Penguins and Team USA head coach Dan Bylsma will have a trio of familiar faces with him when he runs the USA Hockey Olympic Orientation Camp August 26-27 in Washington, D.C.
Brooks Orpik – a member of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team that won a silver medal – Paul Martin and Beau Bennett were among the group of players invited to participate in the camp, which will be held at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
Orpik, who led Pittsburgh defenders with 119 hits, 114 blocked shots and a plus-17 rating in 2012-13, has represented USA Hockey three times internationally during his career – the 2010 Olympics, 2006 World Championships and the 2000 World Junior Championships. He played in all six games during Team USA’s thrilling run to the 2010 Gold Medal Game, where it fell in overtime to Canada, 2-1.
Martin, coming off arguably his best NHL season in ’12-13, was selected to play on the 2010 Olympic Team, but he was not able to play in the tournament due to a forearm injury.
The Elk River, Minnesota native played for Team USA twice at the World Championships (2005, ’08); in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and in the 2001 World Junior Championships. During the 2008 World Championships he was voted by the media as one of USA’s ‘Top Three’ Players on the team after collecting eight points (1G-7A) in seven contests.
Bennett is one of the youngest U.S. players invited to the camp following a rookie campaign that saw him net three goals and 14 points in 26 NHL games with Pittsburgh and 28 points (7G-21A) in 39 American Hockey League (AHL) games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He was named WBS rookie of the year and was selected to play in the AHL All-Star Classic. Bennett is looking to represent Team USA internationally for the first time.