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Wayne Gretzky leads Heritage Classic alumni rosters

The Great One, Teemu Selanne among Oilers, Jets set to play in game @NHL

Wayne Gretzky, Jarri Kurri and Mark Messier will be among the players to suit up for the Edmonton Oilers in their alumni game against the Winnipeg Jets one day prior to the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg on Oct. 23.

Teemu Selanne, Bob Essensa and Dale Hawerchuk will be among the players who will dress for the Jets.

The Jets won three World Hockey Association titles, including the final one in 1979, when they defeated the Oilers in six games. The uniforms that will be worn at the Heritage Classic were inspired by each team's tenure in the WHA prior to entering the NHL.

Gretzky said goalie Grant Fuhr, who won the Stanley Cup five times with the Oilers, will be at the event but won't play in the game.

"[Fuhr] can't play anymore, his knees are too bad, but he'll be there. We wouldn't go if he wasn't there," Gretzky told "That's the one thing about our group, we all go together. If one guy can't go, pretty much nobody goes. It's such a close group, so close knit."


Jets roster

Dave Ellett; Mike Ford; Jim Kyte; Tim Watters; Dale Hawerchuk (Captain); Morris Lukowich; Doug Smail; Teemu Selanne; Laurie Boschman; Eddie Olczyk; Kris King; Brian Mullen; Andrew McBain; Moe Mantha; Mario Marois; Ron Wilson; Thomas Steen; Teppo Numminen; Daniel Berthiaume; Darrin Shannon; Bob Essensa; Mike Eagles; Dave Babych

Coaches: Ab McDonald; Tom McVie; Serge Savard


Oilers roster

Paul Coffey; Glen Anderson; Esa Tikkanen; Mark Messier; Ken Linseman; BJ MacDonald; Craig MacTavish; Kelly Buchberger; Jari Kurri; Craig Simpson; Dave Lumley*; Randy Gregg; Charlie Huddy; Steve Staios; Mike Krushelnyski; Dave Semenko; Craig Muni; Bill Ranford; Curtis Joseph; Dwayne Roloson; Willy Lindstrom*; Ryan Smyth; Wayne Gretzky (Captain)

* Alternate Player

Coaches: Ron Low; John Muckler; Glen Sather

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