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Winter Classic Alumni Showdown: Preliminary Rosters Announced

During a Wednesday afternoon press conference at Comerica Park, the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs announced their preliminary rosters for the Alumni Showdown. The event will be held on Dec. 31 as part of the lead-up to the 2013 Winter Classic, and Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said that there could be two games in order to allow more former players to take part in the action.

For the Red Wings, Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay and Alex Delvecchio are going to be coaches and ambassadors. Here's a look at the players currently committed to play in the Alumni Showdown: Mark Howe, Chris Chelios, Chris Osgood, Darren McCarty, Dino Ciccarelli, Jiri Fischer, Joe Kocur, John Ogrodnick, Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper, Larry Murphy, Luc Robitaille, Mickey Redmond, Igor Larionov and Mike Vernon.

More players will be added at a later date, and Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson, who played for the Red Wings in the 1970s, is expected to be one of the additions.

You can check out the Maple Leafs' current roster here.

Tickets for the Alumni Showdown are going to be available via a lottery in mid-August. Tickets for the other Hockeytown Winter Festival events at Comerica Park will go on sale on Aug. 1.

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