Thursday, January 27, 2011

It's Thursday

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


Today is January 27th, the 27th day of 2011. There are 338 days left in the year.





Bruins squeeze past Panthers.

Hurricanes top Islanders.

Thrashers blank Capitals.

Red Wings snap Devils streak.

Stars beat Oilers.

Coyotes bounce back to beat Avs.

Flames beat Blues.

Canucks rally past Predators.

Kings over Sharks in shootout.


Today's Birthdays: Actor James Cromwell (Babe films, Deep Impact, 24) is 71; Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is 56; TV personality Keith Olbermann is 52; actress (Single White Female, A Simple Plan) Bridget Fonda is 47; reality star Jake Pavelka (The Bachelor) is 33.


National Team Development Program Weekly Update

U.S. Nat'l Under-18 Team Drops Two At College Opponents, Shifts Focus to USHL; Under-17 Team Continues Unbeaten Streak in USHL Action

THIS WEEK: The U.S. National Under-18 Team travels to Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Friday (Jan. 28) to take on the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League at 7:05 p.m. CT, at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. On Saturday (Jan. 29), the road trip continues with a visit to Green Bay, Wis. where Team USA matches up against the Gamblers. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT at the Resch Center.

The Under-17 Team enjoys a well-deserved weekend off after playing every weekend since the conclusion of the World U17 Challenge. The team will face Chicago (Feb. 4) before beginning preparation for the upcoming Vlad Dzurilla Tournament Feb. 6-13.

U18 TEAM DROPS TWO AGAINST COLLEGE FOES: J.T. Miller (East Palestine, Ohio) and Zac Larraza (Scottsdale, Ariz.) each contributed a goal, but the Under-18 Team fell to Quinnipiac University, 4-2, at the TD Bank Sports Center.

Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif.) scored once and added two assists and Reid Boucher (Grand Ledge, Mich.) recorded a goal and an assist, but the Under-18 Team was edged by Providence College, 5-4, at Schneider Arena last Saturday (Jan. 22).

U17 TEAM CONTINUES HOT STREAK IN USHL: Ryan Hartman (West Dundee, Ill.) scored the deciding goal midway through the third period and Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn.) made 22 saves as the Under-17 Team edged the Sioux Falls Stampede, 3-2, at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. The win marked the fifth in a row for the Under-17 Team in USHL action.

NTDP ALUMNI UPDATE: Two NTDP alumni were chosen as assistant captains for the 2011 National Hockey League All-Star Game this weekend: Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y./2004-06) will be assisting Red Wings defenseman and captain Nicklas Lidstrom, while Ryan Kesler (Livonia, Mich./2000-02), a forward for the Canucks, will assist Hurricanes forward and captain Eric Staal ... Kesler is currently tied for third in the NHL in scoring (27). His latest tally came in a 7-1 drubbing of the Dallas Stars on Monday (Jan. 24). Six of his 27 scores have been game-winners, tied for best in the league ... R.J. Umberger (Pittsburgh, Pa./1998-2000) scored the overtime goal in the Blue Jackets' 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators this past weekend ... Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (Ogdensburg, N.Y./2001-02) is tied for second place in victories between the pipes (23) and trails the league leaders by just one win ... Matt Carle (Anchorage, Alaska/2000-02) assisted on the overtime goal that gave the Philadelphia Flyers its 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals last week. The defenseman ranks seventh in plus-minus, posting a plus-21 mark in 49 games played.

For the complete weekly update, click here.


It's Chocolate Cake Day.


Reign rookie Lewadniuk 'honored' to be club's lone All-Star.

Black Hawks' weekly notebook.

RoughRiders get two points from Green Bay.

Bucs score six goals again, continues hot streak.


Starting in February, Old Spice Guy Isaiah Mustafa and his white towel will be back in a new series of commercials. According to a press release, he'll be promoting a new line called the Old Spice Fresh Collection. Here's his "I'm back" video.


2010 Coach of the Year nominees.

Bidding adieu: Ben Cahoon calls it a career.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the league's official website,


Fox football analyst and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman and his wife Rhonda are calling it quits. The couple have been married for 10 years.


Daddy sure makes a mess up there!


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:

At Pittsburgh Steelers 31, Baltimore Ravens 24

Green Bay Packers 48 at Atlanta Falcons 21

At Chicago Bears 35, Seattle Seahawks 24

New York Jets 28 at New England Patriots 21

Here's the NFL Championship Round Schedule:

Green Bay Packers 21 at Chicago Bears 14

At Pittsburgh Steelers 24, New York Jets 19

Super Bowl XLV:

Sunday, February 6th 6:30pm Pittsburgh Steelers vs Green Bay Packers at Cowboys Stadium


Wyoming lawmakers have proposed installing video cameras in public schools and taping classes to help evaluate teacher performance, but some educators say the Big Brother-esque practice would violate the privacy of teachers and students alike.


Today in Elvis History:

1956 - Elvis Presley's debut single for RCA Records, "Heartbreak Hotel," was released.

2004 - Master Tape Collection, based out of New Jersey, began selling 2-inch sections of reel tape. The tape contained original recordings (the "Sun Sessions) of Elvis Presley. The 2-inch cuttings preserved in a plaque sold for $495.


A German man won himself a new Mini Cooper by having the word "MINI" tattooed on his man-thing during a live broadcast.

Today in Beatles History:

1965 - John and Cynthia Lennon flew to the Alps for a ten day skiing vacation.

1967 - The Beatles signed a 9-year contract with EMI.


American Idol auditions continue in Austin, Texas, tonight on FOX.


Today in Sports History:

1965 - Ulf Sterner became the first Swedish-born player to appear in the NHL. Sterner only played four games in the NHL.

1967 - Paige Cothren became the first player to sign with the New Orleans Saints.

1973 - The UCLA Bruins won their 61st consecutive game to break the NCAA record held by the University of San Francisco.

1984 - Carl Lewis beat his own two-year-old record by 9-1/4 inches when he set a new indoor world record with a long-jump mark of 28 feet, 10-1/4 inches.

1984 - Wayne Gretzky set a National Hockey League (NHL) record for consecutive game scoring. He ended the streak at 51 games the next night against the Los Angeles Kings. The streak began on October 5, 1983.

1991 - Whitney Houston sang the "Star Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XXV.

1992 - Former world boxing champion Mike Tyson went on trial for allegedly raping an 18-year-old contestant in the 1991 Miss Black America Contest.

2002 - The Montreal Canadiens became the first NHL team to score 10,000 home goals. The feat was achieved in the Canadiens' 2,675th regular season game. The goal was scored by Sergei Berezin who had come to the team only two days before from the Phoenix Coyotes.


Toyota is recalling another 1.7 million vehicles worldwide. (They happen so frequently Toyota should stop referring to them as recalls and simply call them 5-mile checkups.)


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Nothin' Doin'

Sunday --

Nothin' Doin'

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Philadelphia Flyers 7:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Washington Capitals 7:30pm EST

Saturday --

SEJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 3:30pm EST

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

SEJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 10:30am EST

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 10:30am EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs St. Louis Blues 3:00pm EST


That's all for today. See you again tomorrow.       

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