Players from around the NHL gathered in Calgary this past weekend for Hockey Canada’s first off-ice orientation camp in preparation for defense of their 2010 Olympic gold medal. The depth of potential team members for the 2014 Canadian Men’s Olympic Hockey Team read like a who’s who in the hockey world with names like Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, and Duncan Keith.
While the players were not able to get out on the ice due to insurance costs it was still a very promising start to the long Olympic journey as players attended meetings, participated in team building activities and even played a little golf. Sidney Crosby mentioned that it would have been nice to get out on the ice but felt a lot could be accomplished over the 3-day camp. Other players echoed his sentiments while Head Coach Mike Babcock stated;
everyone getting to know each other and implementing the details of how Canada is going to play in Sochi is two important pieces of this camp.
Canadian Olympic Team GM Steve Yzerman, Head Coach Mike Babcock and assistant coaches Claude Julien, Ken Hitchcock, and Lindy Ruff will have their hands full picking the right team for the Sochi Olympics. While this is just the first of many steps in the process it should be fun to see who ultimately makes the Olympic Team and represents Canada.
Based on the current 47-man potential line-up, who do you think should be a part of the 2014 Canadian Olympic Hockey Team, and why?