Thursday, December 23, 2010

It's Thursday

Happy Thursday to you. Here's what's happening....


Today is December 23rd, the 357th day of 2010. There are 8 days left in the year.


Tavares' OT goal lifts Islanders past Lightning.

Penguins beat Panthers.

Wings top Canucks in OT.

Skille leads Hawks past Predators.


Today is Festivus. (Linky Link)


Black Hawks Weekly.

Black Hawks players of the week.

Dakota Eveland rookie of the week in WCHA.

USHL update: Week #12.

Combine and Invitational Information.

USHL Power Rankings.


George Washington returned home to Mount Vernon on this date in 1783, after the disbanding of his army following the Revolutionary War.


Roster Set for 2011 U.S. National Junior Team

Twenty-Two Players Will Compete at IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y.

Rochester, N.Y. - USA Hockey today announced its 22-player roster the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2010-Jan. 5, 2011, in Buffalo, N.Y.

"There's a great combination of experience and talent on this roster," said Jim Johannson, general manager of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team. "The fact that these decisions were so hard is a testament to where hockey has come in the United States."

"I'm excited with this group of guys moving forward," said Keith Allain, head coach of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team. "We've got good speed and talent across the board, which should help us in a tournament with so many skilled teams."

Among those named to the 2011 roster are eight returning players from the gold medal-winning 2010 U.S. National Junior Team, including goaltender Jack Campbell (Port Huron, Mich.); defenseman John Ramage (Chesterfield, Mo./Univ. of Wisconsin); and forwards Ryan Bourque (Boxford, Mass.), Jerry D'Amigo (Binghamton, N.Y.), Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass./Boston College), Jeremy Morin (Auburn, N.Y.), Kyle Palmieri (Montvale, N.J.) and Jason Zucker (Las Vegas, Nev./Univ. of Denver).

Also highlighting the preliminary roster are six players from the gold medal-winning 2010 U.S. National Under-18 Team, including Campbell and Andy Iles (Ithaca, N.Y./Cornell Univ.) in goal; defensemen Justin Faulk (South St. Paul, Minn./Univ. of Minnesota Duluth), Derek Forbort (Duluth, Minn./Univ. of North Dakota) and Jon Merrill (Brighton, Mich./Univ. of Michigan); and forward Zucker.

For the complete roster, click here.

Team USA will face Norway on Thursday (Dec. 23) at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena in Jamestown, N.Y., in its final final tune-up prior to the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. EST, and will be streamed live on

NOTES: The U.S. will be defending its 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship gold medal, having defeated Canada, 6-5, in overtime, to claim the title last year in Saskatoon, Sask. For a full tournament schedule and ticket information, visit ... The U.S. roster includes 16 first or second-round NHL Draft picks, including nine first-rounders ... A total of 13 states are represented on the U.S. preliminary roster, with Minnesota leading the way with five players ... For information from Team USA's pre-tournament camp thus far, click here ... Since 2000, Team USA has a .642 winning percentage (42-3-5-19-5/W-OTW-OTL-L-T) in the IIHF World Junior Championship and has medaled on three occasions, including gold in both 2004 and 2010 ... Keith Allain, head men's ice hockey coach at nationally-ranked Yale University, is the head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. He will be assisted by Mark Osiecki, head men's ice hockey coach at The Ohio State University; Phil Housley, head boys' ice hockey coach at Stillwater (Minn.) high school; and Joe Exter, goaltending coach at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program ... Jim Johannson is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the second consecutive year. Meanwhile, Tim Taylor, former U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team head coach and longtime Yale University men's ice hockey head coach, is also serving his second straight year as Team USA's director of player personnel.

2011 IIHF World Junior Championship
Team USA Schedule

Date Opponent Time* City Arena (Tickets Link)
Dec. 19 RPI# 4:00 p.m. Troy, N.Y. Houston Field House L3-4, SO
Dec. 21 Czech Republic# 7:00 p.m. Rochester, N.Y. L2-3, SO
Dec. 23 Norway# 7:30 p.m. Jamestown, N.Y. Savings Bank Arena
Dec. 26 Finland 8:00 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. HSBC Arena
Dec. 28 Slovakia 8:00 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. HSBC Arena
Dec. 30 Germany 7:00 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. HSBC Arena
Dec. 31 Switzerland 8:00 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. HSBC Arena
Jan. 2 Quarterfinals^ 7:30 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. HSBC Arena
Jan. 3 Semifinals^ 7:30 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. HSBC Arena
Jan. 5 Bronze-Medal Game^ 3:30 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. HSBC Arena
Gold-Medal Game^ 7:30 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. HSBC Arena

National Team Development Program Weekly Update

U.S. Nat'l Under-18 and Under-17 Teams Enjoy Short Break Before Returning to Action

THIS WEEK: The U.S. National Under-18 Team has the week off for the holidays and returns to action when it visits the University of Southern Maine (Jan. 1) and University of Maine (Jan. 2) in the New Year.

The Under-17 Team will enjoy a short break before returning to action at the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Winnipeg and Portage La Prairie, Man., from Dec. 29-Jan. 4., where the U.S. is the defending champion. Team USA will open with an exhibition game against Team West from Canada on Dec. 28 before the start of the tournament.

