Hockey Canada has released its first list of potential candidates for the Canadian entry into one of the biggest hockey tournament in the country's history, the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.
Forty-six players representing 24 NHL teams have been invited to attend Canada's National Men's Team orientation camp, which runs from Aug. 24-27 in Calgary. Twenty-five forwards 16 defensemen - including the Kings Drew Doughty
- and five goaltenders made the cut.
Doughty has experience with Team Canada, having earned a silver medal with Canada at the 2009 World Championships (9 GP, 1-6=7), while his seven points ranked tied for fourth among defensemen in the tournament, and his six assists were third most among defensemen in the tournament (tied for eighth overall). His plus-5 rating was tied for second among Canadian blue-liners. Earned a gold medal for Team Canada at the 2008 World Junior Championships (7 GP, 0=4=4) and was named Top Defenseman of the tournament. He also represented Canada at the 2007 World Junior Under-18 Championships and the 2006 World Junior Under-17 Championships.
On Tuesday, three Kings - Dustin Brown, Jack Johnson and Jonathan Quick - were invited to attend Team USA training camp as well.
Forty of the invitees have played on Canada's National Team at past events ranging from the Olympics, IIHF World Championship and the World Cup of Hockey/Canada Cup. Thirty-six of the invitees played for either the National Junior Team or the National Men's Under-18 Team.
The list of 46 will have to be cut to 23 by the end of December, when the final Olympic rosters have to be submitted. There may be a player or two not invited to this camp that winds up making the team, but these 46 players have been identified as the candidates:
Martin Brodeur, New Jersey; Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh; Roberto Luongo, Vancouver; Steve Mason, Columbus; Cam Ward, Carolina
Francois Beauchemin, UFA; Jay Bouwmeester, Calgary; Dan Boyle, San Jose; Brent Burns, Minnesota; Drew Doughty, Los Angeles; Mike Green, Washington; Dan Hamhuis, Nashville; Duncan Keith, Chicago; Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim; Dion Phaneuf, Calgary; Chris Pronger, Philadelphia; Robyn Regehr, Calgary; Stephane Robidas, Dallas; Brent Seabrook, Chicago; Marc Staal, New York Rangers; Shea Weber, Nashville
Jeff Carter, Philadelphia; Dan Cleary, Detroit; Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh; Shane Doan, Phoenix; Simon Gagne, Philadelphia; Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim; Dany Heatley, Ottawa; Jarome Iginla, Calgary; Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay; Milan Lucic, Boston; Patrick Marleau, San Jose; Andy McDonald, St. Louis; Brenden Morrow, Dallas; Rick Nash, Columbus; Corey Perry, Anaheim; Mike Richards, Philadelphia; Derek Roy, Buffalo; Joe Sakic, Colorado; Patrick Sharp, Chicago; Ryan Smyth, Colorado; Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay; Eric Staal, Carolina; Jordan Staal, Pittsburgh; Joe Thornton, San Jose; Jonathan Toews, Chicago