The world's biggest ice hockey tournament is only eight months away and Team USA is slowly taking shape with news coming Tuesday of the 34 players that have been invited to participate in the 2010 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Orientation Camp next month.
USA Hockey will hold the orientation camp from Aug. 17-19 at Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodbridge, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. The Olympic tournament runs from Feb. 12-28 in Vancouver.
Nineteen forwards, 12 defensemen and three goalies made the first cut. Eighteen were first-round draft picks and 11 formerly participated in USA Hockey's National Team Development Program.
Here are the invitees:
: Ryan Miller, Jonathan Quick
, Tim ThomasDefensemen
: Tom Gilbert, Tim Gleason, Ron Hainsey, Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson, Mike Komisarek, Paul Martin, Brooks Orpik, Brian Rafalski, Rob Scuderi
, Ryan Suter, Ryan Whitney
: David Backes, David Booth, Dustin Brown
, Dustin Byfuglien, Ryan Callahan, Chris Drury, Scott Gomez, Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel, Jamie Langenbrunner, Ryan Malone, Mike Modano, Kyle Okposo, T.J. Oshie, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski, Bobby Ryan, Paul Stastny
Brown last represented Team USA at the 2009 World Championships (9 GP, 3-5=8), with his eight points ranking second on the team and his three goals tied for third on the club. His performance led to him being named one of Team USA’s Three Best Players as determined by tournament coaches. He also served as one of Team USA’s captains (team captains rotated throughout the tournament).
Brown also played for the United States at the 2008 World Championships (7 GP, 5-4=9) where he was tied for second on the club in goals, third in points and tied for third in assists. Brown played for Team USA again at the 2006 World Championships (7 GP, 5-2=7) where he led his club in both goals and points. The Kings captain earned a bronze medal for Team USA at the 2004 World Championships (9 GP, 1-3=4).
In addition, Brown represented the United States at the 2003 World Junior Championships (7 GP, 2-2=4) and was the youngest member of the team at the 2002 World Junior Championships (7 GP, 1-3=4).
Johnson also has quite a bit of experience with Team USA, having last represented the United States at the 2009 World Championships, scoring 5-2=7 in nine games played as USA lost in the Bronze medal game. His five goals led all defensemen in the tournament (tied for fifth overall), while his seven points was tied for fourth most among defensemen in the tournament. Johnson also played for Team USA at the 2007 World Championships (7 GP, 1-1=1), bringing his tally to 6-3=9 in 16 games played at the World Championships.
Johnson has also played in the World Junior Championships, earning a bronze medal in 2007 and was an All-Star selection at the 2006 World Junior Championships (7 GP, 1-5=6). In addition, the 22-year-old blueline has earned gold medals with Team USA at the 2005 World Junior Under-18 Championships (6 GP, 0-2=2, 35 PIM), the 2005 Five Nations Tournament (U.S. Under-18 Team) and the 2004 Compuware Four Nations Cup (U.S. Under-18 Team), while earning a silver medal with Team USA at the 2004 World Junior Under-18 Championships (6 GP, 2-0=2, 18 PIM), and skated with Team USA at the 2004 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Quick was invited to the 2005 US Men's Junior Evaluation Camp, also known as the Summer Challenge, in August of 2005, posting a 4-0-0 mark, a 3.00 GAA and a .903 SV% (56-of-62) with a combined shutout.