Gretzky and Selanne to headline alumni game at Heritage Classic
Published Friday, August 5, 2016 3:50PM MDT
Edmonton Oilers alumnus Dave Semenko, Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot, Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler and Jets alumnus Thomas Steen show off the Heritage Classic jerseys as the National Hockey League announce the rosters at a Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic press event THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
Legendary hockey players Wayne Gretzky and Teemu Selanne will headline the alumni game at this fall's Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic in Winnipeg.
The NHL announced the rosters Friday, that include a veterans team made up of legendary Oilers players like Gretzky, Mark Messier, Dave Semenko and Craig MacTavish. The Jets alumni taking the ice include Selanne, Dale Hawerchuk, Thomas Steen, Kris King and Dave Babych.
"The rivalry between the Winnipeg Jets and the Edmonton Oilers represents a significant part of our team's rich hockey history," said Mark Chipman, chairman of True North Sports Entertainment, which owns the Jets. "Unveiling the NHL Heritage Classic jersey and announcing the alumni rosters for the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic today is the first step in what will no doubt be an exciting journey for hockey fans of all ages."
Both Edmonton and Winnipeg were originally part of the World Hockey Association before that league merged with the NHL in 1979.
The game will take place at the 2016 Heritage Classic that will be played on October 23 at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, home of the CFL Blue Bombers.
This will be the Jets' first appearance in an outdoor game and the Oilers' first appearance since hosting the first-ever NHL regular-season game played outdoors at Commonwealth Stadium in 2003.
Bill Ranford, G; Dwayne Roloson, G; Paul Coffey, D; Randy Gregg, D; Charlie Huddy, D; Kevin Lowe, D; Marty McSorley, D; Glenn Anderson, F; Kelly Buchberger, F; Wayne Gretzky, F; Jari Kurri, F; Ken Linseman, F; BJ Macdonald, F; Craig MacTavish, F; Mark Messier, F; Dave Semenko, F; Craig Simpson, F; Ryan Smyth, F; Esa Tikkanen, F
Coaches: Ron Lowe, Glen Sather
Bob Essensa, G; Dave Babych, D; Dave Ellett, D; Mike Ford, D; Jim Kyte, D; Mario Marois, D; Moe Mantha, D; Teppo Numminen, D; Tim Watters, D; Laurie Boschman, F; Mike Eagles, F; Dale Hawerchuk, F; Kris King, F; Morris Lukowich, F; Andrew McBain, F; Brian Mullen, F; Teemu Selanne, F; Darrin Shannon, F; Doug Smail, F; Thomas Steen, F; Ron Wilson, F
Coaches: Tom McVie, Serge Savard
With files from The Canadian Press.