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

Four of “Russian Five” to Appear at Alumni Showdown

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Thursday that four members of the famous “Russian Five” will appear at the Alumni Showdown on December 31 at Comerica Park.

The Russian Five was the first group of five Soviet-trained players to play as a unit in the NHL.  Assembeled by coach Scotty Bowman – who will be behind the bench at the Alumni Showdown – in 1995, the line consisted of Sergei Fedorov, Igor Larionov, Vyacheslav Kozlov, Vladimir Konstantinov and Viacheslav Fetisov.

All but Kozlov will be at the outdoor game against alumni from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In addition to the four Russians, the Maple Leafs announced six new players who will appear: Gary Leeman, Russ Courtnall, Bill Derlago, Bob McGill, Vincent Damphousse, and Dave Ellett.

Confirmed participants for the two teams are now as follows, with more to be announced:

Detroit
Chris Chelios, Dino Ciccarelli, Alex Delvecchio, Kris Draper, Sergei Fedorov, Viacheslav Fetisov, Mark Howe, Joe Kocur, Vladimir Konstantinov, Igor Larionov, Ted Lindsay, Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty, Larry Murphy, John Ogrodnick, Chris Osgood, Mickey Redmond, Luc Robitaille, Mike Vernon

Toronto
Dave Andreychuk, Johnny Bower, Wendel Clark, Russ Courtnall, Vincent Damphousse, Bill Derlago, Dave Ellett, Ron Ellis, Doug Gilmour, Curtis Joseph, Gary Leeman, Kevin Maguire, Bob McGill, Jim McKenny, Mike Palmateer, Felix Potvin, Darryl Sittler, Darcy Tucker, Rick Vaive

Partial Rosters Announced for Red Wings – Maple Leafs Alumni Game

In a Comerica Park press conference on Wednesday, the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs announced a handful of the players who will participate in the Alumni Showdown in December.

The Alumni Showdown will consist of two games to accommodate all of the players interested in appearing.  No details on how the games will be broken down are known at this time.

The confirmed Red Wings’ alumni are as follows:

Chris Osgood
Mike Vernon
Dino Ciccarelli
Alex Delvecchio
Ted Lindsay
Joe Kocur
Kirk Maltby
Kris Draper
Darren McCarty
Mickey Redmond
John Ogrodnick
Luc Robitaille
Larry Murphy
Mark Howe

The team will be coached by Scotty Bowman.

Among the confirmed Maple Leafs players are former Red Wings Curtis Joseph and Wendel Clark, Felix Potvin, Darcy Tucker, Doug Gilmour and Dave Andreychuk.

Joseph Goes Unpicked in Waiver Draft

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Curtis Joseph was not claimed by any of the NHL’s other twenty-nine teams in the league’s annual waiver draft Friday afternoon. As a result, the Red Wings will start the 2003-04 season with three goaltenders on their roster.

Detroit has been trying to trade Joseph, who was signed in July of 2002 to replace retiring netminder Dominik Hasek, since Hasek announced his return to the NHL this summer.

Efforts to deal Joseph to Boston were thwarted when he underwent surgery to remove bone chips from his ankle. The Bruins later signed Felix Potvin to fill their net.

Joseph wasn’t expected to be claimed in the Waiver Draft as his $8 million per season contract is too expensive for most teams to handle right now. Only the Colorado Avalanche have a glaring need for a starting goaltender at this time and they’re determined to give David Aebischer a shot as the starter, replacing the retired Patrick Roy.

Joseph and Hasek will share the net with Manny Legace, regarded by many as the league’s best backup goalie.

In all, twenty players changed teams as a result of the Waiver Draft. The New York Rangers were the most active team, losing Ronald Petrovicky (Atlanta), Jeff Heerema (St. Louis) and Shawn Heins (Atlanta) but picking up Joel Bouchard (Buffalo), Sheldon Keefe (Tampa Bay) and Mike Siklenka (Philadelphia).

Toronto forward Travis Green was selected by Columbus, only to be traded to Boston later in the day. The same happened to Florida goalie Jani Hurme, who was claimed by Carolina and then traded to Atlanta.


Carolina made one other goaltending move Friday, signing former Los Angeles King Jamie Storr as a free agent.

Wings Rout Bruins for First Exhibition Win

After dropping their first two games of the exhibition season, the Red Wings bounced back Wednesday night to defeat the Boston Bruins, 9-0.

Detroit’s special teams led the way as the Wings went 5-for-10 on the power play. The Bruins were unable to convert on any of their five attempts with the man-advantage.

