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Hamhuis, Weber Invited To Team Canada Olympic Orientation Camp

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
(from Hockey Canada)


HOCKEY CANADA INVITES 46 PLAYERS TO CANADA’S NATIONAL MEN’S TEAM ORIENTATION CAMP IN CALGARY FROM AUGUST 24-27

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced on Thursday the roster of 46 players that will attend Canada’s National Men’s Team orientation camp from August 24-27 in Calgary. (click here for complete roster)

Preds and the Olympics

The Nashville Predators will have several players and prospects garner serious consideration for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Defensemen Dan Hamhuis and Shea Weber will participate in Hockey Canada's Olympic Orientation Camp this summer, while Ryan Suter will participate in USA Hockey's Orientation Camp. Alexander Sulzer is projected as a top candidate for Team Germany's squad, while prospect Roman Josi is high on Switzerland's list of candidates.

Goaltender Pekka Rinne claimed the starting role for Team Finland in this spring's World Championships and will be among the goaltenders under consideration for Finns.

At forward, Martin Erat has been a standout for Czech Republic in recent World Championships and will likely be high on the Czech's list of candidates. Same goes for prospect Alexander Radulov with Team Russia. Antti Pihlstrom played for Team Finland and the 2008 World Championships and likely would have returned for the '09 tournament if he hadn't been sidelined with an injury at the end of last season. Patric Hornqvist led Team Sweden with six goals at the 2008 World Championships and also posted a six point performance at the 2007 tournament. Because of their past international success, both Hornqvist and Pihlstrom could generate consideration with strong starts to the 2009-10 NHL season.
--Jay Levin, NashvillePredators.com

These 46 players have been identified as candidates for upcoming international events in the 2009-10 season: the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and 2010 IIHF World Championship.

The camp roster includes five goaltenders, 16 defencemen and 25 forwards. The list of players includes 40 players with senior international experience, either at the Olympics, IIHF World Championship or World Cup of Hockey/Canada Cup, while 36 of the 46 players played for either the National Junior Team or National Men’s Under-18 Team.

The management group, comprised of executive director Steve Yzerman, Hockey Canada executive vice-president of hockey operations Misley, Hockey Canada president/CEO Bob Nicholson and associate directors Doug Armstrong (Sarnia, Ont./St. Louis, NHL), Ken Holland (Vernon, B.C./Detroit, NHL) and Kevin Lowe (Lachute, Que./Edmonton, NHL), assembled the list in collaboration with the coaching staff comprised of Babcock (Saskatoon, Sask./Detroit, NHL) and associate coaches Jacques Lemaire (LaSalle, Que.), Lindy Ruff (Warburg, Alta./Buffalo, NHL) and Ken Hitchcock (Edmonton, Alta./Columbus, NHL).

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.


CANADA’S NATIONAL MEN’S ORIENTATION CAMP TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
The group of 46 players will be divided into red and white rosters, although these rosters may change during the course of the orientation camp.

All on-ice sessions will be at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary. Further details will be finalized and released at the end of July 2009.

Monday, August 24, 2009 On-ice sessions in the evening
Tuesday, August 25, 2009 On-ice sessions in the morning
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 On-ice sessions in the afternoon
Thursday, August 27, 2009 On-ice sessions in the morning; Red-White scrimmage at 7 p.m. MT

Tickets to the August 27 Red-White scrimmage can be purchased as part of the Team Canada Hockey Hat Trick which also includes two additional Team Canada games at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, a Canada vs. United States women’s hockey game on December 15, and a Canada vs. Finland pre-World Junior game on December 22. The Team Canada Hockey Hat Trick ticket package can be purchased at the Pengrowth Saddledome or through Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (403) 777-000 or online at www.ticketmaster.ca.

For more information on Canada’s National Men’s Team and other Hockey Canada programs, visit www.hockeycanada.ca
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