Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It's Wednesday












It's Wednesday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is April 16th, the 106th day of 2014. There are 259 days left in the year.

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Mason joins Flyers for practice, uncertain for Game 1.

Ducks rookie Andersen could get start in Game 1.

Visit the official league website, http://www.nhl.com/.

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Today's Birthdays: Pope Benedict the 16th (Joseph Alois Ratzinger) is 87; NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is 67; Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men, Pretty in Pink) is 49; Peter Billingsley (Ralphie in A Christmas Story) is 43.

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Tampa, FL. -- The Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning do not share a rich and storied history in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Queen Anne of England knighted Isaac Newton on this date in 1705.

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After topping the Minnesota Wilderness 3 games to 2, Wenatchee will now face the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in the Midwest Division finals, with the series starting this Friday in Fairbanks. Individual and group game tickets for all home playoff games are on sale now. Call 509.888.PUCK (7825).


WILD 2.0 UPGRADE

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The U.S. Senate ratified Rush-Bagot amendment to form an unarmed U.S.-Canada border on this date in 1818.

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FASTHockey to Stream Live all USA Games From
IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship
Action Begins Thursday; No Charge To Access Games
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey announced today that all U.S. games from the upcoming International International Ice Hockey Men's Under-18 World Championship will be streamed live on FASTHockey free of charge. Tournament play begins Thursday (April 17) in Lappeenranta, Finland.
The tournament, which runs through April 27, features a collection of the best players under the age of 18 from 10 nations. Team USA opens preliminary-round play on Thursday (April 17) against Switzerland. A full schedule can be found below.
Bill Crawford, radio play-by-play voice of the Lake Superior State University men's ice hockey team for more than 35 years, will provide play-by-play coverage during the event.
The U.S. squad seeks its eighth gold medal in the event after capturing the tournament title in four of the last five years. Team USA had won four-consecutive gold medals before having its streak snapped last year in Sochi, Russia. The silver medal in 2013 marked 10-straight top-three finishes for the U.S.
The roster for the U.S. features 15 players recently listed on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of draft-eligible players. Among those players in the top twenty are forwards Alex Tuch (Baldwinsville, N.Y./12th),Sonny Milano (Massapequa, N.Y./16th) and Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich./17th). Goaltenders Alex Nedeljkovic (Parma, Ohio) and Edwin Minney (Wind Gap, Pa.) were ranked fourth and seventh respectively.
For a complete U.S. roster, click here.
2014 IIHF Men's U18 World Championship
Team USA Schedule
April 17-27, 2014 • Lappeenranta, Finland
DateOpponentTime (Local/EDT)Live Webcast
Tues., April 14Germany*W, 9-1--
Thurs., April 17Switzerland3:00 p.m. / 8:00 a.m.FASTHockey.com
Sat., April 19Czech Republic3:00 p.m. / 8:00 a.m.FASTHockey.com
Sun., April 20Denmark6:30 p.m. / 11:30 a.m.FASTHockey.com
Tues., April 22Finland6:30 p.m. / 11:30 a.m.FASTHockey.com
Thurs., April 24QuarterfinalsTBDTBD
Sat., April 26SemifinalsTBDTBD
Sun., April 27Bronze-Medal3:00 p.m. / 8:00 a.m.TBD
Gold-Medal7:00 p.m. / 12:00 p.m.TBD
*pre-tournament game
NOTES: Danton Cole is the head coach of the U.S. National Under-18 Team for the second time, having led the 2012 squad to the gold medal at the IIHF Men's U18 World Championship. He is in his fourth season as one of two head coaches at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. ... Twenty of the 22 players on the U.S. roster come from USA Hockey's NTDP. The exceptions are Kyle Connor (Shelby Township, Mich.), who skated this season for the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League and Alex Nedeljkovic, who played for the Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers ... Team USA's roster includes 20 players born in 1996 and two from the 1997 birth year. Forward Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz.), born Sept. 17, 1997, is Team USA's youngest player, while Nedeljkovic, born Jan. 7, 1996, is the oldest ... Eleven different states are represented on the roster. New York leads the way with five skaters, while Minnesota boasts four ... The U.S. enters the tournament having captured a record 10 consecutive medals, including back-to-back golds in 2005-06 and four-straight gold medals from 2009-12; three silver medals (2004, 2007, 2013); and one bronze medal (2008). Team USA's seven gold medals are the most of any country in IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship history. The event began in 1999. Team USA earned its first gold medal in 2002 ... The U.S. will play in Group B alongside the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland and Switzerland. Group A consists of Canada, Germany, Russia, Slovakia and Sweden ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with the #U18Worlds tag ... The U.S. National Under-18 and Under-17 Teams train with The Hockey IntelliGym, a software program that trains hockey sense. To learn more, visit USAHockeyIntelliGym.com.


