Report: McCarty, Lemieux to play in alumni game

The Detroit News

Darren McCarty and Claude Lemieux will play for their respective alumni teams when Avalanche and Red Wings play Feb. 26, according to reports.

Lemieux said he was suiting up for the Avalanche, according to a report in The Hockey News. McCarty confirmed he'd be playing for the Wings' alumni team during an autograph session Wednesday, WXYZ-TV's Brad Galli reported.

Lemieux, 50, is best remembered for cross-checking Wings' Kris Draper from behind during the 1996 playoffs, which resulted in the forward sustaining a broken jaw, nose and cheekbone. The vicious hit sparked a heated rivalry between the two teams, which culminated in a 1997 brawl pitting McCarty against Lemieux that was soon eclipsed by a fight involving goalies Mike Vernon and Patrick Roy.

A rematch in 1998 at Joe Louis Arena erupted into another full-scale melee featuring Roy and Wings goalie Chris Osgood.

Igor Larionov, Nicklas Listrom, Chris Chelios and Brendan Shanahan are among the Red Wings slated to play in the alumni fest. The Avalanche roster will include Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Rob Blake and Roy, according to the Denver Post.

The alumni game is a prelude to the Winter Classic between the Avalanche and Red Wings on Feb. 27 at Coors Field.

Claude Lemieux