Selanne Returns To The Ice In Heritage Alumni Game

By Michael Walters

Teemu Selanne will suit up for the Winnipeg Jets in their alumni game against the Edmonton Oilers. The game will be one day prior to the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg on Oct. 23. It will be Selanne’s first game since retiring after the 2013-14 NHL season.

The uniforms that will be worn at the Heritage Classic were inspired by each team’s tenure in the WHA prior to entering the NHL. The Winnipeg Jets will be wearing the uniform worn in the final WHL game against the Edmonton Oilers on May 20, 1979. The Oilers will be wearing the orange jersey from their early years in Edmonton. The jersey also happens to be their current third jersey.

Other star players include Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri and Mark Messier who will participate in the event. Ron Wilson, Anaheim’s first head coach in franchise history, will also participate in the alumni game playing for the Jets. Dwayne Roloson, Anaheim’s former goalie coach, will play for the Oilers.

Grant Fuhr will be at the event, but won’t play in the game. According to Gretzky, “[Fuhr] can’t play anymore, his knees are too bad, but he’ll be there. We wouldn’t go if he wasn’t there.” Fuhr won the Stanley Cup five times with the Oilers.

Jets Alumni Roster:

Forwards: Laurie Boschman, Mike Eagles, Dale Hawerchuk, Kris King, Morris Lukowich, Andrew McBain, Brian Mullen, Teemu SelanneDarrin Shannon, Doug Smail, Thomas Steen, and Ron Wilson

Defensemen: Dave Babych, Dave Ellett, Mike FordJim Kyte, Mario Marois, Moe Mantha, Teppo Numminen, and Tim Watters

Goalie: Bob Essensa

Coaches: Tom McVie and Serge Savard

Oilers Alumni Roster:

Forwards: Glenn AndersonKelly Buchberger, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Ken Linseman, Blair MacDonald, Craig MacTavish, Mark MessierDave Semenko, Craig Simpson, Ryan Smyth, and Esa Tikkanen

Defensemen: Paul Coffey, Randy GreggCharlie Huddy, Kevin Lowe, and Marty McSorley

Goalies: Bill Ranford and Dwayne Roloson

Coaches: Ron Low and Glen Sather

Assistant Coaches: Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish

More players may be added prior to Oct. 22 when the game is played.

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