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Paul Coffey, Mathieu Dandenault And Martin Lapointe To Don The Winged Wheel Once Again

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Defenseman Paul Coffey moves the puck down the ice against the Buffalo Sabres during a game played at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York. The Sabres won the game, 2-1. Getty Images

Defenseman Paul Coffey moves the puck down the ice against the Buffalo Sabres during a game played at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York. The Sabres won the game, 2-1. Getty Images

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Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings® and Toronto Maple Leafs® today announced the addition of six total players who will participate in the festivities surrounding the 2012 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™ on December 31 at Comerica Park™ as part of the 2012 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™.  Detroit has added defensemen Paul Coffey and Mathieu Dandenault as well as forward Martin Lapointe; all three players were members of the Red Wings during the team’s record-setting campaign of 1995-96 during which Detroit won a total of 62 games – still the highest single-season total in NHL history. Toronto, meanwhile, has announced the addition of former star wingers Gary Roberts and Lanny McDonald as well as defenseman Bryan McCabe. Between the three of them, McDonald, Roberts and McCabe recorded 2,443 points (1083G-1360A) in 4,470 combined career NHL games.

Detroit’s top choice (first round, 10

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 overall) at the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, Lapointe spent ten years with the Red Wings franchise, winning two Stanley Cups (1997 and 1998) and appearing in 552 games for the club (108G-122A-230P). He is currently tied for 25

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 place on the team’s all-time playoff scoring list with 39 points (17G-22A) in 86 games. The speedy two-way winger was also a member of Team Canada at the 1991, 1992 and 1993 IIHF World Junior Championships, capturing Gold in his first and final appearances at the tournament. Lapointe also represented his country at the 2001 IIHF World Championships in Germany. In addition to the Red Wings, Lapointe also played for the Bruins, Blackhawks and 
 Senators in his 991-game career, retiring in 2008 with 381 points on 181 goals and 200 assists.  
Arguably one of the best pure skaters in league history, Coffey put up truly astounding numbers during his esteemed NHL career. The Weston, Ontario, native tallied 1409GP-396G-1135A-1531P over the course of 20 seasons with Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Detroit, Hartford, Chicago, Carolina and Boston, winning three Norris Trophies as the league’s top blue-liner as well as four Stanley Cup championships en route to earning a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame (inducted in 2004). The 48 goals Coffey scored for the Oilers in 1985-86 remains an NHL record for defensemen as does his 
 28-game point streak from the same season.

Selected by Detroit in the second round (49th overall) of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Dandenault spent nine seasons in Hockeytown between 1995 and 2004 and was a part of three Stanley Cup championships with the club (1997, 1998 & 2002). The 6’1”, 200-lb. rearguard registered 48G-101A-149P in 616 career games with the Red Wings. In 2003, Dandenault helped Team Canada capture Gold at the IIHF World Championships in Finland, tallying 9GP-2G-3A-5P in the tournament.

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