Tuesday, March 8, 2011

It's Tuesday













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

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Today is March 8th, the 67th day of 2011. There are 298 days left in the year.

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Holtby leads Caps past Bolts in SO.

Blues edge Jackets in shootout.

Stars rally to beat Kings in OT.

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Today's Birthdays: Musician-actor Micky Dolenz (The Monkees) is 66; actor Aidan Quinn (Unknown, Legends of the Fall) is 52; actress Camryn Mannheim (Ghost Whisperer, The Practice) is 50; actor Freddie Prinze Jr. (I Know What You Did Last Summer, She's All That) is 35; actor James Van Der Beek (Dawson's Creek) is 34.

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Beideck's USHL Power Rankings.

Lumberjacks need to establish themselves at L.C. Walker Arena.

Tynan taking Irish to the next level.

Lancers can follow Ambroz.

Force power play rebounds against Team USA.

Plays of the Week(You Tube video).

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Today is Working Women's Day.

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University of North Dakota Retains No. 1 Ranking
in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of North Dakota retains its No. 1 ranking in this week's USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll following a weekend sweep of Michigan Tech University. North Dakota, which improved to 26-8-3, collected 503 points and 29 first-place votes to earn the top spot for the third week in a row.

Boston College claims the No. 2 spot with 480 points and five first-place votes after twice defeating the University of New Hampshire last weekend, while the idle Yale University sits at No. 3 with 438 points. Union College (394) and the University of Michigan (374) remain in the No. 4 and No. 5 spots.

Western Michigan University returns to the poll at No. 15 after a three-week hiatus.

Highlighting this weekend's games is one top-15 match-up between No. 9 Merrimack College and No. 14 University of Maine in the Hockey East quarterfinals.

This weekend marks the quarterfinals for each of the five NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, including Hockey East, ECAC Hockey, Atlantic Hockey, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

NOTES: Hockey East leads all conferences with five ranked programs, while the WCHA and CCHA each boast four ranked programs and ECAC Hockey has two ... A total of 21 teams received votes.

ABOUT THE POLL: The 16th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the five NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey Magazine, the most widely distributed hockey magazine in the world.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
Men's College Hockey Poll - #22
(first-place votes in parentheses)

Rank School Last Week's Ranking 2010-11 Record Weeks in Top 15
1 University of North Dakota, 503 (29) 1 26-8-3 22
2 Boston College, 480 (5) 2 26-7-1 22
3 Yale University, 438 3 23-5-1 22
4 Union College, 394 4 25-7-4 19
5 University of Michigan, 374 5 23-9-4 22
6 University of Denver, 330 6 21-10-5 22
7 Miami University, 286 10 19-9-6 22
8 University of Notre Dame, 257 9 21-10-5 19
9 Merrimack College, 241 7 22-8-4 9
10 University of New Hampshire, 220 8 19-9-6 22
11 University of Minnesota Duluth, 179 11 20-9-6 22
12 University of Nebraska Omaha, 171 12 21-13-2 18
13 Boston University, 77 13 18-10-8 19
14 University of Maine, 58 14 17-10-7 19
15 Western Michigan University, 24 NR 16-10-10 2


Others receiving votes: Colorado College, 17; Dartmouth College, 15; University of Minnesota, 8; University of Wisconsin, 4; Rensselaer, 3; Rochester Institute of Technology, 1.

U.S. National Sled Hockey Team to Compete
in Japan Para Ice Sledge Hockey Championships This Weekend

Team USA to Play in First IPC-Sanctioned Tournament of the Season

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2010-11 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will take part in its first International Paralympic Committee-sanctioned tournament of the season this weekend at the 2011 Japan Para Ice Sledge Hockey Championships in Nagano, Japan.

Team USA, which won the event last year prior to winning the gold medal at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C., will face Canada, Norway and Japan in the four-team tournament from March 11-14.

"We're excited to get back on the ice against opponents other than ourselves again," said Ray Maluta, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. "This trip is always an important one for our players on many levels, as focus while dealing with a time change and new environment is key."

The U.S. faced Canada and Japan in exhibition games earlier this season, and will take part in the IPC-sanctioned 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge April 18-23 in London, Ont.

For full coverage of the 2011 Japan Para Ice Sledge Hockey Championships, including photos, videos and live game blogs, click here.

