A 48-man squad has been announced by USA Hockey, which will participate in the US Men's National Team Orientation Camp.
This selection is the beginning of the process that will eventually lead to the 2014 Winter Olympic squad being picked. At present, 16 members of the team that won silver in 2010 are to attend the camp at the end of August.
Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild is once again involved. His late goal in the 2010 final took the match into overtime, but the team still lost out to Canada, who had a home advantage in Vancouver.
In addition, Buffalo Sabres' Ryan Miller will also be in attendance at the Kettler Capitals IcePlex in Arlington, Virginia. The goalie was voted MVP as well as best goaltender three years ago at the Olympics.
John Gibson of the Anaheim Ducks is one of three players to be called up, despite having no previous NHL experience. However, the goalie was part of the US side that won bronze at this year's IIHF World Championship.
The Winter Olympics doesn't kick-off in Sochi until next February, but coach Dan Bylsma will want to ensure that preparation for the tournament is good enough to ensure that the Americans come home with an Ice Hockey gold this time around.
This camp will be a good opportunity for the management to get a better idea of the 25-man roster that will eventually be picked for the Games.
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