Rosters were announced for the 2016 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game Tuesday for both the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens, and the lineups are impressive.
More than 40 former players and coaches are scheduled to participate in the renewal of this legendary rivalry in this unique outdoor setting on Dec. 31 at Gillette Stadium.
Those returning for the Bruins include Ray Bourque, Cam Neely, Terry O’Reilly and more; Don Cherry and Mike Milbury will serve as Boston’s coaches. Yvan Cournoyer, Jacques Demers and Guy Lafleur lead the Canadiens alumni with a roster that includes Larry Robinson, Guy Carbonneau, Jose Theodore and Mats Naslund, among many other notable names.
Additions or changes to the rosters may be made leading up to the game. The Alumni Game will consist of three 20-minute periods (running time) and two 12-minute intermissions. NBCSN will broadcast the alumni game nationally.
Here are the full rosters:
Boston Bruins alumni
PJ Axelsson, Bob Beers, Ray Bourque, Rob DiMaio, Tom Fergus, Hal Gill, Steve Heinze, Al Iafrate, Brian Leetch, Reggie Lemelin, Ken Linseman, Rick Middleton, Jay Miller, Cam Neely, Terry O’Reilly, Andrew Raycroft, Mark Recchi, Sergei Samsonov, Marco Sturm, Bob Sweeney, Don Sweeney, Tim Sweeney and Glen Wesley
Bruins coaching staff
Lyndon Byers, Don Cherry, Stan Jonathan, Don Marcotte, Tom McVie, Mike Milbury and Derek Sanderson
Montreal Canadiens alumni
Donald Audette, Christian Bordeleau, Francis Bouillon, Benoit Brunet, Patrice Brisebois, Guy Carbonneau, Lucien Deblois, Gilbert Delorme, Eric Desjardins, Normand Dupont, Gaston Gingras, Rick Green, Mike Keane, Alex Kovalev, Sergio Momesso, Mats Naslund, Chris Nilan, Lyle Odelein, Oleg Petrov, Stephane Quintal, Stephane Richer, Larry Robinson, Richard Sevigny, Steve Shutt and Jose Theodore.
Canadiens coaching staff
Simon Arsenault, Yvan Cournoyer, Jacques Demers, Stéphane Gauthier, Réjean Houle and Guy Lafleur.