Thursday, November 25, 2010

It's Thanksgiving

It's Thanksgiving. Here's what's happening....


Today is November 25th, the 329th day of 2010. There are 36 days left in the year.


Penguins edge Sabres.

Blue Jackets beat Islanders in OT.

Caps stop Canes.

Thrashers cruise past Red Wings.

Kostitsyn leads Habs past Kings.

Stars snag Senators.

Devils top Flames in shootout.

Lightning hold on to beat Rangers.

Bruins beat Panthers.

Blues over Preds in shootout.

Flyers pound Wild.

Canucks snap slide by beating Avs.

Niemi leads Sharks to win over Chicago.


Buy Nothing Day is today and tomorrow.


2011 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team Named for 2011 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship

McKenna, Durocher, Kranz to Serve on Coaching Staff

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced the 20-player U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team roster that will compete in the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's U18 Championship, set for Jan. 1-8 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Highlighting the U.S. roster are five returning members from the silver medal-winning 2010 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team, including forward Amanda Pelkey (Montpelier, Vt.), who will be playing in her third IIHF World Women's U18 Championship. Joining her from the 2010 team will be defensemen Emily Pfalzer (Getzville, N.Y.) and Michelle Picard (Taunton, Mass.), as well as forwards Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) and Haley Skarupa (Rockville, Md.).

The U.S. team includes 18 members of the U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team that competed in the 2010 Under-18 Series, a three-game stint against Canada last August in Lake Placid, N.Y. There, the U.S. swept Canada for the first time in the four-year history of the event.

Those who competed in the 2010 Under-18 Series include goaltenders Megan Miller (Long Grove, Ill.) and Shenae Lundberg (Peterborough, N.H.); defensemen Amanda Boulier (Watertown, Conn.), Courtney Burke (Albany, N.Y.), Milica McMillen (St. Paul, Minn.), Pfalzer, Picard and Lee Stecklein (Roseville, Minn.); and forwards Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.), Carpenter, Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.), Emily Field (Littleton, Mass.), Layla Marvin (Warroad, Minn.), Abby Ness (Roseau, Minn.), Pelkey, Paige Savage (Carrollton, Texas), Skarupa and Karley Sylvester (Warroad, Minn.).

Forwards Sydney Daniels (Southwick, Mass.) and Dana Trivigno (Setauket, N.Y.) will be joining Team USA for the first time.

The U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team will gather in Blaine, Minn., on Dec. 26, prior to the squad's Dec. 27 departure for Stockholm. Team USA opens play against the Czech Republic on Jan. 1.

NOTES: Click here for the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team roster ... The eight-nation tournament, being played for the fourth time, includes Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States ... Team USA captured gold in each of the first two years of the tournament (2008, 2009), followed by a silver medal in 2010.

McKenna, Durocher, Kranz to Serve on Coaching Staff

Jodi McKenna, head women's ice hockey coach at Wesleyan University, will serve as head coach of the 2011 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team. Joining her as assistant coaches will be Brian Durocher, head women's ice hockey coach at Boston University, and Jennifer Kranz, assistant women's ice hockey coach at St. Cloud State University.

Both McKenna and Durocher return after serving in the same role for the U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team at the 2010 Under-18 Series, while Kranz will be making her Team USA coaching debut.

McKenna, who is currently in her third year behind the Wesleyan bench, served as an assistant coach for the silver medal-winning 2010 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team. She previously was an assistant coach for the U.S. Women's National Team that won gold at the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship and for the 2009-10 U.S. Women's National Team during the Qwest Tour.

Prior to Wesleyan, McKenna spent nine seasons (1998-2007) as an assistant coach at St. Lawrence University. There, she helped the Saints qualify for the NCAA Women's Frozen Four on five occasions. A 1998 graduate of Brown University, McKenna played four seasons (1994-98) for the Bears, and helped the team team capture an ECAC regular-season or tournament title three times.

Durocher is in his sixth season behind the bench at BU. He has guided the Terrier women's ice hockey program since its inception, leading BU to an 81-66-29 overall record in five seasons and the program's first-ever Hockey East title and NCAA tournament berth in 2010. Earlier in his 33-year coaching career, Durocher served as the associate head coach for the BU men's hockey team for eight seasons (1997-2005) and spent time as an assistant men's ice hockey coach at American International College, BU, Brown University and Colgate University. Durocher was a four-year letterwinner as a goaltender at BU, where he led the Terriers to the NCAA title as a senior in 1978.

Kranz is in her fifth season as an assistant coach at SCSU. Prior to joining the Husky staff in 2006, Kranz served as the assistant girls' prep ice hockey coach at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Minnesota from 2004-06. In both those seasons, Kranz helped coach the girls' prep team to the school’s first USA Hockey Girls' Tier I 19 & Under National Championships. Kranz played hockey at Providence College from 1998-2002.

