Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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

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Today is February 15th, the 46th day of 2012. There are 320 days left in the year. (This is a leap year.)

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Could Jackets be looking into Nash trade?

Back in NHL, turning 40, Jagr remains a force.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Actress Jane Seymour is 61; Cartoonist Matt Groening (The Simpsons) is 58; Former supermodel and TV judge Janice Dickinson (America's Next Top Model) is 57; Actress Amber Riley (Mercedes Jones on Glee) is 26.

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Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning returned home to the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Tuesday night determined to control their playoff destiny by earning points at home.

Unfortunately, the Ottawa Senators would have none of it.

Tampa Bay got 22 saves from goaltender Mathieu Garon, but it wasn’t enough as the Lightning fell 4-0 to the Senators in front of a crowd of 17,488.

Read the rest here.

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With Transformers: Dark of the Moon earning over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office and sitting at No. 4 on the all-time list, a fourth film was to be expected. Paramount Pictures says it's looking at a 2014 release date for the next film.

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


USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2011-12 Women's College Hockey Poll - #19
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank
School
Last Week's Ranking
2011-12 RecordWeeks in Top 10
1University of Wisconsin, 189 (18)
1
28-2-2
19
2University of Minnesota, 168 (1)
2
26-4-2
19
3Cornell University, 156
3
24-3-0
19
4Boston College, 115
6
21-8-3
19
5Mercyhurst College, 104
4
21-6-2
19
6University of North Dakota, 95
5
19-9-3
19
7Northeastern University, 85
7
21-6-3
17
8Harvard University, 52
8
18-8-1
11
9University of Minnesota Duluth, 27
9
16-13-1
19
10Boston University, 23
T10
18-13-1
13
Others receiving votes: St. Lawrence University, 13; Bemidji State University, 8; Clarkson University, 6; Dartmouth College, 4.
NOTES: The University of Wisconsin earned the No. 1 ranking for the fifth straight week ... The Western Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with four ranked teams, while the Hockey East Association has three ranked teams and ECAC Hockey has two ranked programs. Mercyhurst is the only College Hockey America team ranked ... A total of 14 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.

Laura Kennedy to Host 2012 Patty Kazmaier
Memorial Award Ceremony in Duluth, Minn.

15th Annual Award Ceremony Set for March 17; Tickets Available at PattyKaz.com

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Laura Kennedy, sports anchor and reporter for WDIO television (ABC) in Duluth, Minn., will serve as the master of ceremonies for the 15th Annual Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Ceremony, presented by Easton Foundations. The event will be held at the Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth on March 17.

An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is annually bestowed upon the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey. The award will be presented at a brunch ceremony and is part of the festivities associated with the NCAA Women's Frozen Four. All four teams participating in the Frozen Four are expected to attend.

Kennedy, a graduate of the University of St. Thomas (Minn.), has been at WDIO since 2008. In addition to regularly reporting on the University of Minnesota Duluth men's and women's hockey teams, she covered the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five and the Minnesota State High School League boys' hockey state tournament.

NOTES: Tickets to the ceremony are available and may be purchased by calling 719-538-1169 or by submitting a completed ticket form (located at PattyKaz.com). Individual seats are $65, while tables of 10 are available for $600. A select number of sponsorships and program advertisements are also still available.  ... The top 10 finalists will be announced on March 1, while the top 3 finalists will be named on March 8 ... For more information and to sign up for the Kaz Connection, a free monthly e-newsletter dedicated solely to the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, please visit PattyKaz.com ... The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is supported, in part, by a grant from the NHL Foundation. Other event partners include the NCAA and Marriott, while Maurices is an event sponsor.

ABOUT THE PATTY KAZMAIER MEMORIAL AWARD
An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is annually presented to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey. Selection criteria includes outstanding individual and team skills, sportsmanship, performance in the clutch, personal character, competitiveness and a love of hockey. Consideration is also given to academic achievement and civic involvement.

ABOUT PATTY KAZMAIER
The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is named in honor of the late Patty Kazmaier, who was a four-year varsity letter-winner and All-Ivy League defenseman at Princeton University from 1981-86. An accomplished athlete who helped lead the Tigers to the Ivy League Championship in three consecutive seasons (1981-84), Patty Kazmaier-Sandt died on Feb. 15, 1990, at the age of 28 following a long struggle with a rare blood disease.

