By Allan Muir
The countdown to the 2014 Olympic hockey tournament in Sochi is on.
The Swedish Ice Hockey Federation started the clock on Friday morning with the announcement that it had selected 35 players to attend its Olympic orientation camp.
The camp will run August 12-14 in Stockholm.
The invite list features 31 NHL vets — including Marcus Kruger, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya of the Stanley Cup finalist Chicago Blackhawks — plus three players from the Swedish Elitserien and one from the KHL.
There’s no timetable yet from other federations regarding similar announcements, but all are now officially on the clock. Here’s Sweden’s list: