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Updated roster for Sunday's Defending the Blue Line charity game

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild off-season news Updated: October 23, 2012 - 5:03 PM


With squat going on between the NHL and NHLPA in advance of Thursday's deadline to get a CBA reached so training camp can begin Friday and the season can start Nov. 2, it sure looks like Sunday's charity game and auction that includes several locked-out NHLers will be a go.

The most updated roster is out for the Defending the Blue Line charity game at 7 p.m. at Mariucci Arena, and you can see it below. Retired Wild center Wes Walz is playing in the game, as well as Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, James van Riemsdyk and Dustin Byfuglien. There may still be a couple surprise additions, but what is below is confirmed as of now. The one subtraction is Mikko Koivu, who is about to begin his second SM-Liiga career with TPS. For more information, go to defendingtheblueline.org or mygophersports.com for tickets.

In Chicago on Friday night, several NHLers are also playing in a game called "Champs for Charity." The Wild's Suter and Jake Dowell are also listed to play in the game, while Niklas Backstrom has confirmed he is playing, too.

Last First Current NHL Team Position #
Parise Zach Minnesota Wild F 11
Parros George Florida Panthers F 16
Stoner Clayton Minnesota Wild D 4
Ballard Keith Vancouver Canucks D 4
Drewiske Davis LA Kings D 44
Hillen Jack Washington Capitals D 38
Bickel Stu New York Rangers D 41
Powe Darroll Minnesota Wild F 14
Braun Justin San Jose Sharks D 61
Johnson Erik Colorado Avalanche D 6
Wheeler Blake Winnipeg Jets F 26
van Riemsdyk James Toronto Maple Leafs F 21
Veilleux Stephane Minnesota Wild F 19
Lundin Mike Ottawa Senators D 10
Porter Chris St. Louis Blues F 32
Okposo Kyle New York Islanders F 21
Martin Paul Pittsburgh Penguins D 7
Brodziak Kyle Minnesota Wild F 7
O'Brien Jimmy Ottawa Senators F 18
Clutterbuck Cal Minnesota Wild F 22
Carter Ryan New Jersey Devils F 20
Kassian Matt Minnesota Wild F 42
Suter Ryan Minnesota Wild D 20
Hendricks Matt Washington Capitals F 26
Byfuglien Dustin Winnipeg Jets F/D 33
Backstrom Nicklas Minnesota Wild G 32
Davenport Troy Cornell Univ. G 37
Sexton Dan Anaheim Ducks F 42
Jackman Tim Calgary Flames F 15
Falk Justin Minnesota Wild D 44
Walz Wes   F 37


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