Halldorson, Jay Named Assistant Coaches for U.S. Women's National Team
Stauber Continues as Goaltending Coach and Michael Boyle Returns as
Strength & Conditioning Coach for 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Laura Halldorson (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Bobby Jay (Burlington, Mass.) have been named assistant coaches, Robb Stauber (Medina, Minn.) goaltending coach and Michael Boyle (Reading, Mass.) strength & conditioning coach for the U.S. Women's National Team that will compete in the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship from April 7-14, in Burlington, Vt., it was announced today by USA Hockey. Boyle, Halldorson, Jay and Stauber join head coach Katey Stone (Arlington, Mass.) on the coaching staff of Team USA.

ABOUT HALLDORSON
One of the most successful coaches in women's hockey history, Halldorson led the University of Minnesota women's ice hockey program to three NCAA Division I national championships (2000, 2004, 2005) and became the only women's ice hockey head coach to lead a program to five consecutive NCAA Frozen Four appearances (2002-06). In her 11 years at the helm of Minnesota, she amassed a 278-67-22 overall record for a .787 winning percentage. She also served seven years as head coach of the Colby College women's ice hockey team and finished her 18-year head coaching career with a 337-142-31 overall record. Halldorson, who was a member of the 1987 U.S. Women's National Team, served as a coach at USA Hockey's Women's National Team Program winter camp this past December in Blaine, Minn.

ABOUT JAY
Jay's coaching experience includes time behind the bench in the International Hockey League (IHL), American Hockey League (AHL) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). He served two stints as an assistant coach of Harvard University's men's ice hockey team, a position he held from 2009-11 and 2004-06. He was also an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning's IHL affiliate, the Detroit Vipers, and continued his coaching career with the Los Angeles Kings' AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs. He joined the U.S. Women's National Team Program in August of 2011 and has served as an assistant coach at the 2011 Four Nations Cup in Nykoping, Sweden; in addition, he served as a coach for USA Hockey's Women's National Team Program winter camp this past December in Blaine, Minn. and at the U.S. Women's National Team Festival in August in Blaine, Minn.

ABOUT STAUBER
Stauber's extensive background in coaching and training goaltenders, underscored by his numerous playing accomplishments, have become an asset to the U.S. Women's National Team Program since he became involved in December of 2010. He served as a volunteer goalie coach for the University of Minnesota's men's ice hockey team from 1999-2008, during which time the Gophers won back-to-back NCAA titles (2002-03) and two WCHA titles. He has also served as goalie coach for the University of Minnesota Duluth's women's ice hockey team (1999-2008). Following a decorated collegiate career with the University of Minnesota as the first goaltender to be awarded the Hobey Baker Award, Stauber went on to play 10 years of professional hockey.

ABOUT BOYLE
One of the foremost experts in the fields of strength and conditioning, performance enhancement and fitness, Boyle currently is a strength and conditioning coach at Boston University, a position he has held for more than 20 years. Boyle served in the same role for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League from 1991-99. He is also a strength and conditioning consultant for the Boston Red Sox. Boyle served as the strength and conditioning coach for the 1998 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team that won the gold medal in Nagano, Japan.

NOTES: In preparation for the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship, USA Hockey will stage a training camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., March 25 - April 3. The camp will include daily practices, testing and off-ice training. The U.S. will play an exhibition game on March 31 in Ottawa against Canada and April 3 in Lake Placid against Finland. A schedule of exhibition games, which are open to the public, can be found here ... To follow the team in Lake Placid, check out the U.S. Women's National Program blog by clicking here ... For ticket information for the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship, click here or call 802.656.4410.

2012 Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships Concludes as Most Successful to Date

More than 2,000 Players From 31 States Participated

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The seventh, and most successful, Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships concluded Sunday on Dollar Lake in Eagle River, Wis. The event played host to a record 2,000-plus players from 31 states.

"Cold weather, camaraderie and the greatest sport were all combined to make the 2012 Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships a huge success," said Ashley Bevan, senior director of adult hockey for USA Hockey. "The hard work of our staff, sponsors and volunteers was the key to making adult hockey memories that will last a lifetime and keep the teams coming back to our great event."

Sixteen age divisions skated on 24 rinks spanning Dollar Lake with national champions crowned on Sunday. A full champions list by division is below.

