The Detroit Red Wings are very excited for the 2013 Winter Classic, and everything pertaining to it is a big announcement for them. Of particular note is the Alumni Showdown on New Year's Eve -- always a big part of festivities. The game drew huge attendance in the last Winter Classic, and the Red Wings are doing their best to make the alumni roster exciting and interesting for fans.
According to the official website, the team has added Vyacheslav Fetisov and Igor Larionov, so they're doing just that: making things interesting. The pair, joined with players like Vladimir Krutov, Sergei Makarov and Alexi Kasatonov, took the Russians to five world championships and the 1981 Canada Cup. They were part of some of the most dominant lines in hockey history.
And that includes their time on the Red Wings. Detroit acquired Larionov in a trade during the 1995-96 season to unite him with Fetisov, Sergei Fedorov and Vladimir Konstantinov. There's plenty more on both guys and their achievements on the official website. For now, suffice to say that there's some exciting names on the Alumni Showdown roster already known and this should be a good one to watch, especially for nostalgia's sake.