Capitals’ practice facility to host 2014 U.S. Olympic men’s team camp

June 29, 2013

(Bruce Bennett/Getty) Staff for the 2014 U.S. Olympic men’s national team from left to right: Associate general manager Ray Shero, General Manager David Poile and Coach Dan Bylsma.

USA Hockey announced Saturday that the Capitals’ practice facility, Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, will host the 2014 U.S. Olympic men’s national team orientation camp from Aug. 25 to 29.

Designed to prepare the team that will compete during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the camp will be an offseason highlight in the Washington area not long before the start of NHL training camps in September.

“We are thrilled that Kettler Capitals Iceplex has been chosen by USA Hockey to host their 2013 U.S. Men’s National Team Orientation Camp,” General Manager George McPhee said in a news release. “This selection is a testament to the growing popularity of hockey in the Washington area and we feel there is no better place to hold the U.S. Olympic camp than the Nation’s capital.”

Details about the camp, including whether the sessions will be open to the public, have not been released yet.

Also on Saturday, USA Hockey named Pittsburgh Penguins Coach Dan Bylsma as head coach of the 2014 U.S Olympic men’s team.

Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile, who was the Capitals’ GM from 1982 to 1997, will serve as the squad’s general manager. Pittsburgh’s Ray Shero will join as associate general manager while Brian Burke will be director of player personnel.

While the NHL and the International Olympic Committee have yet to reach a formal agreement that allows NHL players to participate in Sochi, the sides are expected to strike a deal soon. A resolution could even come as early as Monday, when officials from the NHL, IOC and International Ice Hockey Federation are scheduled to meet in New York.

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