USA Hockey announced today that Mike Richter has been selected as one of 37 NHL players who have been invited to the 2001 United States Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Orientation Camp, to be held from September 4-7 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The camp is designed to assist in the preparation of the 2002 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team that will compete at the Olympic Winter Games from February 8-24 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The orientation will consist of on- and off-ice components designed to introduce players to team staff, provide information about subjects such as drug testing and Olympic-related procedures, and develop preliminary game strategy.
The announcement was made by 2002 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team General Manager Craig Patrick, Associate General Manager Larry Pleau, Director of Player Personnel Art Berglund and USA Hockey Executive Director Doug Palazzari.
Richter is a veteran of two Olympic Games, representing Team USA at the 1988 Games in Calgary, Alberta and the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan and would certainly welcome a third shot at the gold.
"I don't know how it's going to play out," Richter said Wednesday from Rye. "I've spoken to Herb Brooks earlier in the year and the bottom line is they've got their decision-making process for that team. The best way for me to make the team is to come into training camp healthy and play well. If I'm healthy, I expect to play."