NOTES: The third- and first-place games on March 13-14 will be streamed live here ... Ray Beck (Stratford, N.J.), Bryan Genovese (Oceanside, N.Y.) and Justin Kreger (Waterford, Wis.), all members of the U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey Team, will join Team USA for the 2011 Japan Para Ice Sledge Hockey Championships in the absence of Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.), Jimmy Connelly (Galloway, N.J.) and Adam Page (Lancaster, N.Y.). For the complete 2010-11 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team roster, click here ... The 2011 Japan Para Ice Sledge Hockey Championships is taking place at The Big Hat, which played host to ice hockey games during the 1998 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games ... The U.S. has won the last four IPC-sanctioned tournaments dating back to the 2009 IPC World Sledge Hockey Championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Team USA 2011 Japan Para Ice Sledge Hockey Championships Schedule
March 11-14 • Nagano, Japan • Big Hat

Date Opponent Time (EST)
Fri., March 11 Canada 12:30 a.m.
Sat., March 12 Norway 12:30 a.m.
Sun., March 13 Japan 5 a.m.
Third-Place Game 10 p.m.
Mon., March 14 First-Place Game 1 a.m.


Blademaster Renews Agreement with USA Hockey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Blademaster has renewed its agreement to remain the Official Skate Sharpener Supplier of USA Hockey, it was announced today.

The skate care equipment and supply company will also serve as the Official Skate Service Supplier of USA Hockey and USA Hockey Inline, as well as the Official Skate Sharpener of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program.

“We’re pleased to continue our long-time relationship with Blademaster,” said Lee Meyer, senior director of marketing for USA Hockey. “They’re an outstanding company that is highly-regarded in the industry for good reason.”

"Blademaster is honoured to serve the skate care needs of a first-class organization like USA Hockey,” said John Mariconda, director of sales and marketing for Blademaster. “We are long-time partners and look forward to continuing the relationship for many more years to come."

ABOUT USA HOCKEY
USA Hockey, Inc., founded in 1937 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., is the National Governing Body of the sport of ice hockey in the United States. With a membership of nearly 600,000 players, coaches, officials and volunteers that spans all 50 states, USA Hockey seeks to promote the growth of hockey and provide the best possible experience for all participants by encouraging, developing, advancing and administering the sport. For more information, visit usahockey.com.

ABOUT BLADEMASTER
Blademaster has been USA Hockey’s official supplier of skate sharpeners, skate repair equipment, glove dryers and skate ovens for over a decade, serving all of the USA’s national teams at events around the world. In addition to serving as an official supplier to USA Hockey, Blademaster's skate sharpeners, equipment and accessories are used extensively by professional equipment managers and sporting goods retailers throughout the world.

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The UN issued a report saying there's not enough women in the world for each man to have a girlfriend or wife. (Well, maybe if Charlie Sheen quit hogging them all.)

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Lots of skill on display at E-Camp.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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It's a B Daddy, a B.


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The Subway sandwich chain has surpassed McDonald's Corp. as the world's largest restaurant chain, in terms of units. At the end of last year, Subway had 33,749 restaurants worldwide, compared to McDonald's 32,737.

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Today in Elvis History:

1961 - Tennessee Governor Buford Ellington gave the honorary title of colonel to Elvis Presley.

1968 - The Elvis Presley movie "Stay Away Joe" premiered.

1975 - Elvis Presley's "My Boy" hit #20 in the U.S.

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Jennifer Aniston has released a sex tape. The "tape" is a video she recorded for Smart Water -- she's a spokesperson for them -- that pokes fun at viral videos. At the end of the video Jen agrees the video will get more views if it's called a sex tape.

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Today in Beatles History:

1962 - The Beatles appeared on "Teenager's Turn." It was their first radio appearance.

1973 - Paul McCartney pled guilty to charges of growing marijuana outside of his Scottish countryside farm. He claimed that a fan had given him the seeds and that he did not know what they would grow. He was fined $240.

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Now that Arnold Schwarzenegger has stopped running California as the Governator, the aging actor is looking around Hollywood for his next big film. Schwarzenegger says he's considering around 15 film offers.

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Today in Sports History:

1930 - The New York Yankees signed Babe Ruth to a two-year contract worth $160,000.

1954 - Herb McKenley set a world record for the quarter mile when he ran the distance in 46.8 seconds.

1954 - The Milwaukee Hawks and the Baltimore Bullets played the first double header in NBA history.

1957 - The International Boxing Club was ruled a monopoly putting it in violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Law.

1971 - Joe Frazier retained his world heavyweight championship by defeating Muhammad Ali in a 15-round decision. It was Ali's first loss in 32 professional fights.

1986 - Martina Navratilova became the first woman tennis player to win more than $10 million in her career.

2004 - Todd Bertuzzi (Vancouver Canucks) hit Steve Moore (Colorado Avalanche) in the side of the head from behind and drove his head into the ice. 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.

2006 - NFL owners and the players' union agreed on a union proposal which extended the collective bargaining agreement from six years.

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New DVDs today: Jackass 3 (Johnny Knoxville); Morning Glory (Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton); The Next Three Days (Russell Crowe, Liam Neeson); Inside Job (Narrated by Matt Damon, this documentary exposes the "shocking truth" behind the economic crisis of 2008.); The Walking Dead: Season One; Hannah Montana Forever: Final Season.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Black Hawks 7:30pm EST

Thursday --

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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