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Initial Participants Announced for 2012 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown

Detroit, MI… Detroit Red Wings® Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland and Toronto Maple Leafs® Vice President of Hockey Operations Dave Poulin today announced preliminary rosters for the 2012 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™ on December 31 at Comerica Park™, part of the 2012 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™. Holland also announced that due to overwhelming response from the Detroit and Toronto Alumni Associations, as well as the challenges each franchise faced in narrowing down a multitude of hockey legends on to one roster, fans will now be treated to two alumni games featuring close to 100 players from these two storied franchises for just one ticket price.

“When we began the process of determining who should be on the roster for the Red Wings® alumni team, it became very obvious, very quickly that we simply did not have enough room on one bench to hold enough of the many deserving players,” said Holland. “When we contacted Toronto and asked them what they thought about the possibility of two games, they immediately breathed a sigh of relief as they were going through the exact same issues we were in trying to fit all these players on one team.”

Detroit Red Wings® alumni members confirmed to appear in December’s 2012 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™ include: 50-goal scorers Mickey Redmond and John Ogrodnick; Hall of Famers Luc Robitaille, Dino Ciccarelli, Chris Chelios, Larry Murphy and Mark Howe; all four members of ‘The Grind Line’ – Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty and Joe Kocur; Stanley Cup-winning goaltenders Chris Osgood and Mike Vernon; and Red Wings® legends Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay and Alex Delvecchio.

Members of the Toronto Maple Leafs® alumni scheduled to participate on New Year’s Eve at Comerica Park™ include: Hockey Hall of Famer Darryl Sittler; 50-goal scorer Rick Vaive; fan favorites Darcy Tucker, Felix Potvin, Mike Palmateer and Kevin Maguire; Stanley Cup champions Dave Andreychuk and Doug Gilmour; rough and tumble winger Wendel Clark; 454-win goaltender Curtis Joseph; and Maple Leafs® legends Johnny Bower, Ron Ellis and Jim McKenny.

“As we promised you back in February, the addition of the 2012 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ will provide two weeks of exciting events for fans of all ages to celebrate the great sport of hockey in the city of Detroit,” said Olympia Entertainment President and CEO Tom Wilson. “I’m pleased to announce that tickets to the Ontario Hockey League double-header, the American Hockey League matchup between the Grand Rapids Griffins and the

Toronto Marlies and the 48th Annual Great Lakes Invitational will go on sale to the public on August 1. The 2012 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™, now a special two-game event for just one ticket, will go on sale to Red Wings® and Maple Leafs® season ticket holders on August 1, followed by a public on sale in mid-August.”

In addition to the incredible slate of games scheduled to take place in late December at Comerica Park™, the 2012 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ lineup will also include an outdoor Red Wings practice that will be open to the public, local high school hockey games, youth hockey games and open skates, including a “Skate with Santa” throughout the two-week period leading up to the New Year.

Fans can find complete information on all 2012 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ events at http://www.DetroitRedWings.com/2013WinterClassic Addit.ional player announcements for the 2012 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™ will be made in the coming weeks as both teams continue to confirm the participation of some of the all-time greats to ever don the sweaters of these two Original Six franchises.

“We are incredibly proud to be part of this great sports town and our organization is committed to making the 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® the best ever,” added Wilson. “The announcements made today revealed some of the details about the 2012 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ and the exciting games to be played at Comerica Park™. We are confident that everyone will be able to join in this wonderful celebration of the great sport of hockey and the city of Detroit.”

2012 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ at Comerica Park™

December 15-26: Celebration of Hockey amateur games, corporate outings and open skates. Information on booking ice time can be obtained by visiting http://DetroitRedWings.com/icetime

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December 27-31: Outdoor Festival featuring interactive games, autograph signings, face painting and ice sculpture exhibits as well as musical performances and live entertainment.

December 27-28: Great Lakes Invitational featuring the Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State Spartans, Western Michigan Broncos and Michigan Tech Huskies all competing for the 2012 MacInnes Cup.

December 29: Ontario Hockey League Double-header featuring the Windsor Spitfires taking on the Saginaw Spirit and the Plymouth Whalers battling the J. Ross Robertson Cup champion London Knights.

December 30: American Hockey League Game featuring the Grand Rapids Griffins and Toronto Marlies, AHL affiliates of the Red Wings® and Maple Leafs®.

