Thursday, December 9, 2010

It's Thursday

It's Thursday. Here's what's happening....


Today is December 9th, the 343rd day of 2010. There are 22 days left in the year.


Sharks rally, beat Flyers in shootout.

Two more for Crosby as Pens win streak reaches 11.

Preds hand Wings third straight loss.

Injury-plagued Hawks find way to beat Stars.

Canucks rally twice, beat Ducks in shootout.


Today is International Anti-corruption Day.


Ice send Gacek to Youngstown for Russo.

Jacks relish awards, prepare of tail end of road stretch.

Bucs fall at surging Tri-City.

Black Hawks weekly notebook.

Homecoming for MSU goaltender Palmisano.

Lumberjacks stepping out into the community with Christmas spirit.

Riders winger plays for Norse at Worlds.

Storm game with Fargo to air on local TV.

Wednesday's Boxscore:

Sioux City 8, Sioux Falls 3


Gustavus II of Sweden was born on this date in 1594.


National Team Development Program Weekly Update

U.S. Nat'l Under-18 and Under-17 Teams Earn Three Points in USHL Standings; Both Teams Continue League Action This Weekend 

THIS WEEK: The U.S. National Under-18 Team comes home to the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Ice Cube as it hosts the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) RoughRiders on Dec. 10 and the Chicago Steel on Dec. 11. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. EST for both contests.

The Under-17 Team plays three games in four nights, starting on Dec. 9 when it faces Cedar Rapids at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube at 7 p.m. EST. Team USA then travels to the Pepsi Coliseum in Indianapolis the following night (Dec. 10) to take on the Indiana Ice at 7:05 p.m. EST, and returns home on Dec. 11 to close out the home-and-home series against the Ice at 3 p.m. EST at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube.

U18 TEAM DROPS TWO TOUGH ROAD GAMES: Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif.) scored once and John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made 42 saves, but the U.S. National Under-18 Team fell to the Indiana Ice, 2-1, in overtime at the Pepsi Coliseum.

Matt McNeely (Burnsville, Minn.) made 35 saves, but the U.S. National Under-18 Team dropped a close battle with the Youngstown Phantoms, 4-3, at the Covelli Centre. Grimaldi scored his second goal in as many nights and Travis Boyd (Hopkins, Minn.) and J.T. Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio) each added goals in the loss.

U17 TEAM SPLITS ON THE ROAD: Henrik Samuelsson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) notched a goal and collected an assist, and Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn.) made 33 saves as the U.S. National Under-17 Team outlasted the Lincoln Stars, 4-3, in a shootout at the Lincoln Ice Box. Miles Koules (Los Angeles, Calif.) scored the lone goal in the shootout.

Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill.) made 33 saves and the U.S. National Under-17 Team played tough, but it fell to the Waterloo Black Hawks, 4-2, at Young Arena. Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) and Kyle Osterberg (Lakeville, Minn.) notched goals in the effort.

U.S. NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM NOTES: USA Hockey announced the preliminary roster of 29 players that were invited to compete for a spot on the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team that will participate in the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Buffalo and Niagara, New York from Dec. 26, 2010 to Jan. 5, 2011. U18 forward Rocco Grimaldi was one of the players named to the camp roster. Eighteen of the 29 players named to the preliminary roster are all National Team Development Program alumni: Ryan Bourque (2007-09), Chris Brown (2007-09), Jack Campbell (2008-10), Adam Clendening (2008-10), Jerry D'Amigo (2007-09), Emerson Etem (2008-09), Justin Faulk (2008-10), Derek Forbort (2009-10), Andy Iles (2009-10), Jon Merrill (2008-10), Jeremy Morin (2007-09), Matt Nieto (2008-10), Kyle Palmieri (2007-09), John Ramage (2008-09), Brandon Saad (2009-10), Drew Shore (2007-09), Jason Zucker (2008-10).

NTDP ALUMNI UPDATE: Colorado's John-Michael Liles (Zionsville, Ind./1997-99) is tied for second among National Hockey League defensemen with 26 points (5-21), while Edmonton's Ryan Whitney (Scituate, Mass./2000-01) is tied for fifth with 21 points (0-21) ... Colorado defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk has continued his hot start in the NHL, notching another three points in his last three games, bringing his total to 14 points (4-10) in 16 games played this year ... Cam Fowler (Farmington Hills, Mich./2007-09) scored in the tenth shootout round against the Oilers to lift the Ducks to victory Tuesday night (Dec. 7) ... NTDP alumni Shattenkirk (2nd), Fowler (T-3rd) Jake Dowell (Eau Claire, Wis./2001-03/4th) and Jamie McBane (Faribault, Minn./2004-06/6th) are all among the top 6 American-born NHL rookie scorers ... Jimmy Howard (Ogdensburg, N.Y./2001-02) is ranked second among goalies with 15 wins, compiling a 2.52 GAA and .916 SV% in 20 games played for the Detroit Red Wings.

