Saturday, February 11, 2012

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Today is February 11th, the 42nd day of 2012. There are 324 days left in the year. (This is a leap year.)


Hunter finds new challenge in returning to coach Caps.

Lightning's Dominic Moore fined $2,500.

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Today is Be Electrific Day. It is also Pro-Sports Wives Day, National Shut-in Visitation Day, Satisfied Staying Single Day and White Shirt Day.


Buffalo, NY. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are on the road again tonight, this time against the Buffalo Sabres.

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The Pennsylvania Hospital opened on this date in 1752 as the very first hospital in America.


Payne Named Manager of Development for USA Hockey Foundation

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Brenna Payne has been named manager of development for the USA Hockey Foundation it was announced today. She will begin her duties in mid-March.

Payne will work with donor relations as well as plan and implement annual fundraising appeals and events.

She is currently the director of annual giving at Fountain Valley School (Colorado Springs, Colo.), where she has coordinated the fundraising efforts for the school. A graduate of Drexel University, Payne is a 15-year veteran of the USA Luge Team and is the current luge athlete representative on the U.S. Olympic Committee's Athlete Advisory Council.

The USA Hockey Foundation is a charitable and educational nonprofit organization that provides long-range financial support for USA Hockey and promotes the growth of hockey in the United States. The Foundation's primary goals are to enhance USA Hockey's mission and activities; to provide funding for education and training for high performance athletes; and to provide opportunities for greater participation throughout the country. For more information, click here.

Bob Allen, Walter Bush To Receive American Hockey Coaches Association Awards

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Walter Bush and the late Bob Allen will be honored by the American Hockey Coaches Association with two of the organization's major awards during the ACHA Convention in Naples, Fla., April 26-29.

Bush will receive the Women's Ice Hockey Founders Award for his contributions to the overall growth and development of the sport of women's ice hockey in the United States, while Allen will be honored posthumously with the Joe Burke Award, presented annually to the person who has given outstanding contribution, support and dedication to women's ice hockey.

Bush, currently the chairman of the board for USA Hockey, has served as a member of USA Hockey's Board of Directors since 1959 and was president of the organization from 1986-2003. He was also a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation Council for 23 years (1985-2008) and was the chairman of the IIHF Women's Ice Hockey Committee, where he was instrumental in organizing the first IIHF Women's World Championship and in getting women's ice hockey added to the Olympic program. An inductee into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000, Bush was the first president of the National Hockey League's Minnesota North Stars from 1967-76.

Allen served as secretary and vice president of USA Hockey for more than 40 years and was honored as Director Emeritus when he retired in 2005. As a member of the USA Hockey Board of Directors, Allen was a staunch supporter of women's ice hockey and played a vital role in the sport's continued growth throughout his career. He served as chairman of the U.S. team that won the gold medal at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, the first year women's ice hockey was part of the Olympic program. Allen passed away in March 2007.

U.S. National Under-18 Team Falls to Sweden, 4-2,
in 2012 Five Nations Tournament

Barber and Carrick Score One Goal Each in Team USA Loss

PANELIA, Finland - Riley Barber (Livonia, Mich.) and Connor Carrick (Orland Park, Ill.) netted one goal each, but the U.S. National Under-18 Team fell to Sweden, 4-2, in 2012 Five Nations Tournament play here this evening at Panelia Arena. With the loss, Team USA drops to 1-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L).

"We had some great chances and just could not finish," said Danton Cole, head coach of the U.S. National Under-18 Team. "We must learn from this game, move on and come out strong in our next two contests of the tournament."

Two power-play tallies by Sweden put the U.S. down 2-0 at the end of the opening frame. Team USA outshot its opponent 12-11, but could not solve Swedish goaltender Oscar Dansk.

Both teams skated to a scoreless middle frame before netting two goals apiece in the third period. Sweden tallied a goal at 2:18 to take a 3-0 lead before Barber put the U.S. on the board at 7:39. Sweden regained the three-goal advantage at 11:06. Carrick brought Team USA back to within two scores when he found the back of the net at 19:23, but the U.S. ran out of time and fell to Sweden, 4-2.

Rutledge made 24 saves in the loss for Team USA, while Dansk turned aside 31 shots in the victory for Sweden.

The U.S. National Under-18 Team continues tournament play against Finland on Saturday (Feb. 11) at 10:30 a.m. EST. The game will be held at Pori Arena. A complete Team USA schedule is below.

NOTES: Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.) was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Team USA outshot Sweden, 33-28 ... The U.S. finished 0-for-4 on the power play, while Sweden went 2-for-6 with the man advantage ... For Team USA's full roster, click here ... The 2012 Five Nations Tournament features teams from the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United States ... The U.S. has claimed the tournament title the last four years (2008-11) ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #5NATIONS ... For additional coverage, visit USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Facebook page ... The U.S. National Under-17 Team is also competing internationally this week at the 2012 Vlad Dzurilla Under-18 Tournament in Piestany, Slovakia ... The U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams train with The Hockey IntelliGym, a revolutionary new software program released on October 1, 2010 that trains hockey sense. To learn more, visit


Scoring By Period

SWE 2 - 0 - 2 - 4
USA 0 - 0 - 2 - 2

First Period - Scoring: 1, SWE, Forsberg (Lindholm, Bystrom), 10:13, (pp); 2, SWE, Djoos (Nilsson, Collberg), 16:46, (pp). Penalties: USA, Trouba (roughing), 9:03; SWE, Pettersson (interference), 12:58; USA, Sieloff (slashing), 15:19.

