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.

Osgood Blanks Penguins Again, Wings Lead Finals 2-0

Goaltender Chris Osgood earned his second consecutive shutout as the Detroit Red Wings rolled to a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night, giving them a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Osgood stopped 22 shots in the effort and became the second goalie in NHL history to start his Finals career with six consecutive wins.

The Red Wings got on the board just 6:55 into the game when Brad Stuart rifled a shot off of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and into the net.

Valtteri Filppula gained the Pittsburgh zone on the left side and slid a pass across to a trailing Stuart while going to the net. Stuart waited for Filppula’s screen before blasting a shot on net. Fleury got a piece of it but not enough as it deflected up and in.

Tomas Holmstrom stretched the lead to two 4:23 later, finishing off a chance by Henrik Zetterberg.

Holmstrom sent the puck from behind the net to Zetterberg in the slot to bang between Fleury’s pads. It slowly slipped through and Holmstrom reached in behind Fleury to push the puck across the goal line.

A highlight reel goal by Valtteri Filppula finished off the game’s scoring at 8:48 of the third.

With the teams skating four aside, Filppula was sprung on a rush into the Pittsburgh zone with a pass by Johan Franzen. He raced around defenseman Kris Letang and cut back in front of Fleury while being hooked. On one leg, he put a shot past Fleury before flying through the air.

The game ended with the Penguins trying to assert themselves physically, as Petr Sykora bumped Osgood, leading to a scrum that saw Pavel Datsyuk drop Gary Roberts. After time ran out, Maxime Talbot approached the celebrating Red Wings but was led away by the officials.

The Red Wings will look to take a stranglehold on the series in Game Three from Pittsburgh on Wednesday, a virtual must-win for the Penguins.


Franzen returned to the lineup after missing six games with concussion-like symptoms. Darren McCarty was scratched to clear room for him.

Wings Suffer Overtime Loss to Panthers

The Red Wings continued their road trip with another defeat, losing to the Florida Panthers in overtime, 3-2. The loss also marked the first time that goalie Chris Osgood has lost a game played in the state of Florida.

The game winner came from an Olli Jokinen power play goal, which was the result of a Mathieu Schneider tripping penalty. Jokinen was set up on the blue line between the circles with a clear lane to shoot. He sent a wrist shot to the left of Osgood for the game winner at 1:26 of the overtime period.

The Panthers opened the scoring late in the second period after a scoreless first. Sean Hill sent a pass cross ice to Gary Roberts at the top of the left circle. Roberts’ goal came at 15:27.

The Red Wings tied the score at 6:45 of the third period from a goal created off a strange bounce off the back boards. The puck was shot into the Panthers’ zone by Valtteri Filppula to the right of goalie Roberto Luongo. It came back quickly to the left slot where Daniel Cleary one-timed it past Luongo.

Less than four minutes later the Panthers regained the lead when Rostislav Olesz grabbed the puck in their own zone and skated it through the neutral zone uncontested, then into the Wings’ zone where he sent a wrist shot from the left circle past Osgood on the short side.

At 18:58 of the third period the Wings tied the game again, this time at 2-2. The power play goal came when Henrik Zetterberg took a pass while set up to the left of Luongo on the end line. He skated the puck in front of the crease and put the shot over Luongo’s right shoulder.

Luongo faced 36 shots by the Red Wings, stopping 34 of them, while Osgood stopped 27 of the Panthers’ 30 shots. Both teams scored a power play goal. The Panthers had four opportunities with the man advantage, while the Red Wings had six chances.

The Red Wings next face the Tampa Bay Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum on Saturday night.


This was the first win for the Florida Panthers over the Red Wings since December 1, 1996. They went 0-5-7 against the Wings during that stretch … The Red Wings remain to be the only team in the NHL that has not participated in a shoot-out … Valtteri Filppula made his NHL debut with the Wings, also becoming the first native of Finland to play for the team.

After Slow Start, NHL Free Agent Frenzy Picks Up

When the National Hockey League’s free agent signing period opened at noon on Monday, many fans were surprised to see a league that was relatively quiet as GMs and players alike took a wait-and-see approach.

Early on Monday, only two notable signings – Gary Roberts and Joe Nieuwendyk agreeing to terms with the Florida Panthers – were on record. The Boston Bruins’ trade for Edmonton Oiler Brad Isbister rounded out the major moves.

Things picked up Monday night, as the Columbus Blue Jackets made their first-ever major free agent signing, picking up defenseman Adam Foote from the Colorado Avalanche.

The signings and trades continued into Tuesday as the Philadelphia Flyers made the first big splash in the free agent pool, signing defensemen Derian Hatcher (Detroit Red Wings), Mike Rathje (San Jose Sharks), and Chris Therien (Dallas Stars) and resigning forward Jon Sim.

The Chicago Blackhawks picked up one of the top remaining free agent defensemen, signing Adrian Aucoin of the New York Islanders.

Shortly thereafter, the Atlanta Thrashers signed forward Bobby Holik from the New York Rangers.

In one of the more inevitable signings of the offseason, the Red Wings re-upped longtime captain Steve Yzerman, who will return to the team for at least one more season.

