The Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs announced on Thursday the addition of four players to each of their rosters for the Alumni Showdown at Comerica Park on December 31.
Klima was one of the Red Wings many eastern European draft selections of the 1980s. He was selected in the fifth round of the 1983 draft and defected from then-Czechoslovakia in 1985. He played in 293 career games with the Red Wings before being dealt to the Edmonton Oilers in 1989. After stints in Tampa Bay, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh, he ended his NHL career with a return to the Red Wings for 13 games in the 1998-99 season.
Drake also started and ended his career with the Red Wings. Selected by Detroit in the 1989 draft, he made his NHL debut for the 1992-93 season. Drake was traded to the Winnpeg Jets the following year and moved with the team to Phoenix. He played six seasons for the St. Louis Blues before returning to the Red Wings to close out his career with a Stanley Cup in 2008.
Like Drake, Unger also played for both the Blues and the Red Wings. Acquired from the Maple Leafs during his rookie season of 1967-68, Unger would play parts of four season with Detroit before being dealt to St. Louis. He played nine seasons with the Blues and closed out his career with campaigns for the Los Angeles and Edmonton.
Ysebaert played parts of three seasons with the Red Wings from 1990 to 1993. He started his career with New Jersey before being traded to Detroit, then moved on to Winnipeg, Chicago and Tampa Bay.
The four players added by the Maple Leafs were Joe Niewendyk, Borje Salming, Frank Mahovlich and Mats Sundin.
The following players are confirmed to appear at the Alumni Showdown:
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