Three Bruins forwards – Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic, and Brad Marchand – were named on Monday to the orientation roster for Canada’s men’s hockey team for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Several other countries also released rosters for their Olympics camps.
Team Canada will hold an orientation camp Aug. 25-28 in Calgary to discuss its plans for the games in Sochi, Russia, in February. The final team sent to the games will be chosen from the 47 players invited to orientation.
Bergeron was a member of the 2010 Canadian Olympic team that won the gold medal in Vancouver. Earlier Monday, Bruins coach Claude Julien was named to be an associate coach for Team Canada, and general manager Peter Chiarelli will serve in an advisory role.
Lucic and Marchand have not previously been involved in Canada’s highest level of international competition.
The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks had five players named to the Canadian roster, and the Penguins and Sharks each had four.
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask faces perhaps the stiffest competition for a starting spot on Finland’s roster because Finland has so many top-tier goalies, including Vezina Trophy finalist Antti Niemi and Predators goalie Pekka Rinne. Finland announced its Olympic camp roster on Monday.
Forward Loui Eriksson, acquired in the recent Tyler Seguin trade, will be at Sweden’s Olympics camp.
Bruins forward David Krejci and defenseman Zdeno Chara are likely selections for the Czech Republic and Slovakia, respectively.
The United States released its 48-player camp roster, but it did not include any Bruins players.