USA Hockey will not hold any on-ice practices during its Olympic orientation camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in late August because of the need to insure players’ NHL contracts, a spokesman said Friday.
While the agreement reached between the NHL, NHLPA, IOC and IIHF Friday includes insurance for players participating in the Olympic tournament itself, individual hockey programs are responsible for insuring players during orientation camp. It’s an expensive, and in this case, prohibitive endeavor.
According to the Canadian Press, Hockey Canada has yet to determine whether players will skate at its orientation camp.
Despite the lack of on-ice player practices, USA Hockey’s Olympic orientation camp will still be held at Kettler in Arlington on Aug. 26-27 having been trimmed to two days from the originally planned five. Further details about the camp, including access to the public, will be announced in August.
USA Hockey’s camp invitees are expected to be named next week.