Thursday, April 5, 2012

It's Thursday

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


Today is April 5th, the 96th day of 2012. There are 270 days left in the year.


Toews travels with Hawks, but won't play Thursday.

Concussion ends Price's season.

Visit the official league website,


Today's Birthdays: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is 75; Powered mobility scooter inventor Allan R. Thieme is 75 (Walmart owes this guy a huge debt of gratitude.); Rapper-producer Pharrell Williams is 39.


Montreal, PQ. -- Vincent Lecavalier regained his scoring touch on Wednesday night.

The Lightning captain scored for the first time since coming back from injury, and Sebastien Caron made 20 saves, but on the wrong end of a 5-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

The loss snapped a modest two-game win streak for the Lightning, while Montreal won for just the first time in five games.

Read the rest here.

The Lightning play at the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight.

Read the preview right here.


Today is National D.A.R.E. Day, National Deep Dish Pizza Day and National Fun At Work Day.


U.S. Players Highlight Men's Frozen Four Rosters
USA Hockey's Tier I, II and III Junior Leagues
Produce Elite NCAA Talent
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Once again, the NCAA Men's Frozen Four will feature
an American flair, as 83 of the 108 players on the rosters of Boston College, Ferris State
University, University of Minnesota and Union College have developmental roots in the
United States.

Play in the NCAA Men's Frozen Four begins Thursday (April 5) at Tampa Bay Times
Forum in Tampa, Fla., with Ferris State opposing Union and Boston College facing Minnesota.

Among the Frozen Four participants, 73 players have ties to junior hockey in America prior
to their collegiate days, including 48 from the United States Hockey League, 13 from the North
American Hockey League, 11 from the Eastern Junior Hockey League and one from the
Northern Pacific Hockey League.

Included in the 48 USHL alumni are two players who were part of USA Hockey's National
Team Development Program. Located in Ann Arbor, Mich., the NTDP is an elite training
program for the top 16- and 17-year-old players in the United States.

In addition, four NCAA Men's Frozen Four participants have skated for the U.S. National
Junior Team at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, while
three have competed at the IIHF World Men's U18 Championship as members of the U.S.
Men's National Under-18 Team.

A total of 15 states will be represented by players in the Frozen Four, including California,
Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,
New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

In addition, 23 American players competing in the Frozen Four have been drafted by National
Hockey League teams.

Players with American Developmental Roots
in the 2012 NCAA Men's Frozen Four
USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Alumni (2)
Bill ArnoldBoston College2009-10
Travis BoydMinnesota2009-11

U.S. National Junior Team Alumni (4)
Nick BjugstadMinnesota2012 (seventh)
2011 (bronze)
Brian DumoulinBoston College2011 (bronze)
Chris KreiderBoston College2011 (bronze)
2010 (gold)
Patrick WeyBoston College2011 (bronze)

