Friday, November 19, 2010

It's Friday

It's Friday. Here's what's happening....


Today is November 19th, the 323rd day of 2010. There are 42 days left in the year.


Rask and Lucic lead Bruins past Panthers.

Maple Leafs shut down Devils.

Lightning outscore Flyers.

Rinne's 30 saves lead Nashville to win at Montreal.

Stars rally to edge Sharks in OT.


Today is African Industrialization Day.


USHL Alumni voices: Jaden Schwartz.

Mayfield brings home gold and MVP.

Kovac's hat trick lifts Riders to OT win.

Lancers come up short in Muskegon.


This is Children's Day.


Hockey Days in Atlantic Region, Florida, Missouri, New England & Texas See Nearly 2,400 Boys & Girls Try Hockey For First Time

Growing the Game is Focus of Hockey Days

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - During October and November, nearly 2,400 boys and girls tried hockey for the first time as part of Hockey Days in various parts of the United States, including the Atlantic Region, Florida, Missouri, New England and Texas.

With significant resources provided by OneGoal, the North American consortium dedicated to bringing new boys and girls into the sport; organizational efforts of USA Hockey, including various youth hockey teams and associations; and help from National Hockey League clubs, the events allowed youngsters to try hockey for free.

The Hockey Days, part of USA Hockey's Come Play Youth Hockey initiative to promote the growth of youth hockey in the United States, featured several rinks across a state or region hosting Try Hockey For Free Clinics for kids ages four to nine.

"We're extremely pleased with the turnout across the country," said Pat Kelleher, assistant executive director for membership development at USA Hockey. "It's a credit to the work of many who are dedicated to our game. These events are a great opportunity for families to experience the excitement of youth hockey at no cost."

Recaps of the five Hockey Days that have taken place this season can be found below. The final Hockey Day of 2010 - Hockey Day in Western New York - will be held on December 11, in cooperation with the New York State Amateur Hockey Association and the NHL's Buffalo Sabres. For more information on how to get involved, and to view a list of participating rinks, visit

A nationwide Try Hockey For Free day will be held in conjunction with Hockey Weekend Across America on Saturday, February 19, 2011.


On Nov. 6, more than 1,500 boys and girls in USA Hockey's Massachusetts and New England (Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont) Districts took to the ice to celebrate Hockey Day in New England. Fifty-six local associations and rinks hosted Try Hockey for Free opportunities in conjunction with the NHL's Boston Bruins.


On Nov. 7, four sites in Florida welcomed 114 girls to hockey in Girls’ Hockey Day in Florida, held in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL. U.S. Olympic silver medalist Brianne McLaughlin assisted with the clinic held at the St. Pete Times Forum. As a matter of comparison, in 2009-10, Florida had 52 new girls between the ages of four to eight years-old register to play hockey, which is the peak number in the state of Florida over the past 10 years. Girl Scouts of the USA also participated in various Try Hockey For Free clinics throughout the state.


On Oct. 30, the Texas Amateur Hockey Association joined with the NHL's Dallas Stars and AHL's Houston Aeros for Hockey Day in Texas, which brought out 374 boys and girls who tried hockey for free at 15 locations. At Chaparral Ice Arena in Austin, Texas, 89 new youth were on the ice for the first time.


On Oct. 23, Hockey Day in Missouri was conducted with the help of the NHL's St. Louis Blues, and featured 13 locations with 250 youth trying hockey for free.

Girls’ Hockey Day in Atlantic also took place on Oct. 23, with the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association and the NHL's New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers, assisting with the event. The day included 135 girls participating in Try Hockey For Free Clinics at eight different sites across New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Current and former members of the U.S. Women's National Team were on hand at several Try Hockey For Free clinics in the Atlantic Region, including U.S. Olympic silver medalist Erika Lawler, who assisted with clinics in Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, four-time U.S. Olympic medalist Jenny Potter and two-time U.S. Olympic medalist Shelley Looney helped teach newcomers at a site in Newark.


OneGoal is a nonprofit organization comprised of a coalition of the National Hockey League (NHL), the NHL Players Association (NHLPA), the NHL Alumni Association, USA Hockey, Hockey Canada, rinks, Easton-Bell, Reebok-CCM, Bauer, retailers, and many others across North America who are involved with hockey. The “one goal” of this group is to build greater awareness and understanding of hockey so parents can make informed decisions about involving their families in the sport. For those who did not grow up with the game, OneGoal makes it easier and less intimidating to join in on everything that hockey has to offer. Find out more at


Jimmy enjoys his "Blue Snackies." (Well, they do come out of a blue box....)


Today is Name Your PC Day.


Riley deflects criticism, says coaches will get team going.

Will OSU upset USC in disappointing season?

Lack of veterans hurting Beavers on O Line.

