Doughty, Niedermayer, Perry and Getzlaf get call to Olympic orientation camp
Kudos to the management of the Canadian men's Olympic hockey team for actually paying attention to teams that play west of New Jersey and extending invitations to one King and three Ducks to the orientation camp that will take place in Calgary in late August.
Drew Doughty of the Kings, 19, was the youngest player invited to the camp, the first step toward participating in the 2010 Vancouver Games. He's among the 16 defensemen asked to attend the camp, a group that also includes Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer and former Ducks Francois Beauchemin and Chris Pronger.
Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry of the Ducks were among the 25 forwards invited. They'll rub elbows with the likes of Sidney Crosby, Rick Nash, Jarome Iginla and surprise invitee Dan Cleary of the Red Wings, who's better known for grit than sheer talent.
Being invited to the camp doesn't assure anyone of a spot, and players not invited to the orientation camp can still be added to the Olympic roster, but the recognition is significant and well-deserved.
-- Helene Elliott
Photo: Drew Doughty. Photo credit: Anja Niedringhaus / Associated Press