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Team Canada announces orientation camp roster

Jul 22, 2013, 2:38 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby #87 of Canada celebrates with his captain Scott Niedermayer #27 after scoring the matchwinning goal in overtime past Ryan Miller #39 of the United States during the ice hockey men's gold medal game between USA and Canada on day 17 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Canada Hockey Place on February 28, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.
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Forty-seven players — five goalies, 17 defensemen and 25 forwards — have been invited to attend Team Canada’s Olympic orientation camp to be held Aug. 25-28 in Calgary.

“I would like to congratulate the players being invited today to our orientation camp,” said executive director Steven Yzerman in a Hockey Canada release. “This marks an important step for this program, as it is our only opportunity to be together as a group before Sochi.”

Click here for the full camp roster.

Goalies: Corey Crawford, Braden Holtby, Roberto Luongo, Carey Price, Mike Smith

Defensemen: Karl Alzner, Jay Bouwmeester, Dan Boyle, Drew Doughty, Mike Green, Dan Hamhuis, Travis Hamonic, Duncan Keith, Kris Letang, Marc Methot, Dion Phaneuf, Alex Pietrangelo, Brent Seabrook, Marc Staal, PK Subban, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Shea Weber.

Forwards: Patrice Bergeron, Jeff Carter, Logan Couture, Sidney Crosby, Matt Duchene, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Getzlaf, Claude Giroux, Taylor Hall, Chris Kunitz, Andrew Ladd, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Rick Nash, James Neal, Corey Perry, Mike Richards, Patrick Sharp, Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Joe Thornton, Jonathan Toews,

As always, there are surprise invites and surprise non-invites. (In the former category, Alzner, Hamonic, and Methot may have raised some eyebrows. In the latter, what about Jamie Benn, Jason Spezza, Evander Kane, Cam WardFrancois Beauchemin, Dan Girardi and Patrick Marleau?)

Also worth noting, of the five goalies on the camp roster, only Luongo was on the 2010 gold medal-winning team; neither Martin Brodeur nor Marc-Andre Fleury were invited.

More information, from the release:

Collectively, the 47 players invited to orientation camp have:

—- appeared in 1,295 games for Team Canada;
—- won 96 gold medals for Canada in international competition;
—- appeared in 21,728 NHL regular season games, 2,369 NHL playoff games and 57 NHL All-Star Games;
—- won 34 Stanley Cups.

Chicago leads all NHL teams with five players invited to camp, followed by Pittsburgh and San Jose with four:

5 – Chicago
4 – Pittsburgh, San Jose
3 – Boston, Los Angeles, Washington
2– Anaheim, Carolina, Edmonton, Montreal, N.Y. Islanders, N.Y. Rangers, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Vancouver
1 – Colorado, Nashville, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Toronto, Winnipeg

Camp averages:
—- Average age (as of Aug. 26, 2013): 27 years, 6 months, 25 days
—- Average height (as of Aug. 26, 2013): 6’1.5”
—- Average weight (as of Aug. 26, 2013): 206 lbs

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  1. you4real - Jul 22, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    No Spezza?! Can’t wrap my head around that one.

    • jpelle82 - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      he’s broken

      • you4real - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        I think he can still be more productive coming off an injured season than guys like Ladd, Lucic, or Kunitz

      • jpelle82 - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        yeah i dont think any of those 3 guys you list will play a single minute anyway so that doesnt really mean anything. i get it though, its just nice to be nominated

      • chef24g - Jul 22, 2013 at 5:06 PM

        Those tree guys have a decent chance to play…..as you said spezza is broken, there are some oltimers on this roster that wont be there… time to pass the torch

      • desertfan - Jul 22, 2013 at 5:39 PM

        I think it is important to realize that when picking this team stats go out the window.

        You will fail miserably if you pick the top 13 scorers.

        Need two TOP TIER scoring lines -but keep in mind that means 2 LW, 2 RW and 2 C’s.

        Then you need a great energy checking line and finally a 4th line that can log resting minutes for the top 6.

