Thursday, October 6, 2011

It's Thursday

Terrific Thursday to you. Here's what's happening....


Today is October 6th, the 279th day of 2011. There are 86 days left in the year.


NHL opens its 95th season tonight with spotlight on Winnipeg return, B's Cup defense.

Catching you up on new faces in new places.


Denmark has become the first country to impose a fat tax. (Well, I guess we'd never have to worry about that with President Chris Christie.)


USA Hockey Launches Final Revolutionary Online Coaching Education Module
Age-Specific Modules Include On- and Off-Ice Lessons from Top Hockey Experts

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey has launched the final in a series of revolutionary online, age-specific coaching education modules that will further enhance the organization's already highly regarded Coaching Education Program. The modules address on-ice skill development and team concepts, as well as off-ice training and overall athlete wellness.

With the unveiling of the 16/18 & Under module yesterday, all age-specific modules - including 8 & Under, 10 & Under, 12 & Under and 14 & Under - are now available.

"We've had extremely positive feedback," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "We worked hard to build an information delivery model that is convenient for coaches and focuses on age-specific material in sync with the principles of the American Development Model. We're proud of our on-going commitment to education, which has long been a hallmark of our organization."

Each of the modules uses animation, video and whiteboard examples along with written text and tests to cover a wide array of age-appropriate hockey topics. Among the on-ice topics covered in each module are skill development, practice planning, goaltending and team concepts. Additionally, the modules address off-ice issues such as off-ice training, nutrition, sport psychology, sleep awareness and drug and alcohol awareness.

All modules are hosted by U.S. Olympian Ed Olczyk and include content from longtime NHL coaches Barry Smith and Mike Sullivan; American Development Model Regional Managers Roger Grillo and Bob Mancini; medical professionals Dr. Dan Freigang and Dr. Chris Winter; and women's hockey experts such as current and former U.S. Women's National Team head coaches Mark Johnson, Ben Smith and Katey Stone.

For more information, visit

U.S. National Sled Hockey Team to Hold Camp in Las Vegas This Weekend
Team to Practice, Host Workshops with Local Sled Hockey Players

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2011-12 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will hold a training camp this Thursday (Oct. 6) through Saturday (Oct. 8) at the Las Vegas Ice Center in Las Vegas.

Along with the squad's regular practice routine, Team USA will welcome local sled hockey players to take part in its practice on Thursday (Oct. 6). In addition, members of Team USA will conduct on-ice workshops for local players on Friday (Oct. 7) and Saturday (Oct. 8). A full schedule is below.

NOTES: The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will take part in its first tournament of the season Nov. 27-Dec. 2 in Calgary, Alta. ... The International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship will take place this spring in Hamar, Norway ... For the full U.S. National Sled Hockey Team roster, click here ... Jeff Sauer, longtime men's collegiate head coach at the University of Wisconsin and Colorado College, is serving as head coach of Team USA, while Guy Gosselin, regional manager of USA Hockey's American Development Model, is taking on the role of assistant coach.

U.S. National Sled Hockey Team Training Camp Schedule
Las Vegas Ice Center • Las Vegas

Date Event Time (PDT)
Oct. 6 Practice with Local Sled Teams 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 7 Practice 8:30 a.m.
Workshop Ice Session 4:30 p.m.
Practice 6:00 p.m.
Oct. 8 Practice 8:30 a.m.
Workshop Ice Session 4:00 p.m.
Practice 5:45 p.m.

USA Hockey Renews Supplier Contract with Renfrew Hockey Tape

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey announced today that it has renewed its supplier contract with Renfrew Hockey Tape.

A cornerstone of the Scapa consumer product portfolio, Renfrew Hockey Tape will continue to act as the official hockey tape supplier for USA Hockey as well as USA Hockey's National Team Development Program.

"We are delighted to continue our relationship with USA Hockey," said Michael Muchin, global industrial business unit manager for Scapa. "We are continually focused on maintaining the high standards of Renfrew Hockey Tape, and this partnership is testimony to the strength of the product line and of the brand within the ice hockey world."

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

About Renfrew™ / Scapa Group plc
For more than thirty years, Scapa's Renfrew™ Tape has become synonymous with tape for hockey players worldwide. We are the chosen tape for the majority of the professional hockey teams in North America, and Renfrew™ tape has been in the dressing rooms of every Stanley Cup champion team for over 20 consecutive years.

National Team Development Program Weekly Update

U18 Team Faces Collegiate Competition; U17 Team Earns Three of Four Points in Debut

U17 TEAM EARNS THREE OF FOUR POINTS: The U.S. National Under-17 Team earned three out of a possible four points in its regular season debut last weekend in United States Hockey League action. After a convincing, 10-3, victory over Youngstown on Friday (Sept. 30), the U17s comeback bid was stopped just short as they fell in a shootout to Chicago, 3-2, the following night (Oct. 1). This weekend Team USA faces the Indiana Ice on both Friday (Oct. 7) and Saturday (Oct. 8) at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. Puck drop is 7:00 p.m. ET both nights.

