Friday, January 14, 2011

It's Friday



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

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Today is January 14th, the 14th day of 2011. There are 351 days left in the year.

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Boston outslugs Philadelphia.

Sabres hold off Hurricanes.

Senators snap slide by beating Islanders.

Rangers end Canucks' win streak.

Panthers rally to beat Predators.

Coyotes snap Leafs' win streak.

Blues beat Kings for first win of 2011.

Oilers hand Sharks sixth consecutive loss.

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Today's Birthdays: 60 Minutes' Andy Rooney is 92; NFL/CFL player-turned-actor Carl Weathers (Apollo Creed in a Rocky movie) is 63; writer/director Steven Soderbergh (The Informant, Erin Brockovich, Traffic, Ocean's Eleven) is 48; rapper/actor LL Cool J (NCIS: Los Angeles) is 43; actor Jason Bateman (Hancock, Arrested Development, Juno) is 42; Internet celebrity Gary Brolsma (The Numa Numa Guy) is 25.

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Williams' shut out puts end to Black Hawks' winless skid.

Stampede win third straight game.

Lumberjacks' Kohls commits to Niagara.

Coldwell commits to Alaska-Anchorage.

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Today is National Dress Up Your Pet Day.

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2010-11 U.S. National Junior Sled Hockey Team to Compete in Second International Exhibition Series of Season

Team USA to Face Canada in Three-Game Set in Essex, Ont.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2010-11 U.S. National Junior Sled Hockey Team will play its second international exhibition series of the 2010-11 season this weekend in Essex, Ont.

Team USA will take on Canada's national sled development team tonight (Jan. 13) at 6 p.m. EST, Friday (Jan. 14) at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday (Jan. 15) at 12:30 p.m. at the Essex Arena and Sports Complex.

The exhibition series against Canada marks the fifth gathering of the season for the U.S. National Junior Sled Hockey Team, which held three training camps in Buffalo, N.Y., in the fall. In addition, Team USA met Canada's developmental team in a three-game exhibition series in December.

For a complete 2010-11 U.S. National Junior Sled Hockey Team roster, click here.

NOTES: The 2010-11 U.S. National Junior Sled Hockey Team includes seven returning members from last year's squad, including goaltender Danny Hefley (Wexford, Pa.); defensemen Tyler Anderson (Jenison, Mich.), John Mollica (The Plains, Ohio) and Mason Newbold (Lockport, N.Y.); and forwards Raymond Beck (Sicklerville, N.J.), Connor Fee (Spotswood, N.J.) and Ryan Pelletier (Columbia, Conn.) ... Beck and Bryan Genovese (Oceanside, N.Y.) have each spent time with the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team this season as well ... Head Coach Gregg Marinari served as the assistant coach of the 2009-10 U.S. National Junior Sled Hockey Team ... Assistant Coach Kip St. Germaine is a three-time U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team member (1998, 2002, 2006) and most recently skated with the 2009-10 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team.

National Team Development Program Weekly Update


U.S. Nat'l Under-18 Returns to USHL Action at Home This Weekend; U-17's Look to Continue Winning Streak Against Chicago Friday

THIS WEEK: The U.S. National Under-18 Team plays host to two United States Hockey League foes this weekend. Green Bay takes the league's best record to the Ann Arbor Ice Cube, when Team USA squares off with the Gamblers at 7:00 p.m. ET on Friday (Jan. 14). The following night (Jan. 15), the Youngstown Phantoms clash with the U.S. at 4:00 p.m. ET.

The Under-17 Team travels to Chicago on Friday (Jan. 14) to take on the Steel. Puck drop is set for 8:30 p.m. ET at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Ill.

U18 TEAM FALLS TO COLLEGE COMPETITION: At Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Matt McNeely (Burnsvile, Minn.) combined to make 28 saves, but the U.S. National Under-18 Team could not find the back of the net and was blanked by the University of Minnesota, 9-0, last Friday (Jan. 7) in NCAA exhibition action.

The following night (Jan. 8), the Under-18 Team met No. 5 University of Minnesota Duluth. Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif.) netted a goal and McNeely made 42 saves as the U.S. National Under-18 Team fell to the Bulldogs, 4-1, at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.

U17 TEAM NOTCHES TWO CONSECUTIVE WINS LAST WEEKEND: Straight off the heels of a second-place finish at the World Under-17 Challenge in Winnipeg, the U.S. National Under-17 Team returned to USHL action against Sioux City last Saturday (Jan. 8). Connor Carrick (Orland Park, Ill.) and Cameron Darcy (South Boston, Mass.) each notched a goal and an assist, as the U.S. triumphed over the Musketeers, 4-2, at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn.) stopped 20 shots for Team USA in the win.

Ryan Hartman (West Dundee, Ill.) scored the game tying goal with three seconds remaining in regulation to send the game against Youngstown into overtime Sunday afternoon (Jan. 9). After a scoreless five-minute overtime period, the game went to the shootout. Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill.) was perfect against the five Phantoms shooters he faced, and Stefan Matteau (Chicago, Ill.) notched the only score of the shootout, giving Team USA the 4-3 win.

