With news coming out last week that NHL players will be participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, hockey fans around the world started looking at possible players to represent their country at the Games. Several Wild players have been invited to camps around the globe.
Zach Parise and Ryan Suter are two of the 48 players invited to the United States Men's National Team Orientation Camp. The camp is set for Aug. 26-27 at Kettler Capitals IcePlex in Arlington, Va.
The camp is an orientation (not a selection) camp in preparation for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. There will be no on-ice practices, as the camp will be utilized for team-building activities, meeting with coaches, media availability and off-ice workouts.
Parise and Suter were both members of the Team USA that took home a Silver Medal at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.
Internationally, Mikko Koivu, Niklas Backstrom and Mikael Granlund have been invited to a similar camp for Team Finland, while defenseman Jonas Brodin has been extended an invitation to Sweden's camp.
Recently acquired Wild forward Nino Niederreiter has represented Team Switzerland in international competition and is a candidate in 2014, but the country has yet to unveil any team camp invitations.