Team USA 2011 IIHF World Women's Under-18 Championship Schedule
Jan. 1-8 • Stockholm, Sweden

Date Opponent Location Time (Local/EST)

Sat., Jan. 1 Czech Republic Husby Ishall 6:30 p.m./12:30 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 2 Japan Husby Ishall 4 p.m./10 a.m.
Tues., Jan. 4 Sweden Husby Ishall 7:30 p.m./1:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 5 Quarterfinals Stora Mossen TBD
Fri., Jan. 7 Semifinals Stora Mossen TBD
Sat.. Jan. 8 Bronze-Medal Game Stora Mossen 3:30 p.m./9:30 a.m.
Gold-Medal Game Stora Mossen 7 p.m./1 p.m.

National Team Development Program Weekly Update

U.S. Nat'l Under-18 Team to Face Bowdoin & Colby College; U17s Return to USHL Action

THIS WEEK: The U.S. National Under-18 Team will visit a pair of NCAA Division-III opponents this weekend. On Saturday (Nov. 27), Team USA takes on Bowdoin College at 3:30 p.m. ET, at the Sidney J. Watson Arena in Brunswick, Maine. The following day (Nov. 28), the U18s visit Alfond Rink in Waterville, Maine, to take on Colby College at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, the Under-17 Team returns to United States Hockey League play after a weekend off from game action, when it visits the Tri-City Storm at the Viaero Event Center in Kearney, Neb. Puck drop is set for 8:05 p.m. ET on Friday (Nov. 26). On Saturday (Nov. 27), the U17s will face the Omaha Lancers at the Omaha Civic Auditorium at 8:05 p.m. ET.

U18 TEAM EARNS TWO USHL WINS: Team USA defeated the Omaha Lancers last Saturday (Nov. 20) at the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Ice Cube. It was the first game of USHL action since a Nov. 6 tilt against Muskegon (Mich.). Zac Larraza (Scottsdale, Ariz) scored the game-winning goal, J.T. Miller (East Palestine, Ohio) assisted on two goals and John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made 33 saves, as the U.S. National Under-18 Team clipped the Omaha Lancers, 3-2.

The following afternoon (Nov. 21), Reid Boucher (Grand Ledge, Mich./1-2) recorded a three-point game, Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif.) netted two goals and Jake McCabe (Eau Claire, Wis.) chipped in with a goal and an assist, as the U.S. National Under-18 Team defeated the Indiana Ice, 5-2, at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. The win helped Team USA jump two places in the USHL Eastern Conference standings, passing Indiana and Youngstown (Ohio).

NTDP ALUMNI UPDATE: Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y./2004-06) currently sits in the National Hockey League's top-20 in overall scoring. He leads all American-born players with 22 points (8-14) in 22 games ... John-Michael Liles (Zionsville, Ind./1997-99) is tied for the NHL lead in points scored by a defensemen. The Colorado Avalanche blueliner has three goals and 17 assists in 20 games played ... Ryan Kesler (Livonia, Mich./2000-02) ranks fifth in the NHL in faceoff win percentage (.588) ... Kevin Porter (Detroit, Mich./2002-04) scored in the fifth round of a Nov. 20 shootout against Dallas to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-4 victory ... Brad Winchester (Madison, Wis./1997-99) netted the game-winning goal in the third period as the St. Louis Blues defeated the New Jersey Devils, 3-2, on Saturday (Nov. 20).

U.S. NAT'L U18 TEAM NOTES: Defenseman Jake McCabe (Eau Claire, Wis.) was recognized as USHL Defensive Player of the Week, for the eighth week of the 2010-11 season. McCabe had one goal and an assist in two games played this past weekend and posted a plus/minus rating of +3 ... Rocco Grimaldi scored twice to elevate himself back onto the USHL scoring leaders list, with 12 points (6-6) in just eight games played.

U.S. NAT'L U17 TEAM NOTES: Several Under-17 Team players were called up to skate with the Under-18 Team this past weekend. On Saturday (Nov. 20), Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) and Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.) suited up against Omaha. The night marked Trouba's third game with the U18s this season. On Sunday (Nov. 21), Patrick Sieloff (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Nikolas Olsson (Escondido, Calif.) each played with the U18s against Indiana, with Olsson assisting on Team USA's first goal.

For the complete weekly update, click here.


On this date in 1715, Sybilla Thomas Masters became the first American to be granted an English patent for cleaning and curing Indian corn.


Hudson's game-winner saved UNO from big letdown.

Wednesday's Boxscores:

Youngstown 2, Indiana 1

Dubuque 1, Chicago 0

Omaha 6, Lincoln 2

Green Bay 4, Waterloo 2

Cedar Rapids 5, Sioux City 1


On this date in 1783 during the Revolutionary War, the British evacuated New York. New York was their last military position in the U.S.


