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NHL's Alumni Game has Hockeytown Flavor

Sunday, 11.27.2011 / 4:37 PM ET
By Bill Roose - Managing Editor | / The Wheel Deal
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Ron Duguay was a fan favorite in Detroit, and he's still No. 50 in all-time franchise scoring with 90 goals and 127 assists.
It’s too bad there wasn’t an alumni game associated with the NHL’s Winter Classic when the Red Wings tangled with the Chicago Blackhawks at Wrigley Field a few years ago.

Now that the league has instituted a senior game, Wings’ fans get a chance to see a handful of old-timers with ties to Hockeytown back on the ice when the puck drops on the Winter Classic Alumni Game set for New Year’s Eve at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park.

The New York Rangers and Flyers each have six former Wings on its rosters or acting as coaches, or in the case of 72-year-old Hall of Fame goalie Eddie Giacomin, who is representing the Rangers as an ambassador.

The game, which can be seen live on Versus, will feature a pair of former Wings’ draft picks in Rangers forward Adam Graves (second-round, 1986) and Flyers center Keith Primeau (first-round, 1990). Of the dozen former players, Primeau lasted the longest in Detroit, amassing 97 goals, 133 assists, 781 penalty minutes and a plus-61 rating in 363 games in a Wings’ uniform.

Primeau will be an assistant coach on the Flyers’ bench, while former defenseman Colin Campbell will be on the Rangers’ bench. Campbell is among three alumni participants whose final NHL games were played with the Red Wings. Giacomin and Mark Howe are the others.

Besides Primeau and Howe, Philadelphia’s other Wings connections will be goalie Mark LaForest, and defensemen Terry Carkner, Derian Hatcher and Brad Marsh.

Meanwhile, the Rangers will deploy former Wings defenseman Mathieu Schneider, and forwards Ron Duguay and Kris King.


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