        In addition you need to have in the mix 2 PP units and 2 PK units as well as 1 or 2 top face off guys.

  2. tcclark - Jul 22, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    They look good, but I like the projected American roster better… wow I can’t believe I just said that

    • travishenryskid - Jul 22, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      You are a massive homer.

      • tcclark - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:57 PM

        why’s that?

    • mathieug79 - Jul 24, 2013 at 7:14 AM

      LOL

  3. tyler4richardson - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Andrew Ladd. I want that guy on the team. Not a star on the list, but an effective player at every end of the ice.

    • 19to77 - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      Yep. 100%. You need heart-and-soul guys on every roster, no matter how skilled. And really, Ladd’s skilled enough to be there anyway. His production last season projected to 31 goals and 78 points if it hadn’t been cut short by the lockout.

    • desertfan - Jul 22, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      Only two ends in hockey!!

      • tyler4richardson - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:38 PM

        Dammit. One upped by a Yotes fan, lol. I kid. What I meant was in all phases of the game.

    • kennyv727 - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      100% agree. Ladd is so much better than people give him credit for.

  4. jpelle82 - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    that blue line will be just flat out stacked, not to mention big and fast. not even fair.

    • imleftcoast - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      Blue line is strong, goaltending might be okay with Crawford and Smith, it looks like goal scoring could be the problem.

      Brad Marchand and Lucic can barely skate, not to mention on an Oly-sized rink. Jamie Benn and Evander Kane hopefully can replace those two after Marchand misspells Sochi and books two tickets for sushi in Japan.

      • 19to77 - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        You think a team with the names Crosby, Stamkos, Tavares, Neal, Perry and Hall is going to have trouble scoring goals.

        Really now.

      • jpelle82 - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        yeah i think the goaltending will be the achilles heel, i wouldnt be surprised to see a letdown from crawford (after winning the cup and all). he might leave the door open for luongo or price to get the job and then blow it in a medal round.

      • tdrusher225 - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:13 PM

        First of all, Price and Luongo would get first cracks before Crawford and probably Smith. Those are two guys that have been the benefactor of the teams playing in front of them. If they were to go up against Olympic competition, they would look average.

        But mainly, how on earth is goal scoring the problem based on the roster you just read? The only argument you made was trashing two Bruins players that wouldn’t even play that much.

    • 19to77 - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      Surprised that Beauchemin and Bieksa failed to receive invites. I mean, Vlasic and Bouwmeester over those guys? Seriously?

      • brockohol - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        Beuch had a nice season last year but c’mon…the guy averages 20ish pts a year and is usually minus. I would take him on my NHL team any day of the week but no chance he would even get a sniff with the Olympic team

  5. mattryannolan - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    No Jamie Benn? That’s some crap..

  6. freestyle1022 - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Canada 1 and Canada 2 would be the two best “on paper” teams in the whole tournament minus the goaltending situation.

    • hawksin5 - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      That’s just an extraordinarily stupid comment.

  7. 19to77 - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    So much centre depth. Shame we can’t trade the Finns a couple of spare ones for one of their goalies.

  8. truwarier90 - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    no iginla? no chris stewart? no emery? whats up bobby nicholson and hockey canada, get some more brothas on this roster, and subban better be on the #1 power play unit.

    • tyler4richardson - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      You’re racist.

  9. brockohol - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    weber pietro
    subban letang
    keith seabrook
    r: doughty phaneuf

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      Phaneuf is not better than Boyle

      • brockohol - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        Agreed…but threw him in there as another physical guy since you already got puck moving guys like letang, pietro, keith, etc…

        Not like it matters what you or I think. You could put 3 teams together with this D group and they would be as good or better than any other team

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 22, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      No way should they ever consider taking a poor skating defenseman who likes to get the big hit by leaving position on the big ice surface. They need they 8 best skaters who can also excel at a high level.

