Sunday, January 1, 2012

Alumni Game Prior to the NHL's 2012 Winter Classic Game

Yesterday afternoon alumni from the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers met in the Alumni Game as part of the festivities leading up to the 2012 Winter Classic Game.

The goalies in the Alumni Game were Bernie Parent, Mark LaForest and Neil Little for the Flyers and John Vanbiesbrouck and Dan Blackburn for the Rangers.

"Parent was scheduled to be a non-playing ambassador, but a fan outpouring convinced the 66-year-old Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender to break out the old pads and strap on the gear one more time.

He played just 5:32, but it was a 332 seconds Parent likely never will forget.

Parent received arguably the loudest ovations of any of the players, and the chants of "Bernie! Bernie!" never really stopped from the minute he came out to start the game until he took one final spin on the ice after his five-minute stint ended."

Here are photos from the game. I'm not even going to post the score, because I honestly forget what it was. I don't feel that's the important part. The important thing is that these guys got the chance to play in front of fans again and have a lot of fun.

I'm posting the photos that I was able to find. If it seems there are more of one team or another, it's just because there were more out there for that team/player.

Bernie Parent's Equipment

Neil Little's Mask

Mark LaForest's Mask

Bernie Parent

Mark LaForest and Bernie Parent

Mark LaForest

Neil Little

John Vanbiesbrouck

Dan Blackburn

And Ron Hextall, 2nd from left, was one of the Flyers' ambassadors. Seen here with Gary Dornhoefer, Don Saleski and Dave Schultz. 


  1. The Equipment Bernie Used for the 2012 Winter Classic is going to be auctioned off this November. There's more pics here:

  2. I too love goalies. Wicked small world. Anyway, do you know where I can find better pix of Mark Laforest's mask? He had one with the Admirals that was sweet.

    1. Thanks for your comment! I'm sorry, but I wasn't able to find any pictures of LaForest's Admirals mask. There must not be many of them out there online and they must be hiding pretty well. I'm sorry!