Thursday, March 10, 2011

It's Thursday













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

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Today is March 10th, the 69th day of 2011. There are 296 days left in the year.

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Capitals pound Oilers.

Thrashers edge Hurricanes in OT.

Blues rally to beat Blue Jackets in OT.

Quick's 28 saves lift Kings past Wings.

Star-studded shootout sees Lightning edge Blackhawks.

Flames beat Stars in shootout.

Ducks rip Rangers.

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Today's Birthdays: Actor Chuck Norris is 71; actress Sharon Stone (The Mighty, Basic Instinct, Sliver) is 53; actor Jon Hamm (The Town, Mad Men) is 40; NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth is 39; Czech super model Eva Herzigova is 38; singer/actress Carrie Underwood is 28.

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USHL power rankings.

Lancers tie it, then fall in final minute.

Motte saves 28 as Hawks beat Saints.

Fargo's Yevenko commits to UMass..

Red Wings chaplain Fraser to be guest speaker at Jacks game March 25.

Strang heading to Bemidji State.

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Today is Pack Your Lunch Day.

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USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean
to Visit Capitol Hill on Thursday

Congressional Briefing to Take Place on State of Hockey in America

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, will be on Capitol Hill Thursday (March 10) to participate in a panel that will brief members of Congress, congressional staff and the news media, on the state of hockey in America.

The briefing, which is sponsored by the Congressional Hockey Caucus and includes co-chairs Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-05), Rep. Lee Terry (NE-3) and Rep. Brian Higgins (NY-27), will begin at 11 a.m. EST in Room 2226 of the Rayburn Office Building in Washington, D.C. Dave Fischer, senior director of communications at USA Hockey, will moderate the briefing.

Other panelists include Gary Bettman, commissioner of the National Hockey League; Bill Daly, deputy commissioner of the NHL; Pat LaFontaine, a member of both the Hockey Hall of Fame and U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame; NHL Network personality and former NHL player Kevin Weekes; Dr. Michael Kanters, professor at North Carolina State University; retired Sgt. 1st Class Joe Bowser from the USA Hockey Wounded Warriors; and Kirk Bauer, executive director of Disabled Sports USA.

Ogrean and Bettman will also join First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday afternoon (March 11) at the White House for a special announcement surrounding the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative and youth hockey. The announcement will come just prior to a street hockey clinic on the White House grounds that will include 70 kids and members of the Chicago Blackhawks, who will earlier that day be honored by President Obama for their 2010 Stanley Cup championship.

National Team Development Program Weekly Update

U.S. National Under-18 and Under-17 Teams Combine to Earn Six Points in Standings; Team USA Prepares for Three USHL Road Games This Weekend

U18 TEAM TRAVELS TO DES MOINES: The U.S. National Under-18 Team travels to Urbandale (Iowa) on Friday (March 11) to take on the Des Moines Buccaneers at 8 p.m. EST at Buccaneers Arena.

U17 TEAM FACES MUSKEGON IN TWO-GAME SERIES: The U.S. National Under-17 Team faces Muskegon on Friday (March 11) and Saturday (March 12) with four USHL points on the line. Team USA currently sits in fourth in the Eastern Conference with 50 points, while Muskegon is fifth with 48 points. Both games will be held at L.C. Walker Arena with puck drop set for 7:15 p.m. EST.

NTDP TAKES TWO AGAINST WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS: Frankie Vatrano (East Longmeadow, Mass.) netted one goal and assisted on another and Quentin Shore (Denver, Colo.) recorded two assists, as the U.S. National Under-17 Team defeated the Waterloo Black Hawks, 4-1, at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube on March 2.

Two days later (March 4), Reid Boucher (Grand Ledge, Mich.) scored twice and John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made 32 saves as the U.S. National Under-18 Team dropped Waterloo 4-2,
earning Team USA the two-game sweep.

U18's STUN DES MOINES IN OVERTIME: Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif) netted two goals, including the gamewinner on a penalty shot, as the U.S. National Under-18 Team stunned the Des Moines Buccaneers, 5-4, in overtime at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube on March 5. Team USA rallied to come back from an early 3-0 deficit to earn the win and two points in the standings.

U17's FALL IN USHL ACTION: Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif) notched a goal and Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill.) stopped 25 shots as the U.S. National Under-17 Team fell to the Dubuque, 3-1, at the Mystique Center on Saturday (March 5).