U.S. National Under-18 Team Alumni (3)
Bill ArnoldBoston College2010 (gold)
Travis BoydMinnesota2011 (gold)
Tommy CrossBoston College2007 (silver)
United States Hockey League Alumni (48)
With Most Recent Team
Eric AlexanderFerris StateLincoln Stars
Barry AlmeidaBoston CollegeOmaha Lancers
Seth AmbrozMinnesotaOmaha Lancers
Bill ArnoldBoston CollegeU.S. NTDP
Chad BillinsFerris StateWaterloo Black Hawks
Jason BinkleyFerris StateTri-City Storm
Kyle BonisFerris StateIndianapolis Ice
Travis BoydMinnesotaU.S. NTDP
Paul CareyBoston CollegeIndianapolis Ice
Sam CoattaUnionSioux Falls Stampede
Nate CondonMinnesotaFargo Force
Tommy CrossBoston CollegeOhio Junior Blue Jackets
Scott CzarnowchanFerris StateGreen Bay Gamblers
Justin DeMartinoFerris StateWaterloo Black Hawks
Simon DenisFerris StateTri-City Storm
Ryan ForgaardUnionTri-City Storm
Tyson FultonUnionWaterloo Black Hawks
Johnny GaudreauBoston CollegeDubuque Fighting Saints
Troy GrosenickUnionCedar Rapids RoughRiders
Jake HansenMinnesotaSioux Falls Stampede
Erik HaulaMinnesotaOmaha Lancers
Seth HelgesonMinnesotaSioux City Musketeers
Justin HollMinnesotaOmaha Lancers
Christian IsacksonMinnesotaSioux Falls Stampede
Nick LarsonMinnesotaOmaha Lancers
Ben MarshallMinnesotaOmaha Lancers
Taylor MatsonMinnesotaDes Moines Buccaneers
Joe MillerMinnesotaSioux City Musketeers
Parker MilnerBoston CollegeWaterloo Black Hawks
C.J. MotteFerris StateWaterloo Black Hawks
Pat MullaneBoston CollegeOmaha Lancers
Dominic PanettaFerris StateTri-City Storm
Kent PattersonMinnesotaCedar Rapids RoughRiders
Kyle RauMinnesotaSioux Falls Stampede
Nico Sacchetti MinnesotaOmaha Lancers
TJ SchlueterFerris StateDubuque Fighting Saints
Nate SchmidtMinnesotaFargo Force
Aaron SchmitFerrs StateChicago Steel
Tommy SerratoreMinnesotaYoungstown Phantoms
Michael ShibrowskiMinnesotaDes Moines Buccaneers
Michael SitBoston CollegeChicago Steel
Quinn SmithBoston CollegeYoungstown Phantoms
Chris StudentMinnesotaWaterloo Black Hawks
Blake ThompsonMinnesotaWaterloo Black Hawks
Sam WarningMinnesotaCedar Rapids RoughRiders
Patrick WeyBoston CollegeWaterloo Black Hawks
Steven WhitneyBoston CollegeOmaha Lancers
Brett WysopalFerris StateTri-City Storm

North American Hockey League Alumni (13)
With Most Recent Team
Chad BillinsFerris StateAlpena Ice Diggers
Kyle BonisFerris StateTraverse City North Stars
Justin DeMartinoFerris StateAlpena Ice Diggers
Derek GrahamFerris StateMahoning Valley Phantoms
Tommy HillFerris StateTopeka Roadrunners
Andy HuffFerris StateTraverse City North Stars
Jake KremerMinnesotaBismarck Bobcats
Nate MilamFerris StateTopeka Roadrunners
C.J. MotteFerris StateTraverse City North Stars
Dominic PanettaFerris StateBismarck Bobcats
Jake ParenteauMinnesotaAlaska Avalanche
Michael ShibrowskiMinnesotaOwatonna Express
Garrett ThompsonFerris StateTraverse City North Stars

Eastern Junior Hockey League Alumni (11)
With Most Recent Team
Patch AlberBoston CollegeBoston Jr. Bruins
Tommy AtkinsonBoston CollegeBoston Jr. Bruins
Brad BaroneBoston CollegeSouth Shore Kings
Brian BillettBoston CollegeNew Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
Jason BinkleyFerris StateNew Jersey Hitmen
Brian DumoulinBoston CollegeNew Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
Cory KaneFerris StateBoston Jr. Bruins
Max NovakUnionNew Jersey Hitmen
Edwin SheaBoston CollegeBoston Jr. Bruins
Colin StevensUnionBoston Jr. Bruins
Brian YanovitchUnionBridgewater Bandits

Americans in the 2011 NCAA Men's Frozen Four
by NHL Entry Draft Selection (23)
Mark AltMinnesotaCAR, 2010 (Rd. 2, 53)
Seth AmbrozMinnesotaCLB, 2011 (Rd. 5, 128)
Bill ArnoldBoston CollegeCGY, 2010 (Rd. 4, 108)
Nick BjugstadMinnesotaFLA, 2010 (Rd. 1, 19)
Travis BoydMinnesotaWSH, 2011 (Rd. 6, 177)
Zach BudishMinnesotaNSH, 2009 (Rd. 2, 41)
Paul CareyBoston CollegeCOL, 2007 (Rd. 5, 135)
Nate CondonMinnesotaCOL, 2008 (Rd. 7, 200)
Tommy CrossBoston CollegeBOS, 2007 (Rd. 2, 35)
Brian DumoulinBoston CollegeCAR, 2009 (Rd. 2, 51)
Jake HansenMinnesotaCLB, 2007, (Rd. 3, 68)
Kevin HayesBoston CollegeCHI, 2010 (Rd. 1, 24)
Seth HelgesonMinnesotaNJD, 2009 (Rd. 4, 114)
Justin Holl MinnesotaCHI, 2010 (Rd. 2, 54)
Christian IsacksonMinnesotaBUF, 2010 (Rd. 7, 203)
Johnny GaudreauBoston CollegeCGY, 2011 (Rd. 4, 104)
Chris KreiderBoston CollegeNYR, 2009 (Rd. 1, 19)
Nick LarsonMinnesotaWSH, 2007 (Rd. 7, 185)
Ben MarshallMinnesotaDET, 2010 (Rd. 7, 201)
Taylor MatsonMinnesotaVAN, 2007 (Rd. 6, 176)
Kent PattersonMinnesotaCOL, 2007 (Rd. 4, 113)
Nico SacchettiMinnesotaDAL, 2007 (Rd. 2, 50)
Patrick WeyBoston CollegeWSH, 2009 (Rd. 4, 115)

