For Canada's Olympic men's hockey team, the road to Sochi begins in earnest with Hockey Canada's orientation camp in Calgary.
Starting Sunday, 46 players (it was 47 before Claude Giroux pulled out, citing his ongoing rehab from finger surgery) will convene for a series of meetings, information sessions and team-building events. There will be no on-ice activities, however, due to prohibitive insurance costs.
Only about half of those men will earn the right to help Canada defend its gold medal when the Sochi Olympics open in February, and uninvited players can still get in if they make a strong enough impression before the Dec. 31 deadline for countries to submit their rosters.
Follow the camp through our Scribble Live blog, featuring news, notes, tweets, photos, video and more from Hockey Night in Canada analysts and CBC Sports journalists on the scene in Calgary.