RALEIGH, NC (Aug. 9, 2001) – Carolina Hurricanes defenseman David Tanabe was one of 37 National Hockey League players invited today to the 2001 United States Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp, which will be held Sept. 4-7 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The camp is part of the preparation in creating the 2002 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team that will compete at the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah on Feb. 15-24. The orientation camp will consist of on-ice and off-ice workouts and components which will introduce players to the team staff, provide information about subjects such as drug testing and Olympic-related procedures, and develop preliminary game strategy.
Tanabe, 21, is coming off his second NHL season with the Hurricanes which saw him score seven goals and add 22 assists in 74 games. Tanabe (6’1’’, 195 lbs.) is one of the first players to start with the USA Development Program at age 16 and make it to the NHL.
Tanabe competed for the U.S. at the 2001 World Championships in Germany and was one of the team’s top defensemen. He had a goal and two assists during the tournament as the U.S. lost to Sweden 3-2 in the Bronze Medal game. Tanabe was named the team’s top defenseman in a 2-0 loss to Latvia and Carolina goaltender Arturs Irbe.
The United States has named four defensemen to the Olympic team – Chris Chelios (Detroit), Brian Leetch (N.Y. Rangers), Brian Rafalski (New Jersey) and Gary Suter (San Jose). Nine others, including Tanabe, have been invited to the orientation. The U.S. will select up to eight defensemen for the team.
For ticket information, call the Carolina Hurricanes at (919) 467-7825.