22, 2003, the Montreal Canadiens and the Edmonton Oilers held an event
that will be marked in the NHL history for ever.
The held a outdoor hockey game at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton with a sell out crowd of 57,167. Preceding that game was the MEGASTARS GAME , which was a reunion of the alumni of both the Montreal Canadiens and the Edmonton Oilers.
The Edmonton Oilers alumni team included, Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Kevin Lowe, Grant Fuhr and many other legends.
On the Canadiens roster we found legends like, Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Guy Lapointe, Steve Shutt. (Click for rosters of both teams).
Unfortunately the Habs couldn't come out of this one victoriously as they lose the game 2-0. Despite the lost it was a great game to watch and fun for the fans and especially the players, and a great event that will put November 22, 2003 in the history books.
Guy Lapointe (Montreal Canadiens) and Ken Linesman (Edomonton Oilers) battle infront of Montreal Goal
|Cam Connor (Montreal Canadiens) try's to slow down the "Great One" Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers)||Larry Robinson (Montreal Canadiens) maeking sure that Craig Simpson (Edmonton Oilers) doens't get by him|
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Montreal Canadiens goalie Jose Theodore blows some steam
the lost of the Alumni Habs, the real Montreal Canadiens walked out of
Commonwealth Stadium defeating the Edmonton Oilers 4-3.
Yanic Perreault and Richard Zednik each scored two goals for the Canadiens.
With temperatures hitting -20 Celsius at game time, players insulated themselves with sweatshirts under their team sweaters. Montreal goaltender Jose Theodore sported a Habs toque with a red and blue pompom over top of his mask, but the cold didn't seem to phase him.Theodore made 34 saves for the Canadiens.
The Habs -Oilers game easily surpassed the previous record attendance of 28,183 for a Philadelphia-Tampa Bay playoff game in 1996.
One drawback to the game was the ice surface. The frigid temperatures made it chip easily. However it was still a great show and a one in a lifetime experience for all the players and fans.
|Captain, Saku Koivu of the Montreal Canadiens battles for face-off against Ryan Smith of the edmonton Oilers.|
Begin of the Montreal Canadiens, fights off Edmonton Oiler player behind
the Edmonton goal
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MEGASTARS GAME ROSTER
|Edomonton Oilers||Montreal Canadiens|
|Grant Fuhr 31||Steve Penney 37|
|Bill Ranford 30||Richard Sevigny 33|
|Kevin Lowe 4||Larry Robinson 19 A|
|Lee Fogolin 2||Guy Lapointe 5|
|Randy Gregg 21||Gaston Gingras 29|
|Charlie Huddy 22||Jean-Jacques Daigneault 48|
|Craig Muni 28||Craig Ludwig 17|
|Paul Coffey 7|
|Jeff Beukeboom 6|
|Marty McSorley 33|
|Wayne Gretzky 99||Steve Shutt 22|
|Esa Tikkanen 10||Mark Napier 31|
|Jari Kurri 17||Guy Lafleur 10|
|Glenn Anderson 9||Benoit Brunet 17|
|Craig Simpson 18||Guy Carbonneau 21 C|
|Dave Semenko 27||Stephane Richer 44|
|Dave Hunter 12||Yvon Lambert 11|
|Dave Lumley 20||Bobby Smith 15|
|Ken Linesman 13||Chris Nilan 30|
|Ron Chipperfield 7||Russ Courtnall 6|
|Mark Messier 11 **||Bobby Smith 15|
|Kirk Muller 11 C|
|Lucien Deblois 27|
|Cam Connor 20|
**= still playing in the NHL
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