NOTES: Chris Kreider has been a part of two U.S. Men's National Teams, competing at the 2010 and 2011 IIHF World Championships ... Fifty-six players in this year's Frozen Four owe some of their development to the prep or high school ranks, including 18 who did not play in U.S. junior leagues: Mark Alt (Minnesota/Cretin-Derham Hall (Minn.)), Nick Bjugstad (Minnesota/Blaine (Minn.)), Patrick Brown (Boston College/Cranbrook Kingswood (Mich.)), Zach Budish (Minnesota/Edina (Minn.)), Tommy Cross (Boston College/Westminster (Conn.)), Brooks Dyroff (Boston College/Phillips Andover (Mass.)), Shayne Gostisbehere (Union/South Kent School (Conn.)), Kevin Hayes (Boston College/Noble and Greenough (Mass.)), Justin Holl (Minnesota/Minnetonka (Minn.)), Chris Kreider (Boston College/Phillips Andover (Mass.)), Danny Linell (Boston College/Choate Rosemary Hall (Conn.)), Trevor Mingoia (Union/Berkshire School (Mass.)), Wayne Simpson (Union/Lawrence Academy (Mass.)) Michael Sit (Boston College/Edina (Minn.)), Cam Spiro (Boston College/Tabor Academy (Mass.)), Kevin Sullivan (Union/Berkshire School (Mass.)), Chris Venti (Boston College/Buckingham Browne & Nichols (Mass.)), Steven Whitney (Boston College/Lawrence Academy (Mass.)) ... Ferris State's Rob Granett skated with the Northern Pacific Hockey League's Yellowstone Quake immediately prior to playing collegiate hockey.
Universal Sports to Provide U.S. Coverage of
2012 IIHF Women's World Championship
All U.S. Games to be Broadcast on Television, Internet Throughout U.S.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Universal Sports and FASTHockey will provide coverage in the U.S. of the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship, which runs April 7-14 in Burlington, Vt.

Universal Sports' coverage will include the USA-Canada preliminary-round game on April 7 and the gold-medal game on April 14. Universal Sports will broadcast the games live both on its television network and at

Paul Sunderland will handle play-by-play duties, while two-time Olympian AJ Mleczko Griswold will serve as the analyst.

Universal Sports, a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, is the preeminent media destination for Olympic and lifestyle sports programming. The Universal Sports Television Network is available on television to over 63 million U.S. homes. Click here for a list of markets. will stream live Team USA's preliminary-round games against Russia (April 8) and Finland (April 10) as well as any quarterfinal, semifinal or bronze-medal game that the U.S. competes in. will also have a live stream of those games available.

NOTES: Universal Sports is providing coverage of the IIHF Women's World Championship for the third time, after beginning its partnership with USA Hockey in 2009 (there was no world championship in 2010 due to the Olympic Winter Games) ... The U.S. is hosting the IIHF Women's World Championship for the third time. Previous U.S. host cities included Lake Placid, N.Y., in 1994 and Minneapolis in 2001 ... The U.S. is looking for its first gold medal on home soil in the IIHF Women's World Championship. Team USA earned silver at Lake Placid and Minneapolis. The U.S. has won the last three women's world championships ... Media accreditation information for the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship can be found here ... Katey Stone, head women's ice hockey coach at Harvard University, will serve as head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team for 2011-12 ... To purchase tickets for the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship, click here.
U.S. Women's National Team
IIHF Women's World Championship/Pre-Tournament Game Schedule

