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Camp's out, but auditions just beginning

Updated: August 19, 2009, 11:23 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

WOODRIDGE, Ill. -- And so, 34 American hopefuls departed suburban Chicago on Wednesday with their Olympic appetites merely whetted.

The main course begins Oct. 1, when these players will begin a three-month audition for a berth on the 2010 U.S. Olympic team in Vancouver with the start of the National Hockey League's regular season.

In the past, pre-Olympic gatherings like the three-day event that ended here Wednesday night would have been more a mixer, a social. Given ...

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