November 11, 2016
Winter Classic Alumni Game Will Feature Gretzky, Brodeur With Blues
Martin Brodeur played in 1259 NHL games with the New Jersey Devils, and seven with St. Louis Blues.
Make that eight, as he is going to play for St. Louis at the Winter Classic Alumni game.
As hard as it is to see Marty in anything but a Devils' or Canada uniform, at least he stayed with the organization. And it's not like he's playing against the Devils.
Also playing for the Blues' Winter Classic Alumni team will be this guy:
Oh yes, that's right! Wayne Gretzky did every so briefly play for the St. Louis Blues. He played 18 games for the Blues, and another 13 in the 1996 playoffs, after the Blues traded Patrice Tardif, Craig Johnson, Roman Vopat and a first round pick used to draft the legendary Matt Zultek.
If you forgot that The Great One played in St. Louis its because it was so quick and somehow so wrong that we tend to just pretend it didn't happen.
Anyway, hockey's all-time winningest goaltender and the game's greatest scorer will both be at the Winter Classic. Brodeur is still recently retired enough to make a difference in net, as goalies tend not to play well in alumni games as they get older. Gretzky, on the other hand, admitted to struggling in his Heritage Classic Alumni game with Edmonton earlier this season.
Peter Stastny, another all time NHL great who played just 23 games in St. Louis, will also be at the Winter Classic.
But don't fret Blues fans. The team will also feature some real Blues legends like Brett Hull, Adam Oates, Bernie Federko, Al MacInnis, Chris Pronger, and Mike Liut.
The Blues full alumni roster can be seen here.
The Chicago Blackhawks have not yet announced their full Winter Classic Alumni roster.