Hockey USA will announce today the 30 or so players who are invited to the U.S. Olympic Orientation camp just outside of Chicago Aug. 17-19. And Mike Modano said he will be one of those announced.
``Yeah, they called me and invited me,'' he said. ``I think I might be the last of the old guys.''
Team USA GM Brian Burke is expected to announce at 11 a.m. today a group of younger players that doesn't include the group of older players who have helped carry the team for two decades.
``It's a big goal to play in Vancouver, so I'm excited to get the chance,'' Modano said of the 2010 Olympic Games that begin Feb. 12 in Vancouver. ``But I know this is just the first step, and they'll be making the choices based on how we play during the regular season.''
Modano, 39, has been a longtime participant in Team USA activities, including the 1988 World Juniors, the 1991 World Cup of Hockey (silver medal), the 1996 World Cup of Hockey (gold medal), the 1998 Olympics, the 2002 Olympics (silver medal), the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and the 2006 Olympics. _Mike Heika