Winter Classic 2014: Steve Yzerman will play in alumni game

Bruce Bennett

Steve Yzerman will play in the alumni game associated with the 2014 Winter Classic.

The 2014 Winter Classic is shaping up to be the biggest in the history of the event. From the size of the venue to the amount of auxiliary events, Detroit is planning a massive show that will bring a lot of joy to a lot of people.

However, the one remaining wrench was whether former captain Steve Yzerman would participate in the alumni game. With responsibilities as the Tampa Bay Lightning manager and as the primary architect of Hockey Canada's team for the Sochi Olympics, Yzerman has a lot on his plate.

While he originally stated that he wouldn't participate in the game, it seems the pestering of his former teammates and Ken Holland has broken down the barrier, as the Red Wings announced that Yzerman will play in the alumni game associated with the 2014 Winter Classic.

The contest will take place on Dec. 31 at Detroit's Comerica Park and will include other notable Red Wings such as Brendan Shanahan, Chris Chelios, Kris Draper, Igor Larionov, Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov.

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