Garbage collection in CS4

It is known that a display Object removed from the display list will be garbage collected only if any event listener associated with it is removed.

What I would like to know, but could not anywhere find an answer to, is that for a class that we create which extends, say Sprite, and uses and manipulates various other display elements within it, while removing an instance of this class from the display list is it sufficient to remove the event listeners associated with the instance of the class, or do we necessarily have to remove all internal event listeners of the class definition associated with the display objects that the class uses and manages.