Thursday, March 1, 2012

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It's Thursday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is March 1st, the 61st day of 2012. There are 305 days left in the year.

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Leap Day special to eight current, former NHL players.

Six stories to watch in season's stretch run.

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

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March is: Adopt a Guinea Pig Month, Red Cross Month, Bell Peppers and Broccoli Month, Berries and Cherries Month, Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Credit Education Month, Deep Vein Thrombosis Month, Deaf History Month, Employee Spirit Month, Exotic Winter Fruit & Leeks and Green Onions Month and Expanding Girls' Horizons in Science and Engineering Month.

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Tampa, FL -- Amidst the ongoing monitoring process of the team’s current injuries, coupled with the disorder that followed after an odd case of the flu ran rampant through the Lightning locker room Tuesday, there was a certain degree of optimism that both situations would resolve themselves sooner than perhaps expected.

Read the rest here.

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This March, Tell Your Doctor "Screen My Colon!"

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! Now is the time to get involved and take the opportunity to encourage your friends and loved ones to learn their risk for colon cancer and to get screened! Tell a friend today or forward this email to a family member.

Check out our "Screen My Colon!" PSA! We've released this 30 second video for March so you can learn why it's important to know your family's health history and why it's important to understand your personal risk for colon cancer.

Although everyone should be tested for colon cancer beginning at age 50, if you have a family history of colon cancer, you are your close family members should begin getting regular screenings even earlier. Watch the video, then take the e-pledge!

Commit to talk to your family and loved ones about your health history - a simple conversation could save your life. Help us spread the word - post this video to your Facebook, Twitter, website, or blog! Get the HTML code here or link to our YouTube channel.

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National Team Development Program Weekly Update

U18's Sweep Weekend Series Against Alabama-Huntsville, Face Green Bay on Thursday;
U17's Drop Two Road USHL Bouts Over Weekend, Continue Travels at Youngstown

U17's TAKE ON YOUNGSTOWN IN BACK-TO-BACK TILTS: The U.S. National Under-17 Team continues its travels on the road again this weekend against the Youngstown Phantoms. Team USA visits the Covelli Center on Friday (March 2) and Saturday (March 3) for 7:30 p.m. EST tilts. Youngstown sits two places above the U.S. in the United States Hockey League standings, with 15 more points. However, Team USA has five games in hand. The Under-17 Team is 4-1-0 (W-L-OTL) against the Phantoms this season, but dropped its last meeting, 5-4, on Feb. 19 at the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Ice Cube.

U18's FACE GREEN BAY IN THURSDAY BOUT: The U.S. National Under-18 Team returns to USHL action in a Thursday (March 1) bout against the Green Bay Gamblers. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. EST at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. Team USA holds a 1-1-1 (W-L-OTL) record against the Gamblers, who own the best record in the USHL. Green Bay last visited the Under-18 Team on Nov. 18 and defeated the U.S., 4-2.

U17's DROP TWO WEEKEND BOUTS: Anthony Louis (Winfield, Ill.) netted one goal, but the Under-17 Team was downed by the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, 8-1, at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena on Feb. 24. Hudson Fasching (Burnsville, Minn.) and Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) collected assists on the power-play goal. The following night (Feb. 25), Evan Allen (Sterling Heights, Mich.) connected with Miles Koules (Los Angeles, Calif.) for one goal, but the U17's were edged by the Green Bay Gamblers, 2-1, at the Resch Center.

U18's SWEEP WEEKEND VERSUS CHARGERS: Riley Barber (Livonia, Mich.) scored the eventual game-winning goal in the second period, as the Under-18 Team clipped the University of Alabama-Huntsville, 3-2, at the Von Braun Center on Feb. 24. Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill.) made 15 saves for Team USA in the victory. In the rematch the following night (Feb. 25), Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) scored one goal and added two assists, as the Under-18 Team bested the Chargers, 6-3. Ryan Hartman (West Dundee, Ill.) chipped in with a multi-point effort, netting one goal and collecting an assist.

UNDER-17 TEAM NEWS/NOTES: Forward Anthony Louis has four points (3-1) in his last three games dating back to Feb. 20 ... Tyler Motte had a six game point streak snapped on Feb. 25, matching his longest streak of the year. The forward had three goals and four assists during that span ... Forward Hudson Fasching has six points (2-4) in his last four games dating back to Feb. 19.

UNDER-18 TEAM NEWS/NOTES: Team USA concluded its competition against NCAA Division I and III opponents with a 7-8-2 (W-L-T) record ... Heading back into USHL action, defenseman Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.) leads the Under-18 Team in points with 11 (3-8) in 13 games ... Frankie Vatrano (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and Thomas Di Pauli (Woodridge, Ill.) are second with 10 points. Both forwards have five goals and five assists each in 15 games ... Jared Rutledge leads all NTDP goalies in goals-against-average (2.28) and save percentage (.907) ... Both Rutledge and Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn.) have one shutout each in USHL play.

NTDP TO HOST STAR WARS NIGHT: When the U.S. National Under-18 Team takes on the Youngstown Phantoms on March 10 at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube, Star Wars characters will be on hand to meet with fans. Commemorative patches and lightsabers will also be sold to help benefit Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor.

