Wednesday, March 9, 2011

It's Wednesday

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


Today is March 9th, the 68th day of 2011. There are 297 days left in the year.





Senators shut down Devils.

Islanders beat Leafs in OT.

Carter scores two as Flyers beat Oilers.

Michalek, Neal score first as Pens beat Sabres.

Canadiens dominate Bruins.

Panthers snap Hawks' win streak.

Wild beat slumping Avs.

Hamhuis gets OT winner for Canucks.

Sharks beat Predators in OT.


Today's Birthdays: TV journalist Charles Gibson is 68; actress Linda Fiorentino (Men in Black) is 53; tech journalist (New York Times, CNBC) David Pogue is 48; actress Juliette Binoche (Dan in Real Life, Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in The English Patient) is 47; actor Emmanuel Lewis (Webster) is 40; actress Brittany Snow (Hairspray, American Dreams, Harry's Law) is 25.


Indiana Ice weekly.

USHL update: Week 23.

NHL draft dreams on horizon for USHL players.

Youngstown Phantoms week 23.

Saints ready for playoff primer.

Binkley's shootout goal gives injury-riddled Storm a win.

Stampede weekly update.

Balisy and DeKeyser named to CCHA all-rookie team.

Lincoln Stars have series lead on Omaha Lancers.


Today is National Crabmeat Day.


University of Wisconsin Unanimous No. 1
in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Wisconsin is the unanimous No. 1 in this week's USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll following wins over then-No. 8 University of North Dakota and then-No. 5 University of Minnesota in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association tournament. The Badgers, who improved to 34-2-2, accumulated 190 points and all 19 first-place votes to earn the top spot for the tenth week in a row.

Cornell University remains at No. 2 with 170 points after defeating Quinnipiac University and then-No. 10 Dartmouth College in the ECAC Hockey tournament, while the University of Minnesota (135) advances two places to No. 3 after earning a victory over then-No. 6 University of Minnesota Duluth and falling to Wisconsin in the WCHA tournament championship game. Boston University (123) claims the No. 4 spot following a loss to Northeastern University in the Hockey East tournament, while Mercyhurst College (119) rounds out the top five after posting wins over Robert Morris University and Syracuse University in the College Hockey America tournament.

On Saturday (March 12), eight top-10 teams will face off in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. No. 6 Boston College will host No. 3 Minnesota, while No. 4 Boston University will host No. 5 Mercyhurst College. No. 8 Dartmouth College will travel to No. 2 Cornell University, and No. 7 Minnesota Duluth will face off against No. 1 Wisconsin.

NOTES: The top-10 finalists for the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, given annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey, were announced on March 3. The three finalists will be announced on March 10. Visit for the list of finalists ... The WCHA leads all conferences in this week's poll with four ranked programs, while Hockey East boasts three, ECAC Hockey has two ranked teams and CHA has one ... A total of 12 teams received votes ... Only two polls remain this season, as the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women’s College Hockey Poll will conclude on Tuesday, March 22, following the NCAA Women's Frozen Four.

ABOUT THE POLL: The 14th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women’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 four 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
Women's College Hockey Poll - #22
(first-place votes in parentheses)

Rank School Last Week's Ranking 2010-11 Record Weeks in Top 10
1 University of Wisconsin, 190 (19) 1 34-2-2 22
2 Cornell University, 170 2 30-2-1 22
3 University of Minnesota, 135 5 26-9-2 21
4 Boston University, 123 4 25-6-4 22
5 Mercyhurst College, 119 3 29-5-0 22
6 Boston College, 108 7 23-6-6 22
7 University of Minnesota Duluth, 85 6 22-8-3 22
8 Dartmouth College, 55 10 22-11-0 6
9 University of North Dakota, 37 8 20-13-3 22
10 Providence College, 16 9 22-12-1 12

Others receiving votes: Northeastern University, 3; Quinnipiac University, 2.

2011 NTDP Evaluation Camp Roster Announced

Forty-Five Top 1995-Born Players Invited to Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Forty-five of the top American players born in 1995 have been invited to USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program Evaluation Camp, it was announced today by USA Hockey. The camp, which is held to help select the 2011-12 U.S. National Under-17 Team, will take place March 21-24 at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube.

"Our scouting staff works all year to identity some of the best talent in the country,” said Ryan Rezmierski, the NTDP’s director of player personnel. “This is just one step in the process of evaluating players, but we get to see firsthand the dedication and hard work each player puts into the camp. We expect highly competitive sessions.”

The evaluation camp roster includes four goaltenders, 16 defensemen and 25 forwards. The players will be split into two teams - Red and Blue - and will participate in on-ice practices, off-ice training and four games.

Two NTDP alumni will serve as coaches at the camp, with Cole Bassett (Oakdale, Minn./1998-2000) guiding Team Red and Brett Henning (Buffalo Grove, Ill./1997-98) guiding Team Blue. In addition, NTDP graduate assistant coachs, Matt Curley (Team Red) and Tyler Eaves (Team Blue) will help lead their teams alongside Bassett and Henning.

For a complete roster of the invitees, click here.

2011 National Team Development Program Evaluation Camp Game Schedule
March 21-24 • Ann Arbor Ice Cube

Date Rink Time (EST)
Mon., March 21 Stadium 5:00 p.m.
Tue., March 22 Stadium 3:00 p.m.
Wed., March 23 Stadium 4:30 p.m.
Thu., March 24 Stadium 10:00 a.m.


Gas prices are climbing. (If only our cars ran on something cheap and overly abundant. Like news coverage of Charlie Sheen.)


Veteran Canadian LB Glatt retires.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the leagues' official website,


Giddy up!


Staff from TV show Food Network UK spent the weekend cooking, flipping and stacking a whopping 725 pancakes into a tower to celebrate Shrove Tuesday and set a world record.


Today in Elvis History:

1957 - Elvis Presley's "Mystery Train" hit #25 and "Rip It Up" hit #27 in the U.K.

1960 - The movie "Jailhouse Rock" was re-released in honor of Elvis Presley's return from service in the U.S. Army.

1963 - Elvis Presley's ballad "They Remind Me Too Much Of You" hit #53 in the U.S.

1964 - Elvis Presley began filming on "Roustabout."

1975 - Elvis Presley began his final recording session at RCA's Hollywood studios.


As if our lives didn't already revolve way far too much around Facebook, now we can enjoy date night with it, too. Warner Bros. will soon start offering movies through the social networking site.


Today in Beatles History:

1962 - The Beatles performed for the first time on the BBC in Great Britain. The show was "Teenager's Turn".

1963 - The Beatles began a 21-date tour of the U.K. supporting Tommy Roe and Chris Montez.


The FBI has begun using a new computer system that takes just seven minutes to search a database of 70 million sets of fingerprints for a possible match.


Today in Sports History:

1859 - The National Association of Baseball Players adopted the rule that limited the size of bats to no more than 2-1/2 inches in diameter.

1929 - Eric Krenz became the first athlete to toss the discus over 160 feet.

1958 - George Yardley (Detroit Pistons) became the first NBA player to score 2,000 points in a season. He did it in 72 games.

1980 - Gordie Howe and his two sons skated on a line together for the Hartford Whalers. National Hockey League history was made when the event occurred about midway through a game against the Boston Bruins.

1984 - Tim Witherspoon won a 12-round decision over Greg Pane to claim the World Boxing Council heavyweight championship.


American Idol's back tonight. The Top 13 finalists perform for America's votes in this 2-hour edition.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

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'


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

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