March 31, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) skates with the puck against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Three Michigan State Spartans earn Olympic Camp invites


The National Hockey League and the International Hockey Federation reached an agreement for NHL players to participate in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia on Friday and three former Michigan State players were invited to attend their countries’ pre-Olympic Orientation Camp.

Chicago Blackhawks‘ defensemen Duncan Keith received an invitation from Team Canada. Keith registered six assists and led Team Canada in ice time en route to a Gold Medal in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. In 2010, Keith won the Stanley Cup and a Gold Meal in just a four month span and will look to win both in an eight month span this time.

Keith will join the other 46 players invited to Team Canada’s Camp from Aug. 25-28 in Calgary, Alberta.

Buffalo Sabers‘ goaltender Ryan Miller and Detroit Red WingsJustin Abdelkader will attend USA Hockey’s Camp, along with 46 others, from Aug. 26-27 at Kettler Capitals IcePlex in Arlington, Va.

Miller was Team USA’s silver medal starting goaltender in 2010, recording a 1.35 goals against-average and .946 save percentage in six games. He was also named the MVP, best goaltender, and an All-Star selection for the 2010 tournament.

Abdelkader has seen international competition with Team USA as well, winning a bronze medal in the 2007 World Junior Team in Mora and Leksand, Sweden. He also competed in the 2012 IIHF World Championships.

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