Friday, July 15, 2011

It's Saturday











Howdy y'all. It's Saturday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is July 16th, the 197th day of 2011. There are 168 days left in the year.

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Kane to undergo surgery after injuring left wrist.

Taste of NHL leaves Niederreiter wanting more.

2011 Free Agent list.

Trades completed since 2011 Entry Draft.

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Today is National Hot Dog Day. And, believe it or not, tonight is National Hot Dog Night.

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Jeff Sauer Named Head Coach
of the 2011-12 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team

Mike MacMillan to Serve as Head Coach
of the 2011-12 U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Jeff Sauer (Madison, Wis.) will serve as the head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, while Mike MacMillan (Buffalo, Minn.) will take on the role of head coach of the U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey Team for the 2011-12 season, it was announced today by USA Hockey.

"It's terrific to have Jeff and Mike involved with our sled hockey program," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "Both have a vast amount of experience and will be terrific mentors to our players and great ambassadors for the sport and our country."

Sauer has coached a wide array of U.S. teams throughout his career. He was the head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team at the 1995 International Ice Hockey Federation World Men's Championship in Stockholm, Sweden, and at the 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle, Wash., along with serving as head coach for the U.S. Men's Select Team at the 1989 Pravda Cup in Leningrad, Soviet Union, and at the 1997 Tampere Cup in Tampere, Finland.

In addition, Sauer has helped select the last five U.S. Deaflympic Ice Hockey Teams, while leading the team as head coach in the last three Winter Deaflymipcs. Most recently, he guided the U.S. Deaflympic squad to a gold-medal finish at the 2007 Winter Deaflympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sauer also is currently a member of USA Hockey's International Council and Disabled Hockey Committee, and is president of the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association.

Sauer’s illustrious 31-year NCAA Division I college coaching career featured 655 wins (seventh all-time) and two national championships, both of which came during his tenure with the University of Wisconsin (1983, 1990).

Sauer led Wisconsin to three NCAA Men's Frozen Four appearances, 12 NCAA tournament berths, six Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoff titles and two WCHA regular-season crowns in 20 seasons as head coach (1982-2002). He also spent 11 years (1971-82) as head coach of the men's ice hockey team at his alma mater, Colorado College, where he was twice named WCHA Coach of the Year (1972, 1975).

In 2000, Sauer was recognized with USA Hockey's Distinguished Achievement Award. Sauer was also named to the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004 and received the John ‘Snooks’ Kelly Founders Award from the American Hockey Coaches Association for his contributions to the overall growth and development of the sport of ice hockey in the United States.

"It's always a great honor to be selected to coach a national team," said Sauer, who currently serves as the assistant to the commissioner of the WCHA. "I'm very excited to have the opportunity to work with USA Hockey and I'm looking forward to getting on the ice and working with all the players."

Meanwhile, Mike MacMillan will begin his first season as head coach of the U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey Team. In his current position as National Coach-in-Chief and Coaching Section Director for USA Hockey, MacMillan has traveled across the country to speak at coaching symposiums and has been on countless committees to advance the game and further educate coaches.

“I'm really excited about the opportunity and very honored to be asked by USA Hockey to be put in this position," MacMillan said. "I look forward to working with the athletes involved and putting together a coaching staff that has as much passion and pride to represent USA Hockey as I do."

MacMillan is the head boys' ice hockey coach at Buffalo (Minn.) High School, a position he's held for 16 years (1996-2011), and has received the Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association Section Coach of the Year in 2002 and the Dave Peterson Award in 2001, which is given annually to a high school coach who has shown great leadership in developing youth hockey either locally or statewide. MacMillan is also the Minnesota Hockey High Performance Player Development Director.


2011 USA Hockey Sled Hockey
Player Development Camp to Begin Saturday

2011-12 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team,
U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey Team to Be Selected

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey will host the 2011 Sled Hockey Player Development Camp at The Sports Centre at MCC in Rochester, N.Y., July 16-21, 2011.

Fifty-six male and female sled hockey players ages 12-32 will take part in the five-day camp, which will include daily practices and games. The purpose of the camp is to identify, train and educate the top sled hockey athletes in the United States.

The U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey Team, which will compete in various national and international events during the 2011-12 season, will be selected from players at this camp.

Meanwhile, the 2011-12 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team tryouts will take place immediately following the USA Hockey Sled Hockey Player Development Camp, July 22-24 in Rochester, N.Y. The tryouts are open to all disabled sled players 15 years of age or older.

