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Posted On Tuesday, 08.27.2013 / 5:15 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Olympic Orientation Camp blog

Yzerman hints at Canada leadership group

CALGARY -- Steve Yzerman hasn't officially named a leadership group for the Canadian Olympic Team in the way his counterpart to the south, David Poile, did for the United States in Arlington, Va., earlier this week. However, during a sit-down interview with NHL Network on Tuesday, Canada's executive director hinted at five players who could be part of such a group should he officially name one.

Yzerman mentioned Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Drew Doughty, Shea Weber and Rick Nash, each of whom were part of Canada's gold medal-winning team at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

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Posted On Tuesday, 08.27.2013 / 4:30 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Olympic Orientation Camp blog

Chicago trio discusses Stanley Cup vs. Olympic gold

CALGARY -- Few players can boast that they've hoisted the Stanley Cup over their head and had an Olympic gold medal placed around their neck.

But for three members of the Chicago Blackhawks who have won both, the accomplishments generate totally different emotions.


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Posted On Tuesday, 08.27.2013 / 4:06 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke -  NHL.com Senior Managing Editor /NHL.com - Olympic Orientation Camp blog

Ryan receives offseason assist from ex-NHLer Holik

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan found a new way to train this summer, and it came from a familiar hockey face.

Ryan used the natural beauty of the rugged terrain around his summer home near Jackson Hole, Wyo., to work on his cardio base. He was shown the way by Bobby Holik, the former NHL player who won a pair of Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils during an 18-year career.

Holik, who retired in 2009, settled in the area after his playing days. According to Ryan, Holik reached out to him -- through Twitter -- with the idea of doing some offseason training.

Ryan agreed and signed on for some dry-land training like none he had ever experienced before.


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Posted On Tuesday, 08.27.2013 / 3:25 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Olympic Orientation Camp blog

Canada ready for Sochi challenge

CALGARY -- Four years ago, home-ice advantage in Vancouver helped play a role in Canada's Olympic gold. The Canadians won't have that luxury when they try to defend their gold medal in Sochi, Russia, in February.

Though the rivalry between the two countries may not be quite as intense as it once was, Canadian center Jonathan Toews is aware that a trip to Sochi will be a journey into hostile and relatively unfamiliar territory.


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Posted On Tuesday, 08.27.2013 / 1:46 PM

By Corey Masisak -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Olympic Orientation Camp blog

Kesler healthy, eager to play for Tortorella

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Training camp is going to be a little different for the Vancouver Canucks this season with new coach John Tortorella in charge.

It is also going to be different than recent ones for center Ryan Kesler, mostly because he will be participating in it. Kesler missed camp for the 2011-12 season because of hip surgery. He wasn't able to take part last season because he was still rehabbing after shoulder surgery.

"Put the past couple of years behind me is the key phrase," Kesler said. "It was a tough, tough two years. This summer was amazing. Being able to work out fully again and train and skate with the guys and really to have my first training camp in two years is exciting. I'm excited to get back at it."


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Posted On Tuesday, 08.27.2013 / 1:01 PM

By Corey Masisak -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Olympic Orientation Camp blog

Memorable meeting for U.S. Olympic hopefuls

ARLINGTON, Va. -- When Brian Burke spoke of his favorite memory from the 2010 Winter Olympics, it wasn't watching the team he constructed beating Canada in the preliminary round or winning a silver medal.

His favorite memory is when members of the Wounded Warriors program spoke to the United States team. Members of the military who take part in the Wounded Warriors program were able to spend lots of time with the U.S. squad in the lead-up to the 2010 Games and in Vancouver, and it was a memorable part of the experience for players on the team as well.

"The last camp and Olympics they were around with us and it was really special," Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson said. "It was great to hear their stories, and they would get us pretty jacked up before the games. When we think we're making sacrifices, it is not even close. It's not even the same stratosphere. We have a great deal of respect for them and what they do.

"It makes it personal. You get to hang out with them and ask so many questions, sit and eat with them, have them come to practice. We are just as interested in what they have done as they are in what we've done. It makes it really cool, and you can make legitimate friendships instead of just saying, 'Hey, thanks for the talk.' It is a great experience and a thrill that USA Hockey does it."

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Posted On Tuesday, 08.27.2013 / 12:36 PM

By Corey Masisak -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Olympic Orientation Camp blog

Star-studded unveiling as U.S. shows Olympic jerseys

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The 2013 U.S. Men's National Team Camp concluded Tuesday with the introduction of all 48 players who participated and the unveiling of the United States jersey for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The new logo is a shield with "USA" written in white with a blue background above red and white vertical stripes. There are also matte stars on the blue shoulders that are more noticeable when the sweaters move in the light.

"I think it is classy and humble and something we can stand behind -- that shield," St. Louis Blues captain David Backes said.


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Posted On Tuesday, 08.27.2013 / 11:19 AM

By Seamus Malone -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Seamus Malone draft blog

Malone, Dubuque bounce back in second game

Seamus Malone is in his second season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound left wing was part of NHL Central Scouting's Futures List as a player to watch for the 2014 NHL Draft from the USHL. Regarded as a skilled forward, Malone had six goals, 27 points and a plus-12 rating in 50 games for the Fighting Saints in 2012-13. Committed to the University of Wisconsin in the fall of 2015, Malone has offered to maintain a blog during his team's stay in Omsk, Russia, while competing in the 2013 Junior Club World Cup that runs Aug. 25-31.

Hello again hockey fans!

Two games are in the books for the Dubuque Fighting Saints here at the 2013 Junior Club World Cup in Omsk, Russia. We are 1-1 after opening with a loss to Latvia's HC Riga, but following it up with a big win over the Czech Republic's Vitkovice Steel.

We came out really fast in our second game and played an overall great team game. Our goalie Christian Frey was great and we earned a 2-0 shutout. We had a lot of great chances in our first two games, but I thought we really showed that we are starting to gel and come together as a team in that game. We worked hard, stuck to our game plan and were rewarded for it.

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Posted On Monday, 08.26.2013 / 8:47 PM

By Corey Masisak -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Olympic Orientation Camp blog

Stastny eager to rebound to Olympic form

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Colorado Avalanche will be hoping to rebound in 2013-14 after a three-season absence from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. A return to form by Paul Stastny would be a big help.

Stastny had 79 points in 81 games in 2009-10, when he represented the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver as a 24-year-old center. But Stastny's offensive production has slipped in each of the past three seasons. He had 24 points in 40 games in 2012-13 as the Avalanche finished last in the Western Conference.

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Posted On Monday, 08.26.2013 / 7:39 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Olympic Orientation Camp blog

Pietrangelo optimistic on new contract with Blues

CALGARY -- The cost of insuring the roughly $1.5 billion in contracts among the players attending Canada's Olympic orientation camp this week is the reason why they're not on the ice. Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo doesn't have a contract to insure just yet.

Pietrangelo is still a restricted free agent for the St. Louis Blues, who are set to open training camp in less than three weeks. He's coming off his three-year entry-level contract and said Monday that he's been operating under the assumption that he and his agent, Don Meehan of Newport Sports, will strike a deal with the Blues so he can be in training camp on time.

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