DETROIT – The Red Wings today announced that tickets for the 2013 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™ on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Comerica Park will go on sale Monday, Nov. 4, at 10 a.m. The event marks the final day of the 2013 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ in Detroit, leading up to the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® between Detroit and Toronto on New Year’s Day at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. Each ticket is good for both games of the New Year’s Eve doubleheader (1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.) and provides free access to the Coke Zero Fan Zone in the parking lots just outside Comerica Park. Tickets can be purchased at www.DetroitRedWings.com/2014WinterClassic or by calling 313-471-7575.
A highlight of the event will be a celebration of the players’ storied histories with the two clubs, including individual player introductions and a special video displayed on Comerica Park’s giant left field scoreboard.
“December 31 will be a walk down memory lane for players and fans,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “We will have most of the great Red Wings and Maple Leafs of the last 40 years on the same ice for the first time in history. There was so much interest in playing that we had to schedule two alumni games. This will be a very special day remembering and honoring the history of two great franchises.”
The Red Wings’ roster alone boasts 12 players and coaches who have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and 29 who won a Stanley Cup championship during their stay in Detroit. Trophies won by the participants include the Norris Trophy (eight times), Art Ross Trophy (seven times), Hart Trophy (six times), Lady Byng Trophy (three times), William M. Jennings Trophy (three times), Jack Adams Award (three times), Conn Smythe Trophy (twice) and Frank J. Selke Trophy (once), in addition to 53 appearances on the NHL’s First and Second All-Star Teams.
“With the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic nearly sold out, for many, this doubleheader is a hockey fan’s best chance to be a part of a once-in-a-lifetime event,” noted Olympia Entertainment president & CEO Tom Wilson.
The Coke Zero Fan Zone is an outdoor fan festival celebrating hockey, the Red Wings and the storied rivalry between the two Original Six™ franchises. The event is open from Friday, Dec. 27, to Tuesday, Dec. 31. Hours vary by day. For the Alumni games, the event will run from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and feature an impressive list of activities for hockey enthusiasts of all ages:
• Entertainment complete with live music from local bands
• Interactive hockey games• Alumni autograph signings and Q&A sessions
• Photos with the Stanley Cup
• Synthetic ice surface for open skating – skate rentals available
• Pick up hockey
• Special food and drink options
• Outdoor fire pits
• Inflatable toboggan run• And much more!
Detroit Red Wings Alumni Scheduled to Participate
Red Berenson, Doug Brown, Jimmy Carson, Dino Ciccarelli, Mathieu Dandenault, Alex Delvecchio*, Dallas Drake, Kris Draper, Brent Fedyk, Tomas Holmstrom, Gordie Howe*, Petr Klima, Joe Kocur, Slava Kozlov, Martin Lapointe, Igor Larionov, Ted Lindsay*, Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty, Kevin Miller, John Ogrodnick, Dennis Polonich, Mickey Redmond, Brendan Shanahan, Garry Unger, Paul Ysebaert
Chris Chelios, Steve Duchesne, Slava Fetisov, Jiri Fischer, Mark Howe, Vladimir Konstantinov*, Nicklas Lidstrom, Larry Murphy, Brian Rafalski, Mathieu Schneider, Aaron Ward, Jason Woolley
Ken Holland, Manny Legace, Eddie Mio, Chris Osgood, Mike Vernon
Scotty Bowman, Jacques Demers, Barry Smith
Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni Scheduled to Participate
Wendel Clark, Russ Courtnall, Tie Domi, Gary Leeman, Kevin Maguire, Frank Mahovlich, Lanny McDonald, Gary Roberts, Darryl Sittler, Mats Sundin, Darcy Tucker, Rick Vaive, Mike Walton
Dave Ellett, Al Iafrate, Bryan McCabe, Bob McGill
Johnny Bower*, Mike Palmateer
Red Kelly, Pat Quinn
*Attending but not participating in alumni games
The Original Six rivalry between Detroit and Toronto is one of the fiercest in NHL history, and also one of the most evenly-matched. In 644 regular-season meetings, Detroit stands at 275-274-95-3 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time against Toronto. The two have also clashed 23 times in the postseason, with the Red Wings winning 11 series and the Maple Leafs taking 12.
Fans can find up-to-date information and buy tickets to 2013 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ events at www.DetroitRedWings.com/2014WinterClassic.Tickets are also available for the Great Lakes Invitational on Dec. 27 (Michigan State vs. Michigan Tech at 3:30 p.m. and Western Michigan vs. Michigan at 7 p.m.) and Dec. 28 (consolation game at 3:30 p.m. and championship game at 7 p.m.); an Ontario Hockey League double-header on Dec. 29 (Windsor Spitfires vs. Saginaw Spirit at 1:30 p.m. and London Knights vs. Plymouth Whalers at 5 p.m.); and an American Hockey League contest between the Toronto Marlies and Grand Rapids Griffins on Dec. 30 at 5 p.m. Hockeytown Winter Festival start times are subject to change due to weather.
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