There's a ton of cool stuff that will be going on in relation to the 2009 NHL Compuware Premiere Games next weekend in both Helsinki and Stockholm.
One of the coolest things, however, is a tour of Scandinavia being undertaking by the Chicago Blackhawks alumni.
Spearheaded by Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Association President Cliff Korroll, the alumni plans to take a full team over to play three games in five days, with stops in Stockholm (to play the old-timers from Swedish club Byrnas) and Helsinki to play a celebrity all-star team comprised of retired Finnish players, as well as famous Finnish musicians.
The marquee game on Saturday pits the Chicago alumni, coached by Stan Mikita, against the Finnish Master's League NHL Legends, a team put together by former NHL star Jyrki Lumme. Esa Tikkanen, Reimo Helminen and Christian Ruutu are among the Finnish legends that will play in the game.
Brian Noonan, Steve Poapst, Al Secord and Reid Simpson are among the players set to represent the Blackhawks in the game.
We'll have more details on the Chicago alumni trip as the week progresses.
Author: Shawn P. Roarke | NHL.com Managing Editor