Tomorrow, the current Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs will face off in the 2014 Winter Classic, but as part of today’s preview, some of the greatest players from each franchise got together to enjoy a game of outdoor hockey.
With a reported attendance of 33,425 braving the cold, the Detroit Red Wings alumni earned a 6-5 shootout victory. Those people rose to their feet to give their former captain Steve Yzerman, now the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, a standing ovation as he was introduced:
After that, former Detroit Red Wings teammates and Hall of Famers Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay got things underway with the dropping of the puck:
The Russian Five also posed for a picture, including Vladimir Konstantinov, whose career was tragically cut short when he was involved in a car accident in 1997 after the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup:
Chris Chelios played in 1,651 regular season games, another 266 in the playoffs, and won the Stanley Cup three times, but the 51-year-old defenseman clearly still can have fun when he gets on the ice. As you can see, he decided to partake in a fun little goal celebration:
If that had occurred in an NHL game, that might have been the subject of a controversy, but it’s Chelios playing alongside his fellow hockey legends, so he’ll get a pass.
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.