Among the players filling out the Flyers Alumni Team roster were some notable names such as former NHL star Bobby Carpenter, forwards Andrei Nikolishin and Alexander Semak, and a big name in Russian hockey -- former Red Army (CSKA) and national team fixture Sergey Gimayev (who, back in 1976 was a rookie on CSKA) -- who to this day remains prominent around Russian hockey as a national commentator.
During the game, I served three (hopefully useful) functions. I was introduced as a Flyers Alumni assistant coach, which really only meant that I was opening the bench door on line changes. Trainer Dave Culp had everything under control -- as usual -- in terms of the equipment and tending to in-game needs but I pitched in the few times he needed an extra hand. Meanwhile, I was also taking photos from the bench for the tour diary I am authoring on FlyersAlumni.org.
Due to the time difference between North America and Russia, the Flyers' 3-1 n Calgary was still ongoing when I woke up early in the morning. I caught bits and pieces of the game. In the morning today, we departed Kazan for St. Petersburg (via a connecting flight in Moscow). It was only a few hours ago that we arrived at our hotel. Daily and more in-depth Flyers coverage will return after the Alumni tour.
The projected lineups in Edmonton on Thursday per NHL.com:
Brayden Schenn -- Claude Giroux -- Wayne Simmonds
Jordan Weal -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek
Michael Raffl -- Nick Cousins -- Matt Read
Chris VandeVelde -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Dale Weise
Ivan Provorov -- Andrew MacDonald
Mark Streit -- Shayne Gostisbehere
Brandon Manning -- Radko Gudas
Michal Neuvirth / Steve Mason
Scratches: Roman Lyubimov, Nick Schultz, Travis Konecny (knee), Michael Del Zotto (lower body)
Patrick Maroon -- Connor McDavid -- Jordan Eberle
Milan Lucic -- Leon Draisaitl -- Anton Slepyshev
Drake Caggiula -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Zack Kassian
Matt Hendricks -- Mark Letestu -- Iiro Pakarinen
Oscar Klefbom -- Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera -- Matthew Benning
Brandon Davidson -- Jordan Oesterle
Cam Talbot / Laurent Brossoit
Scratches: Eric Gryba (healthy), Darnell Nurse (foot), Tyler Pitlick (knee), Jujhar Khaira (upper body), Kris Russell (lower body), Benoit Pouliot (upper body).