Second Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: SWE, Arnesson (hooking), 1:28; USA, Hartman (kneeing), 10:08; USA, Trouba (closing-hand-on-puck), 11:13; SWE, Hagg (interference), 19:13.

Third Period - Scoring: 3, SWE, Bystrom (unassisted), 2:18; 4, USA, Barber (unassisted), 7:39; 5, SWE, Wennberg (Collberg, Possler), 11:06; 6, USA, Carrick (unassisted), 19:23. Penalties: SWE, Lindholm (kneeing), 8:09; USA, Darcy (slashing), 12:09; SWE, Lindholm (charging), 19:47; USA, Matteau (charging), 19:47; USA, Matteau (charging), 19:47.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
SWE 13 9 6 28
USA 12 7 14 33

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
SWE, Dansk, 60:00 12/12 7/7 14/12 33/31
USA, Rutledge, 60:00 13/11 9/9 6/4 28/24

Power Play: SWE 2-6; USA 0-4
Penalties: SWE 5-10; USA 7-14

Team USA 2012 Five Nations Tournament Schedule
Feb. 9-12, 2012 • Pori, Finland

Date Opponent Location
Time (ET)/Result

Thurs., Feb. 9 Czech Republic Rauma W, 5-2
Fri., Feb. 10 Sweden Panelia L, 2-4
Sat., Feb. 11 Finland Pori 10:30 a.m.
Sun., Feb. 12 Russia Pori 10:30 a.m.


On this date in 1808, Judge Jesse Fell experimented by burning anthracite coal to keep his house warm. He successfully showed how clean the coal burned and how cheaply it could be used as a heating fuel.


Market ready: Riders won't offer Cates new deal.

Reed leads confident staff into 2012 season.

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On this date in 1936, pumping began the process to build San Francisco's Treasure Island.


Jimmy does the Freeze Dance.


NBC radio presented "The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street" for the first time on this date in 1940.


Today in Elvis History

1956 - Elvis Presley appeared on "Stage Show" for the third time. He was finally given permission from CBS to perform "Heartbreak Hotel." He also sang "Blue Suede Shoes."

1960 - Elvis Presley received his sergeant's stripes.

1966 - Elvis Presley arrived at MGM to begin pre-production work on the movie "Spinout."

1979 - The TV movie "Elvis," with Kurt Russell, aired on ABC.

2003 - Lisa Marie Presley appeared on CNN's "Larry King Live."


On this date in 1960, Jack Paar walked off while live on the air on the "Tonight Show" with four minutes left. He did this in response to censors cutting out a joke from the show the night before.


Today in Beatles History:

1963 - The Beatles recorded their first album "Please Please Please Me," including "Twist & Shout" and "I Saw Her Standing There."

1964 - The Beatles played their first U.S. concert at the Collisseum in Washington, DC.

1965 - Ringo Starr and Maureen Cox were married. They divorced in 1975.

1970 - The film "The Magic Christian," featuring Ringo Starr debuted in New York City.

1970 - John Lennon paid 1,344 pounds in fines for protesting the South African rugby team playing in Scotland.

1970 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono played "Instant Karma" on the BBC TV show "Top of the Pops."

2002 - Friends of former Beatle George Harrison filed an amendment death certificate. The original death certificate listed a fake address in Beverly Hills. Harrison had actually died several miles away in Hollywood Hills.


On this date in 1982, ABC-TV’s presentation of "The Winds of War" concluded. The 18-hour miniseries cost $40 million to produce and was the most-watched television program in history at the time.


Today in Sports History:

1878 - The first U.S. bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, was formed.

1922 - The Toronto St. Patricks and the Ottawa Senators recorded the first tie game in NHL history.

1957 - The NHL Players Association was formed in New York City. Ted Lindsay (Detroit Red Wings) was elected as president.

1966 - Willie Mays became the highest paid player in baseball. He signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants for $130,000 a year.

1968 - The new 20,000 seat Madison Square Garden officially opened in New York. This was the fourth Garden.

1971 - Jean Beliveau (Montreal Canadiens) scored his 500th career goal.

1973 - The Philadelphia 76ers lost their 20th game of a twenty-game losing streak.

1984 - Wayne Gretzky set an NHL record when he scored his 11th short handed goal of the season.

1986 - The single "Superbowl Shuffle" by the Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew was certified gold by the RIAA.

1990 - In Tokyo, Japan, James "Buster" Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson in the tenth round to win the heavyweight championship.

2003 - Mike Modano (Dallas Stars) became only the second American-born NHL player to play in 1,000 games with the same team. All of Modano's games had come with the Minnesota North Stars and Dallas Stars. Brian Leetch (New York Rangers) was the first American-born player to play in 1,000 NHL games.


The tenth Space Shuttle mission returned to Earth safely on this date in 1984.


Coming up:

Tonight --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Space Coast Hurricanes 10:30am EST

EJHL South -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Space Coast Hurricanes 1:15pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Buffalo Sabres 7:00pm EST

Sunday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Space Coast Hurricanes 9:30am EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Space Coast Hurricanes 12:15pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00pm EST


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