Wednesday, February 29, 2012

It's Wednesday















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

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Today is February 29th, the 60th day of 2012. There are 306 days left in the year. (This is a leap year.)

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Habs begin to rebuild, send Kostitsyn to Preds.

McGinn sky high about trade to Avalanche.

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

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Today is: Leap Year Day, Bachelor's Day and Inspirational Underlings Day.

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Tampa, FL -- Steven Stamkos scored his NHL-leading 44th goal of the season and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the slumping Montreal Canadiens 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Adam Hall also scored for the Lightning, who are 11th in the Eastern Conference and trail eighth-place Washington by five points. Mathieu Garon finished with 23 saves.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1288, Scotland established this day as one when a woman could propose marriage to a man. In the event that he refused the proposal he was required to pay a fine.

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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 - #21
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank
School
Last Week's Ranking
2011-12 RecordWeeks in Top 10
1University of Wisconsin, 188 (17)
1
31-3-2
21
2University of Minnesota, 165 (1)
2
29-5-2
21
3Cornell University, 160 (1)
3
28-3-0
21
4Boston College, 128
4
23-8-3
21
5University of North Dakota, 99
6
22-10-3
21
6Mercyhurst College, 95
5
22-6-3
21
7Northeastern University, 79
7
22-6-4
19
8Harvard University, 53
8
22-8-1
13
9Boston University, 39
9
21-13-1
15
10St. Lawrence University, 21
NR
22-9-4
1
Others receiving votes: University of Minnesota Duluth, 14; Bemidji State University, 4.
NOTES: Nominees for the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, given annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey, were announced on Feb. 20. The top-10 finalists will be announced on Thursday (March 1). VisitPattyKaz.com for the list of nominated players ... The University of Wisconsin earned the No. 1 ranking for the seventh straight week ... ECAC Hockey, the Hockey East Association and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association all have three ranked teams, while College Hockey America has one ranked team ... A total of 12 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.

Cammi Granato and 1998 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team Among Eligible for Induction into U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Cammi Granato and the gold-medal winning 1998 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team are among the list of eligible nominees for induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, it was announced today by the U.S. Olympic Committee. With the announcement, fans are invited to vote for those athletes and teams they feel are most deserving of a spot in the Class of 2012 by clicking here.

Granato, who was a member of the U.S. Women's National Team for 15 years, played a key role in the growth of women's hockey across the world. In her time with the National Team, Granato recorded 343 points (186-157) in 205 games. She achieved international fame by captaining Team USA to the gold medal at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.

The 1998 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team had a powerful impact on the growth of girls' and women's hockey in the United States thanks to the success it enjoyed at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. The team twice defeated arch-rival Canada, including by a 3-1 count in the gold-medal game, en route to winning the first gold medal presented in women's ice hockey at an Olympic Winter Games.

Once voting closes, the public vote totals will be added to the vote totals of Olympians, Paralympians and U.S. Olympic Family members to determine the six Olympians, one Paralympian and one team that will make up the 2012 class. The U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 2012 will be announced in May and inducted on July 12 during an induction ceremony at the Harris Theater in Chicago, Ill.

NOTES: For more information on the voting process, click here. The U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame was established in 1979 to celebrate the achievements of America's premier athletes in the modern Olympic Games. The first U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame class was inducted in 1983 ... The nominee list consists of 18 individual Olympic athletes, five Paralympic athletes and five teams.

USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean
to Visit Capitol Hill on Wednesday

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, will be on Capitol Hill Wednesday (Feb. 29) to participate in a panel that will brief members of Congress, congressional staff and the news media, on the positive impact community-based hockey programs have on the development of essential life skills, character and academic success.

The briefing, which is sponsored by the Congressional Hockey Caucus and includes co-chairs Rep. Patrick Meehan (PA), Rep. Brian Higgins (NY), Rep. Lee Terry (NE) and Rep. Mike Quigley (IL), will begin at 2 p.m. EST in Room 2167 of the Rayburn Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Other panelists include Gary Bettman, commissioner of the National Hockey League; Ted Leonsis, chairman of Monumental Sports and Entertainment and the NHL's Washington Capitals; Ed Snider, chairman and founder of Comcast-Spectacor and the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers; and Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., the president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Luke Russert, congressional correspondent for NBC News, will moderate a panel discussion regarding grassroots youth hockey initiatives, cutting-edge curriculum and supplemental education programming designed to build character and academic skills for at-risk inner-city youngsters.