NTDP Announces 11 Commitments for 2014-15 Season
Five Forwards, Four Defensemen, Two Goaltenders Named
to U.S. National Under-17 Team
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Forwards Clayton Keller (Swansea, Ill.), William Lockwood (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.),Graham McPhee (Bethesda, Md.), James Sanchez (Northbrook, Ill.) and Zach Walker (Boise, Idaho), along with defensemen Michael Campoli (Point-Claire, Que.), Adam Fox (Jericho, N.Y.), James Greenway(Potsdam, N.Y.) and Ryan Lindgren (Minneapolis, Minn.) and goaltenders Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn.) and Joseph Woll (Dardenne Prairie, Mo.) will join USA Hockey's National Team Development Program for the 2014-15 season it was announced today. The players, all from the 1998 birth year, will compete as members of the U.S. National Under-17 Team.
Keller notched 31 goals and assisted on 36 others in 45 games with Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minn.), helping his team capture the Toyota-USA Hockey National Championship. The forward ranked second on the team in goals (36) and points (67), while registering the fourth-highest assists total in 2013-14. Keller has given a verbal commitment to play at Boston University.
Lockwood scored 19 times and collected 19 helpers for the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies midget minor program of the Tier I Elite Hockey League. The University of Michigan verbal commit led his team in goals (19), points (38), and tied for second in assists (19). Lockwood also added four game-winning strikes last season.
McPhee tallied 25 goals and registered 30 assists in 55 games with Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minn.) 16U squad, helping to lead his team to the USA Hockey National Championship tournament. The Boston College verbal commit ranked third on his team in goals (25), assists (30), and was fourth on his team in points (55).
Sanchez played in 27 games for the Chicago Young Americans midget minor program of the High Performance Hockey League. The future Michigan Wolverine lit the lamp seven times and added 13 helpers, good for 20 points on the season.
Walker recorded 13 goals and picked up 17 assists for the Colorado Thunderbirds midget minor program of the Tier I Elite Hockey League. His 13 goals were fifth on this squad, while he ranked second in both assists (17) and total points (30). Walker helped guide the Thunderbirds to the national championship game, where his team fell in four overtime periods.
Campoli skated in 22 games for the Lac-St. Louis Lions of the QMAAA, picking up seven assists.
Fox scored 14 times for the Long Island Gulls midget minor program of the Atlantic Youth Hockey League en route to helping his team to the USA Hockey National Championship tournament. Fox, a Harvard University verbal commit, added 37 assists for 51 points in 22 games.
Greenway played in 51 games for the Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minn.) 16U squad, recording 23 points (6-17) while helping lead his team to the USA Hockey National Championship tournament. Greenway lead all defensemen in points (23) and assists (17), while tying for first among blueliners with six goals.
Lindgren scored three goals and added 12 assists in 51 games for the Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minn.) prep team, aiding them in a national championship title victory. Lindgren is verbally committed to the University of Minnesota.
Oettinger stood between the pipes for Lakeville (Minn.) North High School as a freshman in 2013-14, compiling a 7-2-1 (W-L-OTL) record in 19 games played. The netminder backstopped his team to the Minnesota State Championship title game. Oettinger shut out opponents twice while registering a 1.86 goals-against average and .931 save percentage.
Woll backstopped the St. Louis Blues midget minor program of the Tier I Elite Hockey League with a 13-4-1 record in 2013-14. The goaltender also recorded three shutouts to go along with a 1.71 goals-against average and .933 save percentage. Woll is verbally committed to Harvard University.
NOTES: The U.S. National Under-17 Team will play in the United States Hockey League, the top junior league in the United States. It will also compete in three international tournaments, including the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge ... Previous commits to the NTDP for 2014-15 include forwards Joey Anderson(Roseville, Minn.), Trent Frederic (St. Louis, Mo.), Max Jones (Rochester, Mich.), Patrick Khodorenko (Walnut Creek, Calif.) and Nick Pastujov (Bradenton, Fla.), along with defensemen Chad Krys (Ridgefield, Conn.),Griffin Luce (Williamsville, N.Y.) and Luke Martin (St. Louis, Mo.) ... James Greenway is the brother of current U.S. National Under-17 Team forward Jordan Greenway ... William Lockwood is the son of former University of Michigan forward Joe Lockwood. The elder Lockwood played in 147 games for the Wolverines, scoring 36 goals and added 33 assists for 69 points. Lockwood also played in 49 games for the Kalamazoo Wings of the IHL, recording 14 goals and 10 assists ... Graham McPhee is the son of George McPhee, general manager of the Washington Capitals. The elder McPhee was the recipient of the 1982 Hobey Baker Award while playing college hockey at Bowling Green State University. While at Bowling Green, he also won the CCHA Rookie of the Year Award in 1978-79 and was named CCHA Player of the Year in 1981-82, before playing seven seasons in the National Hockey League with the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils.
ABOUT THE NTDP: In 1996, USA Hockey launched a new initiative called the National Team Development Program, based in Ann Arbor, Mich. Celebrating its 17th season of play in 2013-14, the goal of this full-time development program is to prepare student-athletes under the age of 18 for participation on U.S. National Teams and success in their future hockey careers. Its efforts focus not only on high-caliber participation on the ice, but creating well-rounded individuals off the ice.