“Guys were conscious about their position and that’s important,” coach Dave Lewis said. “They did the things we practiced and asked them to do, and then things happen.”

By the start of the third period, Detroit had built up enough of a lead that minor leaguers Mark Mowers and Darryl Bootland were used on a power play.

In all, eight different Red Wings scored. Tomas Holmstrom notched two goals. Henrik Zetterberg had three assists. Steve Yzerman notched his first preseason goal and rookie Jiri Hudler scored his third in as many exhibitions.

When asked about his recent success, Hudler said, “I don’t know. I think I play with great players. I think more games, I feel better.”

Of the Red Wings, only Dominik Hasek could be disappointed with the game. The goaltender, who prefers to stay active during a game, saw only twenty shots on goal from the Bruins.

“You try to stay focused the whole game,” Hasek said, “But 7-0 after second period, you know…”

Boston’s Felix Potvin, signed as a free agent this summer after a trade with Detroit fell through when Curtis Joseph elected to have surgery on his ankle, faced thirty Red Wings shots and allowed seven goals in the first half of the game. Andrew Raycroft, who replaced Potvin near the midway point of the second period, allowed two goals on seventeen shots.


The Red Wings are in action again tonight, heading to Washington to face the Capitals. The 7:00 PM game will not be televised or broadcast on radio in the Detroit area. Most Detroit stars will be kept out of the game, but Manny Legace and Chris Chelios are expected to play.

Flyers Send Cechmanek to Kings for Pick

The Philadelphia Flyers traded goaltender Roman Cechmanek to the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday, receiving a second-round draft pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft in return.

Los Angeles acquired Cechmanek to replace starting goalie Felix Potvin, who will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and will not be resigned by the Kings.

The Flyers scapegoated Cechmanek after their second-round playoff loss to the Ottawa Senators. Flyers’ general manager Bobby Clarke cited Cechmanek’s inconsistancy as the reason behind his trade.

Discussing his time in Philadelphia, Cechmanek said, “We had a couple of problems, not big problems. In the playoffs, maybe it wasn’t great, but not bad.

“It was tough for people, but for me, too. I don’t know why that was the situation. I play for fans and teammates, but the Ottawa team was very strong and they played great.”

Los Angeles general manager Dave Taylor expects Cechmanek, a 2001 NHL All-Star, to fit in well with the Kings.

“His track record speaks volumes,” Taylor said. “We feel our coaching staff will be good for him to work with.”

Cechmanek has played in 163 regular-season NHL games since being drafted by the Flyers in the sixth round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He has the lowest career goals-against average of goaltenders with at least 150 regular-season games in almost 60 years.

Last season, Cechmanek went 33-15-10 in fifty-eight games for Philadelphia. His 1.83 goals-against average was second in the NHL behind Dallas’ Marty Turco and his .925 save percentage was third-best in the league.

Wings Come to Draw With Kings

The Detroit Red Wings skated to a draw with the Los Angeles Kings at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday night. The Wings and Kings both scored one goal in each of the three regulation periods and were held scoreless in overtime.

Los Angeles opened the scoring at the 8:33 mark of the first period. Lubomir Visnovsky fired a shot from the top of the right circle that deflected off a skate and past Red Wings netminder Curtis Joseph to put the Kings up 1-0.

Detroit answered back 3:34 later with a power play goal of their own. Tomas Holmstrom beat Kings goalie Felix Potvin, jamming home a rebound on the third attempt.

Los Angeles regained the lead early in the second with another power play goal. Mathieu Schneider took a pass in the high slot and faked out Joseph, beating him to put the Kings up 2-1.

Detroit countered with 7:28 remaining in the second. Pavel Datsyuk scored his first of the season, skating through the slot and beating Potvin on the backhand.

The Red Wings took their first and only lead of the game at 6:26 of the third period. Sergei Fedorov put a slap shot from the high slot past Potvin to put Detroit up 3-2.

Jason Allison finished the game’s scoring near the midway point of the third, deflecting a shot off of Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom‘s stick and past Joseph to put the game at a 3-3 tie.

The teams traded odd-man rushes in overtime before the Kings failed to convert on a power play.

Joseph stopped twenty-eight of thirty-one shots faced for Detroit. Potvin made twenty-five saves on twenty-eight shots for Los Angeles.


Rookie defenseman Dmitri Bykov was a healthy scratch for the first time this season… The Wings are back in action Friday when Mario Lemieux and the Pittsburgh Penguins come to the Joe