U18 TEAM TO FACE TOP-RANKED COLLEGIATE TEAMS: The U.S. National Under-18 Team will face two top-ranked collegiate teams this weekend after being clipped by No. 9 Michigan on Monday (Oct. 3) night. Team USA will face the University of Denver (Oct. 7) at Magness Arena at 9:37 p.m. ET and Colorado College (Oct. 8) at World Arena at 9:07 p.m. ET.

U18s FALL AT UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN: Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) notched the lone goal as the U.S. National Under-18 Team fell, 3-1, to the University of Michigan at Yost Arena on Monday (Oct. 3). The defeat came in Team USA's first matchup against a collegiate opponent this season. Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill.) made 33 saves for Team USA in the loss.

U17s DOWN YOUNGSTOWN: Connor Chatham (Belleville, Ill.) and Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) each recorded three points as the U.S. National Under-17 Team downed the Youngstown Phantoms, 10-3, at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube (Sept. 30). The victory marked the first game of the USHL regular season for the younger U.S. squad.

U17s TRIPPED UP BY CHICAGO IN SHOOTOUT: Curtis Frye (Northwood, N.H.) made 40 saves in goal, but the U.S. National Under-17 Team fell in a shootout to the Chicago Steel, 3-2, at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube (Oct. 1). Team USA earned one point in the standings and three of four from the weekend.

CLIFTON JOINS UNDER-17 TEAM: Defenseman Connor Clifton (Matawan, N.J.) has been added to the U.S. National Under-17 Team roster and will join the team immediately. Clifton comes to Team USA after spending last season with the New Jersey Hitmen of the Empire Junior Hockey League. He also skated for Team USA in the 2011 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament held in Ann Arbor in August. Clifton scored one goal in four games as the U.S. claimed the tournament title.

UNDER-18 TEAM NEWS/NOTES: Defenseman Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.) recently announced his intention to attend the University of Michigan next season. He joins fellow blueliner and teammate Connor Carrick (Orland Park, Ill.) as future Wolverines. A total of 15 U.S. National Under-18 Team players have verbally committed to Division I schools ... Team USA is beginning a stretch in which they will face five straight collegiate opponents. The U18s will not compete within the USHL until Oct. 21 when the Dubuque Fighting Saints visit the Ann Arbor Ice Cube ... The U.S. power play is clicking at a 21 percent success rate ... Team USA is 24-27 in killing penalties ... The Under-18 Team holds a 164-115 advantage in shots taken per game ... When the U.S. takes on the University of Denver on Friday, the Shore family will have a cheering section on both sides of the puck. Quentin Shore (Denver, Colo.), a forward for Team USA, will square off against brothers Drew (Denver, Colo./2007-09) and Nick (Denver, Colo./2008-10). The brothers form the first ever trio to play for the National Team Development Program.

UNDER-17 TEAM NEWS/NOTES: Forward J.T. Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) was recognized as Offensive Player of the Week in the USHL. Compher notched three goals in two games and finished the weekend with a plus-3 rating. In his first regular season tilt, Compher scored two goals against the Phantoms and followed that performance with another goal in a shootout loss to Chicago Saturday ... Tyler Motte leads the league in points with four (1-3) in two games ... Connor Chatham is a team best plus-6 ... Every skater on the U.S. National Under-17 Team roster, minus newcomer Connor Clifton, has notched at least one point to date this season ... Thanks in part to a 5-13 power play effort on Sept. 30 against Youngstown, the Under-17 Team holds a 25 percent success rate with the man advantage through five games ... Team USA is 24-30 in killing penalties ... The U.S. is averaging 37.60 shots per game and holding opponents to 28.60.

For the complete weekly update, click here.

ABOUT THE NTDP: In 1996, USA Hockey launched a revolutionary new initiative called the National Team Development Program, based in Ann Arbor, Mich. Celebrating its 15th season of play in 2011-12, the goal of this full-time development program is to prepare student-athletes under the age of 18 for participation on U.S. National Teams and success in their future hockey careers. Its efforts focus not only on high-caliber participation on the ice, but creating well-rounded individuals off the ice.


Apparently, Halloween is more than just a holiday -- it's an economic stimulus package. Americans plan to spend a whopping $6.9 billion on costumes, decorations, and entertainment related to October 31 -- more than double 2005's number.


Touchdown for Dreams.

Freeman named CFL defensive player of the month.

Visit the team's official website at


In a survey by the Atkins Diet people we learn 54% think about food more than sex, and 1 in 10 would feel worse cheating on a diet than on a partner.


Arthur slowly coming into his own.

Clawing back: First place in sight for Lions.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the leagues' official website,


NOW OUT ON DVD - Fast Five (Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel) ... The Heart Specialist (Zoe Saldana) ... Scream 4 (Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette) ... African Cats ... Friday Night Lights: The Complete Series ... The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season ... According to Jim: The Complete Fifth Season ... Boy Meets World: The Complete Seventh and Final Season


OSU women's golf: Beavers post second top-5 finish of fall season.

