Lemieux To Headline WC Alumni Game
The Pittsburgh Penguins plan to go all out with their Winter Classic celebration, and the latest event certainly will be the biggest — aside from the actual game.
According to NHL.com, Mario Lemieux and a group of his former teammates will take the Heinz Field ice on New Year’s Eve as part of a Penguins versus Washington Capitals alumni game.
“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, according to the site. “There is so much history between the Penguins and Capitals and it will be good to get together and see friends on both benches.”
Among those confirmed to participate for the Penguins are Ron Francis, Paul Coffey, Bryan Trottier and recently retired Billy Guerin. Others will be announced in short time.
On the Capitals side, only Peter Bondra’s name has been confirmed, though it wouldn’t be a surprise to see other legendary names, such as Olaf Kolzig, Dino Ciccarelli, Kevin Hatcher, and Dale Hunter.
Opening faceoff is set for 9:30 a.m., Friday, December 31.
While Heinz Field can seat more than 50,000 spectators, just 10,000 tickets will be made available to the public at a cost of $25 per seat. Tickets will go on sale through Ticketmaster at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 17.
A ticket will be good for admission to the alumni game, as well as the ensuing Penguins team practice, scheduled for 11:30 a.m.