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Lemieux to skate again in alumni game
Friday, December 10, 2010
By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mario Lemieux wil return to the ice in a Penguins uniform as part of the activities surrounding the Winter Classic -- but not as an active member of the team.

Lemieux, the Hall of Fame center and team co-owner, will join fellow former stars such as Paul Coffey, Ron Francis, Bryan Trottier and Bill Guerin in a Dec. 31 alumni game against former Washington Capitals on the outdoor rink at Heinz Field.

The Penguins and Capitals will meet Jan. 1 in the Winter Classic on the Steelers' field.

The alumni game will be played at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Penguins practice at 11:30 a.m. on the outdoor rink. Tickets to both events, $25, will be available Dec. 17 at or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Seating capacity that day is 10,000.

Among the Washington alumni will be Peter Bondra. Full rosters are yet to be announced.

The Capitals will practice following the Penguins, but that session is not open to the public.

"We all grew up playing on outdoor rinks, so we're really looking forward to having this chance to skate on the Winter Classic rink at Heinz Field," Lemieux said in a statement. "There is so much history between the Penguins and Capitals and it will be good to get together and see friends on both benches."

Shelly Anderson: or 412-263-1721.

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