Winter Olympic hockey 2014: Canada has 14 roster spots available

Bruce Bennett

Team Canada has 11 locks for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. That means 14 spots are up for grabs.

Hockey Canada is scheduled to begin Olympic orientation camp this Sunday, and according to CEO Bob Nicholson, 11 players are already locks to make the team. With Team Canada planning to bring 25 players to the 2014 games in Sochi, that means 14 players still have a chance to make the squad.

While Hockey Canada will be holding camp this week, the meeting is more about information dissemination than evaluation. No, the final roster spots will be determined in the coming months through NHL games, via Sportsnet:

Added Nicholson: "Who will make the team is who's playing well in November and December. Stevie [Yzerman] will tell you that."

General manager Steve Yzerman stated that orientation camp will focus on player bonding, work with the coaching staff and discussion about Team Canada's systematic play. Due to inflated insurance costs, the players will not be stepping onto ice to practice.

Hockey Canada invited 47 players to the camp, which consists of five goaltenders, 17 defenseman and 25 forwards.

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