Hockey Canada announced on Tuesday the addition of Ottawa center Jason Spezza
to the roster for its National Men's Team orientation camp, to be held from Aug. 24-27 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary.
Spezza has played for Canada at the IIHF World Championship on five occasions, most recently at the 2009 tournament in Switzerland.
The addition of Spezza to the roster was made after Anaheim Ducks
forward Ryan Getzlaf
required off-season surgery and was unable to take part in on-ice sessions. Getzlaf will still attend the camp and take part in off-ice activities. Another forward named to the camp roster, Joe Sakic
has announced his retirement and will not be in attendance.
"Steve gave me a call on Monday, and told me there was an injury and they were asking me to come not as a fill in but rather with a chance to make the club," Spezza said during a conference call Tuesday, referring to a phone call from Executive Director Steve Yzerman
. "The team will be picked on how you perform in the first-half of the season, that is what Yzerman told me when I was not initially selected and that is what he reiterated when he called."
The camp roster now includes five goaltenders, 16 defencemen and 25 forwards.
The management group is comprised of Yzerman, Hockey Canada executive vice-president of hockey operations Johnny Misley, Hockey Canada president/CEO Bob Nicholson and associate directors Doug Armstrong, Ken Holland and Kevin Lowe
Players not invited to the National Men's Team orientation camp can still be considered for both the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and 2010 IIHF World Championship.