Yesterday the alumni rosters were announced for the 2016 Heritage Classic game on Oct.23rd between the Edmonton Oilers and the Winnipeg Jets, which I will say, are on par with the jersey unveils. Meaning that the Oilers seriously missed a perfect opportunity to raise some more skrilla to pay for their new arena and that the Jets roster is left wanting. Whilst the Oilers alumni roster is always amazing and the Jets unis are f*cking gorgeous. I’ll never buy one because they belong to the Jets but great looking nonetheless. Let’s talk about it below.
Rosters courtesy of NHL.com
Coaches: Glen Sather/Ron Low
Goaltenders: Bill Ranford, Dwayne Roloson
Defensemen: Paul Coffey, Randy Gregg, Charlie Huddy, *Kevin Lowe, Marty McSorley
Forwards: Glenn Anderson, Kelly Buchberger, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Ken Linseman, Blair MacDonald, *Craig MacTavish, Mark Messier, Dave Semenko, Craig Simpson, Ryan Smyth, Esa Tikkanen
Also, according to the article on NHL.com,
- Grant Fuhr will be attending but not player.
- Kevin Lowe will be on the bench as an assistant coach.
- Craig MacTavish will also be on the bench as an assistant coach.
More players are expected to be added later. Personally I’m hoping to see a whole whack of ex-players like Todd Marchant, Doug Weight, Jason Arnott, Bill Guerin, Roman Hamrlik, Boris Mironov, or Curtis Joseph make an appearance on the Oilers side of the ice.
But how on Earth are the Oilers going to win this game with so many left-handed dmen?…
Coaches: Tom McVie, Serge Savard
Goaltenders: Bob Essensa… (Yup just Bobby here… No Pokey Reddick or Daniel Berthiaume.)
Defencemen: Dave Babych, Dave Ellett, Mike Ford, Jim Kyte, Mario Marois, Moe Mantha, Teppo Numminen, Tim Watters
Forwards: Laurie Boschman, Mike Eagles, Dale Hawerchuk, Kris King, Morris Lukowich, Andrew McBain, Brian Mullen, Teemu Selanne, Darrin Shannon, Doug Smail, Thomas Steen, Ron Wilson
Surprised Dallas Eakins didn’t get the call here. Surely there are no other reasons to play, right? He’d love to be on the ice for another Teemu Selanne shotgun goal celebration, no? I think he could Nail down catching that glove again.
But more seriously, where’s Dave Christian and Keith Tkachuk? If Dave Hunter can get a pair of skates on, Tkachuk should have no problem. Randy Carlyle how about? For the love of Christ, can I get a Phil Housley? Mark Messier was still playing in the NHL when he played in the alumni game versus the Habs back in 2003… I mean Tie Domi would at least make it interesting.
Anyways, If you’re really bored you can read our alumni roster predictions we made back in March here.
Until then we wait…