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by George Malik on 06/14/13 at 11:44 AM ET
According to the New York Times' Jeff Z. Klein (via RedWingsFeed), the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation has released the roster of its summer camp for the 2014 Olympics, which will meet from August 12-14 (of this summer) in Stockholm. The roster will meet to discuss Olympic strategies and get on the same game-planning page instead of taking to the ice, and here's the roster includes five Red Wings in Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Gustav Nyquist, Jonathan Ericsson and Niklas Kronwall:
PLAYERS AT OLYMPIC MEETING
Oliver Ekman Larsson
Sweden’s ice hockey federation has included N.H.L. players on the list of players invited to its Olympic orientation camp, despite the absence of an agreement between the N.H.L. and the International Olympic Committee that would allow league players to play at the Sochi Olympics in February.
Henrik Lundqvist and Carl Hagelin from the Rangers and Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya from the Stanley Cup finalist Chicago Blackhawks are among the 35 players, mostly from the N.H.L., named to the camp. It will be held Aug. 12 to 14 in Stockholm.
The federation is the first to announce a roster of invitees. It is proceeding as if the N.H.L. and the I.O.C. will reach agreement allowing full participation at Sochi. On Wednesday, Gary Bettman, the N.H.L. commissioner, and Bill Daly, the deputy commissioner, said that an agreement, originally expected by the end of May, had yet to be reached, but expressed confidence that N.H.L. players would play at Sochi.
The snag is believed to involve issues surrounding video rights and arrangements with the N.H.L. Players’ Association involving transport from North America to Russia and back.
Both Aftonbladet's Linus Norberg and Expressen's Mattias Ek confirm, and Ek noted that the captain of the Swedish World Championship team, Staffan (brother of Niklas) Kronwall, didn't make the cut, nor did Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom.
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