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Marquee names expected for alumni doubleheader

by Tal Pinchevsky

DETROIT -- With so many former Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings players looking to participate in the 2013 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown, preceding the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1, fans will be treated to a rare doubleheader. Comerica Park will host back-to-back alumni games Tuesday, with each game featuring a variety of notable names from Red Wings and Maple Leafs history.

In the first game at 1:25 p.m., Detroit will be represented by a number of names from the recent past. Among them will be forwards Martin Lapointe, Pat Verbeek, Mike Sillinger and Petr Klima. The defense for the Red Wings will be bolstered by several Stanley Cup winners, including Steve Duchesne, Aaron Ward, Mathieu Schneider and Mathieu Dandenault. In a unique twist to the game, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, who played three games with Detroit during the 1983-84 season, is expected to appear in net alongside Kevin Hodson and Eddie Mio.

Toronto's roster for the first alumni game will be led by forwards Shayne Corson, Mark Osborne, Mike Johnson and Dave Reid, defensemen Jame Macoun and Brad Marsh, and goaltenders Peter Ing and Mark Laforest.

The first alumni game should be a spirited prelude to a second game at 4:25 p.m. that will include some of the game's all-time greats.

The Red Wings will feature many of the players who helped the franchise win the Stanley Cup four times in 11 seasons. They include longtime captain Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan, Sergei Fedorov, Igor Larionov, Chris Chelios, Nicklas Lidstrom and Chris Osgood. Hall-of-Fame member Scotty Bowman will coach both squads and head a group of additional Red Wings legends who will oversee the event. That group includes Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay and Vladimir Konstantinov.

For the second half of the doubleheader, the Maple Leafs will play some of the biggest names in franchise history, including Darryl Sittler, Mats Sundin, Wendel Clark, Doug Gilmour, Lanny McDonald, Borje Salming and Felix Potvin. Longtime coach Pat Quinn will coach both teams and lead a Toronto legends contingency featuring Johnny Bower, Frank Mahovlich and Paul Henderson.

Alumni Showdown - Game 1
Dan Daoust John Ogrodnick
Mark Osborne Dallas Drake
Bill Derlago Jimmy Carson
Stew Gavin Martin Lapointe
Pat Boutette Petr Klima
Rob Pearson Dennis Polonich
Claude Loiselle Red Berenson
Brad May Garry Ungar
Shayne Corson Kevin Miller
Tom Fergus Pat Verbeek
Mike Krushelnyski Paul Ysebaert
Dave McIlwain Brent Fedyk
Mike Johnson Mike Knuble
Todd Warriner Mike Sillinger
Dave Reid Jason Woolley
Nikolai Borschevsky Aaron Ward
Lou Franceschetti Steve Duchesne
Mike Pelyk Mathieu Dandenault
Jamie Macoun Jiri Fischer
Matt Martin Mathieu Schneider
Brad Marsh Kevin Hodson
Greg Hotham Ken Holland
Cory Cross Eddie Mio
Mark Laforest
Peter Ing

Alumni Showdown - Game 2
Darryl Sittler Steve Yzerman
Rick Vaive Brendan Shanahan
Wendel Clark Igor Larionov
Doug Gilmour Mickey Redmond
Dave Andreychuk Tomas Holmstrom
Darcy Tucker Kris Draper
Kevin Maguire Kirk Maltby
Gary Leeman Darren McCarty
Russ Courtnall Joe Kocur
Gary Roberts Dino Ciccarelli
Lanny McDonald Slava Kozlov
Tiger Williams Sergei Fedorov
Mats Sundin Doug Brown
Mike Walton Nicklas Lidstrom
Tie Domi Chris Chelios
Mike Gartner Mark Howe
Joe Nieuwendyk Paul Coffey
Steve Thomas Larry Murphy
Dave Ellett Slava Fetisov
Bryan McCabe Brian Rafalski
Bob McGill Chris Osgood
Borje Salming Manny Legace
Al Iafrate
Bryan Berard
Curtis Joseph
Felix Potvin
Mike Palmateer
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