The Winter Classic is quickly approaching, and with it comes the alumni game. The Rangers today announced its roster for the alumni game, with some notable exclusions, including Mark Messier and Mike Richter. Other selections makes us scratch our heads.
Goalies: Dan Blackburn and John Vanbiesbrouck
Defensemen: Ron Greschner, Darius Kasparaitis, Tom Laidlaw, Brian Leetch, Dave Maloney, Dale Purinton, Mathieu Schneider
Forwards: Glenn Anderson, Paul Broten, Ron Duguay, Nick Fotiu, Mike Gartner, Adam Graves, Pat Hickey, Kris King, Nick Kypreos, Darren Langdon, Stephane Matteau, Brian Mullen, Darren Turcotte
Coaches: Mike Keenan, Emile Francis, Colin Campbell
Reports are saying Messier is recovering from surgery and is hopeful to play in the game, but what about Richter? Who wouldn’t rather see No. 35 with Vanbiesbrouck like the early 1990s? Nothing against Blackburn, but the guy had a cup of coffee in the worst era of Rangers hockey in its 85-plus year history.
Wayne Gretzky is still a possibility, but I don’t think he’ll play. I think he would have announced it already, but what I do know?
Purinton playing in the alumni game? Really? Is that necessary? Doesn’t he have some minor league hockey game the same day? Not sure why Kypreos is playing either.
I’m excited to see Leetch suit ’em up again, as well as Graves and Anderson. Very cool to see Gartner come back to a Rangers jersey, as he was the best player the team had pre-Messier. Always sad that he was dealt before the team won the Cup.
Who do you guys wish were playing? Who are you annoyed at? Let me know in the comments.
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