NHL Alumni Game
- Meet the Alumni at the pre-game VIP reception
- Chat with the Alumni in the lockerroom between periods
- Watch the game
Kenneth S. “Ken” “The Rat” Linseman (born August 11, 1958) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre who played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs. He also played one season in the World Hockey Association for the Birmingham Bulls.
Linseman helped the Oilers to the Stanley Cup finals with 14 points in 16 post-season games. In 1983–84, Linseman had 67 points in 75 games, and helped the Oilers win the Stanley Cup with 14 points in 19 games. He scored an NHL record 3 series clinching goals, since tied by Martin Gélinas of the Calgary Flames in 2004. After winning the Stanley Cup, Linseman found himself on the move as the Oilers dealt him to the Bruins in June, 1984.
In 1987–88, Linseman helped the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Finals, earning 25 points in 23 playoff games. In 1898-90, Linseman began the season with Boston, playing in 32 games and getting 22 points, but was traded to the Flyers in January. Linseman then played 29 games with the Flyers, getting 14 points.
On August 31, 1990, Linseman signed as a free agent with the Oilers. In October, 1991, the Oilers traded Linseman to the Maple Leafs; however Linseman spent only two games with Toronto. He was released by the Leafs, and ended up playing 5 games in an Italian Hockey League. After the 1991–92 season, Linseman hung his skates up and retired.
Linseman picked up the nickname “The Rat” because of the way he played. He had a great talent for agitating the opposing team to a high level of frustration, leading them to take penalties.
Ronald “Ron” Duguay (born July 6, 1957) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player and coach who played 12 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1977 through 1989, and served four seasons as a minor league coach.
Duguay was drafted 13th overall by the New York Rangers in the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft, and made the jump directly from junior hockey to the NHL, with 20 goals in his rookie year. Duguay set a team record for the fastest goal at the start of a game, at 9 seconds, on April 6, 1980 against the Philadelphia Flyers. In 1981–82, Duguay led the Rangers in scoring with 40 goals. Duguay played his first six seasons in New York, and on June 13, 1983, was traded to the Detroit Red Wings.
He played parts of only two seasons in Pittsburgh, and in January 1987, Pittsburgh traded Duguay to his original team, the Rangers. It was towards the end of his second stint with the Rangers that Duguay was sent to the minors for the first time, playing two games with the Colorado Rangers of the IHL. After briefly returning to the Rangers, Duguay finished his NHL career with the Los Angeles Kings in 1988–89. He played 864 career NHL games, scoring 274 goals and 346 assists for 620 points.
Duguay’s career continued in the minor leagues for a few years after his final NHL season. He played 22 games in Europe with Mannheim ERC during the 1989–90 season, then returned to the United States where he played two seasons in the IHL with the San Diego Gulls. Following the 1991–92 season he retired, but three years later resumed playing, again, for the San Diego Gulls. In 1998–99 he jumped to the Jacksonville Lizard Kings of the ECHL. In 2003, he joined the Jacksonville Barracudas. Duguay played six games as a Barracudas forward, then took over as the team’s head coach. With Duguay as coach, the Barracudas’ overall record over 3 1⁄4 seasons was 92–92–0–3 with a 6–3 playoff record. Duguay resigned as coach after the 2005–06 season.
Gary Spencer Leeman (born February 19, 1964) is a former professional ice hockey player in the NHL. He is best known for being the second Toronto Maple Leaf player ever to score 50 goals or more in a single NHL season (Rick Vaive being the first in 1981-82).
Leeman attended Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Saskatchewan and was a standout defenceman for two seasons with the WHL’s Regina Pats where he was voted the league’s Top Defenceman and a First Team All-Star.
After nearly nine seasons in Toronto, Leeman was the key player sent to the Calgary Flames in the blockbuster trade that brought Doug Gilmour to Toronto. As well as the Leafs and the Flames, Leeman also played for the Montreal Canadiens, the Vancouver Canucks and the St. Louis Blues. He won a Stanley Cup in Montreal in 1993, and finished his career in Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga for the Hannover Scorpions. He retired in 1999. Leeman played 667 regular season games in the NHL, scoring 199 goals and 267 assists for 466 points.
Darren Michael Langdon (born January 8, 1971) is a Canadian ice hockey coach and former professional player who hails from Newfoundland.
Langdon was undrafted, but signed his first pro contract in 1993 with the New York Rangers. Langdon played for the Rangers for six seasons, and was twice selected as winner of the Players’ Player Award (1996 and 1997), an award voted on by the Rangers themselves. In addition to the Rangers, Langdon has played for the Carolina Hurricanes (2000-2002), the Vancouver Canucks (2002-2003), the Montreal Canadiens (2003-2004), and the New Jersey Devils (2005-2006).
