The agreements are in place, and the NHL is participating in the 2014 Sochi Olympics in February. Now the camps for each country are getting ready, and are sending out their invites.
The reigning Olympic champions have invited 47 players to camp, including Canucks Roberto Luongo and Dan Hamhuis. Luongo will be up against Corey Crawford, Mike Smith, Braden Holtby and Carey Price for the role of starting goalie. The Canadian camp is filled with many of the 2010 gold medalists, although notable exclusions include Jarome Iginla and Martin Brodeur. Camp will take place August 25-28 in Calgary.
16 silver medalists from 2010 are among the 48 invitees to the USA camp, including Canuck Ryan Kesler. Also, if we didn't need another reason to root for Canada instead of the States, Cory Schneider is one of 6 goalies invited to their camp, along with "silver medal" Ryan Miller, Jonathan Quick, Craig Anderson, Jimmy Howard, and some no-name Ducks goalie John Gibson. Camp will take place August 26-27 in Arlington, home of the Capitals.
Sweden (link is Swedish)
Canucks players Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, and Alexander Edler are all invited to camp August 12-14 in Stockholm, as goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. The team looks to be nearly as stacked as Canada, and could easily do well this time around after losing in the quarterfinals in 2010.
Playing host to the Olympics, the Russian team will meet in Sochi for camp August 23-24. Led by Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin, 18 Russian NHL players will be part of a 35-player orientation camp. Losing to Canada in the quarter-finals in 2010, this host team will look to what Canada just did: win gold on home ice. Sergei Bobrovsky, Evgeni Nabokov, and Semyon Varlamov are among the names for goaltending.
Slovenia, Slovakia, Austria, Finland, Norway, Czech Republic, Latvia and Switzerland will round out the men's hockey competition participants. The NHL website hasn't shown their camp invites yet, but we will update this post when they get added and if they involve any Vancouver players.