Laviolette Named Head Coach of 2014 U.S. Men's National Team
Assistant Coaches, Support Staff Also Unveiled
for 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Peter Laviolette (Franklin, Mass.) has been named head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team that will participate in the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship it was announced today by USA Hockey. The event will take place in Minsk, Belarus, May 9-25. Team USA is the defending bronze medalist in the event.

Laviolette has previously represented the United States in international competition on numerous occasions in several different capacities. He most recently served as an assistant coach for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team in Sochi, Russia, and was the head coach of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team in Torino, Italy. Prior to that, Laviolette was head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team at the IIHF Men's World Championship in back-to-back years (2004, 2005), leading the United States to the bronze medal in 2004.
He also served as an assistant coach for the United States during the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, where he helped Team USA to the semifinals.
Laviolette, who led the Carolina Hurricanes to the 2006 Stanley Cup, has more than 750 games of NHL head coaching experience. From 2009-13, he directed the Philadelphia Flyers, reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2010 and winning the Atlantic Division in 2011. Laviolette was behind the Carolina bench from 2003-08. In addition to winning the Cup in 2005-06, Carolina won the Southeast Division title and set franchise records for wins (52) and points (112). Also that season, Laviolette was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach. His first two seasons as head coach in the NHL were with the New York Islanders (2001-03), where he helped the team advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs each season.
Before becoming an NHL head coach, Laviolette spent three seasons in the Boston Bruins organization, serving as assistant coach with the NHL club in 2000-01, and as head coach of the Bruins’ American Hockey League affiliate, Providence, for two seasons (1998-99, 1999-2000). In his first year at Providence, Laviolette guided the team to a Calder Cup championship and received the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as AHL Coach of the Year.
As a player, Laviolette skated for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team in both the 1988 and 1994 Olympic Winter Games, serving as captain during the 1994 tournament. He also spent 11 years in professional hockey, including a 12-game stint with the New York Rangers in 1988-89.
As a collegian, Laviolette played four seasons (1982-86) at Westfield State College in Massachusetts, where he appeared in 93 games and contributed 43 goals and 44 assists.

