The Bakersfield Condors and Ontario Reign are set to head outdoors for the Condorstown Outdoor Classic on Jan. 7, but it’d be hard to blame hockey-heads if they were more excited for the NHL Alumni-Celebrity game that will take place the day prior.
It was announced in late-November that the contest, which will feature greats from the parent teams of both AHL clubs, would be captained by Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille, with ‘The Great One’ leading the Condors in the head-to-head against ‘Lucky Luc’ and the Reign group.
Gretzky and Robitaille won’t be the only Hall of Famers who make their way to Bakersfield for the outing, though, as they’ll be joined by 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Rob Blake and 2008 inductee and six-time Stanley Cup champion Glenn Anderson, who will suit up for the Condors.
The sheer number of Stanley Cup titles on the Condors/Oilers roster is overwhelming, too. Beyond Gretzky and Anderson, who have a combined 10 championships, there are another 18 Cup rings to go around. That includes six-time champion Kevin Lowe, four-time winners Craig MacTavish and Duane Sutter and two-time champions Dave Semenko and Kelly Buchberger.
The Reign alumni won’t have near the championship pedigree in the outdoor game, boasting only four Stanley Cup winners on their roster. That includes Robitaille, Blake, Sean O’Donnell and Tomas Sandstrom.
Other notables on the rosters include Mike Comrie, who will be skating with the Condors, and Bernie Nicholls, Nelson Emerson, Kyle Calder, Jaroslav Modry and Jamie Storr, all of whom will be dressing for the Reign.
There are also several notables suiting up in the contest who’ve never suited up for either team, but have made the cut as part of the ‘celebrity’ portion of the game. For the Oilers, the notables include Wayne’s son Ty Gretzky and David Pelletier, the pairs figure skater who won gold at the 2002 Olympics. The Kings will have a few more non-alumni suiting up, including Bones star David Boreanaz, Smallville’s Michael Rosenbaum and E! News’ Ken Baker.
The outdoor games will both take place at Bakersfield College’s Memorial Stadium, with the potential for 19,000 fans to be in attendance. Even if the stadium is sold out, it will be far from the most-attended in AHL history. The 2012 AHL Outdoor Classic between the Adirondack Phantoms and Hershey Bears drew an announced attendance of more than 45,000 fans to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.