39 players invited to September camp

DENVER -- Bill Guerin, Mike Modano, Keith Tkachuk and Doug
Weight were among 39 players USA Hockey invited Thursday to its
September camp in Colorado Springs, the first step toward selecting
a team for next year's Olympics in Turin.
The roster includes four goaltenders, 14 defensemen and 21
forwards, though previous Olympians such as Chris Chelios, Brett
Hull, Jeremy Roenick and Brian Leetch are not on the list.
"This doesn't represent the players that will be definitely on
Team USA," said Don Waddell, general manager of the 2006 U.S.
Olympic team. "We didn't feel we needed to bring [some of the
older players] to the orientation camp."
Waddell said USA Hockey has contacted many of those players,
including Leetch, to explain what is happening with the
"It's not a tryout camp that we're having," he said. "It's to
get the players used to what has to happen at the Olympics."
Waddell said the NHL's regular season will serve as the tryout.
"We don't pick this team. The players will pick this team. They
will dictate by their play who should be on this Olympic team," he
Dallas teammates Guerin and Modano, who is a free agent, and St.
Louis teammates Tkachuk and Weight played on U.S. Olympic teams in
1998 and 2002.
Also invited to the orientation on Sept. 5-8 were 2002 Olympians
Chris Drury of Buffalo, Aaron Miller of Los Angeles, Brian Rafalski
of New Jersey and Brian Rolston of Minnesota, who helped the United
States win a silver medal in Salt Lake City.
"We felt the guys that we brought were guys that would serve us
well with some of the younger players," Waddell said.
Waddell said USA Hockey's next move is to select a coach, and he
expects to make an announcement by the end of next week.
USA Hockey must submit a preliminary roster of 60-70 players to
the International Ice Hockey Federation by Oct. 1, four days before
the NHL season begins. The final team must be selected by Jan. 10.