For the complete weekly update, click here.


Jimmy sits in Daddy's chair.


Today is National Salesperson Day


Retro profile: Al Wilson.

Lions want veteran Jackson back for 2011.

Visit the league's official website,


American author and creator of "Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit," Joel Chandler Harris was born on this date in 1848.


Here's the Week 14 NFL Schedule:

Thursday December 9 8:20 p.m. Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans

Sunday December 12 1:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Redskins

Sunday December 12 1:00 p.m. Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills

Sunday December 12 1:00 p.m. New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings

Sunday December 12 1:00 p.m. Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions

Sunday December 12 1:00 p.m. Oakland Raiders at Jacksonville Jaguars

Sunday December 12 1:00 p.m. Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers

Sunday December 12 1:00 p.m. Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers

Sunday December 12 4:05 p.m. Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers

Sunday December 12 4:05 p.m. St Louis Rams at New Orleans Saints

Sunday December 12 4:15 p.m. Denver Broncos at Arizona Cardinals

Sunday December 12 4:15 p.m. New England Patriots at Chicago Bears

Sunday December 12 4:15 p.m. Miami Dolphins at New York Jets

Sunday December 12 4:15 p.m. Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers

Sunday December 12 8:20 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

Monday December 13 8:30 p.m. Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans


Today is Weary Willie Day. (Linky Link)


Today in Elvis History:

1955 - In Swifton, AR, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash performed at the High School.

1970 - Colonel Parker completed an agreement with RCA to extend his annual $100,000 consultant's fee through 1975.

1970 - Colonel Parker wrote to Elvis about not being able to reach him on the telephone.


Levant M. Richardson received a patent for the ball-bearing roller skate on this date in 1884.


Today in Beatles History:

1961 - The Beatles played their first show in the south of London, England. They were billed with Ivory Jay & the Jaywalkers. Though the show was billed as "Battle of the Bands - Liverpool v. London" only 18 people came to the show.

1974 - George Harrison released his first album on his Dark Horse label, entitled "Dark Horse."

1995 - "Free as a Bird," debuted on a six-hour ABC documentary on the Beatles. It was their first new song in 25 years.


Christmas Seals went on sale for the first time, in the Wilmington, Deleware, post office on this date in 1907.


Today in Sports History:

1926 - The United States Golf Association legalized the use of steel-shafted golf clubs.

1951 - Bob Waterfield (Los Angeles Rams) became the first professional football player to kick five field goals in one game.

1955 - Sugar Ray Robinson knocked out Carl Olson and regained his world middleweight boxing title.

1973 - Jim Bakken (St. Louis Cardinals) kicked six field goals against the Atlanta Falcons.

1978 - The first game of the Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL) was played between the Chicago Hustle and the Milwaukee Does.

1984 - Eric Dickerson (Los Angeles Rams) became only the second pro football player to run for more than 2,000 yards in a season. O.J. Simpson held the previous record at 2,003.

1984 - Walter Payton (Chicago Bears) ran six plays as quarterback. He ran the ball four times and threw two interceptions.

1985 - Jerry Rice (San Francisco 49ers) began a streak of 100+ consecutive games with receptions.

1987 - Larry Bird ended his streak of 59 consecutive free throws.

1991 - Dan Marino (Miami Dolphins) reached the 20 touchdown mark for an NFL record ninth season.

2004 - NHL officials and union leaders held talks for the first time since summer. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman imposed a lockout on September 16 due to an impasse in contract negotiations.


On this date in 1940, the Longines Watch Company signed for the first FM radio advertising contract with experimental station W2XOR in New York City.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Lightning at Edmonton Oilers 9:00pm EST

Saturday --

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Space Coast Hurricanes 5:00pm EST

NHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Lightning at Vancouver Canucks 10:00pm EST

Sunday --

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Space Coast Hurricanes 11:30am EST

NFL Football: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Redskins 1:00pm EST


That's all for today. See you tomorrow.

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