Invites issued to hockey orientation camp
The Ducks, Kings and one likely soon-to-be-former King were well represented when USA Hockey invited 34 American players to an Olympic orientation camp to be held in Woodridge, Ill., outside Chicago, Aug. 17-19.
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, defenseman Jack Johnson (rumored to be out the door) and right wing Dustin Brown were invited, as was former King defenseman Tim Gleason.
The Ducks will be represented by winger Bobby Ryan and defenseman Ryan Whitney.
The list is dominated by youngsters. No Chris Chelios, Jeremy Roenick, Keith Tkachuk or Bill Guerin to be found among them, although 39-year-old Mike Modano did get an invitation. But the graybeards (and no-beards) can still have hope. Players who were not invited to the camp can still be nominated to the Vancouver Olympic roster, so there's time for other players to impress General Manager Brian Burke and Coach Ron Wilson.
-- Helene Elliott
Photo: United States forward Dustin Brown celebrates after scoring a goal against Russia in the IIHF World Championships on May 8. Credit: Anja Niedringhaus / Associated Press