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Phaneuf invited to Team Canada Orientation Camp
By Chris Savard
HometownHockey.ca

Phaneuf invited to Team Canada Orientation Camp
Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman and Captain Dion Phaneuf was among 47 Canadian Hockey players invited to attend Canada’s National Mens orientation camp. The team orientation camp will be held in Calgary, Alberta from August 25th to 28th.
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Stoney Point - July 22, 2013 - Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman and Captain Dion Phaneuf was among 47 Canadian Hockey players invited to attend Canada’s National Mens orientation camp. The team orientation camp will be held in Calgary, Alberta from August 25th to 28th.

In total, five goaltenders, 17 defencemen and 25 forwards were invited to compete for a spot on the team coached by Mike Babcock. Of the 47 players invited, fifteen of them won gold with Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

“I would like to congratulate the players being invited today to our orientation camp,” said executive director Steve Yzerman. “This marks an important step for this program, as it is our only opportunity to be together as a group before Sochi.”

Patrice Bergeron, Eric Staal, Jonathan Toews and Babcock are three Canadians who are part of the IIHF Triple Gold Club - having won Olympic gold, IIHF World Championship gold and a Stanley Cup.

Chicago leads all NHL teams with five players invited to camp, followed by Pittsburgh and San Jose with four:

• 5 – Chicago
• 4 – Pittsburgh, San Jose
• 3 – Boston, Los Angeles, Washington
• 2– Anaheim, Carolina, Edmonton, Montreal, N.Y. Islanders, N.Y. Rangers, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Vancouver
• 1 – Colorado, Nashville, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Toronto, Winnipeg

For a complete list of invitees, please CLICK HERE

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