Wings, Leafs to play two alumni games

Ted Lindsay and George Armstrong appeared at a press conference at Michigan Stadium in February. Rick Osentoski/US Presswire

When two franchises have such notable alums, one game is just not enough.

The Detroit Red Wings announced there will be two alumni games against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 31 as part of the 2013 Winter Classic.

“When we began the process of determining who should be on the roster for the Red Wings alumni team, it became very obvious, very quickly, that we simply did not have enough room on one bench to hold enough of the many deserving players,” Detroit general manager Ken Holland said in a statement released by the team. “When we contacted Toronto and asked them what they thought about the possibility of two games, they immediately breathed a sigh of relief as they were going through the exact same issues we were in trying to fit all these players on one team."

Fans will now get to see two games featuring close to 100 players at Comerica Park.

Red Wings confirmed to appear: 50-goal scorers Mickey Redmond and John Ogrodnick; Hall of Famers Luc Robitaille, Dino Ciccarelli, Chris Chelios, Larry Murphy and Mark Howe; all four members of ‘The Grind Line’ -- Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty and Joe Kocur; Stanley Cup-winning goaltenders Chris Osgood and Mike Vernon; and Red Wings legends Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay and Alex Delvecchio.

Maple Leafs confirmed to appear: Hockey Hall of Famer Darryl Sittler; 50-goal scorer Rick Vaive; fan favorites Darcy Tucker, Felix Potvin, Mike Palmateer and Kevin Maguire; Stanley Cup champions Dave Andreychuk and Doug Gilmour; rough and tumble winger Wendel Clark; 454-win goaltender Curtis Joseph; and Maple Leafs legends Johnny Bower, Ron Ellis and Jim McKenny.

Tickets to the alumni game will go on sale to Red Wings and Maple Leafs season ticket holders on Aug. 1 and be open to the public in mid-August.