Sacco, Housley and Granato Named Assistant Coaches; Support Staff Also AnnouncedJoe Sacco (Medford, Mass.) is serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men's National Team for the third time (2009, 2010). A year ago, he was head coach of the U.S. squad that won the bronze medal at the 2013 IIHF Men's World Championship in Stockholm, Sweden, and Helsinki, Finland. Sacco is an assistant coach for the Buffalo Sabres.

Phil Housley
 (South St. Paul, Minn.) is serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team for the second year in a row and third time overall (2011). Last year, he helped Team USA win the bronze medal at the 2013 IIHF Men's World Championship. Housley was the head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team that won the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. Currently, Housley is an assistant coach for the Nashville Predators.

Don Granato (Downers Grove, Ill.) will serve as an assistant coach on his first U.S. Men's National Team. Granato is currently in his third season as a head coach for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. He directed the U.S. National Under-17 Team in 2013-14. Last season, he led the U.S. National Under-18 Team to the silver medal at the 2013 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship. Additionally, he will be an assistant coach for the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team.

USA Hockey also announced that Bob Webster (USA Hockey) will serve as team leader, Lawrence Feloney(Nashville Predators) will serve as the video coordinator, and Mark DePasquale (Calgary Flames) and Scott Aldrich (USA Hockey) will handle equipment manager duties. Additionally, Tim Macre (Buffalo Sabres) andStan Wong (USA Hockey) will serve as athletic trainers; Dr. Ron Royce will be the team physician; Pee Wee Willmann will serve as massage therapist; and Matt Trevor (USA Hockey) will handle communications.
The staff and players of the 2014 U.S. Men's National Team are selected by the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. Other members, all affiliated with National Hockey League teams, include Stan Bowman (Chicago), Brian Burke (Calgary), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles), David Poile (Nashville), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh), Dale Tallon (Florida), and Don Waddell (Pittsburgh). Tom Kurvers (Tampa Bay) will be part of the advisory group for this year's championship.
NOTES: For more information about the 2014 U.S. Men's National Team, click here ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams … Sixteen teams will compete at the 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship, split into two groups of eight. Teams will play a round-robin format among their group with the top four teams from each group advancing to quarterfinals … NBC Sports Network is scheduled to televise all Team USA games in the 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship. A final broadcast schedule will be available in the near future.
Team USA 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship ScheduleMay 9-25 • Minsk, Belarus
DateOpponentVenueTime (Local/EDT)
Fri., May 9BelarusMinsk Arena8:45 p.m./1:45 p.m.
Sat., May 10SwitzerlandMinsk Arena8:45 p.m./1:45 p.m.
Mon., May 12RussiaMinsk Arena8:45 p.m./1:15 p.m.
Thurs., May 15LatviaMinsk Arena4:45 p.m./9:45 a.m.
Fri., May 16KazakhstanMinsk Arena4:45 p.m./9:45 a.m.
Sun., May 18FinlandMinsk Arena4:45 p.m./9:45 a.m.
Tues., May 20GermanyMinsk Arena12:45 p.m./5:45 a.m.
Thurs., May 22QuarterfinalsTBDTBD
Sat., May 24SemifinalsMinsk Arena2:45 p.m./7:45 a.m.
6:45 p.m./11:45 a.m. 
Sun., May 25Bronze-Medal GameMinsk Arena4:30 p.m./9:30 a.m.
Gold-Medal GameMinsk Arena9:00 p.m./2:00 p.m.

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A lighthouse was swept away in a gale at Minot’s Ledge, MA on this date in 1851.

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Chad Johnson 'Doing What He Loves to Do'.


Boatmen ink 2013 Draft pick Adjei.

Please visit the league's official website, cfl.ca.

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Miley Cyrus went to a Kansas City hospital Tuesday after suffering a severe allergic reaction. [To one of her own songs.]

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Tampa, FL. — All-Pro defensive tackle Gerald McCoy insisted Tuesday that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers don't have to worry about him holding out this summer while his long-term contract discussions are ongoing.

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An Augusta, Georgia, Waffle House waitress said Tuesday that Masters champion Bubba Watson left a $148 tip after he and his family ate there on Sunday.

