Long list of Red Wings invited to Olympic camps

DETROIT - When the NHL breaks for the Olympic Games in Sochi next February, many of the Red Wings will be making the trip overseas to play for their country.

Pavel Datsyuk has been invited to Russia's camp. The 35-year old will be a part of the team's effort to win gold in their home country.

Datsyuk has played with Russia in the Olympics the past three Winter Games.

Jimmy Howard has played for Team USA before, but never at the Olympics. The Red Wings goaltender will join Detroit teammates Justin Abdelkader and Danny DeKeyser at the country's orientation camp next month.

48 players will visit orientation in Arlington, Virginia on August 26-27.

"This is what you dream about when you're a kid, of possibly partaking in the Olympics," Howard told detroitredwings.com Monday .

Last month, Team Sweden released its list of camp invitees. Jonathan Ericsson, Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall, Gustav Nyquist, and Henrik Zetterberg were all on the list.

No one on Team Canada's list of 47 orientation players comes from the Red Wings roster, but head coach Mike Babcock will be behind the bench again in Sochi.

The league will break on February 9 and return February 26. The Olympics run February 12-23 in Sochi.

Brad Galli is a Sports Reporter at WXYZ Detroit. Follow Brad on Twitter @BradGalli

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