Team USA has announced an orientation camp roster has been in preparation for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Minnesota Wild players have been included in this exciting announcement. Players Zach Parise and Ryan Sutter are two of the 7 Wild players that have been invited to Team USA’s camp. Mikko Koivu, Niklas Backstrom and Mikael Granlund have all been invited by Team Finland to participate in a Team Finland’s camp. Defenseman Jonas Brodin has also been extended an invitation to participate by Team Sweden. There is a possibility that one of the Wild’s newest players Nino Niederreiter will be invited by his home country of Switzerland but no announcement has been made yet.
Another exciting note for Minnesotan’s is that 6 defensemen and 6 forwards have also been invited to Team USA camp. Minnesotan Ray Shero will be the associate general manager. There is a great possibility that Minnesota will be very well represented in this years olympics. The roster will be shrunk significantly it will be interesting to see who makes the final roster for Team USA. Each individual Minnesotan invited to the camp, their respective NHL team, and their home town is listed below. More information on Team USA announcing the orientation camp roster can be viewed here.
Dustin Byfuglien – Roseau, Minnesota – Winnipeg Jets
Justin Faulk – South Saint Paul, Minnesota – Carolina Hurricanes
Jake Gardiner – Minnetonka, Minnesota – Toronto Maple Leafs
Erik Johnson – Bloomington, Minnesota – Colorado Avalanche
Nick Leddy – Eden Prairie, Minnesota – Chicago Blackhawks
Paul Martin – Minneapolis, Minnesota – Pittsburgh Penguins
Ryan McDonagh – Saint Paul, Minnesota – New York Rangers
David Backes – Minneapolis, Minnesota – Saint Louis Blues
Nick Bjugstad – Blaine, Minnesota – Florida Panthers
Kyle Okposo – Saint Paul, Minnesota – New York Islanders
T.J. Oshie – Warroad Minnesota – Saint Louis Blues
Zach Parise – Minneapolis, Minnesota – Minnesota Wild
Derek Stepan – Hastings, Minnesota – New York Rangers
Blake Wheeler – Robbinsdale, Minnesota – Winnipeg Jets