Saturday, June 9, 2012

It's Saturday












It's Saturday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is June 9th, the 161st day of 2012. There are 205 days left in the year.

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Stanley Cup Finals (New Jersey Devils vs. Los Angeles Kings):

Wednesday, May 30th Los Angeles 2 at New Jersey 1 OT
Saturday, June 2nd Los Angeles 2 at New Jersey 1 OT
Monday, June 4th New Jersey 0 at Los Angeles 4
Wednesday, June 6th New Jersey 3 at Los Angeles 1 (Los Angeles leads series 3-1)
Saturday, June 9th Los Angeles at New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBC
*Monday, June 11th New Jersey at Los Angeles 8:00pm EDT NBC
*Wednesday, June 13th Los Angeles at New Jersey 8:00pm EDT NBC

* -- If necessary

Devils want to continue shifting pressure onto Kings.

Fraser: Practice, extra travel day have Kings ready.

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

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Jacques Cartier became the first to sail into the river he named Saint Lawrence on this date in 1534.

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Katey Stone Named Head Coach of
2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team
Harvard Head Coach, Team USA Veteran to Lead U.S. Women's National Team Into Sochi

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Katey Stone (Arlington, Mass.) has been named head coach of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, it was announced tonight by USA Hockey during its 75th Anniversary Gala. Stone, who became extensively involved with the U.S. Women's National Team Program in 2006, completed her 18th season as head women's ice hockey coach at Harvard University in 2012. Her 378 career wins is tops among active coaches in NCAA Division I.

"Katey knows what it takes to build gold-medal teams," said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. "We're very excited to have her continue to lead our U.S. Women's National Team up to and through the 2014 Olympic Winter Games."

Stone will guide the U.S. Women's National Team through the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, including at the Four Nations Cup this November in Finland; at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship in Ottawa, Ontario; and in other scheduled games as part of the build-up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

"We are confident in Katey's ability to continue to effectively lead and develop this team through the Olympics,"said Reagan Carey, director of women's hockey for USA Hockey. "She will be able to leverage and build on all of the work that she and our players have invested the last two years to prepare for gold in 2014."  

Stone most recently served as head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team that captured the silver medal at the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship in Burlington, Vt. A year earlier, Stone guided the U.S. to what was at the time its third straight gold medal at the 2011 IIHF Women's World Championship in Zurich, Switzerland.

"Katey is a proven winner and is completely invested in helping the U.S. win the gold medal," said Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey and chair of the organization's international council. "We're extremely pleased to have her lead our team in Sochi."

She also led the U.S. to the gold medal at the first-ever IIHF Women's World Under-18 Championship in 2008, and coached the U.S. entry in the Under-18 Series (2007) and the Under-22 Series (2006).

In addition, Stone guided Team USA to a pair of first-place finishes at the Four Nations Cup, initially in 2008 when the team captured the title for the first time since 2003, and again in 2011.

"I've known Katey a long time," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "If there's one thing I know, it's that our team will be well-prepared every step of the way under her leadership."

Along with her accomplishments on the international stage, she has led Harvard to a 378-164-32 (.686) record in her tenure, which included the 1999 American Women's Collegiate Hockey Alliance national championship, three straight appearances in the NCAA championship game (2003-05), nine NCAA tournament appearances in the event's 12-year history, six ECAC Hockey regular-season titles, five ECAC Hockey tournament championships, five Ivy League titles and 10 Beanpot championships.

In her 18-year tenure at Harvard, Stone has coached some of the best athletes in the world including nine Olympians (five who competed in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games) and six of the 15 winners of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented annually to the nation's best collegiate women's hockey player.

Stone, who appeared 33rd on New England Hockey Journal's "Top 50 Most Influential People in New England Hockey" in 2009, has been an important voice in the sport of women's hockey. She has served as a member of the NCAA championship committee, a member of the NCAA rules committee, a member of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award selection committee and president of American Women's Hockey Coaches Association.

