We all knew Alex Ovechkin would be representing Russia in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
But on Monday Braden Holtby, Karl Alzner and Mike Green received invitations to attend Team Canada’s Olympic orientation camp from Aug. 25-28 in Calgary; John Carlson was invited to Team USA’s camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Aug. 26-27; and Evgeny Kuznetsov was asked to attend Russia’s orientation camp in Sochi on Aug. 23-24.
Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson already received invitations to the Swedish team’s Olympic camp and Martin Erat is expected to receive a similar offer from Team Czech Republic.
That means as many as 10 members of the Capitals organization could be representing five different countries during the men’s Olympic ice hockey tournament from Feb. 12-23.
Holtby was the biggest surprise among the Capitals invitees. The 23-year-old netminder has played in just 57 regular season games in the NHL, another 21 in the playoffs.
Holtby earned the invitation because of his strong performances in the past two post-seasons, where he has posted a 2.04 goals-against average and .931 save percentage. Holtby will be joined by netminders Roberto Luongo, Carey Price, Mike Smith and Corey Crawford. The team is expected to carry three goalies.
Of the Capitals who have been invited to the Olympic orientation camps, only Ovechkin has actually competed in the Olympics.
Here is a list of invitees:
Defensemen: Zach Bogosian, Dustin Byfuglien, John Carlson, Danny DeKeyser, Justin Faulk, Cam Fowler, Jake Gardiner, Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson, Seth Jones, Nick Leddy, Paul Martin, Ryan McDonagh, Brooks Orpik, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ryan Suter, Jacob Trouba, Keith Yandle.
Forwards: Justin Abdelkader, David Backes, Beau Bennett, Nick Bjugstad, Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan, Alex Galchenyuk, Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel, Trevor Lewis, Kyle Okposo, T.J. Oshie, Max Pacioretty, Kyle Palmieri, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski, Bobby Ryan, Brandon Saad, Craig Smith, Paul Stastny, Derek Stepan, James van Riemsdyk, Blake Wheeler.
Goaltenders: Braden Holtby, Roberto Luongo, Carey Price, Mike Smith, Corey Crawford
Defensemen: Drew Doughty, Dan Boyle, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Shea Weber; Travis Hamonic, P.K. Subban, Alex Pietrangelo, Kris Letang, Marc Staal, Dion Phaneuf, Marc Methot, Dan Hamhuis, Karl Alzner, Jay Bouwmeester, Mike Green, Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
Forwards: Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Steven Stamkos, Claude Giroux, John Tavares. Patrice Bergeron, Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Rick Nash, Mike Richards, Eric Staal, Joe Thornton, Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic, Eric Staal, Jeff Carter, Logan Couture, Matt Duchene,Chris Kunitz, Andrew Ladd, James Neal, Patrick Sharp, Jordan Staal, Martin St. Louis.