When Steve Yzerman called to invite Brad Marchand to orientation camp with Team Canada, the Bruins winger was so shocked, he had no words.
“I don’t think I can really explain it,” said Marchand. “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to be here and be part of the selection camp, to be looked at.
“I was very shocked when I saw my name was on the list and I got the call, but I’m very honored and I plan on doing whatever I can to make sure I give myself the best possible opportunity.”
To help determine their roster for the Sochi Olympics — Marchand is something of a long shot — the management team and coaches will be watching the Canadian players over the first few months of the NHL season. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.