Hockey Canada on Monday announced its 47-man Olympic summer orientation camp roster, headlined by eight of the NHL’s top 15 scoring leaders from 2013, including champion Martin St. Louis.
Sidney Crosby, who scored the winning goal in a 3-2 overtime win over the United States in the 2010 Olympic gold-medal game in Vancouver, also will be front and centre at the Aug. 25-28 camp in Calgary to prepare for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Orientation camp at a glance
- Average age (as of Aug. 26): 27 years, six months, 25 days
- Average height: 6-foot-1-1/2
- Average weight: 206 pounds
- Five goalies, 17 defencemen, 25 forwards
- By place of birth: Ontario (22), B.C. (8), Quebec (6), Saskatchewan (4), Alberta (3), Manitoba (2), Nova Scotia (2)
- Omissions: Forwards — Jamie Benn, Jarome Iginla, Patrick Marleau; Defence — Francois Beauchemin, Dan Girardi; Goalies — Marc-Andre Fleury, Cam Ward
- Injury questions: Eric Staal, Marc Staal, Cam Ward
- NHL teams most represented: Chicago (5 players), San Jose and Pittsburgh (4)
- NHL teams not represented: Buffalo, Florida, Dallas, Minnesota, New Jersey, Calgary, Detroit, Columbus
- 46 players with international experience including 35 at the senior level (Olympics, world championship)
- 15 players who won 2010 Olympic gold
- 18 who represented Canada at the 2002, 2006 or 2010 Olympics
- 38 who have played for Canada at the world championships
- 31 who have played for Canada at a world juniors
- 17 who have played for Canada at under-18 championship
- Four players who won 2004 World Cup of Hockey
- Three players who have won gold at Olympics and worlds along with Stanley Cup: Patrice Bergeron, Eric Staal and Jonathan Toews
Fifteen of the 23 players on Canada’s 2010 roster have been invited to the summer camp: Goalie Roberto Luongo, defencemen Dan Boyle, Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Shea Weber, and forwards Patrice Bergeron, Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Rick Nash, Mike Richards, Eric Staal, Joe Thornton, Jonathan Toews and Crosby.
The newcomers include young guns like defencemen Alex Pietrangelo and P.K. Subban and forwards Steven Stamkos, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, John Tavares, Claude Giroux and Brad Marchand.
The list includes five goalies, 17 defencemen and 25 forwards.
"I would like to congratulate the players being invited today to our orientation camp," Team Canada executive director Steve Yzerman said in a statement released by Hockey Canada. "This marks an important step for this program as it is our only opportunity to be together as a group before Sochi."
Notables not invited include 41-year-old goalie Martin Brodeur, who was at the four Olympics thus far featuring NHL players begining with Nagano, Japan in 1998, and Jarome Iginla, who skated in the last three Games.
Returning as head coach is Mike Babcock, along with assistants Ken Hitchcock and Lindy Ruff. Claude Julien was announced Monday as a third associate coach.
The long-awaited deal for the NHL to sends its players to Sochi didn’t come until Friday, with the league and its players giving the green light for a fifth time.
It’s believed the Canadian squad will not completely take shape until early in the 2013-14 NHL campaign as Olympic rosters are not due until Dec. 31.
"With Canada, there’s so many guys who could for that team," Crosby told reporters last week, "but I think that the first half of the season will obviously have a big bearing on that, and we’ll see who kind of starts well and gets those opportunities."
Teams will be asked to submit a 25-man roster, which includes two more players than at the 2010 Games. Each country can now name 22 skaters and three goaltenders.
The NHL first allowed its players to compete at the Olympics in 1998 in Nagano, Japan. This time, the league will shut down on Feb. 9 and resume Feb. 26, three days after the gold-medal contest.
The men’s tournament, which is expected to feature about 170 NHLers, begins Feb. 12 with games shown live on CBC Television and CBCSports.ca.
Canada won gold in Salt Lake City in 2002 and finished seventh in Turin, Italy four years later.
Team Canada will be in Group B with Austria, Finland and Norway.
Canada's 47-man orientation camp roster
|Braden Holtby||Lloydminster, Sask.||Washington|
|Carey Price||Anahim Lake, B.C.||Montreal|
|Mike Smith||Kingston, Ont.||Phoenix|
|Karl Alzner||Burnaby, B.C.||Washington|
|#Jay Bouwmeester||Edmonton||St. Louis|
|*Dan Boyle||Ottawa||San Jose|
|*Drew Doughty||London, Ont.||Los Angeles|
|Dan Hamhuis||Smithers, B.C.||Vancouver|
|Travis Hamonic||St. Malo, Man.||NY Islanders|
|*Duncan Keith||Penticton, B.C.||Chicago|
|Kris Letang||Ste-Julie, Que.||Pittsburgh|
|Alex Pietrangelo||King City, Ont.||St. Louis|
|*Brent Seabrook||Tsawwassen, B.C.||Chicago|
|Marc Staal||Thunder Bay, Ont.||NY Rangers|
|Marc-Edouard Vlasic||Montreal||San Jose|
|*Shea Weber||Sicamous, B.C.||Nashville|
|*Patrice Bergeron||Sillery, Que.||Boston|
|Jeff Carter||London, Ont.||Los Angeles|
|Logan Couture||London, Ont.||San Jose|
|*Sidney Crosby||Cole Harbour, N.S.||Pittsburgh|
|Matt Duchene||Haliburton, Ont.||Colorado|
|Taylor Hall||Kingston, Ont.||Edmonton|
|Andrew Ladd||Maple Ridge, B.C.||Winnipeg|
|Brad Marchand||Hammonds Plains, N.S.||Boston|
|*#Rick Nash||Brampton, Ont.||NY Rangers|
|James Neal||Whitby, Ont.||Pittsburgh|
|*Corey Perry||Peterborough, Ont.||Anaheim|
|*Mike Richards||Kenora, Ont.||Los Angeles|
|Patrick Sharp||Thunder Bay, Ont.||Chicago|
|*#Eric Staal||Thunder Bay, Ont.||Carolina|
|Jordan Staal||Thunder Bay, Ont.||Carolina|
|#Martin St. Louis||Laval, Que.||Tampa Bay|
|Steven Stamkos||Unionville, Ont.||Tampa Bay|
|John Tavares||Oakville, Ont.||NY Islanders|
|*#Joe Thornton||St. Thomas, Ont.||San Jose|
*Won 2010 Olympic gold with Canada
# — Played for Canada at 2006 Olympics