Stone graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1989 with a degree in physical education. She was a captain and four-year letter winner in both hockey and lacrosse for the Wildcats. Stone helped the hockey team win back-to-back ECAC championships (1986-87) and was a member of the lacrosse team that captured an NCAA title in 1985. She earned All-ECAC honors in hockey and was a two-time All-America selection in lacrosse.

Before coaching at Harvard, Stone served as assistant athletic director at Tabor Academy (Mass.) and had coaching stints at Northfield Mount Hermon School (Mass.) and Phillips Exeter Academy (N.H.).
For a complete bio, click here.
What They Are Saying
About Katey Stone
"Katey knows what it takes to build gold-medal teams. We're very excited to have her continue to lead our U.S. Women's Team up to and through the 2014 Olympic Winter Games." 

- Ron DeGregorio,
President, USA Hockey


"Katey's track record of success and her commitment to be the best make her a terrific choice to lead our team in Sochi." 

- Dave Ogrean,
Executive Director, USA Hockey
"We started this journey in search of the best in all roles. Katey Stone’s experience, dedication, proven track record and commitment to Team USA ensures we have met our objective of securing the best head coach for our Women’s National Team."
- Reagan Carey,
Director of Women's Hockey, USA Hockey
"Katey is someone I've had the opportunity to play for at Harvard and with the U.S. Women's National Team and have enjoyed every moment of it. She represents what it takes - passion, character and commitment - to win on the international stage." 
- Angela Ruggiero,
Four-Time Olympian

Team USA Coaching Experience
  • IIHF Women's World Championship (2012-silver, 2011-gold)
  • IIHF Women's World Under-18 Championship (2008-gold)
  • Four Nations Cup (2008, 2011-first-place finish)
  • Under-22 Series (2006)
  • Under-18 Series (2007)
Harvard University Accomplishments
  • AWCHA National Championships (1999)
  • NCAA Championship Appearances (2003, 2004, 2005)
  • NCAA Frozen Four Appearances (2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008)
  • Ivy League Championships (1999, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009)
  • Beanpot Championships (1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010)
  • ECAC Regular-Season Titles (1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009)
  • ECAC Tournament Championships (1999, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008)
  • ECAC Coach of the Year (1999, 2005, 2008)
Additional Accomplishments
  • NCAA Championship Committee Member (2001-05)
  • NCAA Rules Committee Member (2005-09)
  • Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Selection Member (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2010)
  • President of American Women's Hockey Coaches Association (1998-2000)
  • Named 33rd on New England Hockey Journal's "Top 50 Most Influential People in New England" (2009)
  • Winningest Coach in NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey (378 wins)
NOTES: A media teleconference with Coach Stone will take place on Monday at 2 p.m. EST. Audio will be available following the teleconference at USAHockey.com ... The remainder of the coaching staff for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team will be announced at a later date ... The United States has medaled at all four Olympics since women's ice hockey joined the Games in 1998 (1998-Gold, 2002-Silver, 2006-Bronze, 2010-Silver) ... The 2010 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team was coached by Mark Johnson. The first three teams (1998, 2002, 2006) were coached by Ben Smith ... Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey and its international council chair, oversees all aspects of international competition for USA Hockey ... The appointment of the coaching staff of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team is subject to the approval of the United States Olympic Committee's Games Preparation Division ... For more information on the U.S. Women's National team, visit USAHockey.com.

 

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John Barry copyrighted "Philadelphia Spelling Book" on this date in 1790. It was the first American book to be copyrighted.

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Movin' on up: Brink climbs Bombers depth chart.

Durant out to prove his doubters wrong.

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

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The book, "Malaeska, the Indian Wife of the White Hunter" by Mrs. Ann Stevens, was offered for sale for a dime on this date in 1860. It was the first published "dime novel."

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Let's go see Mommy.

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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....hanging out with my family, the Johnny Blog and watching sports on TV. How 'bout you?

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Miami, FL. -- On paper, it defied logic. Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson walked seven batters and gave up five hits in 4 1/3 innings, and still, he somehow managed to surrender just one run.

