Wednesday, February 8, 2012

It's Wednesday

It's Wednesday. Here's what's happening....


Today is February 8th, the 39th day of 2012. There are 327 days left in the year. (This is a leap year.)


Hradek: A look at the NHL's most impactful rookies.

Owen Nolan officially announces his retirement.

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Today's Birthdays: TV journalist Ted Koppel is 72; Actor Nick Nolte (Affliction, Prince of Tides) is 72; Actress Mary Steenburgen (Back to the Future III, Parenthood) is 59; Author John Grisham is 57; Singer/musician Vince Neil (Motley Crue) is 51; Actor Seth Green (Old Dogs, Austin Powers) is 38.


Tampa, FL. -- Steven Stamkos celebrated his birthday in a big way.

The center, who turned 22 years old on Tuesday, scored his league-leading 35th goal of the season, but it wasn’t enough to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning, which fell 3-1 to the Los Angeles Kings in front of a crowd of 16,489 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

The Lightning, which had won six of seven and which entered the contest with at least a point in seven straight games, lost for the first time in regulation since Jan. 15.

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Today is the start of Love Makes The World Go Round; But Laughter Keeps Us From Getting Dizzy Week. It's also the start of Getting Dizzy Week (Gee, I wonder if there's a connection?) Today is also Boy Scout Anniversary Day, Laugh and Get Rich Day and Opera Day.


University of Wisconsin Unanimous No. 1 Selection
in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2011-12 Women's College Hockey Poll - #18
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Last Week's Ranking
2011-12 RecordWeeks in Top 10
1University of Wisconsin, 190 (19)
2University of Minnesota, 170
3Cornell University, 153
4Mercyhurst College, 115
5University of North Dakota, 110
6Boston College, 91
7Northeastern University, 74
8Harvard University, 59
9University of Minnesota Duluth, 28
T10Boston University, 20
T10Dartmouth College, 20
Others receiving votes: St. Lawrence University, 8; Bemidji State University 4; Ohio State University, 2; Clarkson University, 1.
NOTES: The Western Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with four ranked teams, while ECAC Hockey and the Hockey East Association have three ranked teams and College Hockey America has one team ranked ... A total of 15 teams received votes.
ABOUT THE POLL: The 15th annual USA Today/USA Hockey MagazineWomen’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 four 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.

U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams Look to Defend Tournament Titles in Upcoming International Play

U17s to Compete in Vlad Dzurilla Tournament; U18s in Five Nations Tournament

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The U.S. Men's National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams will look to defend tournament titles in international play this weekend. The Under-17 Team will travel to Piestany, Slovakia for the 2012 Under-18 Vlad Dzurilla Tournament, while the Under-18 Team will compete in the 2012 Five Nations Tournament in Pori, Finland.

The U.S. National Under-17 Team begins tournament play on Thursday, Feb. 9, against Switzerland at 7:30 a.m. EST. Team USA's complete schedule can be found below. The U.S. is the two-time defending champion of the event (2010-11).

Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #2012VLAD ... For additional coverage, visit USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Facebook page ... For the official tournament page, click here.

For the complete U.S. National Under-17 Team roster, click here.

2012 U.S. National Under-17 Team Vlad Dzurilla Tournament Schedule
Feb. 9-11, 2012 • Piestany, Slovakia

Date Opponent Location
Time (EST)

Thurs., Feb. 9 Switzerland Piestany 7:30 a.m.
Fri., Feb. 10 Germany Piestany 7:30 a.m.
Sat., Feb. 11 Slovakia Piestany 11 a.m.

The U.S. National Under-18 Team begins tournament play on Thursday, Feb. 9, against the Czech Republic at 1:30 p.m. EST. The contest will be held in Rauma, Finland. Team USA's complete schedule can be found below. 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 ... For the official tournament page, click here ... 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

For the complete U.S. National Under-18 Team roster, click here.

2012 U.S. National Under-18 Team Five Nations Tournament Schedule
Feb. 9-12, 2012 • Pori, Finland

Date Opponent Location
Time (EST)

Thurs., Feb. 9 Czech Republic Rauma 1:30 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 10 Sweden Panelia 1:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 11 Finland Pori 11:30 a.m.
Sun., Feb. 12 Russia Pori 11:30 a.m.
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.


