Canada and USA open their respective Men’s Olympic orientation camps, plus updates on Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, Patrice Bergeron,  John Carlson, Chris Stewart and more.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Canada’s Men’s Olympic orientation camp kicked off yesterday with GM Steve Yzerman, the coaching staff and five players (Sidney Crosby, Roberto Luongo and Sidney Crosby among them) holding an introductory press conference.

Sidney Crosby supports equal rights in hockey.

Sidney Crosby supports equal rights in hockey.

ESPN.COM: Sidney Crosby was asked about Russia’s anti-gay laws during the press conference, and voiced his support for equal rights.  “I think that everyone has an equal right to play and I think we’ve been supportive of that”, said Crosby. “With the Olympics and the controversy around that I think those decisions and those laws aren’t necessarily something that I agree with personally … their laws and their views.”

USA TODAY: Team USA will be opening their Olympic orientation camp today. Like Team Canada, high insurance costs will keep the players off the ice, putting the focus instead upon talks involving the selection process and other issues.

WASHINGTON POST: Capitals defenseman John Carlson is hoping to earn a spot on Team USA’s roster in the upcoming Sochi Olympics.

BUFFALO NEWS: Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane recently enjoyed his day with the Stanley Cup in his hometown of Buffalo, NY.

BOSTON GLOBE: Bruins star and playoff hero Patrice Bergeron claims he’s 95 percent recovered from injuries suffered during the 2013 playoffs. Bergeron suffered a broken rib, torn rib cartilage, a punctured lung and separated shoulder during the Final.

STLTODAY.COM: The Blues will be seeking more consistency from winger Chris Stewart this season. Stewart was re-signed over the summer to a two-year, $8.3 million contract.

NJ.COM: Angry contracts filed suits against the New Jersey Devils before their recent $320 million sale.