NTDP ALUMNI UPDATE: Tampa Bay Lightning forward Adam Hall (Kalamazoo, Mich./1997-98) scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 28 ... Florida Panthers forward Jack Skille (Madison, Wis./2003-05) registered an assist in a Feb. 28 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs ... Carolina defenseman Jamie McBain (Faribault, Minn./2004-06) notched one goal as the Hurricanes clipped the Nashville Predators, 4-3, on Feb. 28 ... Los Angeles Kings blueliner Matt Greene (Grand Ledge, Mich./2000-01) collected one assist in a 4-0 shutout against the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 28 ... St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (New Rochelle, N.Y./2005-07) registered one assist in a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Feb. 27 ... Edmonton Oilers blueliner Ryan Whitney (Scituate, Mass./2000-01) tallied one goal in a Feb. 27 win over the Winnipeg Jets ... Nashville Predators forward Colin Wilson (Greenwich, Conn./2005-07) had two points (1-1) in a 6-2 victory against the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 25 ... Colorado defenseman Matt Hunwick (Roseville, Mich.) netted one goal as the Avalanche blanked the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-0, on Feb. 24 ... Dallas Stars forward Eric Nystrom (Syosett, N.Y./1999-2001) notched one goal in a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 24.

For the complete weekly update, click here.

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.

THE USHL AND FASTHOCKEY: Catch all of Team USA's USHL action on FASTHockey.com, the premier online destination for ice hockey fanatics from around the world. Visitors can choose from an incredible array of games from national governing bodies, conferences, leagues, teams, tournaments, and other events.

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The following special weeks start today: National Cheerleading Week, National Ghostriders Week, National Write A Letter of Appreciation Week and Universal Human Beings Week.

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Rick Campbell named Stamps new D-Coordinator.

Bombers re-sign O-lineman Andre Douglas.

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

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Today is: Asiatic Fleet Memorial Day, National Horse Protection Day, Peace Corps Day, Pig Day, Plan a Solo Vacation Day, Refired, Not retired Day, Witch Hysteria Day, World Book Day and World Compliment Day.

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Jimmy works on a puzzle while watching The Flintstones.

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March is also: Honor Society Awareness Month, Humorists Are Artists Month, International Expect Success Month, International Ideas Month, International Listening Awareness Month, International Mirth Month, International Women's Month, Irish-American Heritage Month, Music in Our Schools Month, National Athletic Training Month, National Caffeine Awareness Month, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, National Craft Month and National Frozen Food Month.

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Today in Elvis History

1960 - Elvis Presley left Company D, 32nd Tank Battalion, 3rd Armor Corps with a "Farewell Elvis" press conference. He had been with the group since October 1, 1958.

1975 - Elvis Presley's single "My Boy" hit #21 in the U.K.

1975 - Elvis Presley won his third Grammy Award for the 1974 live version of "How Great Thou Art."

1981 - The movie "Elvis And The Beauty Queen" aired on NBC-TV. Don Johnson played the part of Elvis Presley.

1991 - Geraldo Rivera became the first talk show personality from the West to be televised on a daily basis in the USSR. The first show featured a segment about the death of Elvis Presley.

1995 - Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" was inducted into the NARAS 22nd Hall of Fame at the 37th annual Grammy Awards.

2005 - CKX stock began trading on the NASDAQ.

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On this date in 1498, Vasco de Gama landed at what is now Mozambique on his way to India.

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Today in Beatles History:

1966 - About one hundred Beatles fans barricaded themselves inside Liverpool's Cavern Club. The day before the club had closed due to bankruptcy.

1966 - "The Beatles At Shea Stadium" was world premiered on BBC1.

1969 - The Beatles album "Yellow Submarine" hit #2 in the U.S.

1970 - Two clips of the Beatles, performing "Let It Be" and "Two of Us," were aired on "The Ed Sullivan Show." It was the last time the group appeared on the show.

1972 - John Lennon was granted an extension on his American work visa.

1972 - John Lennon began recording "Sometime in New York City."

1995 - The Beatles' "Abbey Road" was inducted into NARAS' 22nd annual Hall of Fame at the 37th annual Grammy Awards.

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On this date in 1803, Ohio became the 17th U.S. state.

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Today in Sports History:

1941 - Elmer Layden was named the first Commissioner of the NFL.

1949 - Joe Louis announced that he was retiring from boxing as world heavyweight boxing champion.

1960 - Gordie Howe was profiled in "LOOK" magazine.

1969 - Mickey Mantle announced his retirement from baseball.

1972 - Wilt Chamberlain became the first NBA player to score 30,000 points.

1979 - The NCAA granted ESPN the exclusive rights to telecast collegiate events.

1987 - The Boston Celtics defeated Detroit 112-102 to post win number 2,235.

1988 - Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) got his 1,050th assist to become the NHL's all-time assist leader. Gordie Howe had held the record for 26 years.

1993 - The expansion NHL team owned by Disney was named the Mighty Ducks.

1996 - Lenny Wilkens won his 1,000th game as a coach in the NBA.

1996 - The Dallas Mavericks set a record when they attempted 44 3-point shots in a game against the Vancouver Grizzlies.

1997 - "Bottom Line2" debuted on ESPN2.

2002 - The Vancouver Canucks said that they would bill Ed Belfour (Dallas Stars) for damaging the visiting team's locker room on February 28th. Belfour broke two televisions, a clock and a VCR and damaged the walls of the dressing room after he was pulled during the first period.

2005 - The NHL's board of governors met and emerged fully behind Commissioner Gary Bettman and totally committed to having a season in the fall.

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March is: National Multiple Sclerosis Education & Awareness Month, National Kidney Month, National March Into Literacy Month, National Nutrition Month, National On-Hold Month, National Peanut Month, National Social Work Month, National Umbrella Month, National Women's History Month, Optimism Month, Play the Recorder Month, Poison Prevention Awareness Month, Red Cross Month, Save Your Vision Month, Sing With Your Child Month, Small Press Month, Spiritual Wellness Month, Supply Management Month, Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month and Youth Art Month.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

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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