Flyers Winter Classic Alumni Game Roster Announced; Thoughts on Who'll Be There, Who'll Be Missed

Flyers Winter Classic Alumni Game Roster Announced; Thoughts on Who'll Be There, Who'll Be Missed

We've been eager to find out which former Flyers would lace up the skates and once again don the winged P when the team's alumni face off with the old men of the New York Rangers on New Year's Eve. We knew Eric Lindros and John LeClair were scheduled to appear, but that Mikael Renberg wouldn't be available to complete the Legion of Doom Voltron.

Today, the Flyers announced the full roster is it currently stands, with a nice cross-section of previous eras. Let's take a look at the guys who will be there, as well as those we wish could be.

Courtesy our folks over at CSN, here's who'll skate for the Flyers.

Coaches
Coach Pat Quinn
Asst coaches Keith Primeau, Mike Nykoluk

Damn shame that Primeau is only listed here, and not with the forwards.

Wish They Were Here: Bill Dineen, Roger Nielsen (RIP)

Goalies
Neil Little
Mark LaForest

Overall, not a very distinguished pairing. What more would you expect from a Flyers team that has seen so little success between the pipes since Bernie Parent retired due to injury? Little actually played just two games as a Flyer, but he spent his whole career in the organization, spanning season with the Hershey Bears and Philadelphia Phantoms. He later spent some time as an assistant coach for the Phantoms and a goaltending scout for both the Phantoms and the Flyers. LaForest played all of 38 career games as a Flyer, swinging the door for a young starter Ron Hextall for parts of two seasons. Hopefully he still has that great Trees mask

Wish He Was Here: Hexy, Pelle (RIP)

Defense
Chris Therien
Derian Hatcher
Kjell Samuelsson
Larry Goodenough
Eric Desjardins
Terry Carkner
Joe Watson
Brad Marsh
Mark Howe

Here we have a list including the Flyers' current radio color man and their most recent addition to the Hockey Hall of Fame, and plenty in between. Hatch is a former Flyers captain and currently serves as a development coach. Desjardins is one of the best Flyers defenders of all time, perhaps second to Howe? Carkner was the man in his day as well, and who can forget the giant Kjell Samuelsson? Watson, now 68 years old, was an original Flyer with the team from '67 to '78, winning two Cups, one alongside Goodenough, who is 10 years his junior. Marsh was a Flyers blueliner for six seasons in the mid-80s.

Wish They Were Here: Brad McCrimmon (RIP)

Forwards
John LeClair
Jeremy Roenick
Eric Lindros
Mark Recchi
Bobby Clarke
Rick Tocchet
Shjon Podein
Jim Dowd
Orest Kindrachuk
Dave Poulin
Bob Kelly
Reggie Leach
Bill Barber
Ken Linseman
Brian Propp
Al Hill

Another nice representation of multiple Flyers generations. The LCB Line will skate again, and Lindros and LeClair will join as 2/3 of the Legion of Doom, with a nice array of options to man the other wing. Lindros and Recchi were two-thirds of the Crazy Eights line, who knows where Brent Fedyk is. JR brings even more star power to the mix, and with any luck will see a Propper Guffaw.

Wish They Were Here: Tim Kerr, Keith Jones, and Peter Zezel (RIP)

The Rangers aren't bringing as much to the table, with no Gretzky or Messier highlighting the absences. John Vanbiesbrouck will face his former club though, and Brian Leetch will anchor their defense. See the Rangers roster here.

Who else do you wish had made it for the Flyers? We purposely left our lists small so you could fill in the blanks.

Penn State uses dominant second half to top No. 6 Wisconsin for Big Ten title

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Penn State uses dominant second half to top No. 6 Wisconsin for Big Ten title

INDIANAPOLIS — Penn State’s offense rewrote the Big Ten Championship’s offensive record book Saturday night but its 38-31 victory over Wisconsin wasn’t secure until the final minute.

And Linebacker U. got the game-saving play from the secondary.

Wisconsin, armed with a pair of timeouts and lining up for a fourth-and-1 play from the Nittany Lions’ 24, called on Corey Clement. Clement, who’d already racked up 166 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, got the ball but never got close to the marker.

Grant Haley made sure of it.

The junior cornerback wrapped up Clement’s legs and safety Marcus Allen kept Clement from leaning forward and the game was over. Penn State (11-2) has the 2016 Big Ten title and, at worst, will play in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 2009.

“They ran [a counter] early in the game and split it for a touchdown,” Haley said of the final play. “I saw them set the edge, so I got triggered really well and Marcus finished off the play.”

Haley and company watched the Badgers run wild in the first half; 164 yards and three touchdowns, including Clement’s 67-yard scamper. Wisconsin, one of the conference’s best rushing teams this season, managed less than half that total (77) in the second half.

“They really weren’t running that many plays,” Haley added. “We just came out in the second half and had a jolt. 

“We just had the energy going into the second half.”

Wisconsin got the ball twice in the fourth quarter but managed only 65 yards - 51 of which came on its final drive.

“Give credit to Penn State for coming out in the second half and making those adjustments and allowing those big plays to happen,” Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said. 

Give plenty of credit, too, to the Nittany Lions’ offense. 

Quarterback Trace McSorley was named the game’s most valuable player after completing 17 of his 25 passes for 319 yards and four touchdowns - both championship game records. He helped Penn State complete the biggest comeback in the game’s six year history after his team fell behind 28-7 in the first half and also finished the regular season with 3,360 yards and 25 touchdown passes, both school records.

Saeed Blacknall had six catches for a Big Ten Championship-record 155 yards and two touchdowns and DaeShean Hamilton finished with 118 yards on eight grabs.

Tailback Saquon Barkley, injured in last weekend’s victory over Michigan State, returned with 88 yards and a touchdown on the ground and caught an 18-yard scoring pass from McSorley early in the fourth quarter to put the Nittany Lions ahead for good.

Penn State, in its first-ever trip to this game, is coming home from it with just its second outright Big Ten title. It’s on a nine-game winning streak that has seen it average 40 points per contest.

It also could present the College Football Playoff selection committee with a bit of quandary. The Nittany Lions, who were ranked seventh by the committee last week, topped the No. 6 Badgers and claimed a conference championship, something likely playoff teams Alabama, Clemson and Washington all boast.

On the flip side, Penn State’s last defeat was a lopsided 49-10 loss at Michigan, which sits at No. 5 in the rankings and likely won’t move into the top four after losing last week to No. 2 Ohio State.

Penn State coach James Franklin stated his team’s case after Saturday night’s win, but also made it clear he and his team won’t be moping their way to Pasadena, Calif., where the conference champion is slotted if it is not chosen for the playoff.

“We’ve got great options in front of us,” he said. “I hear people on TV talking about they feel like maybe the playoff has taken away from the bowls. 

“Are you kidding me? The Rose Bowl? It doesn’t get a whole lot better than that.”

Report: Jordan Matthews (ankle) not expected to play vs. Bengals

Report: Jordan Matthews (ankle) not expected to play vs. Bengals

Jordan Matthews will not play Sunday against the Bengals after missing practice all week with an ankle sprain, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Matthews is the Eagles' leading receiver with 57 catches for 686 yards and three touchdowns. The team has called him a game-time decision.

Second-year receiver Nelson Agholor will reportedly be inserted back into the lineup. If Matthews doesn't play the Eagles will have only four healthy receivers active on Sunday: Agholor, Dorial Green-Beckham and undrafted rookies Bryce Treggs and Paul Turner.