NHL-high five Blackhawks named to Canada's Olympic Orientation Camp
|Duncan Keith will be vying to return to the Olympics for the second time in four seasons (Photo by Getty Images).|
An NHL-high five Blackhawks were named to Team Canada's Olympic Orientation Camp on Monday, the first step toward making the national team that will compete for gold in Sochi, Russia, this coming February. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, alternate captains Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp, as well as Brent Seabrook and Corey Crawford will all attend the camp in Calgary this August, along with 42 other Olympic hopefuls.
Of the five Blackhawks attending the camp, three - Toews, Keith and Seabrook - were part of Canada's gold medal-winning squad from the 2010 Vancouver games. Sharp won silver with Team Canada in the 2008 IIHF World Championship. Were he to make the squad, the 2014 Winter Olympics would be Crawford's first time representing his country at any level of international play.
Chicago is the only NHL team to have five players in the camp with hopes of joining Canada's national team, led by Executive Director Steve Yzerman and coached by Detroit Red Wings bench boss Mike Babcock. The camp roster consists of five goaltenders, 17 defensemen and 25 forwards.
Canada's Orientation Camp roster shares 34 Stanley Cup rings between all of its participants, 9 of which belong to the Blackhawks' participants.