My favorite part of the store: Macaroni and Cheese!


On this date in 1867, Alfred Nobel patented dynamite.


The Beavers hope to become bowl eligible this Saturday when they head to The Farm to play Stanford. Kickoff on the Beaver Sports Network is 7:30pm EST. Listen link is on the right side of this blog. 

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.


The first play-by-play broadcast of a football game was aired on this date in 1920 in College Station, Texas. The game was between the University of Texas and Texas A&M.


No spectating this year.

Resilient Riders keep Grey Cup hopes alive.

Miller not looking for Grey Cup redemption.

McCullough receives Gaudaur Veterans' Award.

The Riders play Montreal in the 98th Grey Cup championship game this coming Sunday in Edmonton. Kickoff is set for 6:30pm EST. Listen link for the game is on the right side of this blog.

Visit the teams' official website,


On this day in 1947, movie studio executives meeting in New York agreed to blacklist the "Hollywood 10," who were cited a day earlier and jailed for contempt of Congress when they failed to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee.


Grey Cup: Sex before the game?

Moffat: Forget repeat, Alouettes talk legacy.

98th Grey Cup Central.

Visit the league's official website,


On this date in 1955, the Interstate Commerce Commission banned racial segregation on interstate trains and buses.


Here's the Week 12 NFL Schedule:

Thursday November 25 12:30 p.m. New England Patriots at Detroit Lions

Thursday November 25 4:15 p.m. New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys

Thursday November 25 8:20 p.m. Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets

Sunday November 28 1:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills

Sunday November 28 1:00 p.m. Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Giants

Sunday November 28 1:00 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears

Sunday November 28 1:00 p.m. Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons

Sunday November 28 1:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Baltimore Ravens

Sunday November 28 1:00 p.m. Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans

Sunday November 28 1:00 p.m. Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins

Sunday November 28 1:00 p.m. Carolina Panthers at Cleveland Browns

Sunday November 28 4:05 p.m. Kansas City Chiefs at Seattle Seahawks

Sunday November 28 4:05 p.m. Miami Dolphins at Oakland Raiders

Sunday November 28 4:15 p.m. St. Louis Rams at Denver Broncos

Sunday November 28 8:20 p.m. San Diego Chargers at Indianapolis Colts

Monday November 29 8:30 p.m. San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals


Japanese author Yukio Mishima committed ritual suicide on this date in 1970 after giving a speech attacking Japan's post-war constitution.


Today in Elvis History:

1954 - Elvis Presley played at the Paladium Club in Houston, TX.

1955 - In Port Arthur, TX, Elvis Presley gave his first performance after signing with RCA.

1960 - Polls were taken at advance screenings of the Elvis Presley movie "Flaming Star". As a result of the polls the songs "Britches" and "Summer Kisses, Winter Tears" were cut from the final cut of the movie. Polls were also taken on November 23.

2002 - Nicolas Cage filed for a divorce from Lisa Marie Presley citing irreconcilable differences. The two had been married four months before.


On this date in 1985, Ronald W. Pelton was arrested on espionage charges. Pelton was a former employee of the National Security Agency. He was later convicted of 'selling secrets' to Soviet agents.


Today in Beatles History:

1969 - John Lennon returned his MBE to Buckingham Palace with a note. The note said, "Your Majesty, I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam, and against "Cold Turkey" slipping down the charts. With love, John Lennon of Bag."

2003 - The remastered version of John Lennon's album "Plastic Ono Band" was released.

2009 - "The Beatles on Record" premiered on History.


On this date in 1986, President Reagan and Attorney General Edwin Meese revealed that profits from secret arms sales to Iran had been diverted to rebels in Nicaragua. National Security Advisor John Poindexter resigned and Oliver North was fired.


Today in Sports History:

1961 - Bob Cousy (Boston Celtics) scored his 15,000th NBA career point.

1965 - The first color broadcast of an NFL game aired on CBS. The Detroit Lions and the Baltimore Colts played to a 24-24 tie.

1976 - O.J. Simpson (Buffalo Bills) ran for 273 yards against the Detroit Lions.

1980 - Larry Holmes knocked out Marvis Frazier in the first round to retain the world heavyweight title.

2002 - Pete Rose and baseball commissioner Bud Selig met secretly to discuss Rose's lifetime ban from baseball.


On this date in 1992, the Czech parliament voted to split the country into separate Czech and Slovak republics beginning January 1, 1993.


Coming up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals 5:00pm EST

Saturday --

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers at Stanford Cardinal 7:30pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30pm EST

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Baltimore Ravens 4:15pm EST

CFL Football -- Grey Cup Championship Game: Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Montreal Alouettes at Edmonton 6:30pm EST


That's all for today. Happy a great Thanksgiving, see you tomorrow.

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