SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival to host Red Wings vs. Maple Leafs alumni games in Detroit
Updated On: Jul 11 2012 03:04:02 PM EDT
The Hockeytown Winter Festival, sponsored by SiriusXM will take place this winter from Dec. 15th thru the 31st at Comerica Park in Detroit.
The festival will feature interactive games, autograph signings, public skating, face painting and ice sculpture exhibits as well as musical performances and live entertainment.
In addition, the festival lineup will also include an outdoor Red Wings practice that will be open to the public, local high school hockey games, youth hockey games and open skates, including a “Skate with Santa” throughout the two-week period leading up to the New Year.
As part of festival, the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs will also host an alumni showdown where hockey fans can watch two alumni games featuring close to 100 players from the two franchises for one ticket.
"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,” said Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland. “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.”
Detroit Red Wings alumni members confirmed to appear include: 50-goal scorers Mickey Redmond and John Ogrodnick; Hall of Famers Luc Robitaille, Dino Ciccarelli, Chris Chelios, Larry Murphy, Mark Howe, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty, Joe Kocur; Stanley Cup-winning goaltenders Chris Osgood and Mike Vernon; and Red Wings legends Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay and Alex Delvecchio.
Members of the Toronto Maple Leafs alumni scheduled to participate include: Hockey Hall of Famer Darryl Sittler, Rick Vaive; fan favorites Darcy Tucker, Felix Potvin, Mike Palmateer and Kevin Maguire; Stanley Cup champions Dave Andreychuk and Doug Gilmour, Wendel Clark, goaltender Curtis Joseph; and Maple Leafs legends Johnny Bower, Ron Ellis and Jim McKenny.
Tickets for the two game alumni showdown event go on sale to Red Wings and Maple Leafs season ticket holders on August 1, followed by a public on sale in mid-August.
For more information on the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival click HERE.