Who Would You Pick for the Maple Leafs-Red Wings Alumni Game?

January 19th, 2012

By Toronto Star staff
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The NHL is reportedly set to announce that Original Six rivals Toronto and Detroit will face off in the 2013 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., festivities which will include an alumni game at Comerica Park.

We asked hockey writer Kevin McGran what lines he’d like to see at the proposed Maple Leafs-Red Wings alumni game.

Maple Leafs alumni

Forwards:

Dave Andreychuk, Doug Gilmour, Nik Borschevsky (the Red Wings’ nightmare line)

Wendel Clark, Mats Sundin, Rick Vaive (the captain’s line)

Gary Roberts, Joe Nieuwendyk, Tie Domi (in case Joey Kocur shows up)

Norm Ullman, Dave Keon, Darryl Sittler (all class and skating line)

Defence:

Ron Wilson, Randy Carlyle (Brian Burke’s favourites)

Borje Salming, Al Iafrate (Kevin McGran’s favourites)

Bob McGill, Jim McKenny (Media favourites)

Goaltenders:

Curtis Joseph, Glenn Healy. (Healy only plays if Joseph bolts for Wings midway through game).

Coach: Pat Quinn

Red Wings alumni

Forwards:

Brett Hull-Steve Yzerman-Brendan Shanahan (to deal with Kocur-Domi)

Sergei Fedorov-Igor Larionov-Dino Ciccarelli (Hafta Wait Hall of Fame line)

Garry Unger-Adam-Oates-Bernie Federko (The “We Make Bad Trades, Too” line)

Brad Smith-Gordie Howe-Kris Draper (Heart and Soul line)

Defence

Larry Murphy-Mathieu Schneider (To rub your nose in it, Leaf fans)

Brad Park-Mark Howe (Grace under pressure)

Brian Rafalski-Chris Chelios (Could still be playing)

Goal: Dominik Hasek, Chris Osgood. (Also waiting for the Hall)

Coach: Scotty Bowman

Here are some other players that merit consideration (Some played for both teams):

Glenn Anderson, John Anderson, Ron Ellis, Frank Mahovlich, Todd Gill, Gary Leeman, Bryan McCabe, Dan Daoust, Bill Derlago, Dmitri Yushkevich, Eddie Shack, Darcy Tucker, Lanny McDonald, Jamie Macoun, Dave Ellett, Greg Terrion, Vincent Damphousse, Felix Potvin, Tom Fergus, Serge Berezin, Mirko Frycer, Jonas Hoglund, Aki Berg, Rocky Saganiuk, Robert Reichel, Ed Belfour, Gerrard Gallant, John Ogrodnick, Martin Lapointe, Dale McCourt, Jim Rutherford, Danny Gare, Dave Barr, Tim Cheveldae, Paul Henderson, Jimmy Carson, Marcel Dionne.