Last year I had the distinct privilege of travelling with theScore to cover the Winter Classic, and without a doubt, the Alumni Game was the biggest surprise of the trip. It was packed, people cared, and cheered with nearly as much vigour as they did for the real game. The chants of “Bernie” for Parent was probably the coolest, loudest moment of the weekend.

Having seen many alumni games in my time, this truly caught me off guard (they’re usually comparable to eating super-dry turkey. Could be worse, still not all that pleasurable). But with this year being two teams with an undying love of their team’s history, I’ll be much better prepared for the energy.

Who will the Leafs trot out? The Red Wings? ANSWERS REVEALED BELOW.

For starters…there will be TWO alumni games. Apparently both clubs were overwhelmed by the amount of players that were interested in participating.

I’m not sure of the format, but here’s a great suggestion:

Yeahhh, let’s do it. Wings have the Lidstrom advantage right off the bat in the latter.

Anyway, they’re still solidifying the rosters, but here are the names we know for sure that’ll be playing this year:

WINGS

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

LEAFS

* Mike Palmateer
* Curtis Joseph
* Felix Potvin
* Doug Gilmour
* Wendel Clark
* Dave Andreychuk
* Darcy Tucker
* Rick Vaive
* Daryl Sittler
* Kevin Maguire

The Leafs will also receive some sort of participation from Johnny Bower, Jim McKenny and Ron Ellis.

So neither team is close to penning in solid lineups, but they’re off to a good start, with a few Hall-of-Famers in the mix. As soon as more names are released, I’ll update this post.