Two defenses looking to have a big game.

Oregon State (4-5, 3-3 Pac-10) hosts the USC Trojans (4-3, 7-3) November. 20th. The game will kickoff at 8:00 p.m. EST and air live on ABC.

Here's the 2010 Oregon State Beavers' football schedule.

And here's the 2010 football roster.

Here's the 2011 Beaver Pac-10 baseball schedule.


Today is the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.


Braving the elements.


The Riders travel to Calgary this coming Sunday to meet the Stampeders in the Western Final. Kickoff on the Rider Radio Network is 4:30pm EST, with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri calling the action. The Listen link is on the right side of this blog.

Visit the teams' official website,


Today is International Men's Day.


Playoff report card: Saskatchewan Roughriders.

By the Numbers: Playoff Performers.

Visit the league's official website,


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 will open on around 12,000 screens in the U.S. and Canada today. It's estimated that Potter 7 could bring in $130 million.


Here's the Week 11 NFL Schedule:

Chicago Bears 16 at  Miami Dolphins 0

Sunday November 21 1:00 p.m. Oakland Raiders at  Pittsburgh Steelers

Sunday November 21 1:00 p.m. Detroit Lions at  Dallas Cowboys

Sunday November 21 1:00 p.m. Cleveland Browns at  Jacksonville Jaguars

Sunday November 21 1:00 p.m. Washington Redskins at  Tennessee Titans

Sunday November 21 1:00 p.m. Houston Texans at  New York Jets

Sunday November 21 1:00 p.m. Baltimore Ravens at  Carolina Panthers

Sunday November 21 1:00 p.m. Green Bay Packers at  Minnesota Vikings

Sunday November 21 1:00 p.m. Arizona Cardinals at  Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday November 21 1:00 p.m. Buffalo Bills at  Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday November 21 4:05 p.m. Seattle Seahawks at  New Orleans Saints

Sunday November 21 4:05 p.m. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at  San Francisco 49ers

Sunday November 21 4:05 p.m. Atlanta Falcons at  St. Louis Rams

Sunday November 21 4:15 p.m. Indianapolis Colts at  New England Patriots

Sunday November 21 8:20 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles at  New York Giants

Monday November 22 8:30 p.m. Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers


A survey reveals that just under half of Americans with access to a computer at work expect to at least check out some online bargains on the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend, often known as Cyber Monday.


Today in Elvis History:

1966 - Elvis Presley's single "All That I Am" hit #41 in the U.S.

1977 - The album "Elvis In Concert" hit #5 in the U.S.

2001 - It was announced that 50 workers at Graceland would be laid off due the decline in tourism associated with the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.


In South Carolina a guy attempted a slow getaway after robbing a convenience store. Sheriff's deputies said the man left the store on a riding lawnmower but didn't get far before he was arrested.


Today in Beatles History:

1997 - The U.S. premiere of Sir Paul McCartney's "Standing Stone" was played in Carnegie Hall by St. Luke's Orchestra.

2001 - Jools Holland's album "Small World Big Band" was released. George Harrison's "Horse to the Water" appeared on the album.

2002 - George Harrison's album "Brainwashed" was released.


Remember JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater? The one who had the big breakdown and then slid down the emergency slide? Well he's back -- and he's a rapper. He's rapping for mobile application Line2. 


Today in Sports History:

1966 - Sandy Koufax (Los Angeles Dodgers) announced his retirement from major league baseball.

1979 - Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) signed a four-year contract for $4.5 million. At the time, Ryan was the highest paid player in major league baseball.

1984 - Dwight Gooden, 20-year-old, of the New York Mets, became the youngest major league pitcher to be named Rookie of the Year in the National League.

1995 - Patrick Ewing (New York Knicks) became the 23rd NBA player to surpass the 20,000 point mark.

1996 - Albert Belle signed a contract with the White Sox for a record $55 million. He was the first player to surpass the $10 million per year mark.

1999 - Evel Knievel and Krystal Kennedy were married.

2001 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) became the first baseball player to win four Most Valuable Player Awards.

2004 - During a Detroit Pistons and Indian Pacers game a fight broke out involving fans and players. Several players were suspended and all involved were later charged with assault and battery.


Coming up:

Tonight --

SEJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Hampton Roads Whalers 3:30pm EST

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Florida 4:00pm EST

SEJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Hampton Roads Whalers 4:50pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Buffalo Sabres 7:00pm EST

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Hampton Roads Whalers 7:50pm EST

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs USC Trojans 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

SEJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Hampton Roads Whalers 10:40am EST

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Florida 1:00pm EST

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Hampton Roads Whalers 1:20pm EST

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at San Francisco 49ers 4:05pm EST

CFL Playoff Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Calgary Stampeders 4:30pm EST


That's all for today, see you tomorrow.

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