL rosters.

  2. snipedanglecelly13 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Damn the leafs are gonna get MURDERED!

  3. wingsfan13 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    It will be nice to see #19 lace em up one more time even if it’s just for fun

  4. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Great for Wings fans, but for Leafs fans this Alumni game is looking like it’s going to be a total embarrassment for Toronto.

    It’s not even the score, but the lack of guys willing to dress up for them. Detroit has EVERYONE from the last couple decades. Wings have 27 forwards, 13 dmen and 4 goalies already to play. Leafs so far have 17 forwards, 4 dmen and 2 goalies (one of whom is 89 yrs old).

    There’s no excuse for Toronto not to have as many guys going. Where’s Doug Gilmour, Alex Mogilny, Joe Niewendyk, Curtis Joseph, Ed Belfour, Felix Potvin, Eric Lindros, Owen Nolan, Mike Gartner, Glen Anderson… you can even exploit all the rental players from when Pat Quinn was GM. Ron Francis, Brian Leetch, Robert Reichel, Mikael Renberg, Calle Johansson, Phil Housley… Leafs have options. Someone call these people!!!

    • shamu1the1whale - Dec 10, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      Oh man, can you imagine if the Wings play against the 89 yr old goalie??! If need be, maybe Detroit will “loan” a few alumni to the Leafs team…

    • cheliostwin - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      The NHL site doesn’t list him, but Fox Sports Detroit keep reporting that Ken Holland, the current GM, will play as a goalie for the Wings. They’ve shown clips of him practicing (he had to borrow a goalie mask from Osgood because he forgot to bring his own.)
      The NHL site also lists Konstantinov as playing. He was in a wheelchair for several years, the last I saw he was wobbling around with a walker about 18 months ago. I don’t know if he has recovered enough to actually skate and play. If he does play, the crowd at the game will go nuts, probably a 10 minute standing ovation. He does show up in a luxury box at Joe Louis Arena for a couple games a year, and he always gets a standing ovation when they show him on the big screen.
      Also, Gordie Howe is listed as a coach for the Red Wings. An honorary position, obviously, since his dementia is so far advanced.

  5. wingslax35 - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Ummm, in Philly there was Clarke, Messier, Parent, Recchi, Lindros, Leach, Barber. Hands down better than this years.

  6. shamu1the1whale - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    The Wings alumni who signed to play up could just split in two groups and play each other, and it would still be awesome to watch!

  7. kwells44 - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    If the Wings could get Norm Ullman to suit up, then he and Frank Mahovlich could switch teams halfway through.

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