      • sunderlanding - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        They need hitters as well dude. That’s Canada’s style. We only win when we play a physical game. Sure get some fast guys, but to suggest we just pick the best skaters is stupid.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:50 PM

        We didn’t play smash mouth hockey in either 02 or 10, in 06 they tried to play that game by using “the grind line” and it was a train wreck!

        On the big ice surface you need players that can skate over poor skaters who play physical on the small ice, Phaneuf wouldn’t even get a chance to hit players out there because they’ll just speed around him.

      • sunderlanding - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        Yes, and they have those, but having one or two guys who can hit isn’t the end of the world.

    • thephillyfanclub - Jul 23, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      Everybody has the right to there own opinion, but come on man Doughty as a reserve, the only player on those pairings you just listed that he doesnt beat outright is weber, him and weber should make up that top pairing.

  10. ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Kunitz trololololololol

  11. stevebass2 - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Shocked about some of the omissions (No Jamie Benn? Really?) but overall it’s a good roster. Though I feel like it may be the US’s year. Kane has really come into his own and the Americans are much more stacked in the goaltending department.

  12. Stiller43 - Jul 22, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    That team…is gonna be stacked

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 22, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      It’s not as good as the last roster 2010

      • jimw81 - Jul 22, 2013 at 5:25 PM

        goaltending

  13. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 22, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Canada and the USA seem to both have strong teams. Who do ya’ll think will be the key competition. Finns will obviously not have a problem with goal tending.

  14. joey4id - Jul 22, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    It shouldn’t come as a surprise that some notable/quality players didn’t make the list. This is not a Canadian All Star Team. There are more factors than just raw talent going into the decision process. You need to have the proper balance of talent and depth players. Some of the players playing 20 to 25 mins per game with their respective team will not play well if they play second fiddle to the top players on the national team. The selection process for any nation rich in talent is not an easy one, and perhaps more difficult than a nation with lesser talent. You also need to consider whether or not a player has played in international/olympic tournaments and how well he played. The game is very different at that level.

  15. jimw81 - Jul 22, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    this is great news for flyers fans.alot of players get a nice rest.

  16. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 22, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    What would be interesting is to have a breakdown by team of their total players invited to ANY Olympic team.

    My “informal count” has the Hawks with 11, Pens with 8. Considering that Hawks had a better off season retention with the cap in mind, were a better two-way te4am and have a deep “NHL ready pipeline”, why USA sports betting sites list the Pens as the favorites next year continues to amaze me.

  17. alicesrightfootesq - Jul 22, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    No Cam Ward?

  18. pariseinminnesotabichez - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    USA USA USA!

  19. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 22, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    What we won’t be able to assess is the relative merits of the Canada vs USA team forwards, as we don’t know who will be chosen, including those that should have been but miss due to injury.

    I suspect when the final teams are announced that we can have some interesting discussions/exchanges.

  20. kaptaanamerica - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Jason Garrison should be there for his power play bomb and his plus 18.the guy gets it done on both ends of the ice. Very sound positioning and smart offensive instincts.better than Phaneuf and half the other guys on there without question.

  21. cameltoews - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    No girardi? I think he is a perfect shutdown d man

  22. ludacrish05 - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Holllltttttbbbbbbyyyyyyyy

    • bmoreredfury311 - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      pretty cool to see that one and surprised

  23. craigmaitland - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Canada’s defence separates them from every other country. Other than Dion Phaneuf that entire list of d-men is incredible.

  24. hines86for6 - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    why aren’t there any good Canadian goaltenders anymore?

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:50 PM

      Are you perhaps forgetting, Cory Crawford of whom Patrick Kane, the Conn Smythe winner candidly said that Cory should have won it? Mike Smith is also pretty darn good. And pretty good stops there. But what are the odds of needing to actually play #3?

  25. spr41 - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    The defense is already locked in barring injury. The top 7 are crystal clear the 8th reserve is debatable. Only problem is of the top 7 only Keith is a left handed shot. The other six are RH. Pairs should be Doughty and Weber, Keith and Seabrook, Subban/Letang and Pietrangelo.