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Baltimore, MD. -- Matt Moore said Tuesday he was 100 percent sure about the decision to have season-ending Tommy John surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow on April 22.

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The American Library Association has released its annual list of the most-challenged books in libraries across the U.S. Captain Underpants made a comeback to top the list again in 2012 and 2013.

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San Francisco, CA. -- Every husband knows better than to keep his spouse waiting for anything too long. So with his wife, Elizabeth, cooling her heels in AT&T Park's players' parking lot, Hector Sanchez did his best to end the delay.

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"Fibber McGee and Molly" premiered on this date in 1935.

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Jimmy looks for more of the parade.


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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as your son having his first baseball practice rained out, isn't it?


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Today in Elvis History

1954 - 
Roy Orbison attended an Elvis Presley show in Dallas, TX.

1955 - Elvis Presley made his first appearance on the "Big D Jamboree" on KRLD in Dallas.

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On this date in 1947, the Zoomar lens, invented by Dr. Frank Back, was demonstrated in New York City. It was the first lens to exhibit zooming effects.


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Today in Beatles History:

1963 - The Beatles performed on BBC TV for the first time on the show "The 625 Show."

1964 -  The Beatles recorded the song "A Hard Day's Night" at EMI Studios in London.

1973 - Paul McCartney starred in his first TV special, "James Paul McCartney." 
  
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Christopher Nicholas is locked up in Montana after allegedly assaulting a police officer who was trying to arrest him outside a tavern. Police encountered Hiatt after he called 911 to report a theft. After discovering that Hiatt had an active arrest warrant, officers tried to arrest him. As they tried to stuff Hiatt in a patrol car, he allegedly licked one of the cop's eyes.


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Today in Sports History:

1939 - The Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs to win the 1938-39 Stanley Cup Championship. It was the first time the best-of-seven series was used. The championship series had been a best-of-five in previous years.

1940 - The first no-hit, no-run game to be thrown on an opening day of the major league baseball season was earned by Bob Feller. The Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 1-0.

1949 - The Toronto Maple Leafs became the first NHL team to win three straight Stanley Cups titles.

1968 - Major league baseball’s longest night game was played. The 24 innings took six hours, six minutes to play.

1985 - Mickey Mantle was reinstated after being banned from baseball for several years.

1999 - Wayne Gretzky announced his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL) after the game on April 18th.

2009 - Opening day took place at the new Yankee Stadium. 

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IN THEATERS TODAY - Heaven is for Real (PG)

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 12:35pm EDT

NHL Playoffs -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 3:45pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 7:10pm EDT

Friday --

NHL Playoffs -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 10:10pm EDT

NAHL Playoffs -- Wenatchee Wild at Fairbanks Ice Dogs 11:35pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 8:40pm EDT

NAHL Playoffs -- Wenatchee Wild at Fairbanks Ice Dogs 11:35pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 4:10pm EDT

NHL Playoffs -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens 7:00pm EDT

NAHL Playoffs -- Wenatchee Wild at Fairbanks Ice Dogs 11:00pm EDT

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That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's Tuesday












It's Tuesday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is April 15th, the 105th day of 2014. There are 260 days left in the year.

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Trotz out as Predators coach after 15 years.

Maple Leafs task Shanahan with changing culture.

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Today's Birthdays: Thomas F. Wilson (Biff Tannen in the Back to the Future trilogy) is 55; Olympic swimmer Dara Torres is 47; Seth Rogen (The Green Hornet, Knocked Up) is 32; Emma Watson (Harry Potter movies) is 24.

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Tampa, FL. -- FOX Sports Florida and Sun Sports announced the networks will air all of the first round playoff games between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens, beginning with Game 1 on Wednesday, April 16, live on Sun Sports.

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The first balloon was flown in Ireland on this date in 1784.

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After topping the Minnesota Wilderness 3 games to 2, Wenatchee will now face the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in the Midwest Division finals, with the series starting this Friday in Fairbanks. Individual and group game tickets for all home playoff games are on sale now. Call 509.888.PUCK (7825).


WILD 2.0 UPGRADE

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The city of San Francisco was incorporated on this date in 1850.

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U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team Drops Germany, 9-1,
in World Championship Tune-Up
Bjork Scores Twice, 14 Players Record at Least One Point
VIERUMAKI, Finland. - Anders Bjork (Mequon, Wis.) notched two goals and registered two assists, and 14 other players recorded at least one, point as the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team defeated Germany, 9-1, here today at Vierumaki Arena. The game served as a tune up to the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's Under-18 World Championship. The tournament officially begins on April 17.
Team USA opened the scoring at 11:25 of the first frame. Joe Wegwerth (Brewster, N.Y.) set up Johnathan MacLeod (Dracut, Mass.) in the left faceoff circle. MacLeod received the pass and wristed the puck high over the glove of German goaltender Florian Proske. Bjork also assisted. The U.S. outshot its opponent, 15-4, in the period, as Edwin Minney (Wind Gap, Pa.) turned aside each attempt he saw.
Alex Tuch (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) doubled the U.S. lead on the power play just over two minutes into the second stanza. Sonny Milano (Massapequa, N.Y.) and Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.) cycled the puck on the right side before Milano swung the puck back out to Louie Belpedio (Skokie, Ill.) inside the blue line. Belpedio blasted a slapshot that was tipped in front by Tuch for the score. With 1:39 left on the clock, Bjork took a centering pass and roofed the puck into the net to extend the U.S. lead to three. Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) and Ryan Hitchcock (Manhasset, N.Y.) earned the assists.
Milano tapped the puck past Daniel Fiessinger for Team USA's fourth goal 1:41 into the final stanza. Eichel earned the lone assist on the tally. Dylan Pavelek (Marysville, Mich.) notched a goal less than two minutes later with helpers going to Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Shane Gersich (Chaska, Minn.). After a too-many-men call against Germany, Milano scored again after taking a feed from Eichel. Brandon Fortunato (North Hills, N.Y.) also assisted. Hitchcock made the score 7-0 before Germany lit the lamp for the first time. Larkin and Bjork executed a give-and-go for the eighth U.S. goal, as Bjork deposited the puck into the net. Kyle Connor (Shelby Township, Mich.) one-timed the puck past Fiessinger to give Team USA a 9-1 lead that stood until time expired. Jack Glover (Golden Valley, Minn.) and Gersich collected helpers on the play.
Minney and Alex Nedeljkovic (Parma, Ohio) shared duties in the U.S. net this afternoon, combining to stop 25 shots in the victory.
Team USA opens tournament play in preliminary-round action versus Switzerland on April 17, in Lappeenranta. Game time is scheduled for 8 a.m. EDT. The game will be broadcast for free through FASTHockey.com.
2014 IIHF Men's U18 World Championship Schedule - United States
April 17-27, 2014 • Lappeenranta, Finland
DateOpponentTime (Local/EDT)/ResultLive Webcast
Tues., April 14Germany*W, 9-1--
Thurs., April 17Switzerland3:00 p.m. / 8:00 a.m.FASTHockey.com
Sat., April 19Czech Republic3:00 p.m. / 8:00 a.m.FASTHockey.com
Sun., April 20Denmark6:30 p.m. / 11:30 a.m.FASTHockey.com
Tues., April 22Finland6:30 p.m. / 11:30 a.m.FASTHockey.com
Thurs., April 24QuarterfinalsTBDTBD
Sat., April 26SemifinalsTBDTBD
Sun., April 27Bronze-Medal3:00 p.m. / 8:00 a.m.TBD
Gold-Medal7:00 p.m. / 12:00 p.m.TBD
*pre-tournament game
NOTES: For a complete U.S. roster, click here ... The U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team is led by Danton Cole, serving as head coach at his second IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship. Cole is currently in his fourth season as one of two head coaches at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. ... The U.S. squad seeks its eighth gold medal in the event after capturing the tournament title in four of the last five years. Team USA had won four-consecutive gold medals before having its streak snapped last year in Sochi, Russia. The silver medal in 2013 marked 10-straight top-three finishes for the U.S. ... Twenty players on the U.S. roster come from USA Hockey's NTDP. Kyle Connor (Shelby Township, Mich.) skated this season for the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League. Alex Nedeljkovic played for the Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers ... The roster for the U.S. features 15 players recently listed on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of draft-eligible players. Among those players in the top twenty are forwards Alex Tuch (Baldwinsville, N.Y./12th), Sonny Milano (Massapequa, N.Y./16th) andDylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich./17th). Goaltenders Alex Nedeljkovic (Parma, Ohio) and Edwin Minney (Wind Gap, Pa.) were ranked fourth and seventh respectively ... Team USA's roster includes 20 players born in 1996 and two from the 1997 birth year. Forward Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz.), born Sept. 17, 1997, is Team USA's youngest player, while Nedeljkovic, born Jan. 7, 1996, is the oldest ... Eleven different states are represented on the roster. New York leads the way with five skaters, while Minnesota boasts four ... The U.S. enters the tournament having captured a record 10-consecutive medals, including back-to-back golds in 2005-06 and four-straight gold medals from 2009-12; three silver medals (2004, 2007, 2013); and one bronze medal (2008). Team USA's seven gold medals are the most of any country in IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship history. The event began in 1999. Team USA earned its first gold medal in 2002 ... The U.S. will play in Group B alongside the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland and Switzerland. Group A consists of Canada, Germany, Russia, Slovakia and Sweden ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with the #U18Worlds tag ... For additional coverage, visit the NTDP Facebook page and follow @USANTDP on Twitter ... The U.S. National Under-18 and Under-17 Teams train with The Hockey IntelliGym, a software program that trains hockey sense. To learn more, visit USAHockeyIntelliGym.com.


