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Blake, Robitaille highlight Kings alumni for game vs. Russian Stars

Jul 28, 2014, 4:37 PM EST

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After winning the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years, the Los Angeles Kings will start the road to the 2014-15 campaign with Hockey Fest ’14 and an alumni game on Sept. 14.

The alumni game itself is interesting because it will feature some of the Kings’ greats against a Russian all-star alumni team.

Per the Kings’ website:

Players representing the Kings team will include (subject to change): Luc Robitaille, Nelson Emerson, Craig Johnson, Mike Donnelly, Jim Fox, Daryl Evans, Ron Duguay, Charlie Simmer, Rob Blake, Sean O’Donnell, Jaroslav Modry, Mike O’Connell and Jamie Storr. Rogie Vachon and Glen Murray are slated to serve as Honorary Coaches.

Players from the Russian Stars team will include (subject to change): Alexey Yashin, Slava Fetisov, Alexei Kasatonov, Val Bure, Pavel Bure, Darius Kasparitis, Vladie Malakhov, Alex Kovalev, Andrei Kovalenko and Tony Esposito.

Kings fans that like alumni games should be happy about that cast, especially after last season’s outdoor game against Anaheim didn’t feature such an event.

Before the alumni game, the Kings’ Hockey Fest will feature current players and coaches participating in a Q&A as well as other events. The Kings also have a 5k run scheduled for Sept. 13 and a golf tournament on Sept. 15. All the events will raise money for charities, including the Kings Care Foundation.

  1. lowenni - Jul 28, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    I’m not a Kings fan but I’m gonna watch this to see all those Russian stars play again. Gonna be cool to see Pavel Bure on the ice again, I bet he’s still faster than some of the greasebuckets in the NHL.

    • leepetertk - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      I remember watching a Bure interview a couple years ago (Alyonka Larionov was the interviewer, 2010 maybe?) and he said he had not skated in many years and was living in the Miami area. He was doing other sports (like karate or kung-fu) instead of hockey.

      I remember watching the Canucks skills competitions and Bure would say he was not the fastest skater on the team. I think Shawn Antoski won the Canucks fastest skater competition in 1994 lol. But from standing to top speed Bure was so fast. And he was so fast with the puck.

      It will be really cool to see if he still has some good wheels.

  2. areaman714 - Jul 28, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    I knew that Esposito was a pinko!

  3. Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 28, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    He should change his name to Anatoli Espositov for that game.

  4. oldirtyoiler - Jul 28, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Someone needs to explain this to me. Esposito played for Canada in the ’72 Summit Series. Then played for USA in the ’81 Canada Cup. Now he’s repping for Russia in an Alumni game against USA?

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Those are two impressive rosters. Hopefully it will be on TV.

  6. ragsrus - Jul 28, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    “…and Tony Esposito”. Anybody else find this a little bizarre? Is this a typo?

  7. cheliostwin - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Alumni games are fun to watch. For last year’s Winter Classic both the Red Wings and Maple Leafs had so many alumni wanting to play they had to have two games. For the first game they had Gordie Howe do the ceremonial puck drop; as he was walking back off the ice every single Maple Leaf skated over to shake his hand. I was glued to the set for both games.

  8. dannymac17 - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    How did Tony Espisito managed to find his way onto the Russians?

  9. blomfeld - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    WHERE’S ‘MARTINEZ’ WHEN YOU NEED HIM EH ? :)

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  10. scout202sport - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Tony Esposito paying for team Russia? Did I miss something??

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