A few days ago, USA Hockey announced the 48 players that had been invited to the USA Men’s National Team Olympic Orientation Camp, that’s a mouthful. The camp is set to take place August 26th and 27 in Arlington, Virginia.
Since the announcement, there has been plenty of speculation surrounding who people think will make the team. People have taken it upon themselves to point out who they think should have been invited and wasn’t. Along with all that, the topic of team captain and who should wear the “C” for the United States has been pushed around as well.
In my eyes there are four candidates that should be in the running to captain the team, they are Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Dustin Brown and Jack Johnson.
These four players all have the resume that would warrant them being team captain. All are among the leaders on their respective NHL teams, all were apart of the silver medal winning team back in 2010 and they all represent USA Hockey well both on and off the ice.
Suter, Brown and Parise were alternate captains in Vancouver four years ago as well which could give them an early lead in this race.
However, just because they had a letter four years ago does not mean they are automatically next in line for the Captains spot.
Johnson has put in his time and work for USA Hockey. He has appeared in 69 games for Team USA in IIHF events, which is more than anyone on any team. So he has the experience and it would not surprise me if he got some serious consideration.
Of course, outside of those four there are players like, Ryan Callahan, David Backes, and Patrick Kane, all players that could possibly be a dark horse in the race of the “C”.