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Former BlackBear Howard Gets Olympic Tryout

Detroit Red Wings v Chicago Blackhawks - Game SevenFormer University of Maine and current Detroit Red Wing Goalie Jimmy Howard has been invited to tryout for the 2014 Olympic team.Howard is one of six goalies trying to earn a spot on the roster. In total, 48 players will be at the orientation camp August 27 & 27 in Virginia. The NHL will shut down for 2 1/2 weeks this year for players to take part in the Olympics. Below is the list of players who have received tryout invitations.

Goalies (6): Craig Anderson, John Gibson, Jimmy Howard, Ryan Miller, Jonathan Quick, Cory Schneider.

Defensemen (18): Zach Bogosian, Dustin Byfuglien, John Carlson, Dan DeKeyser, Justin Faulk, Cam Fowler, Jake Gardiner, Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson, Seth Jones, Nick Leddy, Paul Martin, Ryan McDonagh, Brooks Orpik, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ryan Suter, Jacob Trouba, Keith Yandle.

Forwards (24): Justin Abdelkader, David Backes, Beau Bennett, Nick Bjugstad, Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan, Alex Galchenyuk, Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel, Trevor Lewis, Kyle Okposo, TJ Oshie, Max Pacioretty, Kyle Palmieri, Zack Parise, Joe Pavelski, Bobby Ryan, Brandon Saad, Craig Smith, Paul Stastny, Derek Stepan, James van Riemsdyk, Blake Wheeler.

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