Giroux Lone Flyer Invited to Canadian Olympic Orientation Camp
With the NHL announcing that its players will officially compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Finland, invites to orientation camps have been announced the past couple days.
Today, the first Flyer has been announced to earning an invite. Flyers captain Claude Giroux is one of 25 forwards invited to the Canadian Orientation Camp.
This is the first of said honors to Giroux, who is a heavy favorite to make the team. Giroux, 25, is coming off a 48-point season in which he scored 13 goals and added 35 assists in 48 games for the Flyers in 2013.
Giroux has established himself as one of the top players in the NHL, recently earning a brand new 8-year, $66.2 million extension from the Flyers.
Other players invited to the camp include former Flyers forwards Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. Canada will select 14 forwards from the list of 25, a pretty impossible feat to be honest.
Russia announced their roster and former Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made the invite while Ilya Bryzgalov did not.
Other current Flyers who could possibly earn invites include forward Jakub Voracek (Czech Republic) and defensemen Kimmo Timonen (Finland), Nick Grossmann, Erik Gustafsson (Sweden), Mark Streit (Switzerland), Oliver Lauirdsen (Denmark) and Andrej Meszaros (Slovakia).
The United States will announce their invites tomorrow at noon. Former Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk could be an invitee. Current Flyers Americans are Adam Hall and Sean Couturier.