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RON HEXTALL TO MAKE QUEBEC COMEBACK


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Watch out, crease-invading NHL forwards. He’s back.

Retired NHL goaltender Ron Hextall is set to make his return to a Quebec arena Thursday night to play with two teams of locked-out NHL players.

Hextall, who won 29 of the 54 games he played for the 1992-93 Quebec Nordiques, is the “to be confirmed” netminder for Team Quebec, as announced by La Tournée des Joueurs over Twitter Thursday morning.

Hextall will face a Montreal team that includes Kris Letang, Alexandre Burrows and Brian Gionta and is backstopped by Marc-Andre Fleury at Colisee Cardin de Sorel-Tracy in Sorel, Que. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m., and tickets cost $20.

Organized by Philadelphia Flyers teammates Max Talbot and Bruno Gervais, La Tournée des Joueurs, which began playing charity games in late September, pits two teams -- one representing Montreal, the other Quebec City -- against each other in a series of non-contact scrimmages in various arenas around the province.

The 48-year-old Hextall is currently the vice president and assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Kings.

In the 1992 off-season, Hextall was part of the trade which brought the Quebec Nordiques’ first-overall pick, Eric Lindros, to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Despite settling his family in Quebec, Hextall would play only one season for the Nordiques before being traded to the New York Islanders in exchange for Mark Fitzpatrick. The Nordiques could only protect one netminder in the upcoming expansion draft and opted to trade Hextall before they lost him outright.

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