NCAA Champion Union College Closes the Season at No. 1 in
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
19th Annual Men's College Hockey Poll - #26

(First-place votes in parentheses)
Rank
School
Last Week's Ranking
2013-14
Record
Weeks in
Top 15
1Union College, 510 (34)
2
32-6-4
20
2University of Minnesota, 476
1
28-7-6
26
3Boston College, 442
3
28-8-4
26
4UMass Lowell, 380
4
26-11-4
25
5University of North Dakota, 363
5
25-14-3
16
6Ferris State University, 334
6
29-11-3
20
7University of Wisconsin, 318
8
24-11-2
25
8St. Cloud State University, 251
7
22-11-5
26
9Providence College, 235
9
22-11-6
26
10Quinnipiac University, 195
10
24-10-6
26
11University of Notre Dame, 185
11
23-15-2
22
12Minnesota State University, 151
12
26-14-1
6
13Colgate University, 126
13
20-14-5
5
14University of Vermont, 50
14
20-15-3
5
15University of Denver, 21
15
20-16-6
4
Others receiving votes: Cornell University, 20; University of Michigan, 20; Northeastern University, 3.
Notes: Union College is the No. 1-ranked team to close the year after winning the first NCAA championship in program history ... The Hockey East Association leads the way with five ranked teams, while ECAC Hockey and the National Collegiate Hockey Conference boast three ranked programs each, and the Big Ten Conference and Western Collegiate Hockey Association are both represented by two teams in the poll ... A total of 18 teams received votes.
About the poll: The 19th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll was conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll included input from coaches and journalists representing each of the six NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey.


USA Hockey's Ken Martel to Present at 2014 United States Olympic Academy in Los Angeles
Player development is the theme of USOC / LA84 Foundation event
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey's Ken Martel will be among the featured presenters at the 2014 United States Olympic Academy, which begins tomorrow (April 15) in Los Angeles.
Martel, who serves as technical director of USA Hockey's renowned American Development Model, will present a case-study overview of the ADM and its positive effect on athlete development.
The invitation-only Academy, co-hosted by the U.S. Olympic Committee and the LA84 Foundation, was founded as a forum for Olympic education in 1977. Since then, the Academy has focused on various themes, bringing together leading experts, coaches, scholars and Olympians to advance the educational and social principles of Olympic participation.
The 2014 U.S. Olympic Academy theme is athlete development.
In addition to Martel, this year’s Academy speakers will include International Olympic Committee member Anita L. DeFrantz, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun, Tom Farrey of the Aspen Institute, two Olympians (cyclist Dotsie Bausch and water polo athlete Brenda Villa) and one Paralympian (track athlete Jarryd Wallace), among others.
The 2014 Academy event will be streamed at TeamUSA.org.
In addition to participating at the Academy event, Martel, along with Ty Hennes, a USA Hockey ADM regional manager, will conduct a separate on-ice ADM practice with bantam-aged players from the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings youth hockey organizations. Martel and Hennes will also hold an ADM forum with coaches from those teams, detailing player development plans and concepts.


