With nearly 50 NHL stars gathering this weekend for Hockey Canada’s orientation camp in anticipation of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games — with no on-ice sessions, unfortunately — we have concrete proof that the hockey season is just around the corner.
Before we know it, the nations of the world will gather in Sochi, Russia, and all eyes in the Great White North will be on how Canada fares in men’s hockey.
The first building blocks for that team will be put into place Sunday through Tuesday in Calgary when players, coaches and the management team gather to start planning.
Here’s a breakdown of the squad as it looks today, based on the invitees to the camp:
Dan Boyle, Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Shea Weber are the five defencemen from the 2010 Olympic team still active in the NHL.
Will they all be part of this team? Maybe. Maybe not.