Spezza added to Oly camp

The Ottawa Senators' Jason Spezza has been invited to the national men's Olympic team orientation...

The Ottawa Senators' Jason Spezza has been invited to the national men's Olympic team orientation camp. (Tony Caldwell/SUN MEDIA)

SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:38 PM ET

Senators centre Jason Spezza has been added to the Canadian Olympic Team summer orientation camp.

Spezza has represented Canada at the past two world hockey championships (winning silver medals both times) and three previous world junior championships. He owns two silvers and a bronze from those teams.

The Hockey Canada camp, part of the preparation for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic team, is scheduled to run Aug. 24-27 in Calgary.

Senators forward Dany Heatley was among the 46 players originally invited to the session at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

Spezza's addition fills the void created by off-season surgery to Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks. Another camp invitee, Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche, has retired.

The camp roster now includes five goaltenders, 16 defencemen and 25 forwards.

This will be Spezza's second chance to wear the maple leaf on the Olympic stage. Three years ago, he was an alternate for the Canadian team at the 2006 Turin Games but didn't see any action.

In May, Spezza was a standout for Team Canada at the 2009 hockey worlds in Switzerland, racking up seven goals -- tied for the team lead with Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning -- among his 11 points. He had the lone goal for Canada in the gold-medal game, won by Russia 2-1.


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