Three Rangers Named to USA Camp Roster
By Matt Calamia
Team USA announced its 48-player roster for the U.S. Men’s National Team Orientation Camp, which includes Rangers forwards Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan and defenseman Ryan McDonagh.
The camp is scheduled for Aug. 26 and 27 in Arlington, VA.
Of the 48 invitees, 16 of have previous Olympic experience, including Callahan, who was a member of the 2010 Silver Medal-winning squad.
Callahan, 28, registered an assist and appeared in all six games for Team USA in 2010.
In addition to the 2010 Games, the Rochester, N.Y.-native appeared in the 2005 World Junior Championship tournament, where he posted a goal and two assists in seven games. Team USA finished in fourth place.
While Stepan, 23, has never appeared in an Olympic tournament, he does have experience playing for Team USA at other international tournaments.
In 2011, Stepan posted two goals and five assists in five games for the U.S. at the World Championships. In 2010, he captained Team USA to a Gold Medal at the World Junior Championships, where he posted four goals and 14 points in just seven games.
The Hastings, Minn.-product is coming off his most solid NHL campaign, leading the Rangers with 44 points in 48 games.
McDonagh, 24, has become one of the NHL’s best young defenseman over the last two seasons. Like Stepan, he is looking to make his first Olympic team. Also like Stepan, McDonagh has a wealth of experience wearing the red, while and blue at international tournaments.
In 2011, McDonagh skated for Team USA at the World Championships, posting one assist in seven games. In 2009, McDonagh appeared in six games for Team USA at the World Junior Championships, where he posted three assists. Finally, in 2007, McDonagh registered three assists in seven games en route to a Silver Medal at the Under-18 World Championships.
In total, six Team USA invitees are New York natives.