CALGARY, Canada – Hockey Canada announced the roster of 46 players who will attend Canada’s National Men’s Team orientation camp from August 24-27 in Calgary.
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 U20 or U18 national team.
The candidates were selected by the management group led by Steve Yzerman and the coaching staff led by Mike Babcock. Players not invited to the orientation camp can still be considered for both the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and 2010 IIHF World Championship.
The roster has promising Olympic rookies like Sidney Crosby but also Olympic veterans. Apart from Yzerman, seven invited players were part of the team that won the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City with Martin Brodeur, Simon Gagné, Jarome Iginla, Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger, Joe Sakic and Ryan Smyth.
The list of notable absentees includes forwards Jason Spezza (Ottawa), and Steve Stamkos (Tampa Bay), who both played with considerable success at the 2009 IIHF World Championships, and also Marc Savard (Boston) and Mike Cammalleri (Montreal).
The players will be divided into two teams for on-ice sessions and a scrimmage on the last day at Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary.
The men's Olympic rosters for Vancouver 2010 must be made official no later than December 31, 2009. Even with that, a team can make changes (due to injuries, etc.) up and until the Olympic tournament directorate meeting on Monday, February 15th, the day before the opening games of the men's tournament. The rosters (20 skaters and three goaltenders) registered on that day will be final and no replacements will be allowed during the tournament.
The composition of the final Olympic roster is not dependant on rosters from evaluation camps.
Canada’s Orientation Camp Roster
Goalkeepers: Martin Brodeur (New Jersey), Marc-André Fleury (Pittsburgh), Roberto Luongo (Vancouver), Steve Mason (Columbus), Cam Ward (Carolina).
Defencemen: François Beauchemin (Anaheim), Jay Bouwmeester (Calgary), Dan Boyle (San Jose), Brent Burns (Minnesota), Drew Doughty (Los Angeles), Mike Green (Washington), Dan Hamhuis (Nashville), Duncan Keith (Chicago), Scott Niedermayer (Anaheim), Dion Phaneuf (Calgary), Chris Pronger (Philadelphia), Robyn Regehr (Calgary), Stéphane Robidas (Dallas), Brent Seabrook (Chicago), Marc Staal (New York Rangers), Shea Weber (Nashville).
Forwards: Jeff Carter (Philadelphia), Dan Cleary (Detroit), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh), Shane Doan (Phoenix), Simon Gagné (Philadelphia), Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim), Dany Heatley (Ottawa), Jarome Iginla (Calgary), Vincent Lecavalier (Tampa Bay), Milan Lucic (Boston), Patrick Marleau (San Jose), Andy McDonald (St. Louis), Brenden Morrow (Dallas), Rick Nash (Columbus), Corey Perry (Anaheim), Michael Richards (Philadelphia), Derek Roy (Buffalo), Joe Sakic (Colorado), Patrick Sharp (Chicago), Ryan Smyth (Colorado), Martin St-Louis (Tampa Bay), Eric Staal (Carolina), Jordan Staal (Pittsburgh), Joe Thornton (San Jose), Jonathan Toews (Chicago).