Burke names U.S. camp
By ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA
Being a member of the Maple Leafs didn't give forward Jason Blake an inside track at making the U.S. Olympic team headed for Vancouver next winter.
Blake was one of several veteran players left off the roster of 34 invited to the U.S. orientation camp later this summer in Chicago. Leafs general manager Brian Burke, who has the same role for the Team USA squad that will compete in Vancouver, announced the roster today.
Five of the invitees have Olympic experience led by three-time Olympian Mike Modano as well as Chris Drury, Brian Rafalski, Scott Gomez and Jamie Langenbrunner.
Tim Thomas, who won the 2009 Vezina Trophy for his stellar season in the Boston Bruins net, heads a goaltending group that includes Ryan Miller and Jonathan Quick.
The other Leafs connection to the squad is coach Ron Wilson, who will be in charge in Vancouver.
Other prominent veterans not invited are Islanders forward Dough Weight, Blues forward Keith Tkachuk and recent Stanley Cup champ Bill Guerin of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Following is the list of invitees:
Goaltenders: Ryan Miller, Jonathan Quick, Tim Thomas.
Defence: Tom Gilbert, Tim Gleason, Ron Hainsey, Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson, Mike Komisarek, Paul Martin, Brooks Orpik, Brian Rafalski, Rob Scuderi, Ryan Suter, Ryan Whitney.
Forwards: David Backes, David Booth, Dustin Brown, Dustin Byfuglien, Ryan Callahan, Chris Drury, Scott Gomez, Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel, Jamie Langenbrunner, Ryan Malone, Mike Modano, Kyle Okposo, T.J. Oshie, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski, Bobby Ryan, Paul Stastny.