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Insurance issues keep U.S. players from practicing at August Olympic camp

Jul 20, 2013, 4:55 PM EDT

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Team USA’s Olympic Orientation Camp on August 26 and 27 near Washington D.C. won’t be a full-blown audition to be on the team.

As Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington shares, issues with insuring player’s contracts will keep the 40 or so players from participating in full-blown practices at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Virginia.

With the camp taking place just a few weeks before NHL training camps open, it’s not worth the risk of injury to have them go all out. USA Hockey will instead focus on other things when they meet next month.

“The camp will give us a chance to get our players, coaches, management and team staff together in preparation for Sochi,” said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey and a two-time Olympian. “We’ll have more details surrounding the camp to announce in the weeks ahead.”

As of now, USA Hockey says the players will work with youth hockey groups and show off the new Team USA jersey, but the last thing they’ll do is find out how everyone plays against each other.

  1. murtdurt - Jul 20, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Canada already getting a head start….

  2. colby7 - Jul 20, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    That is a shame, I remember being in Calgary randomly in 2009 and going to Canada’s training camp scrimage. Tickets were super cheap and I got to see all the stars in an all-star type competition thing, only difference being they actually cared.

  3. billysabre - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Just ridiculous!

  4. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Actually its not surprising. Due to the ongoing abuse by trial lawyers of the justice system, and they’re consistently bribing democratic legislators and judges, we don’t have the tort reform we desperately need.

    One of the reasons we have the most expensive healthcare in the world, and why the same pill costs more in the USA than it does in Canada and Mexico is that the liability exposure is PROFOUNDLY higher in the USA.

    • freestyle1022 - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      Calm down Timmy TeaParty

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