Rosters for Red Wings – Maple Leafs Centennial Classic Alumni Game Announced

The rosters for the Centennial Classic Alumni Game were announced on Tuesday, as tickets for the game went on sale.

The Toronto Maple Leafs alumni team will host the Detroit Red Wings alumni at BMO Field on December 31, a day before the Leafs host the Wings in the Centennial Classic.

The rosters are as follows:

Detroit Red Wings

Name Pos.
Kris Draper F
Dino Ciccarelli F
Martin Lapointe F
Doug Brown F
Sergei Fedorov F
Vyacheslav Kozlov F
Brendan Shanahan F
Tomas Holmstrom F
Mickey Redmond F
Darren McCarty F
Igor Larionov F
Kirk Maltby F
Joe Kocur F
Nicklas Lidstrom D
Larry Murphy D
Chris Chelios D
Jiri Fischer D
Paul Coffey D
Manny Legace G
Kevin Hodson G

Toronto Maple Leafs

Name Pos.
Darryl Sittler F
Doug Gilmour F
Rick Vaive F
Darcy Tucker F
Wendel Clark F
Lanny McDonald F
Gary Roberts F
Dave Andreychuk F
Tiger Williams F
Tie Domi F
Steve Thomas F
Gary Leeman F
Mats Sundin F
Tomas Kaberle D
Dave Ellett D
Bryan McCabe D
Borje Salming D
Dmitri Yushkevich D
Al Iafrate D
Bob McGill D
Curtis Joseph G
Felix Potvin G
Mike Palmateer G

Every player from the Detroit roster played in one of the two Alumni Showdown games at Comerica Park in 2013.  Lapointe, Fischer, Dandenault, and Hodson played in the first game while the rest played in the second game, which mostly featured the bigger names.

Former Red Wings who appeared in that second game but won’t be in Toronto include Steve Yzerman, Chris Osgood, Viacheslav Fetisov, and Mark Howe.  Of those, only Yzerman played at the Stadium Series Alumni Game in Denver last February.

Alumni Showdown Roster Review

I’ve been (finally) going through my photos from the Alumni Showdown at Comerica Park on New Years Eve and my lack of familiarity with some of the Toronto players has been causing some problems. I look at my photos and say “Who is that guy and why don’t I see a #28 listed on the roster?”

Well, it’s because the announced rosters weren’t the final rosters. A couple players were listed for one game and played in the other or were listed with different numbers or were listed and didn’t actually play. I went back through the player introductions to put together a complete list and I figured I’d share it out for posterity.

Game One

Toronto Maple Leafs

# Name Pos.
33 Doug Favell G
1 Mark Laforest G
1 Peter Ing G
4 Mike Pelyk D
4 Cory Cross D
33 Matt Martin D
3 Brad Marsh (A) D
4 Greg Hotham D
24 Dan Daoust F
21 Mark Osborne F
19 Bill Derlago F
9 Stew Gavin F
15 Pat Boutette F
12 Rob Pearson F
15 Claude Loiselle F
10 Brad May (A) F
14 Dave Reid F
19 Tom Fergus (A) F
26 Mike Krushelnyski F
7 Dave McLlwain F
8 Todd Warriner F
20 Mike Johnson F
16 Nikolai Borschevsky F
32 Lou Franceschetti F

On the Toronto side, Doug Favell wasn’t listed on the roster but did play. Jamie Macoun and Shayne Corson were listed but didn’t play. Mike Johnson wore #20 after being listed without a number.

For Detroit, Ken Holland was on the roster but did not play.

Game Two

Toronto Maple Leafs

# Name Pos.
29 Mike Palmateer G
31 Curtis Joseph G
29 Felix Potvin G
24 Bryan McCabe (A) D
34 Jamie Macoun D
4 Dave Ellett D
15 Bob McGill D
33 Al Iafrate D
34 Bryan Berard D
27 Darryl Sittler (C) F
22 Rick Vaive (C) F
17 Wendel Clark (C) F
93 Doug Gilmour (C) F
14 Dave Andreychuk (A) F
16 Darcy Tucker (A) F
18 Kevin Maguire F
4 Gary Leeman (A) F
9 Russ Courtnall F
7 Gary Roberts (A) F
7 Lanny McDonald (A) F
22 Tiger Williams F
16 Mike Walton F
28 Tie Domi (A) F
11 Mike Gartner F
25 Joe Nieuwendyk (A) F
32 Steve Thomas (A) F
11 Steve Sullivan F

For Detroit, the only oddity was that Joe Kocur was introduced in and played the first period wearing Bob Probert‘s #24 jersey.

