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Gretzky, Hull highlight Winter Classic alumni roster

Gretzky, Hull highlight Winter Classic alumni roster

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GRETZKY RETIREMENT

FILE--Wayne Gretzky takes to the ice in a St. Louis Blues uniform sporting the team captain's "C" on his sweater during pre-game skate in Vancouver Thursday Feb. 29, 1996 in Vancouver. Injured or not, Gretzky is hurting the St. Louis Blues in the playoffs. Gretzky was on the ice for four of the Detroit Red Wings' five first-period goals in Sunday's 8-3 Game 2 blowout loss. Hockey's career leading scorer, who's negotiating a three-year, $21 million contract, has become a puzzling liability as the Blueshave fallen behind two games to none.(AP Photo/chuck stoody)

Wayne Gretzky, whose time with the Blues was limited but whose contribution to the game was extensive, will headline the lineup for the Blues-Blackhawks alumni game on Dec. 31 at Busch Stadium as part of the Winter Classic festivities.

The game, which is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m., will consist of three 20-minute periods (running time) and two 12-minute intermissions. 

Gretzky had said after playing in an alumni game in conjunction with an outdoor game in Winnipeg this season that it might be his last, but he's coming out of retirement in retirement to play one more game.

Joining the "Great One" on the ice will be Brett Hull, and they will be among 27 players participating in the game, including 14 forwards, nine defensemen and four goalies. Here is the roster ...

Forwards

Gretzky, Hull, Larry Patey, Keith Tkachuk, Dallas Drake, Adam Oates, Gino Cavallini, Scott Mellanby, Bernie Federko, Peter Stastny, Terry YakeKelly Chase, Scott Young, and Pierre Turgeon.

Defensemen

Al MacInnis, Bruce Affleck, Barret Jackman, Garth Butcher, Jamie Rivers, Paul Cavallini, Jeff Brown, Bryce Salvador and Chris Pronger.

Goalies

Mike Liut, Martin Brodeur, Ed Staniowski and Chris Mason.

In addition to the alumni roster, the Blues announced the coaches for the game. They will be Red Berenson, Bobby Plager, Brian Sutter and Garry Unger.

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Jeremy Rutherford is the lead Blues beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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