NOTES: Jeff Sauer and Gregg Maranari will serve as the head coaches of USA Hockey's Sled Hockey Player Development Camp while David Hoff and Ron Robichaud will serve as assistant coaches ... Adding to the camp’s staff will be Mike Blabac (Hamburg, N.Y.), Lonnie Hannah (Boerne, Texas), Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.), Kip St. Germaine (East Falmouth, Mass.), Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.), and Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.), all of whom are former U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team members ... Athletes for the camp are chosen by the Player Development Committee from recommendations of sled hockey coaches nationwide.

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Today is Cow Appreciation Day. (That's just MOO-velous, isn't it?

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders look to break into the win column for the first time this season, when they play the Hamilton TigerCats this afternoon at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario. You can follow all the action with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri on 620 CKRM and the Rider Radio Network. Listen link is on the right side of this blog. TV is on TSN in Canada and in the States on the NFL Network and ESPN3.com. Kickoff is set for 4:00pm EDT.

The view from Regina:

Riders, Ticats searching for wins.

The view from Hamilton:

3 things to watch.

Visit the team's official website at http://www.riderville.com/.

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This is Toss Away the "Could Haves" and "Should Haves" Day.

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In the books: Calvillo tosses TD 395 in Als win.

Pierce has bruised thigh after loss to Stamps.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

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

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Jimmy likes his rocking chair too.

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This is Woodie Wagon Day. The “woodie wagon,” made famous in the 1940s and ’50s, romanticized the American outing. From Route 66 to the surfer lifestyle, the woodie wagon was there. This national day will be celebrated in individual cities and towns across the US and will pay homage to this great American symbol of freedom and the casual lifestyle. Annually, the third Saturday in July. For info: Historic Preservations, Inc, PO Box 49241, Denver, CO 80249. Phone: (303) 949-5964. Fax: (720) 379-8271. E-mail: gregoryaraymer@yahoo.com.

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ST PETERSBURG -- Tampa Bay successfully kicked off the second half with a 9-6 win over first-place Boston, and the victory could not have come at a better time.
After ending the first half by losing two out of three to the Yankees in New York, the Rays found themselves six games out of first place and entering make-it-or-break-it territory in the American League East. A win wasn't mandatory Friday night, but did it feel good.
Read the rest here.


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David G. Farragut became the first rear admiral in the U.S. Navy on this date in 1862.

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SAN DIEGO -- Accustomed to minimal run support, Tim Lincecum received plenty of help Friday night from Andres Torres as the Giants outclassed the San Diego Padres, 6-1.
Despite throwing three wild pitches, Lincecum (8-7) remained mostly in control. A 27-pitch first inning, which ended with a pair of stranded baserunners, prematurely inflated his pitch count and hastened his departure. The right-hander still struck out seven in six innings while yielding three hits and San Diego's lone run.
Read the rest here.
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Today in Elvis History:
1955 - Elvis Presley's "Baby Let's Play House" entered the Cash Box Country and Western chart at #15. It was Presley's first debut on the national charts.

1956 - Elvis Presley showed his parents New Orleans, Louisianna.

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On this date in 1912, Bradley A. Fiske patented the airplane torpedo

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Today in Beatles History:

1963Recording for the BBC's "Pop Goes The Beatles" took place at the Paris Studios in London.

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Czar Nicholas II and his family were executed by Bolsheviks at Ekaterinburg, Russia on this date in 1918.

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Today in Sports History:

1950 - The largest crowd in sporting history of 199,854 watched Uraguay defeat Brazil in the World Cup soccer finals in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

1964 - Little League Baseball Incorporated was granted a Federal Charter unanimously by the United States Senate and House of Representatives.

1970 - The Pittsburgh Pirates played their first game at Three Rivers Stadium.

1985 - The All-Star Game, televised on NBC-TV, was the first program broadcast in stereo by a TV network.

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Coming Up: 
Tonight --
Nascar Nationwide Series -- New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway 3:30pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Hamilton Tigercats 4:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 8:35pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 8:05pm EDT

Monday:

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday:

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday:

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 3:45pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 7:10pm EDT

Thursday:

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 7:10pm EDT

Friday:

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 10:15pm EDT

Saturday:

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 9:05pm EDT

Sunday:

Izod Indy Car Series -- Edmonton Indy at Edmonton City Centre Airport 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 2:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 4:05pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Montreal Alouettes 7:00pm EDT

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