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June 30, 2005 - Lemieux, Yzerman, Sakic among 36 invited to Canadian Olympic camp

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Lemieux, Yzerman, Sakic among 36 invited to Canadian Olympic camp
BILL BEACON Thu Jun 30,10:34 AM ET

(CP) - Veteran stars Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman and Joe Sakic were on a list released Thursday of 36 players invited to a training camp for Canada's hockey team for the 2006

The four goaltenders, 12 defencemen and 20 forwards are to attend a training camp and orientation session Aug. 15-20 in Vancouver and Kelowna, B.C. The final makeup of Canada's team will depend on whether the NHL agrees to participate at the Olympics in February.

There were no major surprises on the list, which confirms that Lemieux, the Pittsburgh Penguins' aging player/owner, and Yzerman, who has not played since he was injured in the 2004 playoffs, remain in Team Canada's plans.

The list includes 26 players from the team that won the World Cup of Hockey last September, 19 from the team that won silver at the IIHF world championship in May and 14 from Canada's gold-medal team at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

"We are very pleased with the depth we have in our country," team executive director Wayne Gretzky said in a statement. "And there are players outside this group of 36 that we will continue to evaluate as we get closer to the Olympics in February before any final decisions are made."

The goaltenders are Martin Brodeur, Roberto Luongo, Jose Theodore and Marty Turco.

On defence are Rob Blake, Jay Bouwmeester, Dan Boyle, Eric Brewer, Adam Foote, Scott Hannan, Ed Jovanovski, Scott Niedermayer, Chris Phillips, Chris Pronger, Wade Redden and Robyn Regehr.

Other forwards are Shane Doan, Kris Draper, Simon Gagne, Dany Heatley, Jarome Iginla, Vincent Lecavalier, Kirk Maltby, Patrick Marleau, Brenden Morrow, Rick Nash, Michael Peca, Keith Primeau, Brad Richards, Ryan Smyth, Martin St. Louis, Alex Tanguay and Joe Thornton.

The coaching staff from the last Olympics and World Cup remains the same, with head coach Pat Quinn and assistants Ken Hitchcock, Jacques Martin and Wayne Fleming, except that national team coach Marc Habscheid has been added as an assistant. Habscheid was head coach of the world championship team.

Gretzky is back as executive director with Kevin Lowe as his assistant. Steve Tambellini remains director of player personnel and Blair MacKasey is director of player development.