The Rangers have tweeted that Mike Richter will join Mike Keenan behind the bench at the Rangers alumni game with former coaches Emile Francis and Colin Campbell.
It was reported on Tuesday that Richter would be at the alumni game.
I guess Richter and his doctors didn’t feel comfortable with him getting back on skates to play.
The game will be shown LIVE on VERSUS at 1PM with Flyers play by play man Jim Jackson calling the action and with former Rangers goalie Kevin Weekes on color. Al Trautwig will report from the Rangers bench.
The game will be shown on tape delay on MSG and CSN Philly at 4PM.
During the pregame show, Al mentioned that MSG will televise the Rangers and Flyers alumni game on December 31 at 4PM.
On MSG, Sam mentioned that Mike Richter WILL play in the alumni game but not as a goalie.
Richter had been looking for clearance from doctors to play in the game. He was worried about his old concussion symptoms coming back.
Any Mike Richter is better than no Mike Richter.
The Rangers goalies for the game are Dan Blackburn and John Vanbiesbrouck.
The game will be broadcast on Versus
Update: 7:48PM: Messier says that he DIDN’T have the shoulder surgery and that he IS playing in the alumni game.
Mess put of the shoulder surgery he was supposed to have in September because he ran in the New York Marathon and he put it off again to play in the alumni game.
I never doubted that Mess was going to play but it is nice to see it confirmed that he will. I was kind of hoping he would announce that he convinced Wayne Gretzky to play.
Original Post: Earlier today the Rangers tweeted that they had an addition to make to the Rangers Winter Classic Alumni Roster.
On MSG, Sam Rosen said that they were expecting an announcement from Marc Messier on whether he was going to be able to play in the game after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Al is going to interview Mark Messier in the first intermission and he is supposed to make a major announcement.
I wonder what it could be….
In an interview with CSN’s Philly’s John Boruk, Flyers legend Bobby Clarke was asked about the Rangers and said:
“When I came to Philadelphia during the Flyers’ third year of existence, everyone hated the Rangers and I couldn’t understand why, but from Day 1, I’ve hated the Rangers… and still do.”
As we get closer to the game I am sure that more players on the Rangers side of things will express their distaste for the Flyers. Dave Maloney has on some of the post game shows, but I am sure that others will too.
In the Edmonton Journal, Jim Matheson writes that former Rangers defenseman Kevin Lowe isn’t playing in the alumni game because of arthritis in his hip and because he wants to attend the World Junior Championships which are taking place in Edmonton.
The Rangers released their roster for the alumni game on Friday.
Lowe is the president of the Edmonton Oilers.
Larry Brooks has more on Wayne Gretzky not playing in the game at the NY Post.