Langdon retired from the NHL in 2006. Langdon played in 521 NHL games, which was the most by any Newfoundlander. His NHL totals were 16 goals and 23 assists for 39 points and 1,251 penalty minutes. Langdon is most famous for his hockey fighting ability. He has been described as an experienced and enduring hockey fighter who is at his best during the second half of the fight.
Langdon also played several seasons with the Western Royals of the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League. In 2014, Langdon retired from the senior hockey circuit, at age 43, after eight seasons with Deer Lake and Corner Brook as a player, to move behind the bench as coach of the Corner Brook Royals. In 2015, Langdon was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame.
Raymond Jean “Ray” Bourque (born December 28, 1960) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. He currently holds records for most career goals, assists, and points by a defenceman in the NHL. Bourque is also an Olympian and has become near-synonymous with the Boston Bruins franchise, for which he played 21 seasons and became its longest-serving captain.
Bourque finished his career with the Colorado Avalanche, with whom he won his only Stanley Cup in his final NHL game.
Bourque’s exceptional talent as a player has led him to become one of the most honored players in hockey history. During his career, he was selected to thirteen NHL First Team (the most in history) and six Second Team All-Star squads, second in total in league history only to Gordie Howe and most amongst defencemen. He won the Norris Trophy as the top defenceman in the league five times, fourth all-time after Doug Harvey, Bobby Orr and Nicklas Lidström.
Stéphane Joseph Jean-Jacques Richer (born June 7, 1966) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey left winger.
Richer was drafted 29th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He played in 1,054 career NHL games, scoring 421 goals and 398 assists for 819 points. Richer won the Calder Cup in 1985. He also won the Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1986 and with the New Jersey Devils in 1995.
Richer is among the all-time leaders (tied in second with six other players) in playoff overtime goals, with four. Richer scored 50 goals for the Montreal Canadiens in 1987–88 and 51 in 1989–90, becoming the only player to do so since Guy Lafleur’s heyday. To this date, Richer is the last player to have scored 50 goals in one season for the Montreal Canadiens.
Richer was known to have one of the hardest shots in the NHL during his playing days, coupled with an extremely quick release. Unlike many other players, Richer only had to wind up his stick to about waist height to achieve full power on his shot. A fast skater with a big body (approx. 6’3″, 225 lbs.), Richer used skill and his shot to beat opponents as opposed to a hard-hitting power forward style which was prototypical of an NHL player of his proportions.
Christopher John “Chris” Nilan (born February 9, 1958) is a retired professional ice hockey player and current radio host. Nilan played 688 NHL regular season games as a right-wing for the Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, and New York Rangers between 1980 and 1992. He won the Stanley Cup in 1986 with Montreal. Known as “Knuckles,” he was famous for his propensity to fight.
Nilan was selected 231st overall in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft, and was best known as a tough-guy for the Montreal Canadiens in the mid 1980s. One of only nine players in NHL history to have recorded more than 3,000 career penalty minutes, he holds the records of highest penalty minute average per game at 4.42 minutes per game, as well as the record for most penalties in a single game.
Seriously hobbled by repeated injuries, Nilan retired after the 1992 season. Highlights of his career include winning the Stanley Cup in 1986 with the Canadiens, being named to Team USA for the 1987 Canada Cup, and his selection to the 1991 NHL All-Star Game.
Albert Anthony “Al” Iafrate (born March 21, 1966) is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played in the NHL between 1984 and 1998. He is perhaps most famous for his extremely hard slap shot. He set a record for velocity during the NHL Skills Competition of 1993, a record which stood for 16 years, at 105.2 miles per hour (169.3 km/h). The record was broken in 2009 by Zdeno Chára of the Boston Bruins with a slap shot at 105.4 mph in Montreal.
Iafrate was given the nickname “the Planet” by Boston Globe sportswriter Kevin Paul Dupont for his peculiar personality.
He played 799 career NHL games over twelve NHL seasons, scoring 152 goals and 311 assists for 463 points. He also compiled 1301 penalty minutes. His best season statistically was the 1992–93 season, when he scored 25 goals and 41 assists with the Washington Capitals.
Iafrate dealt with numerous injuries throughout his career, including a torn anterior cruciate ligament in a knee, sciatic nerve damage in his back, and a ruptured appendix. Because of injuries, Iafrate missed all of the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons, and played less than 70 NHL games after his 28th birthday, retiring after the 1997-98 season at age 32.