CALGARY -- Players couldn't step foot on the ice at Canada orientation camp this week, but those in attendance at Markin Macphail Centre in Calgary took their first steps toward defending Olympic gold at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
For coach Mike Babcock, who was at the helm when Canada won gold four years ago in Vancouver, camp was about developing and establishing a three-step process for Olympic hopefuls in 72 hours.
"They came here for three simple things," Babcock said. "No. 1 was to get to know everybody better, from players to coaches to management to trainers, to get to know them and have a comfort level.
"No. 2 is to understand the details of how we're going to play: terminology, where to stand, how to play in your own zone, how to play on the power play, penalty kill. We've gone over and over that. The walk-throughs made it slow enough to really spend some time on it.