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Rangers defenseman Marc Staal
has already won two gold medals with Canada's World Junior Championship team. On Thursday, Staal learned he's in the running to go for gold with Canada in the 2010 Olympics.
Staal was one of 16 defenseman named to the Canadian 2010 Olympic Hockey Orientation Camp. A total of 46 players will compete for 20 roster spots on Team Canada. Staal would likely have to edge out at least nine or 10 other defensemen to make the team.
The orientation camp will be held at the Calgary Flames' arena, the Pengrowth Saddledome, from Aug. 24-27. Team Canada's head coach is Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings.
Being named to the orientation camp is a great honor for Staal, only one of six players on the list who has notplayed in a previous Olympics, World Cup or World Championship tournament. He is also among the youngest players who will be attending the camp.
The camp will also be a family reunion for Staal, since his two brothers in the NHL, Eric and Jordan, were also invited to audition for the Olympic team.
Here is a complete list of players invited to the camp:Goaltenders:
Martin Brodeur, Marc-Andre Fleury, Roberto Luongo, Steve Mason, Cam WardDefensemen:
François Beauchemin, Jay Bouwmeester, Dan Boyle, Brent Burns, Drew Doughty, Mike Green, Duncan Keith, Dan Hamhuis, Scott Niedermayer, Dion Phaneuf, Chris Pronger, Robyn Regehr, Stephane Robidas, Brent Seabrook, M. Staal, Shea WeberForwards:
Jeff Carter, Dan Cleary, Sidney Crosby, Shane Doan, Simon Gagne, Ryan Getzlaf, Dany Heatley, Jarome Iginla, Vincent Lecavalier, Milan Lucic, Patrick Marleau, Andy McDonald, Brenden Morrow, Rick Nash, Corey Perry, Michael Richards, Derek Roy, Joe Sakic, Martin St-Louis, Patrick Sharp, Ryan Smyth, Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, Joe Thornton, Jonathan Toews