Saturday, February 26, 2011

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It's Saturday. Here's what's happening.


Today is February 26th, the 57th day of 2011. There are 308 days left in the year.





Rangers rout Capitals.

Hurricanes lose Staal, beat Pens.

Jackets rally to beat Coyotes.

Sabres top Senators.

Panthers inch closer with shootout win over Thrashers.

Lightning snap Devils' streak.

Sharks rally to beat Flames in shootout.

Stewart leads Blues past Oilers.

Wild top Ducks in OT.


Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from the Island of Elba on this day in 1815. He then began his second conquest of France.


Gamblers knock down Ice.

'Jacks Berrafato coming into his own in USHL.

Musketeers in familiar funk against Fargo.

Tibbett is forced into ironman duty for the Phantoms.


On this day in 1870, In New York City, the first pneumatic-powered subway line was opened to the public.


Halldorson to Serve as Keynote Speaker; Ruzzi to Host
2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Ceremony in Erie, Pa.

Fourteenth Annual Award Ceremony Set for March 19;
Tickets Available at

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Mike Ruzzi, sports director at WICU-TV (NBC) in Erie, Pa., will serve as the master of ceremonies for the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Ceremony, presented by Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, which will be held at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie on March 19. In addition, Laura Halldorson, who led the University of Minnesota women's ice hockey team to three NCAA Division I national championships as head coach, will be the keynote speaker.

An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is annually bestowed upon the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey. The award will be presented at a brunch ceremony, held in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Frozen Four (March 18 & 20). All four teams participating in the Frozen Four are expected to attend.

Ruzzi, a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, has been the sports director at WICU-TV since 1986, and also serves as an anchor and reporter. Along with covering the local events, he has worked the Super Bowl, World Series and Stanley Cup playoffs. In addition, Ruzzi has been actively involved in Erie City Special Olympics over the last 15 years serving as a host for their local events, and has been a co-host for the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon for the last 15 years as well.

One of the most successful coaches in women's hockey history, Halldorson led the University of Minnesota women's ice hockey team to three NCAA Division I national championships (2000, 2004, 2005) and became the only women's ice hockey head coach to lead a program to five consecutive Frozen Four appearances (2002-06). In her 11 years at the helm of Minnesota, she amassed a 278-67-22 overall record for a .787 winning percentage. She also served seven years as head coach of the Colby College women's ice hockey team and finished her 18-year head coaching career with a 337-142-31 overall record.

Halldorson has received several coaching accolades, including ECAC Co-Coach of the Year in 1996; American Hockey Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 1998, 2002 and 2004; and Western Collegeiate Hockey Association Coach of the Year in 2001, 2002 and 2005. She coached five Olympians, including 2005 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner Krissy Wendell. Prior to coaching, Halldorson was a co-captain and all-conference performer for Princeton University from 1981-85, where she competed alongside Patty Kazmaier. Upon graduating, she served as an assistant coach at Princeton for two years before beginning her head-coaching career.

NOTES: Tickets to the ceremony are still available and may be purchased by calling 719-538-1184 or by submitting a completed ticket form (located at Individual seats are $65, while tables of 10 are available for $600. A select number of sponsorships and program advertising are also still available. More information can be found here ... Twenty-six players have been nominated for the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, including 17 forwards, five goaltenders and four defensemen hailing from 12 different schools in all four NCAA Division I women's ice hockey leagues. Mercyhurst College, host of the 2011 NCAA Women's Frozen Four, leads all schools with five nominated players. For a list of the nominees, visit The top-10 finalists will be announced on March 3, while the top-3 finalists will be named on March 10 ... For more information and to sign up for the Kaz Connection, a free monthly e-newsletter dedicated solely to the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, please visit ... The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is supported, in part, by a grant from the NHL Foundation. Other event partners include the NCAA and Marriott, while Harrington Industrial Laundry and Splash Lagoon are event sponsors.

An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is annually presented to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey. Selection criteria includes outstanding individual and team skills, sportsmanship, performance in the clutch, personal character, competitiveness and a love of hockey. Consideration is also given to academic achievement and civic involvement.

The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is named in honor of the late Patty Kazmaier, who was a four-year varsity letter-winner and All-Ivy League defenseman at Princeton University from 1981-86. An accomplished athlete who helped lead the Tigers to the Ivy League Championship in three consecutive seasons (1981-84), Patty Kazmaier-Sandt died on Feb. 15, 1990, at the age of 28 following a long struggle with a rare blood disease.


On this date in 1907, the U.S. Congress raised their own pay to $7500.


Special day for Coach of the Year Jim Barker.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the leagues' official website,


Have a seat young man.


Mutual signed Charlie Chaplin to a film contract on this date in 1916.


Today in Elvis History:

1958 - Elvis Presley finished recording the song "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck." He added the piano part and guitar back-slap percussion part. The song was released in April 1958 with "Doncha' Think It's Time" as the flip side.

1964 - Elvis Presley arrived at Paramount to begin pre-production on the movie "Roustabout."

1966 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson visited Elvis Presley on the set of the movie "Spinout."

2007 - The 36-track "Readymade Digs Elvis" was released.


In Arizona, the Grand Canyon was established as a National Park with an act of the U.S. Congress on this date in 1919.


Today in Beatles History:

1970 - The Beatles album "Beatles Again" was released in the U.S. It contained the song "Hey Jude."

1987 - Capitol Records released the first four Beatles albums on CD.


New York City installed traffic lights on this date in 1930.


Today in Sports History:

1935 - The New York Yankees released Babe Ruth. Ruth signed with the Boston Braves for $20,000 and a share in the team's profits.

1981 - Edgar F. Kaiser, Jr. purchased the Denver Broncos from Gerald and Allan Phillips.

1985 - Julius Erving (Philadelphia 76ers) became the third on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

1989 - The New York Yankees announced that Tom Seaver would be their new TV sportscaster.

1997 - Philadelphia's "Legion of Doom" line scored 15 points against the Ottawa Senators.


A ground-breaking ceremony was held at Crissy Field for the Golden Gate Bridge on this date in 1933.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MJHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Hampton Roads Junior Whalers 8:00pm

Sunday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers 1:00pm EST

MJHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Hampton Roads Junior Whalers 7:00pm (Followed immediately by deciding mini-game, if necessary)

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New Hersey Devils 7:00pm EST

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins 7:00pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens 7:00pm EST

Sunday --

Nothin' Doin'


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

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