The Bruins continued on Monday’s moves by resigning winger Glen Murray and bringing in forwards Shawn McEachern (Atlanta) and Dave Scatchard (NY Islanders), while the Panthers continued their signings by bringing in Martin Gelinas (Calgary Flames).

Calgary moved to replace Gelinas with grinding forward Darren McCarty (Detroit) and add to an offense already boasting Jarome Iginla by signing Tony Amonte (Philadelphia).

The Los Angeles Kings broke into the free agent market by signing All-Star winger Pavol Demitra from the St. Louis Blues and AHL goaltender Jason Labarbera from the Rangers organization.

The Rangers then shored up their goaltending by resiging Kevin Weekes. They added to both offense and defense by bringing in forward Martin Straka (Los Angeles) and defenseman Marek Malik (Vancouver). Meanwhile, the cross-island rival Islanders filled the gap left by the departure of Aucoin by signing Buffalo’s Alexei Zhitnik.

The first player to depart the defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning was Cory Stillman, who signed with the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday evening.

The biggest move of the day was saved for late Tuesday night, as the Blues, already burdened by the contracts of Doug Weight and Keith Tkachuk, traded former captain and Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Chris Pronger to the Edmonton Oilers for defencemen Eric Brewer, Doug Lynch, and Jeff Woywitka.

Wings Representatives Ineffective at All-Star Game

The representatives of the Detroit Red Wings at Sunday’s NHL All-Star Game in St. Paul didn’t fare so well, combining for a single point and a plus/minus rating of zero.

Nicklas Lidstrom‘s assist on a goal by Phoenix’s Shane Doan midway through the second period was the only point tallied by a Red Wing in the game as Pavel Datsyuk was held scoreless.

Datsyuk’s line with Columbus’ Rick Nash and Calgary’s Jarome Iginla was held off the scoresheet and Datsyuk did not have a single shot while going 2-for-7 one faceoffs.

Lidstrom played the game alongside Colorado’s Rob Blake. His assist on Doan’s goal helped put the Western Conference team up by a goal but the Eastern Conference struck back before getting the win.

Despite a hat trick for the Western Conference by Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche, the Eastern Conference was able to pull out a 6-4 victory.

The Eastern Conference got goals by Adrian Aucoin (NY Islanders), Mark Messier (NY Rangers), Gary Roberts (Toronto), Ilya Kovalchuk (Atlanta) and two goals by Daniel Alfredsson (Ottawa).

Doan and Sakic were the only Western Conference scorers.

Wings Can’t Hold Off Surging Leafs

It was an entertaining game, for the most part, as one should expect when Original Six rivals play. It flowed nicely, wasn’t broken up by a lot of penalty calls, and even contained a milestone goal by Brett Hull, but the Red Wings surely won’t be happy with the outcome. The Toronto Maple Leafs won by a score of 5-2. Even less will the Wings and their fans like this bit of information: Steve Yzerman left the game hurt late in the second period and did not return for the third.

The game got off to a quick start, with both teams skating hard and trying to generate offense. Manny Legace made some dramatic saves to keep the game scoreless through most of the first, but his Leafs counterpart, Ed Belfour, wasn’t so lucky in the opening frame.

Just 20 seconds before the end of the period, Hull made his move. He carried the puck into the Toronto zone himself, then dropped it back for Mathieu Schneider. Schneider sent the puck back over to Hull, who cut to the front of the net, dragging the puck and luring Belfour over to the side before backhanding a high shot over the goalie. It was Hull’s 731st career goal, tying him with Marcel Dionne for third place on the all-time scorers list.

A slight defensive lapse let the Leafs tie up the game early in the second. Brian Marchment was able to carry the puck through the Red Wings’ zone. Jiri Fischer wasn’t able to get to him in time, and Marchment’s shot deflected just off Legace’s stick and into the net.

A very quick pair of goals moved Toronto into the lead late in the second. First Tie Domi redirected Robert Reichel’s shot from the right side boards. Then just 23 seconds later, Gary Roberts brought the puck into Detroit’s zone, then took a hard shot which beat Legace just underneath the catching glove.

Detroit made a nearly identical play just over a minute later to get back within one goal. Yzerman made a pass to spring Brendan Shanahan, whose hard shot went right through Belfour.

The Red Wings came on strong for the third, trying to get that tying goal, but Belfour was solid, and another quick pair of Toronto goals late in the period put the game out of reach. Roberts made a sharp clearing pass to send Mats Sundin in all alone ahead of Nicklas Lidstrom. Sundin’s speed brought him right to the front of the goal crease, where he backhanded a high shot into the net.

Rookie Matthew Stajan finished the game up for the Leafs by banging the puck across the goal line after Joe Nieuwendyk centered it from behind the net.

Detroit outshot Toronto by a count of 31 to 24. The Red Wings will return home for their next game, Monday evening against the Los Angeles Kings.


Yzerman’s injury was called a groin strain by team officials, but details were not readily available…. Dominik Hasek played backup this game. Curtis Joseph cleared waivers Friday and has been assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins. It’s got to feel awful to Cujo, but it’s really the least the Wings can do for their AHL affiliate, considering that all the best Griffins’ skaters are here covering for injured players.