December 31: 2012 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™ Double-header featuring two games of legendary players from two of the National Hockey League’s most storied franchises going head-to-head.

2012 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ GLI, AHL and OHL tickets will go on sale Wednesday, August 1 at http://DetroitRedWings.com http:,//ticketmaster.com or by calling 313-396-7575. A limited number of 2012 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™ tickets will be made available in mid-August via ticket lottery. Fans should register at http://DetroitRedWings.com/2013winterclassic to receive all the latest information on these events.

2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® tickets are currently available for Red Wings® and Maple Leafs® season ticket holders as part of a pre-sale process. Additional ticket information will be released at a later date. Fans should register at http://DetroitRedWings.com/2013winterclassic to receive all the latest ticket information.

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SYF's avatar

Holy wow!  An OHL, AHL, and the GLI game at the CoPa.  Niiiiice…

Only thing left is to hope and pray for great hockey weather.  Well done, Tom.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 07/11/12 at 03:12 PM ET

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Yzerman…

Posted by gowings from MTL on 07/11/12 at 03:14 PM ET

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Yzerman…

I’d bet you’ll never see him lace’em up again.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 07/11/12 at 03:20 PM ET

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Those that weren’t announced surprised me….no bury the hatchet with Fedorov? Where is Lidstrom (make the big house his jersey retirement ceremony if you need to have him show up)? Hull (if Lucky Luc is playing…), Brian Rafalski? Igor? Slava (I mean Fetisov but Kovlov is fine too), Petr Klima? Marcel Dionne?

I totally get the no Yzerman since he hasn’t even been on skates since his last game and has so much damage to his knees…and I get Mr. Hockey with his declining healthy and even Adam Oates and Gerard Gallant since they will be coaching…oh and Homer is fine as he isn’t officially retired yet.

Posted by dca from in Mich on 07/11/12 at 03:20 PM ET

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sorry forgot one….Brendan Shanahan

who should be forced to play as he works for the NHL

I’m sure there’s more

Posted by dca from in Mich on 07/11/12 at 03:22 PM ET

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Uwe Krupp and Jiri Slegr please .... HA ... Would like to see Fetisov, Larionov^sp, Fedorov, or Kozlov play in a alum game some day. Drake / Dino / Primeu^sp would be cool to see again in a wings uniform.

Posted by Malik_is_alive from The Mitten on 07/11/12 at 03:22 PM ET

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This game will be as good as the actual Winter Classic, if not better.

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 07/11/12 at 03:23 PM ET

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keith primeau and Martin Lapointe are good calls

there’s going to be a non-competitive game (wonder if Cujo backstops that one)...sorry couldn’t resist.

Posted by dca from in Mich on 07/11/12 at 03:27 PM ET

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It’s a preliminary list, calm down.

Also, who else think the Wings Alumni could beat the shit out of the current Maple Leafs?

Posted by Herm from the office on 07/11/12 at 03:28 PM ET

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Yzerman has said he can’t on account of his knees.  There’s no cartilage in either of his knees anymore.  He hasn’t even laced them up for the Bolts on a casual skate.  They’re that far gone.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 07/11/12 at 03:30 PM ET

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I hear Brian Burke will be scouting the game, looking for a goalie or three.

Posted by Primis on 07/11/12 at 04:01 PM ET

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It would be awesome if Shawn Burr could get out there. Even Scotty would have to play him smile

Posted by mc keeper on 07/11/12 at 04:17 PM ET

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Yzerman…

Posted by gowings from MTL on 07/11/12 at 01:14 PM ET

His knees are so bad that he can’t jog or run, and I don’t think he’s been on skates since he retired.  Even if his GM duties to Tampa Bay would allow for it, I doubt that he would participate.

Posted by Forlorn in VA on 07/11/12 at 04:29 PM ET

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Kozlov was still playing (Dynamo Moscow) as of last year. Not sure if he has a contract for next year (I don’t think he’s announced a retirement), but if he does he’s a guaranteed no-show. I also wonder if he harbors any resentment toward the Wings for the Hasek trade (which was a no-brainer for the Wings, but still a raw deal for Slava).

Incidentally, the best potential Red Wings alumni team (one that includes guys like Sergei and Shanahan and Kozlov and, most importantly, TPH) might honestly be able to beat the actual Red Wings maybe 1 out of 4 tries. If not more.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 07/11/12 at 07:37 PM ET

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