    The reason guys like Methot, Hamhuis, Alzner, Vlasic are even on the list is because they are LH shots. Girardi is RH and wont beat out any of the Top 6. The last spot comes down to two leftys in Bouwmeester and Phaneuf. J-Bow is a better skater and better defensively so he gets the edge. Would have liked to have seen Brent Burns as a reserve D/RW. Love to see Justin Schultz at least get an invite. Get some youth in the pipeline like the American team is doing…..

  26. girouxed - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    My money is on Finland.

  27. spr41 - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Goaltending is going to be the Achilles heel like someone mentioned clearly. Has to be Crawford, Price and Luongo based on the upcoming season. Cam Ward is average IMO. I could see Luongo have a bounce back year, Crawford have a Stanley Cup hangover and Price be hot and cold as usual which means Canada goes into the Olympics with Bobby Lou which is probably not a good thing. Sleeper could be Jonathan Bernier…..

    • lonespeed - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      The first-place Carolina Hurricanes would like likely disagree with you after they turned into the last-place Hurricanes weeks after Cam Ward went down.

  28. luuo73 - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    How in good lord did Cam Ward not get invited?? seriously Holtby? He had one good playoffs.

    • lonespeed - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      Maybe because he’s coming off knee rehab. As the summer progresses, I could see them adding him to the team. Especially with their shallow depth in goal. Corey Crawford has to be the starter of this group with Carey Price making the team as well.

      Canada is stacked at forward and defense. But I could see them having real problems in goal in such a tournament style series where the medal round is one-and-done.

  29. spr41 - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Forward lines are a bit of a crapshoot with so many centers likely to play the wing. Definitely say no to Thornton, J.Staal, St. Louis, J.Carter, Kunitz and Lucic. Duchene needs to have a big year and stay healthy to have a chance. Top 6 forwards are definitely Crosby, Stamkos, Tavares, C.Perry, and Giroux with Hall or Nash likely the other LW. A checking line of Toews, Bergeron and Mike Richards would be sick too and would win almost every faceoff. Evander Kane should definitely be on the list as should Jamie Benn. Spezza and Marleau are mentally week and perennial chokers they would be like the 9th and 10th best players at their positions. Forget them. Good list jus scrap Kunitz and J.Staal put in Kane and Benn.

  30. spr41 - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Here’s my prediction what the team will look like.

    Top line – C S.Crosby, LW J. Tavares, C.Giroux
    2nd line – C S. Stamkos, LW T.Hall, RW C.Perry
    3rd line – C E.Staal, LW A.Ladd/J.Neal, RW J.Eberle
    4th line – C J.Toews, LW M.Richards, RW P.Bergeron

    Reserves: J. Neal, R.Getzlaf

    Defense 1 – Drew Doughty, Shea Weber
    Defense 2 – Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook
    Defense 3 – P.K. Subban, Alex Pietrangelo
    Defense 4 – Jay Bouwmeester, Kris Letang

    Goalies – R.Luongo, C.Crawford, C.Price

    • spr41 - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:59 PM

      Forgot Nash. He’ll be in there. Scrap Getzlaf

  31. hockeyflow33 - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    I can’t be the only one who would love to see Marchand’s game on the world stage

  32. blackhawks2010 - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Toews should be a captain, bottom line.

    • kaptaanamerica - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      Toes sucks.the captain should be Bergeron, Giroux, or St.Louis. Toes should be a fourth line winger on the grinder or checking line at best.

      • kennyv727 - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        Are you being hateful because of his two rings?

      • kaptaanamerica - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:10 PM

        that’s not hateful. that’s saying that one whigner on the first line is enough. We don’t need the captain to be a whigner and complainer as well. i’d prefer if he weren’t even on the team so the whigning quotient would be cut in half.

  33. ludacrish05 - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:14 AM

    Carey Price is just overrated, he won’t make the team.

  34. rainyday56 - Jul 23, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    They’re still going to have problems beating Switzerland … ;)

  35. jpro412 - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Canada has an All star team, anything except gold is a failure.

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