For the Leafs, several things were different. Macoun played after having been on the Game One roster. Curtis Joseph wore his usual #31 and Felix Potvin wore #29, having been listed with #35 and #36, respectively. Bryan McCabe wore #24 instead of #29. Up front, Gary Leeman wore #4 instead of #11, Tie Domi wore #28 instead of #20, and Mike Gartner wore #11 instead of #22.

As I said, compiling this list is nothing groundbreaking, I just wanted it to be documented somewhere so I figured I’d write it up.

Red Wings, Maple Leafs Each Add Four to Alumni Showdown Rosters

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.

The Red Wings have added Petr Klima, Dallas Drake, Garry Unger and Paul Ysebaert to their alumni roster.

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:

Red Wings
Red Berenson
Jimmy Carson
Dino Ciccarelli
Alex Delvecchio
Dallas Drake
Kris Draper
Sergei Fedorov
Petr Klima
Joe Kocur
Martin Lapointe
Igor Larionov
Ted Lindsay
Kirk Maltby
Darren McCarty
John Ogrodnick
Dennis Polonich
Mickey Redmond
Garry Unger
Luc Robitaille
Paul Ysebaert

Chris Chelios
Paul Coffey
Mathieu Dandenault
Jiri Fischer
Viacheslav Fetisov
Mark Howe
Vladimir Konstantinov
Larry Murphy
Aaron Ward

Chris Osgood
Mike Vernon

Maple Leafs
Dave Andreychuk
Wendel Clark
Russ Courtnall
Vincent Damphousse
Bill Derlago
Tie Domi
Ron Ellis
Doug Gilmour
Gary Leeman
Kevin Maguire
Frank Mahovlich
Brad May
Lanny McDonald
Joe Nieuwendyk
Gary Roberts
Darryl Sittler
Mats Sundin
Darcy Tucker
Rick Vaive
Tiger Williams

Dave Ellett
Jim McKenny
Bryan McCabe
Bob McGill
Borje Salming

Johnny Bower
Curtis Joseph
Mike Palmateer
Felix Potvin

Wings, Leafs Announce More Alumni Showdown Additions

The Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs announced seven more players who will appear in the Alumni Showdown between the two teams in December on Thursday.

The Red Wings added Aaron Ward, Red Berenson, Jimmy Carson and Dennis Polonich.

Ward started his career with the Red Wings in 1993-94 and played seven seasons with the team, winning the Stanley Cup in 1997 and 1998 before being traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in 2001.  He won another Cup with Carolina in 2006.  He closed out his career with four seasons split between the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, another stint with Carolina, and the Anaheim Ducks.

Berenson, the legendary University of Michigan head coach, spent parts of five seasons with the Red Wings in the 70s.  He also played for the Montreal Canadiens, Rangers, and St. Louis Blues over 987 career NHL games.

Carson played part of four season with the Wings in the early 1990s.  He started his career with the Los Angeles Kings before being traded to the Edmonton Oilers in the Wayne Gretzky deal.  The Oilers traded him to the Red Wings early in the 1989-90 season and the Wings sent him back to LA in 1993.  He closed out his NHL career with stints in Vancouver and Hartford, then retired from hockey after two years with the IHL’s Detroit Vipers.

Polonich played his entire NHL career in Detroit, serving as team captain during the 1976-77 season while Danny Grant was injured.  He was famously injured by Wilf Paiement of the Colorado Rockies in a 1978 game when Paiement smashed him in the face with his stick.  Polonich was sent down to the AHL’s Adirondack Red Wings in 1983 and never made it back into the NHL.  He closed out his career with two season’s with the IHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks in 1986 and 1987.

The Maple Leafs added Tie Domi, Brad May, and Dave “Tiger” Williams.  May and Williams also spent time with the Red Wings over their careers.

The following players are confirmed to appear at the Alumni Showdown:

Red Wings
Red Berenson
Jimmy Carson
Dino Ciccarelli
Alex Delvecchio
Kris Draper
Sergei Fedorov
Joe Kocur
Martin Lapointe
Igor Larionov
Ted Lindsay
Kirk Maltby
Darren McCarty
John Ogrodnick
Dennis Polonich
Mickey Redmond
Luc Robitaille

Chris Chelios
Paul Coffey
Mathieu Dandenault
Jiri Fischer
Viacheslav Fetisov
Mark Howe
Vladimir Konstantinov
Larry Murphy
Aaron Ward

Chris Osgood
Mike Vernon

Maple Leafs
Dave Andreychuk
Wendel Clark
Russ Courtnall
Vincent Damphousse
Bill Derlago
Tie Domi
Ron Ellis
Doug Gilmour
Gary Leeman
Kevin Maguire
Brad May
Lanny McDonald
Gary Roberts
Darryl Sittler
Darcy Tucker
Rick Vaive
Tiger Williams

Dave Ellett
Jim McKenny
Bryan McCabe
Bob McGill

Johnny Bower
Curtis Joseph
Mike Palmateer
Felix Potvin

Red Wings Announce Further Alumni Additions

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Thursday the addition of three more former players to the team’s roster for the Alumni Showdown against the Toronto Maple Leafs on December 31 at Comerica Park.