U18 TEAM DROPS TWO ON THE ROAD: The U.S. National Under-18 Team battled hard throughout the entire game, but ultimately fell, 2-1, to the No. 5 ranked University of North Dakota Fight Sioux at Ralph Engelstad Arena (Dec. 18). J.T. Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio), a verbal commit to UND, scored once and Matt McNeely (Burnsville, Minn.) turned in a courageous 38-save effort in the loss to earn the game's third star.

The previous night (Dec. 17), Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.), a recent call-up to fill in for injuries among the forward ranks, scored one goal and John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made 28 saves as the U.S. National Under-18 Team fell to the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League, 6-1, at the Urban Plains Center in Fargo, N.D.

U17 TEAM EDGES ICE: Forward Miles Koules (Los Angeles, Calif.) scored the game-winning goal at 15:07 of the third period and Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill.) made 36 saves as the U.S. National Under-17 Team came away victorious aganst the Indiana Ice, 4-3, at the Pepsi Coliseum in Indianapolis (Dec. 17).

NTDP ALUMNI UPDATE: Ryan Kesler (Livonia, Mich./2000-02) scored his first career hat trick last Wednesday (Dec. 15) in Vancouver's 3-2 overtime win over Columbus. Kesler has accumulated 13 points (7-6) in his previous 11 games and is a +9 for the month of December ... Ryan Whitney (Scituate, Mass./2000-01) had two assists and was a +4 in Edmonton's 6-3 win over Columbus last Friday. Whitney is tied for sixth overall in the National Hockey League in assists and is tied for first among U.S. born players (Dustin Byfuglien) ... Jake Dowell (Eau Claire, Wis./2001-03) is ranked fourth with 13 points (4-9) among U.S. born rookies in 35 games played with the Chicago Blackhawks this season ... James van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J./2005-07) has five points (1-4) in his last five games and is a +3 over that span ... Drew Shore (Denver, Colo./2007-09) is tied for fifth on the Men's Division I overall hockey statistics leader board, amassing 25 points (14-11) in 20 games played for the University of Denver.

For the complete weekly update, click here.


On this date in 1788, Maryland voted to cede a 100-square-mile area for the seat of the national government. About two-thirds of the area became the District of Columbia.


Top Ten Return TDs of 2010.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the league's official website,


The poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement C. Moore (" 'Twas the night before Christmas...") was published on this date in 1823.


Jimmy keeps busy while Word World is on.


Following a quarrel with Paul Gauguin, Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh cut off part of his own earlobe on this date in 1888.

Here's the Week 16 NFL schedule:

Thursday December 23 8:20 p.m. Carolina Panthers at Pittsburgh Steelers

Saturday December 25 7:30 p.m. Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals

Sunday December 26 1:00 p.m. Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday December 26 1:00 p.m. Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles

Sunday December 26 1:00 p.m. Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns

Sunday December 26 1:00 p.m. New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills

Sunday December 26 1:00 p.m. San Francisco 49ers at St Louis Rams

Sunday December 26 1:00 p.m. Detroit Lions at Miami Dolphins

Sunday December 26 1:00 p.m. Washington Redskins at Jacksonville Jaguars

Sunday December 26 1:00 p.m. New York Jets at Chicago Bears

Sunday December 26 4:05 p.m. Houston Texans at Denver Broncos

Sunday December 26 4:05 p.m. Indianapolis Colts at Oakland Raiders

Sunday December 26 4:15 p.m. Seattle Seahawks at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sunday December 26 4:15 p.m. New York Giants at Green Bay Packers

Sunday December 26 8:20 p.m. San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals

Monday December 27 8:30 p.m. New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons


The Federal Reserve Bill was signed into law by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson on thisw date in 1913. The act established 12 Federal Reserve Banks.


Today in Elvis History:

1974 - Elvis Presley flew back to Memphis (from Palm Springs) through Amarillo, TX.


The first ship designed to be used as an ambulance for the transport patients was launched on this date in 1919. The hospital ship was named USS Relief and had 515 beds.


Today in Beatles History:

1972 - John Lennon's film "Imagine" premiered on national TV.

1974 - George Harrison released a holiday single, "Ding Dong, Ding Dong."


On this date in 1930, Ruth Elizabeth Davis, an unknown actress, arrived in Hollywood, under contract to Universal Studios. Universal changed her name to Bette Davis for the movies.


Today in Sports History:

1951 - A NFL championship game was televised nationally for the first time. The Los Angeles Rams beat the Cleveland Browns 24-17. The DuMont Network had paid $75,000 for the rights to the game.

1972 - The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Oakland Raiders 13-7 in an NFL playoff game on a last-second play that was dubbed the "Immaculate Reception." Pittsburgh's Franco Harris caught a deflected pass and ran it in for the winning touchdown.

1991 - Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll retired after 23 seasons. He was the only coach to win four Super Bowls.

1995 - Tonya Harding and Mike Smith were married.

1997 - Jari Kurri (Colorado Avalanche) became the 8th NHL player to score 600 goals.


The Walt Disney movie "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" was released on this date in 1954.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers 7:00pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Nothin' Doin'

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Seattle Seahawks 4:15pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Atlanta Thrashers 7:00pm EST


That's it for today. Have a great Thursday, see you tomorrow.

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