Crosby, Malkin among Penguins invited to Olympic orientations


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Several Penguins are headed to their country's orientation camps for the Winter Olympics.

Center Evgeni Malkin, who has played in the past two Winter Olympics, has been invited to Team Russia's orientation camp Aug. 23-24 in Sochi, Russia, the host city for the 2014 Games.

Center Sidney Crosby, defenseman Kris Letang and wingers James Neal and Chris Kunitz have been invited to Team Canada's camp, Aug. 25-28 in Calgary.

Defensemen Brooks Orpik and Paul Martin, and winger Beau Bennett are on the roster for the Team USA camp Aug. 26-27 in suburban Washington, D.C. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma previously was named head coach for the Americans.

Crosby scored the gold-medal-clinching overtime goal for Canada in 2010 at the Vancouver Games. Letang, Neal and Kunitz have not played in the Olympics.

Not on Canada's camp roster are Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who served as the No. 3 goalie, but did not play, in 2010; and former Penguins winger Jarome Iginla, a three-time Olympian.

Orpik was on the silver-medal American team in 2010, and Martin played in the 2006 Olympics. Bennett, 21, has not played in the Olympics.

Also on the American camp roster are forward Brandon Saad, of Gibsonia and the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, and goaltender John Gibson, a Whitehall native and Anaheim Ducks prospect who was the MVP of the world junior championships last winter for the gold-medal Team USA squad.

Also in the Russian invitee list is former Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar.

Team rosters for the 2014 Games must be finalized by Dec. 31.

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Shelly Anderson: shanderson@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1721 and Twitter @pgshelly. First Published July 22, 2013 4:45 AM


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