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Hockey legends gather in Red Square

Moscow's Red Square will be the site of a star-studded international game of shinny organized to mark the birth of hockey in Russia.

Moscow's Red Square will be the site of a star-studded international game of shinny organized to mark the birth of hockey in Russia.

The outdoor exhibition game between Team World and Team Russia is the brainchild of former Soviet hockey greats Slava Fetisov and Igor Larionov.

The event was put together to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the birth of Russian hockey and the 50th anniversary of the former Soviet Union's first Olympic hockey gold medal.

The great Soviet five-man unit of Larionov, Sergei Makarov and Vladimir Krutov, and defencemen Fetisov and Alexei Kasatonov, which was formed 25 years ago, is also being honoured.

All five players will play for Team Russia in the Dec. 9 game.

Hall of Famers, and one-time Edmonton Oiler teammates, Paul Coffey and Jari Kurri, and Gordie Howe's son Mark, are among the notable names set to suit up for Team World.

"It's been a great experience," Coffey told the CBC from Moscow. "We're being treated like royalty."

Other players slated to strap on the skates include: Mats Naslund, Steve Shutt, Esa Tikkanen and Peter and Anton Stastny.

Viktor Tikhonov, who led the Soviet hockey machine to three Olympic gold medals, will coach the Russian team.

Scotty Bowman, the NHL's most successful coach, will be behind the bench for Team World.

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