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National Physicians Assistant Week starts today.


The 2011 NFL season is underway. Here's the week four results:

Week 4

Sunday, October 2nd
Detroit 34 at Dallas 30
At Chicago 34, Carolina 29
At Cincinnati 23, Buffalo 20
Tennessee 31 at Cleveland 13
At Kansas City 22, Minnesota 17
Washington 17 at St. Louis 10
New Orleans 23 at Jacksonville 10
At Houston 17, Pittsburgh 10
San Francisco 24 at Philadelphia 23
NY Giants 31 at Arizona 27
Atlanta 30 at Seattle 28
At San Diego 26, Miami 16
New England 31 at Oakland 19
At Green Bay 49, Denver 23
At Baltimore 34, NY Jets 17

Monday, October 3rd
At Tampa Bay 24, Indianapolis 17

Week 5
Sunday, October 9th (All times Eastern)
Tennessee at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM
Seattle at NY Giants 1:00 PM
Cincinnati at Jacksonville 1:00 PM
New Orleans at Carolina 1:00 PM
Oakland at Houston 1:00 PM
Philadelphia at Buffalo 1:00 PM
Kansas City at Indianapolis 1:00 PM
Arizona at Minnesota 1:00 PM
Tampa Bay at San Francisco 4:05 PM
NY Jets at New England 4:15 PM
San Diego at Denver 4:15 PM
Green Bay at Atlanta 8:20 PM

Monday, October 10th
Chicago at Detroit 8:30 PM


Ecological Debt Day is today.


Showing Rider Pride at the Sponge Docks. Elmo Pride too.


Jackie Mayer Rehab Day is today.


American League ALDS (Best of Five -- All times Eastern)

Tampa Bay 9, Texas 0
Texas 8, Tampa Bay 6
Texas 4 at Tampa Bay 3
Texas 4 at Tampa Bay 3
(Texas wins series 3-1)

New York 9, Detroit 3
Detroit 5 New York 3
Detroit 5, New York 4
New York 10 at Detroit 1 (Series tied 2-2)
Next: Detroit at New York Thursday, October 6th 8:37pm****

National League NLDS (Best of Five -- All times Eastern)

Philadelphia 11, St. Louis 6
St. Louis 5 at Philadelphia 4
Philadelphia 3 at St. Louis 2
At St. Louis 5, Philadelphia 3 (Series tied 2-2)
St. Louis at Philadelphia Friday, October 7th 5:07pm****

Milwaukee 4, Arizona 1
Milwaukee 8, Arizona 4
At Arizona 8, Milwaukee 4 )
Arizona 10, Milwaukee 6 (Series tied 2-2)
Next: Arizona at Milwaukee Friday, October 7th 8:37pm****

****if necessary


My wife Kim and I had fun on our weekend getaway.


Today in Elvis History:

1974 - Elvis Presley gave a matinee and an evening concert in Dayton, OH. Parts of the matinee show were released on the album "A Profile - The King On Stage Vol. 2" and the evening show was used on "Breathing Out Fire."


Mad Hatter Day is today. (Linky Link)


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - The Beatles recorded 13 takes of "Eight Days a Week."

1968 - On "The Smothers Brothers Show" a promotional clip for the Beatles' "Hey Jude" was shown.

1969 - For the first time in Beatles history a George Harrison song got the A side of a 45, "Something"/"Come Together."


Balloons Around The World Day is today. (Linky Link)


Today in Sports History:

1880 - The National League kicked the Cincinnati Reds out for selling beer.

1983 - Mike Bossy (New York Islanders) got his 25th career hat trick.

1985 - Joe Montana (San Francisco 49ers) set an NFL record with 57 pass attempts. He threw for five touchdowns and 429 yards.

1995 - The Colorado Avalanche (formerly the Quebec Nordiques) won their first NHL game when they beat the Detroit Red Wings.

2003 - The Indianapolis Colts became the first team in NFL history to win after trailing by 21 or more points with less than four minutes to play in regulation. The game went to an extra period where the Colts defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-35.


On this date in 1536, Anglican priest William Tyndale was captured at Antwerp where he was strangled and burnt. He is credited with making the first English translation of the Bible.


Coming up:


Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Hampton Roads Whalers 3:20pm

EJHL South -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Hampton Roads Whalers 5:50pm

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00pm EDT (Regular season opener)

Saturday --

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs Arizona Wildcats 3:30pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway 3:30pm EDT

EJHL South Showcase -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Empire South Showcase vs Florida Eels 5:30pm EDT

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Empire South Showcase vs Florida Eels 6:45pm EDT

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

Sunday --

EJHL South Showcase -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Empire South Showcase vs East Coast Eagles 7:00am EDT

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Empire South Showcase vs East Coast Eagles. 7:15am EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway 2:00pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Rays at San Francisco 49ers 4:05pm EDT


That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you'll do so again tomorrow. Thanks again!

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