NOTES: Ken Morrow, defenseman on the gold-medal winning 1980 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team and four-time Stanley Cup champion, was the featured guest at the event ... All tournament merchandise was sold in a record four-and-a-half hours ... For USA Hockey's coverage of the event, including photos, click here ... "Like" USA Hockey's Adult Facebook page to be the first to learn about information surrounding next year's tournament when it is released.

2012 Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championship Results
Feb. 10-12, 2012 • Eagle River, Wis.

Division Champion Hometown
Beginner 2 Much 2 Soon Westfield, Ind.
Novice Delta House Indianapolis, Ind.
Bronze 21+ Leftovers Burnsville, Minn.
Bronze 30+ Sandhills Snipers Pinehurst, N.C.
Intermediate 21+ Chicago Magic Normal, Ill.
Intermediate 30+ Laughing Skulls Pinehurst, N.C.
Silver 21+ Chicago Wolves Lisle, Ill.
Silver 30+ Waupun Wolves 1 Waupun, Wis.
Women's Bronze 6 Pack on Ice Rochester, Minn.
Women's Silver Just the Tip Rochester, Minn.
Women's Gold Cow Pies St. Paul, Minn.
40+ Tier I Minnesota Blackjacks Edina, Minn.
40+ Tier II Clam Chowdah Chowdah-Auroa, Ill.
50+ Division Team Marino Houghton, Mich.
60+ Division Monte Carlo Hancock, Mich.
Gold Division Shattuck Pioneers Owatonna, Minn.

U.S. Women's National Team Preliminary Roster Set

Selection/Training Camp to Take Place in Lake Placid, March 25 - April 3;
Includes Pre-World Championship Games Against Canada and Finland

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Twenty-seven players have been selected to the U.S. Women's National Team preliminary roster in preparation for the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship, which takes place April 7-14 in Burlington, Vermont.

The athletes will take part in a training camp at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., from March 25 - April 3, with the final 21-player roster set to be announced on April 1. The U.S. will travel to Ottawa, Ont., for an exhibition contest against Canada on March 31, before playing Finland in a pre-tournament game on April 3 at 7 p.m. EST at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y.

The U.S. squad will arrive in Burlington on April 4, where Team USA will look to defend its back-to-back-to-back world titles from 2008, 2009 and 2011 (a world championship was not held in 2010 due to the Olympic Winter Games).

The preliminary roster includes 15 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders. The final 21-player roster will include three goaltenders.

Twenty-one members of the U.S. Women's National Team that captured first place in the 2011 Four Nations Cup in November are vying for roster spots. There are a total of 17 Olympians on the preliminary list and 19 players who helped Team USA to the world title in 2011.

Preliminary Roster Highlights

17 Olympians
19 World Champions
19 players from the 2011 World Women's Championship (gold)
21 players from the 2011 Four Nations Cup (first place)
12 Canadian Women's Hockey League/Western Women's Hockey League players
13 NCAA Division I players

NOTES: Click here for the full preliminary roster ... Michelle Picard (Taunton, Mass.) is the youngest player on the roster at 18 years old ... Of the 27 players on the U.S. preliminary roster, all but Brittany Dougherty (Chesterfield, Mich.) have competed for the U.S. in international competition ... Team USA has won four gold medals and nine silvers in the 13 previous IIHF Women's World Championships. The U.S. has won four of the last five world championships (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011) ... As previously announced, Harvard University's Katey Stone will serve as the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team. Joining Stone as assistant coaches will be Laura Halldorson and Bobby Jay. Stone and Jay were behind the bench for the U.S. at the 2011 Four Nations Cup ... Robb Stauber will serve as the goaltending coach, while Michael Boyle is the strength and conditioning coach ... To follow the team in Lake Placid, check out the U.S. Women's National Program blog by clicking here ... For ticket information for the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship, click here or call 802.656.4410.

