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Who Could Be On The Rangers' Winter Classic Alumni Team?

Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky could take the ice together again

Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky could take the ice together again

The long-awaited official announcement of the 2012 Winter Classic between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers at Citizens Bank Park will finally come on Monday and while the game itself will be a tremendous spectacle; the announcement also gives us two other big things to be excited about, HBO’s “24/7” and the annual Winter Classic alumni game.

If tradition holds, the two teams will also bring in alumni for an old-timer’s game prior to the actual Classic.  Thanks to a long history of acquiring superstars, the Rangers should have no trouble icing a tremendously entertaining squad for the game.

While some players will turn down this opportunity because of age, health issues or other commitments, the list of intriguing names that could appear in the game is lengthy.

Ideally the New York alumni squad would feature a handful of NHL legends, members of the 1994 Stanley Cup Champions and primarily players that wore the Rangers’ sweater for multiple seasons.

If I had my way, this is the 25-man team I’d like to see next winter:

*Last year’s game between alumni from the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals only featured two players born before 1953, Gilles Meloche (1950) and Yvon Labre (1949), so only players born after 1953 were considered (sorry Nick Fotiu, 1952).  And as fun as it might be to see Glen Sather (1943) take the ice, that’s probably not realistic.


Jan Erixon - Wayne Gretzky – Theo Fleury

Adam Graves -Mark Messier – Mike Gartner

Don Maloney - Ron Duguay – Tony Amonte

Brendan Shanahan – Eric Lindros - Tomas Sandstrom

Stephane Matteau - Sergei Nemchinov - Esa Tikkanen 

Other possibilities: Pavel Bure, Doug Weight, Matthew Barnaby, Valeri Kamensky, Ray Ferraro, Ulf Dahlen, Pat LaFontaine, Markus Naslund, Tony Granato, Luc Robitaille, Steve Larmer, Bernie Nicholls, Rick Middleton, Nicklas Sundstrom, Pat Verbeek, Kevin Stevens, Nick Kypreos, Eddie Olczyk,  Darren Turcotte, Mike York, Joey Kocur


Brian Leetch – Jeff Beukeboom 

Ulf Samuelsson – Dave Maloney

Ron Greschner – James Patrick

Kevin Lowe – Sergei Zubov

Other possibilities: Doug Lidster, Bruce Driver, Kim Johnsson, Darius Kasparaitis, Mathieu Schneider


Mike Richter

John Vanbiesbrouck

Extras: John Davidson


What would your ideal alumni team look like?  Could it beat the Edmonton Oilers?




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Posted by Kevin Baumer | September 24, 2011 at 05:09 pm

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