Detroit Red Wings Add 4 Players to Winter Classic Alumni Game Roster
The Alumni Showdown between the Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs is set to take place at Comerica Park on Dec. 31, a day before the current Red Wings and Maple Leafs will square off at Michigan Stadium.
The newest additions to the Red Wings alumni lineup were all forwards during their NHL careers.
Now 47-years-old, Klima was selected 86th overall by the Red Wings in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. Originally from Czechoslovakia, Klima arrived in Detroit prior to the 1985-86 season. He spent just over four seasons with the Red Wings in the late 80s, registering at least 25 goals and 40 points each year.
The 43-year-old BC native averaged well over a point per game while playing college hockey at Northern Michigan University. He was drafted 116th overall by the Red Wings in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. He spent the first two years of his career in Detroit before playing for the Jets/Coyotes and the St. Louis Blues. Drake signed with the Red Wings as a free agent prior to the 2007-08 season. Drake retired a Stanley Cup champion the following summer.
The 46-year-old was drafted 74th overall in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils. After a couple seasons in New Jersey, Ysebaert was traded to the Red Wings during the 1990-91 season. The following season Ysebaert had a career year statistically, scoring 35 goals, 75 points and finishing with a plus 44 rating. Ysebaert also played for the Winnipeg Jets, Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning.
At age 64, Unger is the oldest of the four players. The Alberta native spent 16 seasons in the NHL and at one point held the record for the most consecutive games played, with 914. His NHL career started in Toronto, but after 15 games with the Maple Leafs Unger was traded to the Red Wings. He stayed in Detroit for four years before suiting up for the St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames, Los Angeles Kings and the Edmonton Oilers.
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