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|1 декабря 2004
Yzerman will help say goodbye to Larionov ; Red Wings captain to play in farewell game for former teammate // The Grand Rapids Press
DETROIT -- Igor Larionov's farewell game will feature many of his former teammates. It might be the only time this season that most of the Detroit Red Wings, including Steve Yzerman, are on the ice together.
Larionov will lead a team of Russian all-stars against a squad of North American and European players dominated by Red Wings on Dec. 13 in Moscow.
The game will enable Russian fans to bid farewell to one of that country's legendary players. Larionov played on three Stanley Cup championship teams for the Red Wings before retiring after spending last season with New Jersey.
"It's been a long career -- 27 seasons -- it's about time to say good-bye," Larionov said.
Yzerman will serve as captain for the World team. He hasn't played in a game since suffering numerous injuries when he was hit in the face with the puck during Game 5 of the second-round playoff series against Calgary on May 1.
Yzerman's first public on-ice appearance since the injury will take place Thursday at Yost Arena in Ann Arbor, when he joins a handful of teammates in a charity game pitting local locked-out NHL players against the U.S. National Under-18 team.
For Yzerman, the game will serve as a warmup before Larionov's star-studded event, which will be televised by Comcast Cable in parts of Michigan and the U.S.
The World team also will include current Red Wings Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Chelios, Jiri Fischer, Mathieu Dandenault, Brendan Shanahan, Kris Draper, Darren McCarty, Kirk Maltby, Tomas Holmstrom and Henrik Zetterberg, as well as former Red Wings Chris Osgood, Luc Robitaille, Martin Lapointe and Steve Duchesne.
Former Wings coach Scotty Bowman will coach the team, along with current Red Wings head coach Dave Lewis and associate coach Barry Smith.
The Russian team will include Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk and former Red Wings Sergei Fedorov and Slava Fetisov.
"It's going to be a fun, happy event," Larionov said. "It will be the first time in 15 years I'll be coming back to play in Moscow. ... There is very big interest in Russia. I have no doubt it's going to be a great hockey game."
There's a chance the NHL season could be officially canceled by then. There is no settlement in sight to the lockout that began on Sept. 15. The league and the NHL Players Association haven't spoken since Sept. 9 and have no talks scheduled in the foreseeable future.
Yzerman, who turns 40 in May, has said he might retire if the season is wiped out.
Lidstrom, Draper, Chelios and Manny Legace will be among the NHL players facing the U.S. National Under-18 team on Thursday. The game, which begins at 8 p.m., will benefit the Champions for Children campaign to build a new University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital.