While Alumni games aren’t for everyone – see this post from our own contributor Ryan Lambert – I happen to think they can be a pretty cool thing.

This year’s Winter Classic Alumni game is likely the most interesting yet, with the Philadelphia Flyers bringing the thunder with a roster of stars, and the Rangers bringing a pretty darn good answer.

While there are a few noticeable names missing, that’s to be expected.


Bill Barber                                                     Glenn Anderson
Terry Carkner                                               Dan Blackburn
Bob Clarke                                                     Paul Broten
Eric Desjardins                                             Ron Duguay
Jim Dowd                                                      Nick Fotiu
Larry Goodenough                                      Mike Gartner
Derian Hatcher                                            Adam Graves
Al Hill                                                            Ron Greschner
Mark Howe                                                  Pat Hickey
Bob Kelly                                                      Darius Kasparaitis
Orest Kindrachuk                                       Kris King
Mark LaForest                                            Nick Kypreos
John LeClair                                                Tom Laidlaw
Reggie Leach                                                Darren Langdon
Eric Lindros                                                 Brian Leetch
Ken Linseman                                             Dave Maloney
Neil Little                                                     Stephane Matteau
Brad Marsh                                                 Brian Mullen
Shjon Podein                                               Dale Purinton
Dave Poulin                                                 Mathieu Schneider
Brian Propp                                                Darren Turcotte
Mark Recchi                                               John Vanbiesbrouck
Jeremy Roenick
Kjell Samuelsson                                     COACHING STAFF
Chris Therien                                           Mike Keenan
Rick Tocchet                                            Emile Francis
Joe Watson                                              Colin Campbell

Pat Quinn                                               Rod Gilbert
Mike Nykoluk                                        Eddie Giacomin
Keith Primeau                                       Harry Howell


My Dad plays in a number of alumni games every winter, and I’ve spent some time around the guys he plays with. I understand why it’s hard to get everybody to come out and play in these games – they’re proud men who can’t shake the competitive drive, and they don’t want to be embarrassed. Nobody who deserves a lifetime of respect after a great NHL career wants to endure a public shaming.

So given the number of fantastic names on the list – Eric freakin’ Lindros being the most compelling, for me – I’m looking forward to it. The most impressive thing is always the passing – as these guys get older, dump and chase seems like a lot more work, so they maintain puck possession for as long as possible.

I’ll be there in person with my partner-in-podcast, Rob Pizzo. We’ll keep you up to date on all the action in a little over a month!


Just for kicks before I leave for the weekend, here’s a little bonus for you. From theScore video department, the top 5 saves of the week: