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Blackhawks Mon Jul 22 2013

Eight Blackhawks Named To Olympic Camps

Thumbnail image for GB blackhawks icon.png The Blackhawks have announced that eight of its players will attend Olympic Orientation Camps, which lead to the 2014 Games in Sochi. The organization has a league-high five players invited to the Canadian team with Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Patrick Sharp, Brent Seabrook and Corey Crawford getting the call. Camp for Team Canada will be in Calgary in August with 42 other Canadians hoping to make the squad.

Three other members of the Blackhawks have been invited to the United States Men's Hockey Team with Conn Smythe winner Patrick Kane, Nick Leddy and Brandon Saad getting the honor. The three Hawks players will head to Arlington, VA, on August 26 and 27. They will join 45 other U.S.-born players in hopes to make Team USA.

The 2010 Olympics in Vancouver featured six Blackhawks players who made the trip to the northwest with Toews, Keith and Seabrook representing Canada; Kane for Team USA; Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky for Team Slovakia. Canada beat the United States for the Gold Medal by the final of 3-2 in overtime.

With the NHL approving of its players being eligible for Olympic play in 2014, the Hawks' 2013-14 schedule contains only five games in February, all of which will be on the road. The NHL will break from February 9 until February 26, with hockey beginning in the Olympics on February 12 and ending with the Gold Medal game on February 23.

No word yet on other Hawks players being invited to their respective countries for camp.

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