Thursday, November 17, 2011

It's Thursday

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


Today is November 17th, the 321st day of 2011. There are 44 days left in the year.


Crosby traveling with Pens, out Thursday.

Islanders unveil new third jerseys. (Video).

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Today's Birthdays: Director Martin Scorsese (The Departed, Shutter Island, Taxi Driver) is 69; Actress Lauren Hutton is 68; Actor-director Danny DeVito is 67; Actress-model Daisy Fuentes is 45; Actress Rachel McAdams (Morning Glory, Sherlock Holmes, The Time Traveler's Wife) is 33.


Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight.

Read all about it here.


Today is World Prematurity Day.(Linky Link)


National Team Development Program Weekly Update

Under-18 Team Claims Fourth Straight Four Nations Title, Returns to USHL;
Under-17 Team Successful in First International Trip, Faces Waterloo Next Tuesday

U17 TEAM FACES WATERLOO NEXT TUESDAY: The U.S. National Under-17 Team takes a well deserved break after successfully defending the Under-17 Four Nations Tournament title overseas. Team USA next faces the Waterloo Black Hawks next Tuesday (Nov. 22) as it returns to United States Hockey League action. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET at the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Ice Cube.

U18 TEAM RETURNS TO USHL ACTION: The U.S. National Under-18 Team jumps right back into USHL action this weekend following its 2011 Under-18 Four Nations Tournament title win. The Green Bay Gamblers and Tri-City Storm visit the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Ice Cube on Friday (Nov. 18) and Saturday (Nov. 19), respectively. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. ET both nights.

U18 TEAM CLAIMS FOUR NATIONS TITLE: The U.S. National Under-18 Team claimed the 2011 Under-18 Four Nations Tournament title on Sunday (Nov. 13) in Monthey, Switzerland after posting a perfect 3-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record in round-robin play. The Under-18 Team also posted a 6-0 win on Nov. 9 over Switzerland in exhibition play. The U.S. has captured the tournament title the past four years in a row (2008-11).

U17 TEAM SUCCESSFUL IN FIRST INTERNATIONAL TRIP: The U.S. National Under-17 Team came home successful after its first international trip of the season. Team USA captured the 2011 Under-17 Four Nations Tournament title in Balashikha, Russia, by posting a perfect 4-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) mark, including a 3-0-0-0 record in round-robin play. The Under-17 Team also posted a 6-2 win over Russia in an exhibition contest (Nov. 9).

HITTING THE BOOKS: First quarter grades were recently released and both teams fared very well. The Under-18 Team had a 3.44 team GPA, while the Under-17 Team came in with a 3.50 GPA. Four players received a 4.00, 23 players were at 3.50 or higher and 37 players came in with a 3.00 or higher. Members of the National Team Development Program attend Ann Arbor Pioneer High School.

THE USHL AND FASTHOCKEY: Catch all of Team USA's USHL action on, the premier online destination for ice hockey fanatics from around the world.

UNDER-18 TEAM NEWS/NOTES: The U.S. outscored its opposition 18-5 in four games at the 2011 Under-18 Four Nations Tournament ... Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) tallied five goals in three games to lead all skaters in scoring. Kerdiles also registered an assist in a Nov. 9 exhibition game against Switzerland. His six points (5-1) in four games led all Team USA players ... Connor Carrick (Orland Park, Ill.) had three points (1-2), a tournament best amongst defensemen ... Forward Riley Barber (Livonia, Mich.) led all skaters with a plus-minus rating of plus-five in three games ... The goaltending duo of Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill.) and Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn.) were among the best in the tournament. Rutledge had a 2.00 goals-against-average and a 93.0 save percentage in the two games he started. Olson sported a 1.00 goals-against-average and a 96.0 save percentage in the one game he started ... The U.S. has captured the tournament title the past four years in a row (2008-11).