IIHF Women's World Championship: April 7-14 - Burlington, Vermont
Apr. 7USA vs. Canada7:00 p.m.AGuttersonUniversal Sports
Apr. 8USA vs. Russia7:00
Apr. 10Finland vs. USA7:00
Apr. 13Semifinals7:00
Apr. 14Gold-Medal Game7:00 p.m.GuttersonUniversal Sports
*Pre-World Championship Games
#if necessaryAll game dates, times subject to change
All times EDT
Home team listed first


Buford, Wyoming, can be yours for a minimum bid of $100,000. The 10-acre town currently contains a post office, gas station, trading post, and exactly one resident. Today (Thursday, 2pm ET) that resident, Don Sammons, will sell the town at auction. The auction advertises Buford as a "unique opportunity" to "own your own income-producing town," but that's not entirely true.


Argos change pre-season kickoff time for students.

Tiger-Cats add four to defensive line.

Visit the leagues' official website,


Remember when postal workers started going crazy on the job, and we called it "going postal?" Well I propose we change the name to "going airline," because it's the airline workers, not the postal workers, who are going crazy. Example No. 120 -- a TSA agent dumped her hot coffee all over an American Airlines pilot after he asked her to tone down the profanity. He was concerned about the nasty language this agent was using with another co-worker in front of passengers. The screener told him to mind his own business. When the pilot went to get her name, she hurled a hot cup of coffee at him. He wasn't seriously burned, but she is in serious trouble.


I want the Lightning Guys to win the hockeyball competition.


Tornadoes tore through the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas Tuesday, whipping several 18-wheelers through the air and causing extensive damage. Check out some amazing video.


Today in Elvis History

1967 - The Elvis Presley movie "Double Trouble" was released in the U.S.

1972 - Elvis Presley began a 15 date U.S. tour at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, NY.

2005 - Lisa Marie Presley's album "Now What" was released.


Trying to lose weight? Keep it to yourself. In a study (NYU), people who shared their resolutions with other were less likely to enact them. One reason: Calling attention to your good intentions can create a premature sense of attainment.


Today in Beatles History:

1962 - In Liverpool, the Beatles performed at the Carvern Club. They wore their black leather outfits for the first half of the performance and then changed into their new suits for the second half of the show.

1967 - Paul McCartney celebrated the 21st birthday of his girlfriend Jane Asher.

2003 - Paul McCartney began the U.K. leg of his "Back In The World Tour". The set included 22 Beatles songs.


After being spotted Tuesday night wandering naked around an Indiana neighborhood, a 19-year-old man explained to cops that he was without clothes because it was "opposite day." He was taken to jail.


Today in Sports History:

1965 - The color of National Football League penalty flags used by officials was changed from white to bright gold.

1967 - Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia 76ers) set an NBA playoff record when he got 41 rebounds in a game.

1970 - Bobby Orr (Boston Bruins) became the first NHL defenseman to win the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's top scorer.

1984 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers) became the all-time NBA regular season scoring leader when he broke Wilt Chamberlain's record of 31,419 career points.

1985 - John McEnroe said "any man can beat any woman at any sport, especially tennis."

1987 - Doug Jarvis (Hartford Whalers) completed his 12th NHL season in his 692nd consecutive game. Jarvis retired after playing the first two games of the 1987-88 season setting the iron-man record at 964 games.

1999 - Barry Bonds was walked intentionally for the 270th time of his career. He passed Hank Aaron on the all-time list.


Popular photo-sharing app Instagram, which has been a hit on Apple devices, was finally released onto the Android ecosystem on Tuesday. The app is available as a free download from Google Play (formerly Android Market).


Coming up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 3:10pm EDT (Regular season opener)

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 7:10pm EDT

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Winnipeg Jets 7:00pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 7:10pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 4:10pm EDT

Monday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 4:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers 1:05pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers 1:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:40pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers 1:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 3:10pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 2:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Pittsburgh Pirates 4:35pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway 8:30pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 4:05pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Pittsburgh Pirates 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 1:35pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Pittsburgh Pirates 4:05pm EDT


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

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