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Paul Coffey, Lanny McDonald added to Winter Classic alumni game

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

The Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs announced more additions to the Winter Classic game on Thursday, including a couple of Hall of Famers.

Paul Coffey, Mathieu Dandenault, and Martin Lapointe, three players that were a part of Detroit's record-setting 62-win team during the 1995-96 season have been confirmed, while the Maple Leafs announced that Gary Roberts, Bryan McCabe and Lanny MacDonald will take part on their side.

Coffey spent parts of four seasons with the Red Wings during his Hall of Fame career and scored 48 goals with the club before he was included in the blockbuster trade that sent Brendan Shanahan to Detroit from Hartford.

Dandenault, a second-round pick by the Red Wings, spent the first nine years of his career in Detroit before signing with Montreal prior to the 2005-06 season. Lapointe, a first-round pick back in 1991, spent parts of a decade in Detroit and scored a career-high 27 goals during the 2000-01 season which he helped turn into a rather lucrative contract from the Boston Bruins the following year in free agency.

As for the Toronto additions, McDonald began his Hall of Fame career with the Maple Leafs and spent six-and-a-half years with the club before he was traded to the Colorado Rockies, along with Joel Quennville, during the 1979-80 season for Pat Hickey and Wilf Paiement. After that he was perhaps best known for his team with the Calgary Flames (as well as his legendary mustache that has since been unmatched by any player in the NHL), the team he won his only Stanley Cup with.

Roberts was a fan favorite in every city he played throughout his career for his physical style of play, his unmatched work ethic (current players flock to him in the offseason to train with him), and for the chaos he helped to create on the ice. His four years in Toronto between 2000 and 2004 were no exception.

McCabe always put up strong offensive numbers with the Maple Leafs but his defensive game at times left a lot to be desired, especially come playoff time, and that always seemed to leave him directly in the crosshairs for fans (see for example: the Bryan McCabe blooper reel).

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