Kris Letang invited to Team Canada’s orientation camp


Penguins Sidney Crosby headlined a group of 47 players invited to Hockey Canada’s orientation camp today (July 22).

Also invited were Kris Letang, James Neal and Chris Kunitz.

Canada’s Olympic orientation camp will be held August 25-28 in Calgary, Alberta.

Crosby was Canada’s hero at the 2010 Games, scoring the overtime game-winning goal against the United States to clinch the gold. An alternate captain on that team, Crosby finished the 2010 Olympics with four goals, three goals and seven points in seven games.

Crosby has also starred internationally for Canada at the World Championships and at the World Junior Championships. He was the youngest player ever to lead the World Championships in scoring at the 2006 tournament, registering 16 point (8G-8A) in nine games as an 18 year old.

Letang, the NHL’s highest-scoring defenseman in ’12-13, won back-to-back gold medals with Team Canada in the 2006 and ’07 World Junior Championships – serving as his team’s captain in ’07. He led all defensemen with six assists in ’07, earning himself a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

Neal, Pittsburgh’s second-leading goal scorer in ’12-13 with 21, has previously played in the 2011 and ’09 World Championships and the 2007 World Junior Championships where he helped the Canadians win a gold medal while teaming with Letang.

Kunitz, who led the Penguins with 22 goals in ’12-13, represented Canada one time at the 2008 World Championships, totaling seven points (2G-5A) in nine games.