Rosters announced for Winter Classic alumni game
By Rob Rossi, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, December 17, 2010
• Five Hall of Famers will represent the Penguins in an alumni game against the Washington Capitals on Dec. 31 at the Winter Classic rink at Heinz Field. The Penguins squad will feature many recognizable names, from former coach and general manager Eddie Johnston behind the bench to popular power forward Kevin Stevens leading a cast of 1991 and '92 Stanley Cup teammates. The squad will be led by Hall of Famers Mario Lemieux, Paul Coffey, Ron Francis, Bryan Trottier and Larry Murphy -- all members of the first championship team in franchise history. A Capitals squad will be led by Peter Bondra, a 500-goal scorer. Tickets cost $25 and go on sale at 10 a.m. today. Only 10,000 are available. Purchases can be made at ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
• Rock band Styx is scheduled to perform "Renegade" during the Winter Classic on New Year's Day. The song has been a tradition at Steelers home games for several seasons. NFL Films recently produced a special on the Styx-Steelers connection.
• Center Dustin Jeffrey was reassigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL on Thursday. Recalled last Friday, Jeffrey scored a goal and recorded an assist in a win Saturday at Buffalo.
• The combination of the Penguins' winning streak (then 12 games) and a "Commonwealth Cold War" meeting between the NHL's top teams produced big ratings for Versus. The broadcast of Tuesday's game between the Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers was watched on average by 750,000 viewers, with a peak of nearly 1 million between 9:15 and 9:30 p.m., according to the network. It was the most watched regular-season game on cable since December 2003, when games were broadcast on ESPN. The game drew an 11.2 household rating locally, up 50 percent from last season's average of a Penguins regular-season game on Versus.