CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, along with Canada’s National Men’s Team management group, has invited 47 players to attend a national team orientation camp from Aug. 25-28 in Calgary.
Canada’s National Men’s Team management group is comprised of executive director Steve Yzerman (Nepean, Ont./Tampa Bay, NHL), along with Doug Armstrong (Sarnia, Ont./St. Louis, NHL), Peter Chiarelli (Ottawa, Ont./ Boston, NHL), Ken Holland (Vernon, B.C./Detroit, NHL), Kevin Lowe (Lachute, Que./Edmonton, NHL), Bob Nicholson (Penticton, B.C./Hockey Canada) and Brad Pascall (Coquitlam, B.C./Hockey Canada).
Mike Babcock (Saskatoon, Sask./Detroit, NHL) will be the head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Team, with three associate coaches: Ken Hitchcock (Edmonton, Alta./St. Louis, NHL), Claude Julien (Orleans, Ont./Boston, NHL) and Lindy Ruff (Warburg, Alta./Dallas, NHL).
The orientation camp will offer the opportunity for management, the coaching staff and Hockey Canada to present the players with the team’s plans for Sochi, such as playing systems, international rules and regulations and logistics. Hockey Canada held similar camps prior to the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
“I would like to congratulate the players being invited today to our orientation camp,” said Yzerman. “This marks an important step for this program, as it is our only opportunity to be together as a group before Sochi.”
“On behalf of Hockey Canada, we thank the players and staff that will be part of the orientation camp in August,” said Pascall. “This camp is very important in our preparation for the upcoming season, as it allows the management group, coaching staff, support staff and players to share information and continue our planning and preparation for Sochi in February.”
The camp roster includes:
Collectively, the 47 players invited to orientation camp have:
Chicago leads all NHL teams with five players invited to camp, followed by Pittsburgh and San Jose with four:
Details on Canada’s National Men’s Team orientation camp will be announced at a later date, including an event schedule and the media accreditation process.
In addition to the camp roster, Yzerman also announced Canada’s support staff that will work with the team at the orientation camp and will be nominated to the Canadian Olympic Team for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
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