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McDonald, Roberts & McCabe Added To Alumni Showdown

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

The Detroit Red Wings® and Toronto Maple Leafs® today announced the addition of six total players who will participate in the festivities surrounding the 2012 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™ on December 31 at Comerica Park™ as part of the 2012 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™. Detroit has added defensemen Paul Coffey and Mathieu Dandenault as well as forward Martin Lapointe; all three players were members of the Red Wings during the team’s record-setting campaign of 1995-96 during which Detroit won a total of 62 games – still the highest single-season total in NHL history. Toronto, meanwhile, has announced the addition of former star wingers Gary Roberts and Lanny McDonald as well as defenseman Bryan McCabe. Between the three of them, McDonald, Roberts and McCabe recorded 2,443 points (1083G-1360A) in 4,470 combined career NHL games.

Detroit’s top choice (first round, 10th overall) at the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, Lapointe spent ten years with the Red Wings franchise, winning two Stanley Cups (1997 and 1998) and appearing in 552 games for the club (108G-122A-230P). He is currently tied for 25th place on the team’s all-time playoff scoring list with 39 points (17G-22A) in 86 games. The speedy two-way winger was also a member of Team Canada at the 1991, 1992 and 1993 IIHF World Junior Championships, capturing Gold in his first and final appearances at the tournament. Lapointe also represented his country at the 2001 IIHF World Championships in Germany. In addition to the Red Wings, Lapointe also played for the Bruins, Blackhawks and Senators in his 991-game career, retiring in 2008 with 381 points on 181 goals and 200 assists.

Arguably one of the best pure skaters in league history, Coffey put up truly astounding numbers for during his esteemed NHL career. The Weston, ON native tallied 1409GP-396G-1135A-1531P over the course of 20 seasons with Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Detroit, Hartford, Chicago, Carolina and Boston, winning three Norris Trophies as the league’s top blue-liner as well as four Stanley Cup championships en route to earning a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame (inducted in 2004). The 48 goals Coffey scored for the Oilers in 1985-86 remains an NHL record for defensemen as does his 28-game point streak from the same season.

Selected by Detroit in the second round (49th overall) of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Dandenault spent nine seasons in Hockeytown between 1995 and 2004 and was a part of three Stanley Cup championships with the club (1997, 1998 & 2002). The 6’1”, 200-lb. rearguard registered 48G-101A-149P in 616 career games with the Red Wings. In 2003, Dandenault helped Team Canada capture Gold at the IIHF World Championships in Finland, tallying 9GP-2G-3A-5P in the tournament.

Updated alumni rosters for Toronto and Detroit can be found below. Further roster for both teams will be announced in the coming weeks.

Forwards Defensemen Goalies
Dino Ciccarelli
Alex Delvecchio
Kris Draper
Sergei Fedorov
Joe Kocur
Martin Lapointe
Igor Larionov
Ted Lindsay
Kirk Maltby
Darren McCarty
John Ogrodnick
Mickey Redmond
Luc Robitaille
Paul Coffey
Mathieu Dandenault
Viacheslav Fetisov
Mark Howe
Vladimir Konstantinov
Larry Murphy
Chris Osgood
Mike Vernon

Forwards Defensemen Goalies
Dave Andreychuk
Wendel Clark
Russ Courtnall
Vincent Damphousse
Bill Derlago
Ron Ellis
Doug Gilmour
Gary Leeman
Kevin Maguire
Lanny McDonald
Gary Roberts
Darryl Sittler
Darcy Tucker
Dave Ellett
Jim McKenny
Bryan McCabe
Bob McGill
Johnny Bower
Curtis Joseph
Mike Palmateer
Felix Potvin

Fans are currently able to register for a chance to win an opportunity to purchase two (2) tickets to the 2012 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™ by visiting and filling out an online form. 2012 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ GLI, AHL and OHL tickets will go on sale in early September at, or by calling 313-396-7575. Fans should register at to receive all the latest information on these events.
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