The NHL and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund will also make a special announcement during the event.

U.S. National Sled Hockey Team Posts 1-0-0-2 Record
in Sled Series Against Canada

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team completed a three-game series against Canada this past weekend at the Northtown Center at Amherst in Williamsville, N.Y. Team USA posted a 1-0-0-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record in the series.

"We were up against a tough opponent, but it gave us a great opportunity to evaluate our team," said Jeff Sauer, head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. "We need to do a better job of maintaining our composure and discipline to be successful."

The U.S. defeated Canada, 3-2 in a shootout, on Thursday (Feb. 23) night. Nikko Landeros (Berthoud, Colo.) scored the first goal for Team USA and tallied the game-winner in the shootout. Jimmy Connelly (Galloway, N.J.) also recorded a goal in the win. Josh Sweeney (Phoenix, Ariz.) tallied his first goal as a member of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team on Friday (Feb. 24), but Team USA fell to Canada, 3-1. In the series' finale on Saturday (Feb. 25), Kevin McKee (Davenport, Iowa) tallied the lone goal for Team USA in a 5-1 loss.

The weekend series was the final tune-up for the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team before the International Paralympic Committee Sledge Hockey World Championship from March 25-April 1 in Hamar, Norway.

NOTES: For a complete 2011-12 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team roster, click here ... All three games from the weekend series aired live on FASTHockey.com.

Team USA 2012 Sled Series Schedule
Northtown Center at Amherst | Williamsville, N.Y.

Date Opponent Results
Thur., Feb. 23 Canada W, 3-2 (SO)
Fri., Feb. 24 Canada L, 1-3
Sat., Feb. 25 Canada L, 1-5

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On this date in 1860, the first electric tabulating machine was invented by Herman Hollerith.

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Hunt promises 2012 will be best season yet.

Back in action: Bagg ready for 2012.

Riders sign QBs Brennan and Willy.

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

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On this date in 1904 in Washington, DC, a seven-man commission was created to hasten the construction of the Panama Canal.

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Jimmy and one of his finished puzzles.

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On this date in 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first black person to win an Oscar. She won Best Supporting Actress award for her role as Mammy in "Gone with the Wind."

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Today in Elvis History

1968 - At the 10th Annual Grammy Awards Elvis Presley won the Best Sacred Performance of 1967 for the album "How Great Thou Art."

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On this date in 1944, The Office of Defense Transportation, for the second year in a row, restricted attendance at the Kentucky Derby to residents of the Louisville area. This was an effort to prevent a railroad traffic burden during wartime.

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Today in Beatles History:

1972 - At the 10th Annual Grammy Awards Elvis Presley won the Best Sacred Performance of 1967 for the album "How Great Thou Art."

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On this date in 1952, in New York City, four signs were installed at 44th Street and Broadway in Times Square that told pedestrians when to walk.

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Today in Sports History:

1964 - Dawn Fraser got her 36th world record. The Australian swimmer was timed at 58.9 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle in Sydney, Australia.

1972 - Hank Aaron signed a contract with the Atlanta Braves for $200,000 a year.

1980 - Gordie Howe (Hartford Whalers) became the first NHL player to score 800 goals. It was his 1,000th regular season game.

1992 - The Professional Spring Football League began operations.

1992 - Ray Bourque scored his 1,000th career point. He was only the third NHL defenseman to score 1,000 career points.

1996 - The Dallas Mavericks set an NBA record with 18 3-pointers in a game. They also set a record with 12 3-pointers in a half.

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On this date in 1972, Jack Anderson revealed a memo written by ITT's Washington lobbyist, Dita Beard, that connected ITT's funding of part of the Republican National Convention.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Rangers 7:30pm EST

Saturday --

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks at Sunrise, Florida 1:30pm EST

Nascar Nationwide Series - Bashas' Supermarkets 400 at Phoenix International Raceway 4:00pm EST

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway 2:30pm EST

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Ottawa Senators 7:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

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

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 5:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Carolina Hurricanes 7:00pm EST

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas M otor Speedway 2:30pm 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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