NEW YORK - Former NHL player Ron Duguay plans to play a game each next weekend for the Jersey Rockhoppers and Brooklyn Aces in the first-year Eastern Professional Hockey League.
The 51-year-old Duguay, a 40-goal scorer for the New York Rangers in 1981-82, signed a two-game contract Thursday. He will become the second-oldest player to play in a professional hockey game. In 1997, Gordie Howe took a shift for the Detroit Vipers in the International Hockey League at age 69.
Duguay will play for the Aces on Saturday, March 21, against the Rockhoppers at the Aviator Sports and Recreation Center in Brooklyn. The following day, he will dress for the Rockhoppers against Danbury in West Orange, N.J.
As part of Duguay's signing, the EPHL will team with Duguay to promote the Madison Square Garden charitable organization, The Garden of Dreams.
Duguay had 274 goals in 860 career games with the Rangers, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles in his NHL career that ended in 1988-89. He last professionally played in 2002-03 for the Jacksonville Barracudas in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League.