Olympic orientation camp to include 'public day'

Olympic orientation camp to include 'public day'
July 22, 2013, 9:15 am
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So now that we know they won’t be hitting the ice for line rushes and forechecking drills, what should we expected when Patrick Kane, Zach Parise, Ryan Miller and the rest of the U.S. Olympic hockey hopefuls descend on Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 26 and 27?

According to USA Hockey Senior Director of Communications Dave Fischer, the two-day Team USA Olympic team orientation camp will feature on-ice activities both days.

Youth hockey practices featuring the American Development Model are anticipated for both days, while a “public” day is being planned for Tuesday, Aug. 27.  More details on the Team USA “public” day are expected in the coming weeks.

Off the ice, approximately 40 Olympic invitees will meet with coaches, complete paperwork required by the United States Olympic Committee, perform team-building exercises and take part in off-ice workouts.

Among the Capitals, defenseman John Carlson, who was born in Natick, Mass., and grew up in Colonia, N.J., is believed to be the only player under consideration for the Team USA camp. Player invites are expected to go out this week.

Carlson finished seventh among U.S.-born defensemen in the NHL last season with 22 points. Ahead of him were Minneosta’s Ryan Suter [32], Phoenix’s Keith Yandle [30], Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien [28], Dallas’ Alex Goligoski [27], Pittsburgh’s Paul Martin [23] and St. Louis’ Kevin Sattenkirk [23].

Meanwhile, Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby is under consideration for Team Canada, according to a report by Sportsnet’s John Shannon. Holtby’s body of work [57 regular season games, 21 playoff games] pales in comparison to goalies like Roberto Luongo, Mike Smith and Corey Crawford, but at 23 he’s considered a shooting star and could be a dark horse to make the Canadian team, which will be coached by Mike Babcock and meet for its orientation camp in late August.

Also, Capitals prospect Evgeni Kuznetsov is expected to join Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin when the Russian Olympic team gathers for its orientation camp on Aug. 23 and 24.