Of the 48 players who will attend the Aug. 26-27 camp at Kettler Capitals IcePlex in Arlington, Va., 16 have previous Olympic experience, including Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown and the Minnesota Wild duo of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.
The three aforementioned players were alternate captains with the 2010 Olympic silver medalists.
Nine were members of the bronze medal-winning U.S. team at the 2013 World Championships in Sweden and Finland: Goalie John Gibson, defencemen Justin Faulk, Erik Johnson and Jacob Trouba and forwards Nick Bjugstad, Alex Galchenyuk, T.J.Oshie, Craig Smith and Paul Stastny.
Head coach Dan Bylsma will welcome 30 first-round NHL draft picks to camp.
Teams will be asked to submit a 25-man roster by Dec. 31, which includes two more players than at the 2010 Vancouver Games. Each country can now name 22 skaters and three goaltenders.
The NHL first allowed its players to compete at the Olympics in 1998 in Nagano, Japan. This time, the league will shut down on Feb. 9 and resume Feb. 26, three days after the gold-medal contest.
The men’s tournament, which is expected to feature about 170 NHLers, begins Feb. 12 with games shown live on CBC Television and CBCSports.ca.
The U.S. plays its first game Feb. 13 against Slovakia. Slovenia and host Russia are the other Group A teams.Suggest a correction