UNDER-17 TEAM NEWS/NOTES: The U.S. outscored its opponents 25-7 in four games at the 2011 Under-17 Four Nations Tournament ... Hunter Miska (North Branch, Minn.) stopped 44 of 45 shots and was named the tournament's best goaltender. Miska recorded two shutouts, including a 17 save performance in the title game against Russia (Nov. 13) ... Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) was named the tournament's best forward after tallying four goals in three games for Team USA ... J.T. Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) led all skaters in the tournament in points, scoring three goals and adding two assists in three games played. Compher also collected an assist in an exhibition game victory over Russia (Nov. 9) ... Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) put up six points (4-2) in Russia, which includes a three point (2-1) showing in the exhibition tilt with the host country on Nov. 11 ... Will Butcher (Sun Prairie, Wis.) led all defenseman with four points (2-2) in three tournament games.

NTDP ALUMNI UPDATE: Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel (Madison, Wis./2003-05) continues to lead the National Hockey League in both goals scored (13) and points accumulated (25) ... Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (Ogdensburg, N.Y./2001-02) is tied for a league-best three shutouts so far this season. His most recent shutout was on Nov. 11 against Edmonton ... Vancouver Canucks forward David Booth (Washington, Mich./2001-02) tallied a goal and earned an assist in a 4-1 win over the New York Islanders on Nov. 13 ... The Chicago Blackhawks are enjoying a three-game win streak, thanks in part to forward Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y./2004-06). Kane had two goals and two assists over the weekend ... Defensemen Matt Greene (Grand Ledge, Mich./2000-01) scored for Los Angeles in a Nov. 12 matchup against Minnesota. The Kings defeated the Wild, 5-2 ... St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (New Rochelle, N.Y./2005-07) scored his second goal of the season versus Tampa Bay on Nov. 12, contributing to a 3-0 shutout over the Lightning ... Patrick O'Sullivan (Sterling Heights, Mich./2000-01) notched a shootout goal as Phoenix upended Toronto, 3-2, on Tuesday (Nov. 15).

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.

Steve Levy to Serve as Master of Ceremonies
for U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Dec. 12

Chelios, Emrick, Snider, Suter and Tkachuk to Be Formally Inducted in Chicago; Tickets Available

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Longtime hockey broadcaster and ESPN anchor Steve Levy will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the 39th annual U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner, USA Hockey announced today.

Levy will help officially recognize the Class of 2011, which includes Chris Chelios, Mike "Doc" Emrick, Ed Snider, Gary Suter and Keith Tkachuk.

An anchor on ESPN's SportsCenter since 1993, Levy provided play-by-play for the station's coverage of the NHL from 1995-2005 and its broadcasts of the NCAA Division I Men's Frozen Four semifinals and finals in 1998 and 1999. His hockey broadcasting background also includes having produced and and hosted a nationally syndicated show on NHL Radio Network (1988-89) and calling college hockey games for his alma mater, State University of New York at Oswego.

The 39th annual U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner will take place Dec. 12 in Chicago at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. The event will begin at 7 p.m. (CST), with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. To order tickets, download the ticket order form here or call Sara Luther at (719) 538-1162. Sponsorship opportunities and additional event information can be found at

NOTES: The 2011 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner marks the first time the event will be staged in Chicago. Since USA Hockey assumed responsibility for the event in 2007, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner has been held in Grand Forks, N.D. (2007), Denver (2008), Boston (2009) and Buffalo (2010) ... The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame elected its first class in 1973. To date, there are 148 enshrined members in the Hall. For information on the members of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, visit the Hall's official web site at … U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductees are chosen on the basis of extraordinary contribution to the sport of hockey in the United States ... The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum, located in Eveleth, Minn., is open daily. For hours of operation, visit or call 800-443-7825.


A new poll shows consumption of alcohol hit a 25-year high in 2010, when 67% of Americans reported drinking alcoholic beverages. The economy may be a factor in the increase, says Jon Taffer, a bar consultant for almost 30 years. The bad economy doesn't drive people to drink, but it gives them more time to do it.

************************************************ Online Water Cooler: Semi-Finals Edition.

Star Power: Your 2011 CFL All-Stars.

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Today is Guinness World Records Day. (Linky Link)


Beavers men's hoops beats Hofstra 82-72.

