Tampa Bay Lightning
Lightning's Malone invited to USA pre-Olympic camp
TAMPA - Lightning forward Ryan Malone was selected Tuesday to take part in an orientation camp for USA Hockey in preparation for the Winter Olympic Games. Malone was one of 34 players invited to a three-day orientation camp in Woodridge, Ill., from August 17-19 as officials from USA Hockey begin to evaluate potential players to compete in Olympics in February in Vancouver, B.C. Malone has represented the United States at the 2004 and 2006 World Championships. The 29-year-old left wing finished his first season with Tampa Bay third on the team with 26 goals while leading the league in shooting percentage at 21 percent before missing the final week of the season with a broken hand, which also cost him the chance to play for Team USA at the 2009 World Championships. In 369 games in the NHL, Malone has 113 goals and 214 points. He signed a seven-year contract with Tampa Bay in June 2008 after the Lightning acquired his negotiating rights from Pittsburgh.Former Lightning head coach John Tortorella, now with the New York Rangers, and Scott Gordon will serve as assistant coaches to head coach Ron Wilson. The rest of the roster includes: Goaltenders: Ryan Miller (Buffalo), Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles), Tim Thomas (Boston) Defensemen: Tom Gilbert (Edmonton), Tim Gleason (Carolina), Ron Hainsey (Atlanta), Erik Johnson (St. Loius), Jack Johnson (Los Angeles), Mike Komisarek (Montreal), Paul Martin (New Jersey), Brooks Orpik (Pittsburgh), Brian Rafalski (Detroit), Rob Scuderi (Pittsburgh), Ryan Suter (Nashville), Ryan Whitney (Anaheim) Forwards: David Backes (St. Louis), David Booth (Florida), Dustin Brown (Los Angeles), Dustin Byfuglien (Chicago), Ryan Callahan (NY Rangers), Chris Drury (NY Rangers), Scott Gomez (NY Rangers), Patrick Kane (Chicago), Ryan Kesler (Vancouver), Phil Kessel (Boston), Jamie Langenbrunner (New Jersey), Ryan Malone (Tampa Bay), Mike Modano (Dallas), Kyle Okposo (NY Islanders), T.J. Oshie (St. Louis), Zach Parise (New Jersey), Joe Pavelski (San Jose), Bobby Ryan (Anaheim), Paul Stastny (Colorado) Bolts to host open skate The Lightning will host a free, open skate for the public July 12 the St. Pete Times Forum. The Forum will be open 3-5 p.m. and concessions will be available. There also will be drawings for Lightning memorabilia. All skaters must bring their own skates, rentals will not be available. Skaters under 18 must have a parent sign a waiver once inside the arena.
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