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Mike Babcock unofficially named Team Canada’s coach as we prepare for Olympic orientation camp news

This isn't officially official yet, but Sportsnet's John Shannon and Jamie Neugebauer are rolling with it (and Ken Holland will serve in an advisory role under GM Steve Yzerman, ironically enough):

And as Paul noted, USA Hockey will be announcing their Olympic summer camp invites tomorrow:

Obviously, Jimmy Howard will be invited to the camp, and Justin Abdelkader's something of a dark horse candidate.

Due to insurance issues, it's entirely possible, if not probable, that the U.S. and Canada will follow Sweden and Slovakia in not skating at all.

  • Tomas Jurco and Tomas Tatar attended Slovakia's trip to the Tatra National Park near Poprad, Slovakia from July 2nd-4th;


  • The Czechs very quietly held a pre-Olympic gathering on the 18th and 19th, and Petr Mrazek took part in the event, but Jakub Kindl wasn't invited;


  • Niklas Kronwall, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Jonathan Ericsson, Gustav Nyquist and Daniel Alfredsson will all take part in the Swedish summer powwow in Stockholm from August 12th-14th;


  • And the Russians are actually holding their pre-Olympic meeting in Sochi, Russia on August 23rd and 24th, and you'd better believe that Pavel Datsyuk will be there.

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w2j2's avatar

One advantage for Canada (and maybe others), is that when they bring back the same management and coaches, the players will already know “the drill” and what to expect because the same players played for the same coaches 4 years ago.

Posted by w2j2 on 07/21/13 at 08:47 PM ET

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