NTDP ALUMNI UPDATE: Three alums were invited to participate in the 2011 National Hockey League All-Star Game. Ryan Kesler (Livonia, Mich./2000-02), Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y./2004-06), and Phil Kessel (Madison, Wis./2003-05) will represent the NTDP, along with NHL rookies and fellow alumni Cam Fowler (Farmington Hills, Mich./2007-09) and Kevin Shattenkirk (New Rochelle, N.Y./2005-07), who will be taking part in the Honda SuperSkills competition held prior to the All-Star game ... Kane scored two goals in the Chicago Blackhawks' shootout win against the Ottawa Senators on Friday, Jan. 7. ... Colin Wilson (Greenwich, Conn./2005-07) had a goal and two assists last Thursday night to help the Nashville Predators defeat the Los Angeles Kings, 5-2 ... Columbus Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger (Pittsburgh, Pa./1998-00) is on a hot streak, scoring goals in four of his past six games, giving him 14 tallies for the season thus far.

For the complete weekly update, click here.

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So, how do you like the new look of the Johnny blog? I like to freshen it up every so often and today I also learned how to tweak some of the layout. It's fun to do. I hope you enjoy it.

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Bombers sign DB Stewart to extension.

Chamblin named Ticats defensive co-ordinator.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the league's official website, cfl.ca.

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A study finds that online messages are misinterpreted 50% of the time. So what's causing the communication breakdown? Egocentrism. In other words, email writers have trouble letting go of their own mindsets; they don't consider the receiver's perspective before they hit "send."


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It's Mr. Baby, one year ago today.

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Here's the NFL Wild Card Round schedule:

At Seattle Seahawks 41, New Orleans Saints 36

New York Jets 17 at Indianapolis Colts 16

Baltimore Ravens 30 at Kansas City Chiefs 7

Green Bay Packers 21 at Philadelphia Eagles 16

Here's the NFL Divisional Round Schedule:

Sat Jan 15th 4:30pm Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers

Sat Jan 15th 8:00pm Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons

Sun Jan 16th 1:00pm Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears

Sun Jan 16th 4:30pm New York Jets at New England Patriots

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... Related to the previous note: 107 trillion emails were sent on the Internet in 2010.

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Today in Elvis History:

1957 - Elvis Presley reported to the Paramount makeup and wardrobe departments for his role as singe Deke Rivers.

1973 - Elvis Presley's "Elvis, Aloha From Hawaii" TV show was broadcast live via satellite around the world. The U.S. and Europe saw a taped version.

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Scientists say they've discovered a black hole that's the size of more than 6 billion (with a b) of our suns. 

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Today in Beatles History:

1970 -A display of John Lennon's erotic "Bag One" lithographs opened in London. 2 days later Scotland Yard seized prints as evidence of pornography.

1989 - Paul McCartney released his album "Back In The U.S.S.R." exclusively in Russia.

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Twin sisters Inez Harries and Venice Shaw will celebrate their 100th birthday tomorrow (Saturday) is Southern California.

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Today in Sports History:

1936 - Cecil "Tiny" Thompson (Boston Bruins) became the first NHL goalie to receive credit for an assist.

1943 - Alex Smart (Montreal Canadiens) scored three goals in his first NHL game.

1948 - Plastic helmets were prohibited in the NFL.

1951 - The first National Football League Pro Bowl All-Star Game was played in Los Angeles, CA.

1954 - Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were married. The marriage only lasted nine months.

1973 - The Miami Dolphins became the first NFL team to go undefeated in a regular season. They also defeated the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII.

1974 - The World Football League was founded.

1976 - Ted Turner completed the purchase of the Atlanta Braves.

1985 - Martina Navratilova won her 100th tournament. She joined Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert Lloyd as the only professional tennis players to win 100 tournaments.

1989 - Bobby Knight won his 500th career victory as a college basketball coach.

1990 - Joe Montana (San Francisco 49ers) set an NFL record when he threw his 30th and 31st post-season touchdown passes. Terry Bradshaw held the previous record of 30.

1993 - NFL Commissioner Tagliabue announced the establishment of the "NFL World Partnership Program."

1996 - Fox aired the San Francisco 49er/Dallas Cowboy NFC championship game. The game pulled a 34.2/57 Nielsen rating.

1997 - Dennis Rodman got his 10,000th NBA career point.

2002 - Barry Bonds signed a contract with the San Francisco Giants worth $90 million for five years.

2002 - Lance Armstrong ran the final leg of the Olympic torch relay in San Diego.

2002 - The NBA announced a three game suspension for Shaquille O'Neal (Los Angeles Lakers) and a one game suspension for Brad Miller (Chicago Bulls) for a fight that occurred during a game.

2002 - TNT world premiered the TV movie "Monday Night Mayhem."

2003 - In Dallas, Dwayne Goodrich (Dallas Cowboys) was charged with two counts of manslaughter and was released after posting a $50,000 bond. The charges stemmed from Goodrich's involvement in a hit-and-run accident that killed two people.

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Today is Organize Your Home Day.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New Jersey Devils 7:30pm EST

Saturday --

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs East Coast Eagles 1:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00pm EST

Sunday --

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 1:00pm EST

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

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