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Report: Sundin and Domi to play for Leafs' alumni

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Two of the most recognizable recent Toronto Maple Leafs reportedly will participate in the 2013 Winter Classic alumni games.

Former Leafs forward Tie Domi told TSN Radio 1050 on Thursday that he and forward Mats Sundin likely would be playing for Toronto when it faces Detroit Red Wings alums at Comerica Park on Dec. 31.

According to TSN, outgoing Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment chairman Larry Tanenbaum asked both to take part in the game.

Sundin, who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this fall, spent 13 seasons with the Maple Leafs, 11 as captain. He holds franchise records for most 20-goal seasons (13), most 30-goal seasons (10), most game-winning goals (79) and most regular-season overtime goals (14).

Domi, No. 4 on the NHL's list for all-time penalty minutes with 3,515, played the final 11 of his 16 NHL seasons with the Leafs and became a fan favorite.

He and Sundin join those already set to participate in the alumni game; the preliminary rosters were announced July 11:

Toronto's participants include: Mike Palmateer, Felix Potvin, Curtis Joseph, Doug Gilmour, Darryl Sittler, Wendel Clark, Dave Andreychuk, Kevin Maguire, Darcy Tucker and Rick Vaive. (Jim McKenny, Ron Ellis and Johnny Bower will participate, as well.)

Among the Wings' participants are: Chris Osgood, Mike Vernon, Dino Ciccarelli, Alex Delvecchio, Ted Lindsay, Joe Kocur, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty, Mickey Redmond, John Ogrodnick, Larry Murphy, Mark Howe and Luc Robitaille.

There will be two alumni games held Dec. 31 due to interest from former players of the teams.

Tickets for the 2012 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown will include both games and go on sale Aug. 1 to season-ticket holders for each team. Ticket sales to the general public will begin in mid-August.

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