Photo: St. Louis Blues

Winter Classic weekend will warm up the new sheet of ice at Busch Stadium with some of hockey’s all-time hottest stars.

In a battle of hockey heroes, legends, and retirees, the Blues and Blackhawks alumni will hit the ice first at 1:30 p.m. CT Saturday (televised on CSN Chicago and Fox Sports Midwest).

The Blackhawks’ alumni roster includes more recent players as well as longtime esteemed Hawks.

Former captain Adrian Aucoin, 33
Murray Bannerman, 30
Adam Burish, 37
Kyle Calder, 19
Daniel Carcillo, 13
Jim Cummins, 15
Eric Daze, 55
Ben Eager, 55
Reggie Kerr, 10
Steve Konroyd, 5
Dave Mackey, 26
Jamal Mayers, 22
Grant Mulvey, 22
Troy Murray, 29
Brian Noonan, 10
Jack O’Callahan, 5
Darren Pang, 40
Steve Poapst, 8
Reid Simpson, 33
Brent Sopel, 5
Gary Suter, 20
and Jimmy Waite, 29

Coaching staff is made up of Tony Esposito and Cliff Koroll.
They’ll play against esteemed Blues Alumni loaded with league star power, including The Great One Wayne Gretzky, number 99,
Bruce Affleck, 4
Martin Brodeur, 30
Jeff Brown, 21
Garth Butcher, 5
Gino Cavallini, 17
Paul Cavallini, 14
Kelly Chase, 39
Dallas Drake, 10
Bernie Federko, 24
Brett Hull, 16
Barret Jackman, 5
Mike Liut, 1
Al MacInnis, 2
Chris Mason, 50
Scott Mellanby, 19
Adam Oates, 12
Larry Patey, 6
Chris Pronger, 44
Jamie Rivers, 6
Bryce Salvador, 27
Ed Staniowski, 31
Peter Stastny, 26
Keith Tkachuk, 7
Pierre Turgeon, 77
Terry Yake, 27
Scott Young, 48

Blues Coaching Staff is made up of Red Berenson, Bob Plager, Brian Sutter, and Gary Unger.

This will precede the Detroit Red Wings versus Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Classic in Toronto Sunday and the Hawks-Blues Winter Classic back in St. Louis Monday. With rain in the forecast, NHL officials have stated the game could be delayed to Tuesday night.

St. Louis has a variety of entertainment options planned for the entire weekend. 

Chicago and St. Louis both have Friday night games, but as of Friday evening, the Blackhawks led the league and division by one point over the Minnesota Wild with 51, and the Blues sat at third in the division with 43 points.

(As always, check bolded links for interesting tidbits. And, don’t forget to follow live coverage this weekend on The Pink Puck social media.)


Carly grew up needing to know more about icing than its deliciousness on cupcakes. She's the lone daughter of four children, with a father who was among the last cut from the Midwest tryouts for the 1980 Miracle on Ice Olympic team. And she knows very little matches the thrill that happens from puck-drop to handshakes. A rink didn’t return to her hometown until she was gone, but she’s been able to see two younger brothers on the ice. She's their feistiest fan. Her other hockey loyalty lies with the Blackhawks--whether it's meant seeing games for $8 with student IDs when the Madhouse didn’t have much of a temper at all, or dancing to Chelsea Dagger at standing room only--there’s something magical about a roaring anthem, the Indianhead sweater, and the Original Six. A former journalist and current editor, she carries a penchant for excitement (and maybe even fighting) with a resume that includes working for Chicago-area newspapers, and television, including The Jerry Springer Show, as well as NBCUniversal in New York. After East Coast living and a return to the Chicago area, the new Mrs. is giving Graceland a go with her Southern Gent, who now shares her adoration of the game, and their rescue dog, Doc Holliday. Other interests include Cubs, Bears, Illini, Crimson Tide, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, baking a mean pineapple upside-down cake, Kate Spade accessories, and a properly coordinated cardigan for every ensemble.


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