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by George Malik on 12/30/13 at 04:27 PM ET
The Red Wings and Maple Leafs' alums skated at Comerica Park prior to tomorrow's Alumni Showdown (the games start at 1 and 3:30 PM on FSD and the CBC, but NBCSN will air the second game at 4 PM for some reason), and in absence of anything more substantive to do, I'm going to Tweet the pertinent pictures that I've spotted (and there are more, many many more):
Mike Knuble may be one of the most hockey-ready players participating in the Hockeytown Winter Classic Alumni Showdown on Tuesday, but that’s not why the East Grand Rapids resident suited up.
“I think the emphasis is on the social part,” Knuble, 41, said with a laugh Monday after a workout at Comerica Park with other former members of the Detroit Red Wings. “The hockey’s great, but the social part is probably just as big as anything.”
Knuble, who finished his 17-year career with Philadelphia last season, spent just over an hour on the ice, sometimes practicing and sometimes enjoying friends.
“It’s been fun, the behind-the-scenes thing and sharing laughs and sharing stories,” he said. “As for on the ice, I’m not really sure how we’ll work it (for the game), or if we’ll just figure it out as we go.”
Alumni games are planned for 1 and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31.
Last season, Knuble signed with the Flyers on Jan. 25 after a one-game stint with the Grand Rapids Griffins. He had eight points on four goals in 28 games, and finished with 278 career goals in more than 1,000 games for five NHL teams. He played 62 games with the Red Wings, in 1996-97 and 97-98.
After the workout on a frigid afternoon at Comerica, Knuble remained on the ice several minutes talking with various players, including Martin LaPointe. Their sons play against each other in travel teams.
“They’re just a lot of people, a lot of memories,” he said. “I’ve been around the game a long time so I’ve gotten to see and know a lot of these guys over the years.”
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