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Gretzky headlines Blues roster for Winter Classic alumni game

Wayne Gretzky

17 Mar 1996: Center Wayne Gretzky of the St. Louis Blues moves the puck during a game against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California. The Ducks won the game, 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Cratty /Allsport

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Wayne Gretzky was his own toughest critic in his return to the ice for the Heritage Classic alumni game last month.

“I’m not doing a road show, but that might have been my last game,” said Gretzky, the hockey legend, per in October.

But it appears The Great One -- who admits he usually only skates about once a year -- will indeed return to the outdoor ice at Busch Stadium for the Winter Classic alumni game between former players from the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks on Dec. 31.

On Thursday, the Blues released their roster for the event. Gretzky headlines the list of players, despite playing only 31 games combined between regular season and playoffs for the Blues during the 1995-96 campaign.

Here is the Blues alumni roster, as of Nov. 10:

-- Bruce Affleck
-- Martin Brodeur
-- Jeff Brown
-- Garth Butcher
-- Gino Cavallini
-- Paul Cavallini
-- Kelly Chase
-- Dallas Drake
-- Bernie Federko
-- Wayne Gretzky
-- Brett Hull
-- Barret Jackman
-- Mike Liut
-- Al MacInnis
-- Chris Mason
-- Scott Mellanby
-- Adam Oates
-- Larry Patey
-- Chris Pronger
-- Jamie Rivers
-- Bryce Salvador
-- Ed Staniowski
-- Peter Stastny
-- Keith Tkachuk
-- Pierre Turgeon
-- Terry Yake
-- Scott Young