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2014 Olympics

U.S. hoping young players step up into Olympic spots

Tuesday, 07.23.2013 / 4:42 PM / 2014 Olympics

Connor Mellas - NHL.com Staff Writer

USA Hockey unveiled its Men's National Team Orientation Camp roster Monday, naming 48 players to the squad. Alongside NHL veterans Zach Parise, Ryan Miller, Patrick Kane and Jack Johnson were some younger, less experienced players, five of them under the age of 21.

David Poile, general manager of the 2014 U.S. Olympic team, said he has high hopes for the young players invited to camp.

"I want them to be part of this experience and we'll just see what happens," Poile said. "If they're not better than somebody right now, that's fine, we've got other guys. This is part of the whole USA philosophy in terms of certainly putting our focus on Sochi, but also looking a little bit to the future."

Regular season to play key role in picking U.S. team

Tuesday, 07.23.2013 / 1:39 PM / 2014 Olympics

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

USA Hockey will have 48 players at its orientation camp Aug. 26-27 in Arlington, Va., which will serve as the first step to picking the players who will represent the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

But according to David Poile, the team's general manager, the real work starts in October.

"The evaluations we're going to be making are going to be mostly in October, November and December," Poile said during a conference call Tuesday. "We believe in the body of work that these players have done to this point to get an invitation to this training camp, but our evaluation will be done during the regular season. … I assure you that we are going to make our decisions based on who's playing best and who deserves to be on our team. Our scouting component with our committee and what we see in October, November and the first part of December will be the most important aspects in making final decisions.

"Just because a player is not at this camp, that does not mean he won't make the Olympic team. And conversely, just because you're at this camp doesn't mean you'll make the Olympic team."

Finland could contend for another Olympic medal

Tuesday, 07.23.2013 / 12:00 PM / 2014 Olympics

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

It is official: The NHL, NHL Players' Association and International Ice Hockey Federation have announced there will be NHL players at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Prior to the agreement between the NHL, NHLPA and IIHF, NHL.com had three writers select the team they would take to Sochi for each of the "big seven" hockey-playing nations. Note: This is not the team the writers project each country's hockey federation will select, but the team they would select at this point.

Here's an interesting trivia question: Which country has collected the most medals since NHL players started participating in the Winter Olympics?

The answer will probably surprise a lot of people: Finland is the only country to medal three times in the four tournaments since the NHL started allowing players to represent their countries. Finland never has the most talented roster and never is considered a favorite, but strong goaltending and the ability to adhere to a defensive identity even with star players involved has served it well in an era of all-star teams.

Canada and Russia certainly will be the favorites, and Sweden, the United States and maybe the Czech Republic will be considered better bets than Finland to succeed in the tournament. That said, if the defense holds up, it could very well be another Olympics with Finland players on the medal stand.

Laviolette, Richards, Granato named U.S. assistants

Tuesday, 07.23.2013 / 9:12 AM / 2014 Olympics


USA Hockey on Tuesday announced Peter Laviolette, Todd Richards and Tony Granato would serve as assistant coaches for the 2014 United States Men's National Team that will participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Dan Bylsma of the Pittsburgh Penguins will coach the team at the Olympic tournament, which runs Feb. 12-23, 2014.

The first item on the agenda for Bylsma's staff will be attending USA Hockey's orientation camp, to be held Aug. 26-27 at Kettler Capitals IcePlex, in Arlington, Va. The camp is the first step in picking the team that will represent the United States in Sochi.

Canada aims to fare better on bigger surface in Sochi

Monday, 07.22.2013 / 7:07 PM / 2014 Olympics

Connor Mellas - NHL.com Staff Writer

Steve Yzerman said he will be considering all factors when it comes to narrowing down his Canadian Olympic squad, including the larger size of the international rink.

Hockey Canada released the roster for the Canadian Men's National Team orientation camp Monday, and the list features 47 players: five goaltenders, 17 defensemen and 25 forwards. Though the camp roster is large, the list must be reduced to 25 players (three goaltenders, 22 skaters), before the start of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

"Ultimately, we're going to simply pick the best players available to us, but I think playing on a bigger ice surface, I believe there is a priority and importance in being able to get around the ice to skate," said Yzerman, the executive director of Canada's squad and general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Lundqvist, Backstrom earn invites to Sweden camp

Monday, 07.22.2013 / 6:08 PM / 2014 Olympics

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom and Vancouver Canucks teammates Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin are among the 35 players invited to take part in Sweden's Olympic team evaluation camp.

The camp will be held Aug. 12-14 in Stockholm.

Lundqvist, who started three of Sweden's four games at the 2010 Olympics, went 2-1 with two shutouts, a 1.34 goals-against average and .927 save percentage in three games for Sweden, which finished fifth in Vancouver.

Backstrom was the team's leading scorer in 2010, finishing with six points in four games.

Goalie situation for Canada to draw plenty of scrutiny

Monday, 07.22.2013 / 5:06 PM / 2014 Olympics

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Would it surprise anyone if the most talked about position for the Canadian Olympic team leading up to the 2014 Sochi Games in February happens to be who starts between the pipes for the defending gold medalist?

Probably not.

After all, there were two noticeable absentees -- the New Jersey Devils' Martin Brodeur and the Pittsburgh Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury -- from the country's 47-player orientation camp roster released Monday by Hockey Canada.

The goalie invitees for Canada's camp are Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks, Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens, Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Corey Crawford of the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

Selanne aiming for sixth Olympics with Finland

Monday, 07.22.2013 / 4:15 PM / 2014 Olympics

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Teemu Selanne will get a chance to skate in his sixth Olympics when he joins 53 other players at Finland's Olympic evaluation camp.

Selanne, 42, made his Olympic debut in 1992, and also has skated in the 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010 Games. In 31 Olympic games, Selanne has 20 goals and 17 assists. He won a silver medal in 2006.

Finland invited 18 players from the team that won the bronze medal four years ago in Vancouver to this year's camp, including Niklas Hagman, who led the 2010 team with four goals and six points.

Parise, Miller among invitees to U.S. Olympic camp

Monday, 07.22.2013 / 3:35 PM / 2014 Olympics

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

USA Hockey on Monday unveiled the 48 players that will take part in the U.S. Men's National Team Orientation Camp.

The camp will be held Aug. 26-27 at Kettler Capitals IcePlex, in Arlington, Va., and will serve as the first step in picking the team that will represent the U.S. at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Sixteen of the 48 players that will attend camp were part of the United States team that won the silver medal in 2010 in Vancouver. Among that group is Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise, whose goal in the final seconds of regulation in the gold-medal game against Canada forced overtime.

Crosby, Toews lead Canada's Olympic camp roster

Monday, 07.22.2013 / 2:41 PM / 2014 Olympics

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Hockey Canada took the first major step in defense of its Olympic gold medal on Monday by announcing the 47 players invited to the country's orientation camp set to take place in Calgary from Aug. 25-28.

Those players on the roster, which features five goalies, 17 defensemen and 25 forwards, will battle for an opportunity to represent their country at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The men's hockey tournament begins Feb. 12 and concludes with the gold medal game on Feb. 23 at 7 a.m. ET.

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will join four of his teammates at camp. There are three Staal brothers invited to camp and four players from the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins, including captain Sidney Crosby.
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