A British online store has pledged to stop selling baby clothes after the company received complaints from customers. A spokeswoman for the website Kiddicare said the store will no longer be stocking the shirts, which bear the words,"Help, I'm being kidnapped. These are not my parents."


On the market? Fantuz expected to test free agency.

Jackson playing "for the love of the game."

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A mall in Maryland was evacuated and shut down after crowds at a shoe store caused a problem over some new Nike sneakers. Police responded and moved all the customers outside. The riot-like conditions were prompted by the fact that there were 150 people trying to buy only 90 pairs of available shoes, which sold out in minutes.


Say Cheese!


According to a recent survey this is the number one thing your neighbor has that you want. Answer: A greener lawn.


Today in Elvis History

1963 - The "Bossa Nova" sequence was shot for Elvis Presley's movie "Fun In Acapulco."

1964 - Elvis Presley's album "Fun In Acapulco" hit #9 in the U.K.

1968 - Evlis Presley was inducted into "Playboy" magazine's Hall of Fame.

1969 - The soundtrack "Elvis," from the NBC-TV special, hit #8 in the U.S.


Robert Downey Jr. is a father. His wife, Susan, gave birth to a boy Tuesday and they've named the little guy Exton.


Today in Beatles History:

1958 - The Quarrymen, with John Lennon and Paul McCartney, performed at the Wilson Hall in Garston, England. Paul introduced John to George Harrison at the show.

1963 - The Beatles were refused entry into a ballroom in Carlisle, England, because they were wearing leather jackets.

1969 - George Harrison's tonsils were removed at London's University College Hospital. The tonsils were destroyed so they could not be sold.

1972 - The official Beatles Fan Club disbanded.

2004 - The Beatles were given a special award at the 46th annual Grammy Awards for their first visit to the U.S.

2010 - Ringo Starr's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was unveiled in front of Capitol Records.

2011 - The Beatles' "LOVE" became available as an iTunes LP or as individual songs. Two exclusive "LOVE" versions of "The Fool On The Hill" and "Girl" were included.

2011 - The first official Beatles App, The Beatles LOVE, was released on iTunes. (iPhone App link)


Love window seats on airplanes? Then your risk of death has just increased. It turns out window seat people are at greater risk of deep vein thrombosis than other passengers. DVT is a the formation of serious blood clots in the veins which can be fatal, and on long flights, window people are less likely to get up, stretch out, and walk around.


Today in Sports History:

1896 - The Western Conference was formed by representatives of Midwestern universities. The group changed its name to the Big 10 Conference.

1936 - The first National Football League (NFL) draft was held. Jay Berwanger was the first to be selected. He went to the Philadelphia Eagles.

1950 - The Associated Press named Jim Thorpe and Babe Didrikson Zaharias the greatest male and female athletes of the first half of the 20th century.

1963 - Lamar Hunt, owner of the American Football League franchise in Dallas, TX, moved the operation to Kansas City. The new team was named the Chiefs.

1984 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar broke Wilt Chamberlains record of 12,681 baskets. He scored 15,836 baskets before retiring in 1989.

1991 - Roger Clemens signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox that paid $5,380,250 per year.

1996 - Charles Barkley became the 22nd player in NBA history to reach 20,000 points.

1997 - Scotty Bowman won his 1,000th NHL regular season game as a coach.

1997 - Mike Gartner (Phoenix Coyotes) became only the sixth player in NHL history to get 600 career goals and 600 career assists.

1998 - The first female ice hockey game in Olympic history was played. Finland beat Sweden 6-0.

2003 - Mario Lemieux (Pittsburg Penguins) became the second fastest NHL player to reach 1,000 career assists.


A New Castle, Indiana, man was arrested after trying to steal from a woman Sunday evening. John Dicken was arrested by police after a woman said he tried to steal her dentures while they were still in her mouth.


Coming up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers 7:00pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

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


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

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