NHL Winter Classic 2012: 5 Reasons Wayne Gretzky Must Play in Alumni Game

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NHL Winter Classic 2012: 5 Reasons Wayne Gretzky Must Play in Alumni Game
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The 2012 NHL Winter Classic continues to generate excitement among hockey fans.

The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers feature two of the premiere teams in the NHL.

New York sits in first in the Atlantic Division, and Philidelphia is a close second, trailing the Rangers by only two points.

Obviously, this game is about more than having a fun time outdoors, but the extracurricular events like the Alumni game will be a big draw for older hockey fans as well.

For the Flyers, stars like Bobby Clarke, Bill Barber, Reggie Leach and Mark Howe highlight an older generation of Flyers fans, while players like John LeClair, Jeremy Roenick, Eric Lindros, Mark Recchi and Eric Desjardins highlight the more recent generation of Flyers.

The Rangers lineup features Brian Leetch, Adam Graves, Glenn Anderson and Mathieu Schneider, amongst others.

Mark Messier wants to participate, but he is questionable due to shoulder surgery earlier in December.

Now, these are all top players of their time, but the best player of all-time will not be in this game.

Wayne Gretzky played his last three full seasons wearing the Rangers jersey, and somehow, he has found a way to escape playing in this event.

So Wayne, if you happen to stumble upon this article, here are five reasons you should show up and play in the Alumni game on Dec. 31.

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