Tuesday, December 20, 2011

It's Tuesday













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

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Today is December 20th, the 354th day of 2011. There are 11 days left in the year.

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Kings announce Darryl Sutter as next coach.

Knuble persevered to reach 1,000-game mark.

Visit the official league website, http://www.nhl.com.

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Today is the International Human Solidarity Day.

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Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled right wing JT Wyman (WIGH-muhn) and defenseman Evan Oberg from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Read all about it right here.

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Mudd Day is today. (Linky Link)

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University of Minnesota Duluth Unanimous No. 1 in
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll


USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2011-12 Men's College Hockey Poll - #12
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank
School
Last Week's Ranking
2011-12
Record
Weeks in Top 15
1University of Minnesota Duluth, 510 (34)
1
12-3-3
12
2University of Minnesota, 474
2
14-5-1
11
3Boston College, 426
4
12-6-0
12
4Ohio State University, 418
3
13-4-1
6
5Colorado College, 340
7
11-5-0
12
6University of Notre Dame, 332
6
11-6-3
12
7Merrimack College, 306
5
10-3-2
11
8Western Michigan University, 254
8
9-4-5
12
9Boston University, 216
9
10-5-1
9
10Union College, 214
12
9-3-5
12
11Colgate University, 168
10
11-4-2
6
12Ferris State University, 166
11
11-6-1
9
13Cornell University, 82
15
7-3-1
2
14Michigan State University, 72
14
10-6-2
3
15University of Denver, 54
13
8-7-3
12
Others receiving votesUMass Lowell, 34; Lake Superior State University, 8; United States Air Force Academy, 2; University of North Dakota, 2; Yale University, 2.
NOTES: The University of Minnesota Duluth is atop the polls for the third straight week ... The Central Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with five ranked teams, while the Western Collegiate Hockey Association has four ranked teams and Hockey East Association and ECAC Hockey have three ranked teams ... A total of 20 teams received votes.
ABOUT THE POLL: The 17th 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.

NHL Network U.S. To Continue As Exclusive Home of
IIHF World Junior Championships for the Next Seven Years

All Team USA Games Will Air Live, 15 Tournament Games Total in 2012


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- USA Hockey and the NHL Network U.S. have agreed to a long-term extension of their broadcast deal that will keep NHL Network as the exclusive home for the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in the United States through the 2018 event.

NHL Network will provide exclusive live broadcasts and NHL.com will provide live streams of all U.S. National Junior Team games at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship taking place Dec. 26 - Jan. 5 in Alberta, Canada. NHL Network will also televise all medal-round games and five additional preliminary-round match-ups, airing a total of 15 games in high definition.

"We're extremely pleased to extend our partnership with the NHL Network," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "They're passionate about televising the World Junior Championship and fans will notice continued enhancements in their coverage of Team USA and the tournament overall."

“The IIHF World Junior Championship is not only a preeminent international hockey tournament, it has become known as the place to view future NHL stars," said Bob Chesterman, NHL Network vice president of programming. “Viewers will see a high level of skill and talent and intense match-ups between rival countries. The World Junior Championship is an excellent complement to our NHL programming.”

All Team USA games will be NHL Network original broadcasts. "NHL On the Fly," NHL Network’s signature highlight show, and NHL Live will provide intermission coverage and nightly analysis of the tournament.

The U.S. National Junior Team is coming off back-to-back medals in the IIHF World Junior Championship for the first time ever, having earned a bronze medal in last year's event in Buffalo, N.Y., and a gold medal at the 2010 World Junior Championship in Saskatoon, Sask.

The tournament's popularity stems from its reputation as a showcase for the game's best up-and-coming young players from around the world. Many current American-born NHL stars have played in the tournament, including Patrick Kane, Jack Johnson, Zach Parise and Bobby Ryan, to name a few.

The U.S. National Junior Team will begin preliminary-round play against Denmark on Dec. 26 at 8 p.m. EST. A full Team USA and NHL Network television schedule is below.

BROADCAST TEAM

Matt Rosen, Dave Starman and Rob Simpson will make up the broadcast team for the NHL Network’s coverage of Team USA’s games.

Rosen, who will handle play-by-play duties, has called hockey and football for the Big Ten Network in addition to his extensive broadcast and hosting experience with the Phoenix Coyotes. Rosen has served as the host for all Coyotes Radio Broadcasts as well as the team's post-game call-in show, "Coyotes Wrap-Up," and the weekly magazine show "Coyotes Weekly."

Starman, who will serve as the analyst, will begin his fourth consecutive stint covering Team USA's games at the IIHF World Junior Championship for NHL Network. He is currently in his ninth season as lead analyst for CBS College Sports' coverage of NCAA hockey.

Simpson, who will serve as the rinkside reporter for the medal rounds, has regularly contributed to the popular NHL Live show on NHL Network, MSG Network in New York, SIRIUS XM Radio and NHL.com original broadband programming.