IIHF Women's World Championship Game Schedule
April 7-14 - Burlington, Vt.
(all times ET)

Date Match-up Time (EDT) Group Arena
March 29 USA vs. Local Team 4 p.m. Exhibition Lake Placid, N.Y.
March 31 USA vs. Canada TBD Exhibition Ottawa, Ont.
April 3 USA vs. Finland 7 p.m. Exhibition Herb Brooks Arena
Apr. 7 Slovakia vs. Sweden 1 p.m. B Cairns
Finland vs. Russia 3 p.m. A Gutterson
Switzerland vs. Germany 5 p.m. B Cairns
USA vs. Canada 7 p.m. A Gutterson
Apr. 8 Sweden vs. Germany 1 p.m. B Cairns
Canada vs. Finland 3 p.m. A Gutterson
Switzerland vs. Slovakia 5 p.m. B Cairns
USA vs. Russia 7 p.m. A Gutterson
Apr. 10 Sweden vs. Switzerland 1 p.m. B Cairns
Canada vs. Russia 3 p.m. A Gutterson
Germany vs. Slovakia 5 p.m. B Cairns
Finland vs. USA 7 p.m. A Gutterson
Apr. 11 A4 - B1 3 p.m. Quarterfinal #1 Gutterson
B3 - B4 5 p.m. Relegation Cairns
A3 - B2 7 p.m. Quarterfinal #2 Gutterson
Apr. 13 B4 - B3 1 p.m. Relegation Cairns
A2 - 3A/2B 3 p.m. Semifinal #1 Gutterson
L (Q1) - L (Q2) 5 p.m. 5th/6th Place Game Cairns
A1 - 4A/1B 7 p.m. Semifinal #2 Gutterson
Apr. 14 B3 - B4 (if necessary) 1 p.m. Relegation Cairns
L (S1) - L (S2) 3 p.m. Bronze-Medal Game Gutterson
W (S1) - W (S2) 7 p.m. Gold-Medal Game Gutterson

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President Obama delivered a very important public service announcement Tuesday. Doesn't matter if you're a liberal, conservative, or libertarian, this message applies to everyone: Don't forget Valentine's Day, and GO BIG. This was Obama's message Tuesday at an event in Washington. The Prez said: "Today is Valentine's Day. Do. Not. Forget. I speak from experience here. It is important that you remember this and go big. That's my advice." Check out the video.

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LaBatte, Fantuz headline deep free agent crop.

Reunited: Barnes joins Argos, back with Ray.

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

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Even though Whitney Houston sold more than 200-million albums and singles, had 11 No. 1 hits, signed a $100-million contract with Arista in 2001, and made $36-million from her 2010 tour, a label insider that claims she "was broke" and had been borrowing money from the label "for quite some time."

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Jimmy rides his horsey.

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Now this is cool. When the snow melts, you can still go sledding.

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Today in Elvis History

1958 - Elvis Presley's five-song EP "Jailhouse Rock" hit #18 in the U.K.

1958 - Elvis Presley's single "Don't" hit #8 in the U.S.

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It's Susan B. Anthony Day, honoring one of the first women's rights activists. Today is also Singles Awareness Day.

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Today in Beatles History:

1965 - The Beatles released the single "Eight Days a Week."

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According to a new study, there's a link in seniors between heavy eating and memory loss. [Which explains why we have to keep telling grandpa he's already gone through the Golden Corral buffet line three times.]

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Today in Sports History:

1946 - Edith Houghton, at age 33, was signed as a baseball scout by the Philadelphia Phillies becoming the first female scout in the major leagues.

1953 - The first American to win the women’s world figure skating championship was 17-year-old Tenley Albright.

1962 - CBS-TV bought the exclusive rights to college football games from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for a figure of $10,200,000.

1965 - NFL teams pledged not to sign college seniors until they had completed all of their games, including bowl games.

1974 - Phil Esposito (Boston Bruins) scored his 1,000th NHL point.

1975 - Yvan Cournoyer (Montreal Canadiens) scored five goals and two assists against the Chicago Black Hawks.

1980 - Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) tied an NHL record with seven assists in a game against the Washington Capitals. Gretzky also set a rookie record of 96 points.

1996 - The NCAA football rules committee voted to require a tiebreaker in all NCAA football games.

1998 - Dale Earnhardt won NASCAR's Daytona 500 for the first time. The win occurred on his 20th attempt.

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Would you ever date a co-worker? Or even your boss? Well, according to a survey from CareerBuilder.com, 38 percent of people have dated a co-worker at least once over the course of their careers. Meanwhile, 17 percent of those polled said they have dated co-workers at least twice.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs San Jose Sharks 7:30pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 5:15pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Washington Capitals 7:00pm EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 11:30am EST

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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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