Football coach Mike Riley previews the Washington game.

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Today is Homemade Bread Day.


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

Week 10

Thursday, November 10th

Oakland 24 at San Diego 17

Sunday, November 13th

Arizona 21 at Philadelphia 19
Tennessee 30 at Carolina 3
Houston 37 at Tampa Bay 9
At Miami 20, Washington 9
Jacksonville 17 at Indianapolis 3
Denver 17 at Kansas City 10
At Dallas 44, Buffalo 7
New Orleans 26 at Atlanta 23 (OT)
St. Louis 13 at Cleveland 12
Pittsburgh 24 at Cincinnati 17
At Seattle 22, Baltimore 17
At San Francisco 27, NY Giants 20
At Chicago 37, Detroit 13
New England 37 at NY Jets 16

Monday, November 14th

At Green Bay 45, Minnesota 7

Week 11

Thursday, November 17th

Alltimes Eastern
NY Jets at Denver 8:20 PM

Sunday, November 20th

Tampa Bay at Green Bay 1:00 PM
Carolina at Detroit 1:00 PM
Jacksonville at Cleveland 1:00 PM
Oakland at Minnesota 1:00 PM
Buffalo at Miami 1:00 PM
Dallas at Washington 1:00 PM
Cincinnati at Baltimore 1:00 PM
Arizona at San Francisco 4:05 PM
Seattle at St. Louis 4:05 PM
Tennessee at Atlanta 4:15 PM
San Diego at Chicago 4:15 PM
Philadelphia at NY Giants 8:20 PM

Monday, November 21st

Kansas City at New England 8:30 PM

·Bye: Indianapolis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Houston


The Occupy Wall Street protesters had to move camp. (They decided they may as well move their tents to the front of Walmart, get a jump start on Black Friday.)


Hi Auntie Dee Dee!


A British woman was forced to call 911 (999) from her mobile phone after falling 20 feet into a sewer because metal thieves had stolen a drain cover. Firefighters hauled her back to the surface and treated her for cuts and bruises.


Today in Elvis History:

1952 - Elvis Presley and his family were evicted from the Memphis Housing Authority property called Lauderdale Courts. They were evicted for making too much money. They had moved into the apartment on September 20, 1949.

1956 - Elvis Presley's single "Love Me Tender" hit #1 in the U.S.

1956 - Elvis Presley's single "Blue Moon" hit #9 in the U.K.

1962 - Elvis Presley's single "Return To Sender" hit #2 in the U.S.


Today is the Great American Smokeout.


Today in Beatles History:

1967 - Beatles and Co. was renamed Apple Music Limited.

1980 - John Lennon's album "Double Fantasy" was released.

2009 - The album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was released as a download for "The Beatles Rock Band."


Ricky Gervais has been confirmed as the host of the 2012 Golden Globes by bosses at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The funnyman will host his third Globes in January, despite initially dismissing the possibility of returning following the drama surrounding this year's ceremony.


Today in Sports History:

1926 - The Chicago Black Hawks played their first game in the NHL.

1940 - The Green Bay Packers became the first NFL team to travel by plane.

1968 - NBC cut away from the final minutes of a New York Jets-Oakland Raiders game to begin a TV special, "Heidi," on schedule. The Raiders came from behind to beat the Jets 43-32.

1982 - The NFL reduced its 16-game season to nine as a result of a 57-day players' strike.

1991 - Mike Utley (Detroit Lions) suffered a spinal injury in a game against Los Angeles that left him paralyzed from the chest down.

1997 - Mario Lemieux was voted into the NHL Hall of Fame.

2003 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) became the first major league baseball player to receive six National League MVP awards.


Time to clean out your Facebook page. Today is National Unfriend Day. (Linky Link)


Coming up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Pittsburgh Penguins 7:30pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 3:30pm EST

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs Washington Huskies 3:30pm EST

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway 4:00pm EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 6:15pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New Jersey Devils 7:00pm EST

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers 1:00pm EST

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway 4:00pm EST


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

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