Centennial Classic Alumni Game Rosters

On New Year’s Eve, notable Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs alumni will participate in the 2017 Rogers NHL Centennial Classic Alumni Game as a precursor to the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic in Toronto.

This will be the second (or third) installment of an alumni showdown between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs, two of the NHL’s Original Six. The two teams’ former stars also faced off prior to the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, with the Red Wings winning both alumni gamed held (each team had a large alumni base hoping to participate, so two games were played).

As the NHL celebrates its 100th season, we’ll get an opportunity to once again experience the talent of yesteryear, with the likes of Mats Sundin, Brendan Shanahan, Darryl Sittler and Chris Chelios taking the ice.

Detroit Red Wings Alumni Roster




Brendan Shanahan

Kris Draper

Tomas Holmstrom

Slava Kozlov

Igor Larionov

Martin Lapointe

Kirk Maltby

Joe Kocur

Darren McCarty

Dino Ciccarelli

Doug Brown

Mickey Redmond





Nicklas Lidstrom

Larry Murphy

Chris Osgood

Paul Coffey

Chris Chelios

Manny Legace

Jiri Fischer

Mathieu Dandenault

 Kevin Hodson
Notable Non-Participants: Steve Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov, Pavel Datsyuk, Dominik Hasek.

Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni Roster




Wendel Clark

Mats Sundin

Mike Gartner

Dave Andreychuk

Doug Gilmour

Steve Thomas

Gary Roberts

Darcy Tucker

Tie Domi

Gary Leeman/

Rick Vaive

Darryl Sittler

Lanny MacDonald/

Tiger Williams





Tomas Kaberle

Bryan McCabe

Felix Potvin

Al Iafrate

Dmitri Yushkevich

Curtis Joseph

Dave Ellett

Borje Salming

Mike Palmateer

Danny Markov

Bob McGill

Notable Non-Participants: Steve Sullivan, Glenn Anderson, Jamie Macoun.

Mixed Emotions

Toronto Maple Leafs Brendan Shanahan
(Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

When the alumni teams square off, 10 players on the two rosters will have been affiliated with both teams at one point in their respective careers. On the Red Wings alumni team, Larry Murphy is the lone player to have played for the Maple Leafs. In addition, current Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan will be suiting up for his former team.

On the Toronto roster, seven players also spent time in Detroit. Wendel Clark, Steve Thomas, Tiger Williams, Darryl Sittler, Borje Salming, Bob McGill, Danny Markov, and Curtis Joseph also suited up for the Red Wings at one point. With the exception of “Cujo,” the seven other Maple Leafs alumni with Red Wings ties only played one season in Hockeytown.

Tune In

On New Year’s Eve, be sure to tune in at noon to catch a glimpse of hockey’s past. It will be quite a treat for fans of all ages to see these players skate for another game. In addition, The Hockey Writers’ Andrew Forbes will be representing THW at the Centennial Classic. Be sure to give him a follow on Twitter for up-to-the-minute stories from Toronto.