The following afternoon (March 6), Kerdiles again posted the lone U.S. score as the U17's were edged by Fargo, 2-1, at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn.) made 26 saves between the pipes for Team USA in the loss.

Brady Skjei (Lakeville, Minn.) netted one goal and Olson made 22 saves on Tuesday (March 8) as the U.S. National Under-17 Team dropped a 6-1 decision to the Indiana Ice at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. Team USA was behind by only one score after the first period, but a three-goal second by the Ice put the game out of reach.

After playing six games this past week, Team USA moved into sole possession of fourth place in the USHL. The top six teams in each conference earn a trip to the postseason.

NTDP ALUMNI UPDATE: Florida forward David Booth (Washington, Mich./2001-02) recorded a goal and an assist as the Panthers defeated Chicago 3-2 on Tuesday (March 8) to end the Blackhawks' eight-game winning streak ... Al Montoya (Glenview, Ill./2001-02) made 24 saves as the New York Islanders defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-3, in overtime on Tuesday (March 8). Since stepping in for the injured Rick DiPietro (Winthrop, Mass./1997-99), Montoya has gone 6-2-2 for the Islanders, posting a 2.02 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage in that span ... Two NTDP alumni were named to the 2011 Central Collegiate Hockey Association All-Rookie Team. Western Michigan University forward Chase Balisy (Fullerton, Calif./2008-10) and University of Michigan defenseman Jon Merrill (Brighton, Mich./2008-10) were voted in by the conference's head coaches ... University of Denver forward Jason Zucker (Las Vegas, Nev./2008-10) was the unanimous choice as the Hockey Commissioners Association National Rookie of the Month for February.

For the complete weekly update, click here.

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Julie Taymor is out as director of the troubled Spider-Man Broadway musical. (However, she's working on a new rival Broadway project with Charlie Sheen called Two and a Half Spider-Men.)

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Obby Khan back with Bombers.

Als extend QB McPherson, sign RB Green.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the leagues' official website, http://www.cfl.ca/.

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Time to put the toys away.







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Barack and Michelle Obama are addressing the topic of bullying, both cyber and otherwise, in a summit that will livestream on Facebook today at (12:20p ET).

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Today in Elvis History:

1959 - RCA Records released Elvis Presley's single "I Need Your Love Tonight"/"A Fool Such as I."

1973 - The Elvis Presley album "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite" hit #11 in the U.K.

2004 - The Vermont Teddy Bear Company announced it would be releasing a limited edition Elvis Bear 2. The bears were to be offered (March 29-April 24, 2004) at more than 750 Kroger stores free of charge with a minimum purchase.

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Some college students in England (Warwickshire) are aiming to help set up a new world record in knitting. Organizers hope at least 1,000 will turn up next Thursday (March 17) to help beat the current record set in Oregon, when 937 people gathered together to knit for 15 minutes.


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Today in Beatles History:

1965 - The Beatles "Eight Days A Week" hit #1 in the U.S.

1975 - John Lennon released his cover of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" in the U.S.

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An Allentown, Pennsylvania, resident phoned 911 to report an injury. Operators didn't think it was serious but the injured woman demanded to have an ambulance dispatched to take her to the hospital... for a stubbed toe.

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Today in Sports History:

1920 - Joe Malone (Quebec Bulldogs) scored 6 goals in a game against the Ottawa Senators.

1941 - The Brooklyn Dodgers announced that their players would begin wearing batting helmets during the 1941 season.

1993 - Sherry Davis became the first woman to be the PA voice of a major league team. She was the public address announcer for the San Francisco Giants.

2002 - ESPN aired "A Season on the Brink." It was the first original motion picture by ESPN. The movie was about Bobby Knight.

2004 - Todd Bertuzzi (Vancouver Canucks) held a press conference to apologize for hitting Steve Moore (Colorado Avalanche) in the side of the head from behind and driving his head into the ice in a game on March 8. Moore landed face-first with Bertuzzi on top of him. Moore suffered a broken neck, a concussion and deep cuts on his face. On March 11, the NHL suspended Bertuzzi for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs and announced that his eligibility would be assessed the following season and would take into account Moore's health and the progression of his recovery.

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With just one tweet, Charlie Sheen made thousands of dollars from a job website -- and received thousands of applications for a social media intern. How many people applied? Over 74,000.


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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Ottawa Senators 7:30pm EST

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers 7:00pm EST

Sunday --

Nothin' Doin'

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

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