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"Wild Bill" Hickok became the marshal of Abilene, Kansas on this date in 1871.

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Crompton ready to bring his best when camps resume.

So long Sultan: Hage announces retirement.

Please visit the league's official website, cfl.ca.

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NEW ON DVD - Released April 15

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
The Nut Job
Ride Along
Philomena
The Practice: The Final Season
Beverly Hillbillies: Official Fourth Season
The Cosby Show Season 3
The Cosby Show Season 4
Married With Children Season 3 & 4
Anger Management - Volume 3

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Tampa, FL. — With an intriguing mix of returning talent buoyed by two aggressive moves in free agency, the Bucs' defensive line has enough promise to get new D-Line Coach Joe Cullen excited about the 2014 season.

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Today is Income Tax Pay Day.

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Baltimore, MD. -- Tampa Bay needed Chris Archer to step up and pitch like Chris Archer Monday night.

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US Airways tweeted out a nasty photo Monday. [It was a photo of an inflight dinner entree.]

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San Francisco, CA. -- With a son having embarked upon a professional baseball career, Giants coach Shawon Dunston has made him aware of Jackie Robinson's enduring impact.

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The General Electric Company was organized on this date in 1892.

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Jimmy gets a pencil.


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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as taking your son to his first baseball practice, isn't it?


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Today in Elvis History

1957 - 
Elvis Presley visited the estate he just bought.

1969 - Elvis Presley signed a contract for his appearance at the Las Vegas International Hotel in August.

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On this date in 1899, Thomas Edison organized the Edison Portland Cement Company.


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Today in Beatles History:

1927 - 
 Author Albert Goldman was born. He wrote a John Lennon biography and the liner notes for Professor Longhair.

1971 - The Beatles won an Oscar for Best Film Music (Original Song Score) for "Let It Be."
  
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In the comic strip "Blondie," Dagwood and Blondie Bumstead welcomed a baby boy, Alexander on this date in 1934. The child would be nicknamed, Baby Dumpling.


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Today in Sports History:

1947 - Jackie Robinson played his first major league baseball game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Previously he had only appeared in exhibition games. 

1972 - The major league baseball season began following a players strike.

1976 - Yankee Stadium II opened.

1989 - In Sheffield, England, 96 people died at Hillsborough stadium during a semifinal soccer match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. Most of the victims were crushed when a barrier collapsed on an overcrowded pen behind one of the goals.

2000 - Cal Ripken Jr. (Baltimore Orioles) became the 24th major league player to reach 3,000 hits.

2002 - HSN began airing "The NHL Show" featuring Phil Esposito. 

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A Florida (Boynton Beach) woman said a burglar broke into her home and took a shower. And before he left he also stole some lunch meat.

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DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Here are the latest Sprint Cup standings.

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Is Jennifer Lopez dead? No, the actress and singer might not have much going on in her career right now but she's not dead. It was just a hoax going around the Internet.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles 12:35pm EDT

NHL Playoffs -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 3:45pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 7:10pm EDT

Friday --

NHL Playoffs -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 10:10pm EDT

NAHL Playoffs -- Wenatchee Wild at Fairbanks Ice Dogs 11:35pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 8:40pm EDT

NAHL Playoffs -- Wenatchee Wild at Fairbanks Ice Dogs 11:35pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 4:10pm EDT

NHL Playoffs -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens 7:00pm EDT

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That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow!

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