Originally posted on NHL Hot Stove  |  Last updated 11/25/11

By David Strehle
NHL Hot Stove Managing Editor

After much speculation, the Flyers official roster for the Winter Classic Alumni team was announced.  While the goaltending spots leave something to be desired – Little played all of two games in the Orange-and-Black, and LaForest 38 – the lineup is packed with stars and Hall-of-Famers.  The famed LCB line (Bob Clarke, Bill Barber, and Reggie Leach), Mark Howe, Eric Lindros, Jeremy Roenick, John LeClair, and Mark Recchi head the list.

Also of note are players from the Stanley Cup teams of the 70′s – Orest Kindrachuk, Bob Kelly, Joe Watson, and Larry Goodenough, as well as off-ice ambassadors Bernie Parent, Dave “The Hammer” Schultz, and Don Saleski – several from the 80′s teams that produced two Cup-finalists – Howe, Rick Tocchet, captain Dave Poulin, Brian Propp, Kjell Samuelsson, and Brad Marsh - and two-thirds of the “Legion of Doom” line of the 90′s with Lindros and LeClair (Mikael Renberg unfortunately had a previous engagement).

Pat Quinn, who guided the 1979-80 squad to an NHL-record 35 game unbeaten streak and the Finals in the same year, will be the head coach.

Keith Primeau, who can not suit up for the game because of lingering affects due to concussions that forced his premature retirement, will participate as an assistant coach.

Here’s the Flyers official press release with the entire list:

FLYERS ANNOUNCE ROSTER FOR ALUMNI GAME VS. NEW YORK RANGERS AT CITIZENS BANK PARK ON DEC. 31

The Philadelphia Flyers, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, today announced their roster for the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game, to be played on the outdoor ice surface at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, December 31 at 1 p.m.

FORWARDS DEFENSEMEN HEAD COACH Bill Barber Terry Carkner Pat Quinn Bob Clarke Eric Desjardins   Jim Dowd Larry Goodenough ASSISTANT COACHES Orest Kindrachuk Derian Hatcher Mike Nykoluk Eric Lindros Mark Howe Keith Primeau Ken Linseman Brad Marsh   Dave Poulin Kjell Samuelsson   Jeremy Roenick Chris Therien OFF-ICE AMBASSADORS Al Hill Joe Watson Dave Schultz Bob Kelly   Don Saleski John LeClair GOALTENDERS Bernie Parent Shjon Podein Mark LaForest   Brian Propp Neil Little   Reggie Leach     Mark Recchi     Rick Tocchet  

“It gives me great pleasure to see so many of our great alumni come back to play in this historic game at Citizens Bark Park,” said Comcast-Spectacor Chairman and Flyers founder Ed Snider. “It truly is a remarkable gathering of many of the greatest players to ever wear the orange and black. It will be a thrill for all of us to see these greats back on the ice one more time on December 31. I cannot wait!”

“This game will be a celebration of more than 45 years of Philadelphia Flyers hockey, as this alumni team represents nearly every major accomplishment in our history,” said Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko. “It is a dream come true for Flyers fans everywhere to see many of our greatest players assembled for this once-in-a-lifetime event.”

The roster represents 41 years of Flyers hockey history, ranging from original Flyer Joe Watson to center Jim Dowd and defenseman Derian Hatcher, both of whom last played for the Flyers in 2007-08.  Six of the franchise’s Stanley Cup finalist squads are represented, including the 1979-80 team, which established a 35-game unbeaten streak that has never been equaled.   

In terms of on-ice accomplishments, this is one of the most significant gatherings of alumni in Flyers history.  It includes three members of the Hockey Hall of Fame (Bob Clarke, Bill Barber and Mark Howe).  Seven of the franchise’s top eight all-time leading scorers are participating, as well as three of the top five all-time leading scorers among defensemen.  It also includes the top eight players all-time in games played for the Flyers.   

The group of players and coaching staff includes 16 individuals who have represented the Flyers at the NHL All-Star Game, with a combined 57 appearances in the All-Star Game or the events that replaced them on two occasions (NHL Challenge Cup in 1979 and Rendezvous ’87).  Those involved in the event who played for the Flyers appeared in a total of 13,276 games for the club, and are responsible for 3,602 goals and 5,716 assists for 9,304 points, along with 14,254 penalty minutes.  That is nearly one-third of all goals (31.3%), assists (29.9%) and points (30.4%) scored in Flyers history. 

 

 

If you have any comments or questions, you can email the author at dstrehle@nhlhotstove.com.  You can also follow him on Twitter – @David_Strehle


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