, the veteran defenseman who signed with the Kings as a free agent on July 2, 2009, was one of four Kings to be invited to attend the 2009 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp this week in Woodbridge, Ill.
Scuderi, who was originally selected by Pittsburgh in the fifth round (134th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, won his first Stanley Cup with the Penguins last season. Scuderi had this to say, via voicemail, about his USA Hockey Orientation Camp experience:
"The coaches and the management have stressed that it is just an orientation camp and the whole idea of it is to get the basic knowledge of what we are expected to do if we are selected for the team in February. On top of that, this time is just for getting to know the guys, the people that you will be playing with. I thought that it went well; we are all a similar type of guys so it didn't take very long for us to get to know each other. I was talking to a bunch of guys whom I had never met before in no time, so I think it's a really good atmosphere here.
"I think that USA Hockey had the right idea, because its really not much in a couple of days that you can do, hockey-wise. But you can at least get to know a name and a face and be able to put a personality type with that. If you are lucky enough to get selected in February, then you don't have to start from scratch anymore and that is certainly a big plus."
Kings fans can meet Scuderi for the first time along with other Kings players at LA Kings Hockey Fest ’09, a three-day interactive festival celebrating the Los Angeles Kings and the game of hockey, will take place beginning Friday evening, Aug. 28 and conclude on Sunday, Aug. 30 at LA Live in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.