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Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban and goaltender Carey Price are among the 47 NHL players invited to Canada’s national men’s team orientation camp in Calgary next month.
The team that will represent Canada at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia next winter will be chosen by Dec. 31. The 25-man roster will include three goaltenders.
Five goalies have been invited to the camp in Calgary, including Price, Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks, Roberto Luongo from the Vancouver Canucks, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals, and Mike Smith from the Phoenix Coyotes.
Subban, who won the Norris Trophy last month as the National Hockey League’s top defenceman, is among 17 rearguards invited to camp. Kristopher Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Shea Weber from the Nashville Predators are also on the list.
“To be invited, obviously it’s a very cool honour,” Subban told The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs in an interview Monday afternoon. You can read more of what Subban had to say here.
The Olympic Games kick off on Feb. 7. The men’s hockey event runs from Feb. 12-23, ending on the final day of the Games.
In a press release Monday, Hockey Canada said the orientation camp in Calgary from Aug. 25-28 “will offer the opportunity for management, the coaching staff and Hockey Canada to present the players with the team’s plans for Sochi, such as playing systems, international rules and regulations and logistics.”
Brad Pascall, vice-president of hockey operations at Hockey Canada, said it’s “unlikely” the players will take to the ice at the camp based on insurance requirements.
You can see the full orientation camp roster by clicking here.
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock will be back behind the bench for Canada. Babcock coached the gold medal-winning Canadian Olympic team in 2010 at the Games in Vancouver. St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock and Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff, who were also part of the coaching staff in Vancouver, are back as associate coaches along with Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien.
You can read Hockey Canada’s press release about the players invited to camp here:
And you can read its press release about the coaching staff here.