NOTES: For complete coverage of Team USA during the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship, click here ... The Team USA preliminary roster can be found here ... Team USA's pre-tournament training camp is underway in Camrose, Alta., and concludes Dec. 23. The camp includes three exhibition games against Russia (tonight at 9 p.m. EST), Switzerland and Slovakia ... The final U.S. National Junior Team roster is expected to be announced on Dec. 22 ... The U.S. National Junior Team blog will provide daily updates with game recaps, photos and multimedia content. The blog can be found here ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates throughout the tournament and use the hashtag #USAWJC to join the conversation.

2012 IIHF World Junior Championship
NHL Network (U.S.) Television Schedule

Date Matchup City *
Time (EST)

Dec. 26 Canada vs. Finland Edmonton, Alta. 3:30 p.m.
USA vs. Denmark Edmonton, Alta. 8 p.m.
Dec. 27 Denmark vs. Czech Republic Edmonton, Alta. 8 p.m.
Dec. 28 Finland vs. USA Edmonton, Alta. 3:30 p.m.
Czech Republic vs. Canada Edmonton, Alta. 8 p.m.
Dec. 29 Canada vs. Denmark Edmonton, Alta. 8 p.m.
Dec. 30 Czech Republic vs. USA Edmonton, Alta. 3:30 p.m.
Finland vs. Denmark Edmonton, Alta. 8 p.m.
Dec. 31 USA vs. Canada Edmonton, Alta. 8 p.m.
Jan. 2 Quarterfinal #1 Calgary, Alta. 5 p.m.
Quarterfinal #2 Calgary, Alta. 9 p.m.
Jan. 3 Semifinal #1 Calgary, Alta. 5 p.m.
Semifinal #2 Calgary, Alta. 9 p.m.
Jan. 5 Bronze-Medal Game Calgary, Alta. 3:30 p.m.
Gold-Medal Game Calgary, Alta. 8:00 p.m.
*All games played in Edmonton, Alta., will be played at Rextall Place, while all games in Calgary, Alta., will be held at the Saddledome.

2011 USA Hockey Women's Winter Camp
Set to Begin December 26 in Blaine, Minn.

WHAT:
The 2011 USA Hockey Women's Winter Camp, set to begin Monday (Dec. 26), will feature 41 players, including 16 members of the silver medal-winning 2010 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team and 21 members of the U.S. Women's National Team that captured the 2011 Four Nations Cup championship in Nykoping, Sweden, last month.

The six-day camp, which will take place at the National Sports Center's Schwan Super Rink, will serve as an evaluation camp and training session for the U.S. Women's National Team. During the camp, the players will be divided into two teams and will participate in daily practices, games, testing and off-ice training.

WHEN:
December 26-31, 2011

WHERE:
National Sports Center
1700 105th Ave NE
Blaine, MN 55449
(763) 785-5600

HOW:
Practices and games during the 2011 USA Hockey Women's Winter Camp are open to the public and do not require media credentials. Specific media requests can be made by contacting Courtney Welch (courtneyw@usahockey.org) or Barclay Kruse (bkruse@mnsports.org).

NOTES:
For more information on the Women's Winter Camp, click here.
2011 USA Hockey Women's Winter Training Camp Schedule
Dec. 26-31• Blaine, Minn. • Schwan Super Rink

Date Practice/Scrimmage Rink Time (CST)
Tues., Dec. 27 White Practice 6 3-4:15 p.m.
Blue Practice 6 4:30-5:45 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 28 Blue Practice 6 8-10 a.m.
White Practice 6 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Blue vs. White Game 6 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 29 White Practice 6 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Blue Practice 6 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Blue vs. White Game 6 6:15-8:15 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 30 White Practice 6 8:30-10 a.m.
Blue Practice 6 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 31 Blue vs. White Game 6 8:45-10:45 a.m.

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Speaking of hockey, I gave the blog this past weekend off, while I did internet play-by-play on FASTHockey.com at the Palm Beach Hawks Junior Showcase. 4 games on Friday, 7 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday. I was one busy guy, but it was a lot of fun. The people with the Hawks, especially Mike Bunting plus John and Wendy Ambrefe are great people and wonderful to work with. I hope I gewt the opportunity to do so again one day. The drive between my home and the rink allowed me to see parts of Florida I had never been to before, all while listening to my recently activated XM Radio. Great way to spend the weekend.

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Argos name Jason Maas new receivers coach.

Field Generals: An early look at QBs in 2012.

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

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The "Susan Constant," "Godspeed" and "Discovery" set sail from London on this date in 1606. Their landing at Jamestown, VA, was the start of the first permanent English settlement in America.

