This time of year, kids everywhere head off to summer camp, but there won't be any kayaking or arts & crafts in Woodridge, Illinois this week. Phil Kessel, Tim Thomas, and the rest of Team USA's Orientation Camp invitees arrived at Seven Bridges Arena in suburban Chicago this morning for the start of camp. Phil Kessel is still rehabbing from off-season shoulder surgery and won't be on the ice this week, but is still in attendence. Netminder Tim Thomas is participating fully in the on-ice portion of the camp. For Thomas, getting invited to Olympic camp is a dream come true.
"From ages 5-to-15, all I was thinking about was making to the Olympics...I was an Olympic hockey player in my mind when I was playing in the garage or on the pond -- I wasn’t an NHL player"