Paul Coffey, Mathieu Dandenault and Martin Lapointe will appear for the Red Wings.

Coffey played 21NHL seasons, including parts of four with the Red Wings.  He won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman three times, one of which (1995) came during his time in Detroit.

Dandenault was part of the Red Wings’ Stanley Cup teams in 1997, 1998 and 2002.  A speedy forward who was converted to defense early in his career, he signed with his hometown Montreal Canadiens after the 2004-05 NHL lockout and retired in 2010.

Lapointe was also part of the 1997 and 1998 Stanley Cup teams, scoring the Cup-clinching goal in 1998.  After ten seasons with the Wings, he signed with the Boston Bruins in 2001.  He retired in 2008 after stints with the Chicago Blackhawks and Ottawa Senators.

The Maple Leafs also announced three additions to their lineup: Lanny MacDonald, Gary Roberts and Bryan McCabe.

Red Wings Fall to Panthers in OT

A Pavel Datsyuk goal wasn’t enough for the Red Wings Friday night, as the Florida Panthers scored in the third period and again in overtime to earn a 2-1 win over Detroit.

Goalie Scott Clemmensen made 39 saves for the Panthers, holding his team in the game early.

Detroit outshot Florida 11-2 in the first period but couldn’t get on the board. It wasn’t until Datsyuk scored late in the second period that the Clemmensen was beaten.

During a Detroit power play Henrik Zetterberg and Brian Rafalski fought to keep the puck near the net, where Datsyuk drove in to slide his own rebound around Clemmensen with 2:02 left in the period.

Stephen Weiss tied the game at 8:13 of the third, banging home a chance from down low after being left wide open on the far side of the crease.

Bryan McCabe won the game in overtime on a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle that slipped through Detroit netminder Chris Osgood‘s pads.

Osgood made 18 saves on 20 shots in his first appearance in over a week after being sidelined by illness.

Detroit will be back on the ice Saturday night in Montreal, with Jimmy Howard getting the start in net.

Franzen Leads Red Wings over Panthers

Johan Franzen scored 4:40 into the third period Friday night, giving the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. It was his 14th game winning goal in his last forty games played.

Franzen tipped a blueline shot from Niklas Kronwall past Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun with the Red Wings on a power play.

Detroit had taken a 2-0 lead early on goals by Marian Hossa.

With 2:53 remaining in the first period, Hossa threw a shot on goal from the corner, banking it off of goaltender Craig Anderson and into the net.

At 1:37 of the second, Hossa scored again on a slapper from the top of the faceoff circle, chasing Anderson.

The Panthers rallied before the end of the middle frame on goals by Richard Zednik and Stephen Weiss.

Zednik scored at 6:02 of the period, backhanding the rebound of a Bryan McCabe shot past Ty Conklin.

Weiss snapped a wrister past Conklin with 8:09 left in the second, evening the game up.

Red Wings Power Past Maple Leafs

The Detroit Red Wings’ power play fired on all cylanders Saturday night, accounting for every goal in a 5-1 victory over the Original Six rival Toronto Maple Leafs.

Midway through the first period the Red Wings got on the board as Mikael Samuelsson tapped home a cross-crease feed. Scored at 9:53, the goal came just seconds after the end of a 5-on-3, which Chad Kilger still in the box but before Alex Steen could get back into the play.

With 2:44 remaining in the opening period, Henrik Zetterberg put Detroit up by two, putting the rebound of a shot by Tomas Holmstrom off the skate of Toronto netminder Andrew Raycroft and into the net from a bad angle.

Sameulsson scored again midway through the second, wristing a shot from the high slot past Raycroft at 10:42.

The Leafs responded quickly with a power play goal of their own just 1:22 later. Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek went down early to face a shot by Kyle Wellwood, who instead passed off to Bryan McCabe for a shot into the open net.

With two seconds remaining in the middle period, Zetterberg scored his second, lifting the puck over Raycroft after a Pavel Datsyuk shot clanked off the post.

Datsyuk would pick up another assist, his third of the night, just 1:15 into the third, when he fired a shot from the left circle that was deflected by Dan Cleary past Jean-Sebastien Aubin, who replaced Raycroft in the Toronto net to start the final period.

The Red Wings ended the game with five power play goals on 14 chances. The Maple Leafs’ lone goal came on one of their eight tries. Both teams had one five-on-three.

Hasek stopped 21 of 22 shots against and Raycroft made 18 saves on the same number of shots. Aubin stopped eight of the nine shots he faced.

The Red Wings will face another Eastern Conference foe on Tuesday when they host the Ottawa Senators.


Earlier in the day, the farm clubs of the Red Wings and Maple Leafs met in Toronto, with the Grand Rapids Griffins earning a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Marlies.

‘Canes Send Wesley to Maple Leafs

Less than a week after acquiring right wing Owen Nolan from the San Jose Sharks, the Toronto Maple Leafs made another move to strengthen their team for a playoff push, adding defenseman Glen Wesley from the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Maple Leafs sent a second-round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft to Carolina to complete the deal.

Wesley is a veteran of the Hurricanes’ 2002 Eastern Conference Championship team. His most offensively productive seasons are behind him, but Wesley has still scored one goal and added seven assists in sixty-three games with Carolina this season.

Wesley will likely play alongside Bryan McCabe, Toronto coach and general manager Pat Quinn said. “Right off the top I’d like to see (Wesley) paired with Bryan. Bryan could go back on the right side where I think he’s better.”

Cujo Faces Old Team, Wins Decisively

Curtis Joseph may have been a little anxious about playing his first game against his old team. “There’s anticipation when you play your former team,” he said. “Some emotion. You just have to keep that in check.”

Joseph needn’t have worried. As he so often does, he played his best in such a big game, and his teammates’ offense continued as unstoppable as it has been of late, giving the Red Wings a highly satisfying 7-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Maple Leafs started the game with more energy than the Red Wings had, but the Red Wings found their game and opened the scoring late in the first period. Pavel Datsyuk passed the puck to Brett Hull in the right corner. Hull threaded a pass through three Toronto players to Henrik Zetterberg in front of the net. Zetterberg was left all alone in front of Ed Belfour, so he paused, waited for Belfour to drop to take away a low shot, then lifted the puck over the flopping goaltender at 4:43.

Just eight seconds later, Darren McCarty increased the lead to two. The Red Wings won the faceoff at center. McCarty followed Kris Draper up on a two-on-one break. Draper passed across to McCarty, who wristed the shot into the top corner of the net.

The Maple Leafs got on the board at 3:06. Robert Reichel’s shot hit the left post, then hit the inside of the right post, then bounced into the net past Joseph.

Hull regained the two-goal lead with just 1.8 seconds left in the period. The Leafs iced the puck with 5 seconds left, leading to a faceoff deep in their zone. Datsyuk won the draw and kicked the puck back to Hull, whose shot curved up over Belfour and dropped into the net.

The Red Wings had penalty trouble early in the second period. Chris Chelios, Nicklas Lidstrom, and Kirk Maltby had to kill off two back to back five-on-three penalties. First Mathieu Dandenault was called for tripping, then Hull had to go in to serve a delay of game penalty assessed to Joseph. Gary Roberts tipped in a shot by Robert Svehla just as the first penalty was about to expire. Then, thirty seconds after Joseph’s penalty ended, Steve Yzerman was called for holding. Forty-seven seconds later, Draper was sent out for hooking. This time, Chelios, Lidstrom, Maltby, and Joseph held strong and kept the Maple Leafs off the board.

Yzerman contributed his first point of the season by setting up Zetterberg’s second goal. Bryan McCabe was attempting to carry the puck out of his own zone, but Yzerman stripped him of it cleanly and passed it to Zetterberg, who was skating towards the net. Zetterberg slammed it past Belfour.

Hull added his second goal of the game just as the period was drawing to an end. The Wings were on the power play, since Roberts was sent out for roughing up Draper. Igor Larionov passed from the right point to Hull in the high slot, and Hull one-timed the shot right through Belfour.

Draper and Dmitri Bykov rounded out the scoring with a goal each in the third period. Maltby, McCarty, and Draper carried the puck up ice on a three-on-two rush. Maltby sent it from the middle to McCarty on the right side, and McCarty put the puck right across the goal crease to Draper, who tapped it in past Belfour.

Bykov’s goal came on another power play. Yzerman passed the puck from the left point to Tomas Holmstrom behind the net. Holmstrom put it back out front, and Bykov was in just the right spot down low to send it into the net.

Detroit outshot Toronto by a count of 31-29. They won 35 of the 63 faceoffs, and went 2-for-6 on the power play. The Red Wings’ next game will be Sunday evening at home against the Phoenix Coyotes.


Hull’s assist on Zetterberg’s first goal made him the 23rd player in NHL history to score 1300 career points…. McCarty was in his first game back after missing nine games with an arm infection…. Fedorov and Larionov extended their point streaks to nine and eight games respectively…. The Red Wings hold a 273-271-93 lifetime record against the Maple Leafs.