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

Week 15

Thursday, December 15th

At Atlanta 41, Jacksonville 14

Saturday, December 17th

Dallas 31 at Tampa Bay 15

Sunday, December 18th

Carolina 28 at Houston 13
Washington 23 at NY Giants 10
Miami 30 at Buffalo 23
Seattle 38 at Chicago 14
New Orleans 42 at Minnesota 20
Cincinnati 20 at St. Louis 13
At Indianapolis 27, Tennessee 13
At Kansas City 19, Kansas City 14
Detroit 28 at Oakland 17
New England 41 at Denver 23M
At Philadelphia 45. NY Jets 19
At Arizona 20, Cleveland 17
At San Diego 34, Baltimore 14

Monday, December 19th

At San Francisco 20, Pittsburgh 3

Week 16

All Times Eastern

Thursday, December 22nd

Houston at Indianapolis 8:20 PM

Saturday, December 24th

Oakland at Kansas City 1:00 PM
Jacksonville at Tennessee 1:00 PM
Miami at New England 1:00 PM
Arizona at Cincinnati 1:00 PM
Denver at Buffalo 1:00 PM
St. Louis at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM
NY Giants at NY Jets 1:00 PM
Minnesota at Washington 1:00 PM
Tampa Bay at Carolina 1:00 PM
Cleveland at Baltimore 1:00 PM
San Diego at Detroit 4:05 PM
Philadelphia at Dallas 4:15 PM
San Francisco at Seattle 4:15 PM

Sunday, December 25th

Chicago at Green Bay 8:20 PM

Monday, December 26th

Atlanta at New Orleans 8:30 PM

Week 17 (Final week of regular season)

All times Eastern

Sunday, January 1st

Carolina at New Orleans 1:00 PM
Buffalo at New England 1:00 PM
Chicago at Minnesota 1:00 PM
NY Jets at Miami 1:00 PM
San Francisco at St. Louis 1:00 PM
Detroit at Green Bay 1:00 PM
Tampa Bay at Atlanta 1:00 PM
Baltimore at Cincinnati 1:00 PM
Pittsburgh at Cleveland 1:00 PM
Dallas at NY Giants 1:00 PM
Washington at Philadelphia 1:00 PM
Indianapolis at Jacksonville 1:00 PM
Tennessee at Houston 1:00 PM
Seattle at Arizona 4:15 PM
Kansas City at Denver 4:15 PM
San Diego at Oakland 4:15 PM

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On this date in 1699, Peter the Great ordered that the Russian New Year be changed from September 1 to January 1.

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See, I made my bed all by myself!

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On this date in 1803, the United States Senate ratified a treaty that included the Louisiana Territories from France for $15 million. The transfer was completed with formal ceremonies in New Orleans.

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Today in Elvis History:

1955 - RCA re-released the Sun singles That's All Right"/"Blue Moon of Kentucky," "Good Rockin' Tonight"/"I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine," "Milkcow Blues Boogie"/"You're a Heartbreaker," and "Baby Let's Play House"/"I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone."

1957 - Elvis Presley picked up his draft notice in person.

1958 - Elvis Presley's "One Night" hit #4 in the U.S.

1979 - Elvis Presley's song "Santa Clause Is Back In Town" hit #41 in the U.K. The song was originally released in 1957.

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The state of Missouri enacted legislation on this date in 1820 to tax bachelors between the ages of 21-50 for being unmarried. The tax was $1 a year.

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Today in Beatles History:

1976 - Wings' "Wings Over America" was certified Platinum by the RIAA.

1980 - John Lennon's "(Just Like) Starting Over" hit #1 in the U.K.

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New York's Broadway became known as the "Great White Way" when it was lighted by electricity on this date in 1880.

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Today in Sports History:

1946 - Sugar Ray Robinson was crowned welterweight champion at Madison Square Garden.

1962 - A world indoor pole-vault record was set by Don Meyers when he cleared 16 feet, 11/4 inches.

1966 - The NBA granted a franchise to Seattle.

1973 - Henri Richard (Montreal Canadiens) scored his 1,000th point.

1983 - Guy Lafleur (Montreal Canadiens) became the 10th NHL player to score 500 goals.

1985 - Denis Potvin became the highest defenseman scorer when he got his 916th point.

1991 - The NHL granted permanent membership to the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Ottawa Senators.

1993 - It was announced that NBC would retain the rights to the National Football League's (NFL) AFC package.

1994 - Ivan Lendl retired after a 17-year tennis career.

1998 - Brett Favre (Green Bay Packers) became the first NFL player to throw at least 30 touchdown passes for five seasons.

2008 - The Dallas Cowboys played their final game in Texas Stadium before moving to their new stadium in Arlington, TX.

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Mail delivery by dog sled began in Lewiston, Maine on this date in 1928.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at San Jose Sharks 10:30pm EST

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Colorado Avalanche 9:00pm EST

Saturday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers 1:00pm EST

Sunday --

Nothin' Doin'

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

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