That mystifying stat summed up the Rays' odd 5-1 victory over the Marlins on Friday night at Marlins Park.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1934, Donald Duck made his debut in the Silly Symphonies cartoon "The Wise Little Hen."

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San Francisco, CA.--
For the Giants, this was nothing like the World Series. Or the regular season, for that matter.

Friday night's rematch with the Texas Rangers, whom the Giants defeated in the 2010 Fall Classic -- and in 11 consecutive home Interleague games dating back to 1998 -- had a vastly different result. Ian Kinsler and Josh Hamilton homered, which the Giants haven't done at AT&T Park for 14 games in a row, as the Rangers and left-hander Matt Harrison dealt San Francisco its first shutout defeat of the season, 5-0.

Read the rest here.

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Tony Bennett made his debut in Carnegie Hall on this date in 1962.

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Today in Elvis History

1966 - The Elvis Presley movie "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" opened in Memphis, TN.

1972 - Elvis Presley performed the first of four concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden.

1973 - Elvis Presley's U.K.-only single "Polk Salad Annie" hit #23 in the U.K.

1993 - The U.S. Postal Service debuted its Legends of American Music, Rock and Roll-Rhythm and Blues stamp collection. The set featured Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Clyde McPhatter, Otis Redding, Ritchie Valens, Dinah Washington, and Elvis Presley. The Elvis Stamp had actually had a solo debut on January 8.

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An honorary Doctrate in Music was given to Bob Dylan by Princeton University on this date in 1970.

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Today in Beatles History:

1962 - The Beatles played a Welcome Home night at the Cavern Club. A record-breaking 900 people attended the show.

1977 - George Harrison and Patti Boyd were officially divorced. Boyd later married Eric Clapton.

1990 - The international music festival "Muzeco '90" was prematurely dedicated to the 50 anniversary of the birth of John Lennon.

2002 - Paul McCartney and his fiancee Heather Mills arrived at the remote Irish castle where they were planned to me married two days later.

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On this date in 1998, the Spice Girls played their first show since the departure of Ginger Spice. The event was a charity show, "Pavarotti and Friends," for poor children in Liberia.

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Today in Sports History:

1914 - Honus Wagner became the second player in major league history to record 3,000 hits.

1965 - Michel Jazy ran the mile in 3 minutes, 53.6 seconds. He broke the record set by Peter Snell in 1964.

1966 - Minnesota set a major league record when they hit six home runs in one inning.

1978 - Larry Holmes won a 15-round split decision over Ken Norton.

1984 - The Pittsburgh Penguins used their fist pick overall to select Mario Lemieux in the NHL Entry Draft.

1985 - The Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA title by defeating the Boston Celtics. Kareem Abdul Jabbar scored 29 points.

1990 - Monica Seles became the youngest winner in French Open history when she beat Steffi Graf.

1993 - The Montreal Canadiens won their 24th Stanley Cup.

1994 - Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes (TLC) set fire to her boyfriend's house. Her boyfriend was Andre Rison of the Atlanta Falcons.

1996 - Frank Thomas (Chicago White Sox) hit his 200th career home run.

1996 - Ryan Hancock became the first California Angel pitcher to get a hit in 24 years. Nolan Ryan was the previous pitcher to get a hit for the Angels in 1972.

2001 - Ray Bourque (Colorado Avalanche) won his first Stanley Cup. He retired from the NHL just 17 days later after a 22 year career.

2001 - Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche) became the first National Hockey League (NHL) player to win three Conn Smythe Trophies. The award is given to the playoff's Most Valuable Player.

2001 - John Vanbiesbrouck (New Jersey Devils) announced his retirement from the NHL after 19 seasons.

2003 - The New Jersey Devils won the Stanley Cup after defeating the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4 games to 3. Martin Brodeur (New Jersey Devils) became the first goaltender to produce 7 playoff shutouts in a single-season.

2008 - Ken Griffey Jr. (Cincinnati Reds) hit his 600th career home run. Only Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Sammy Sosa had more runs at the time.

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On this date in 2010, the Black Eyed Peas album "The E.N.D." (short for The Energy Never Dies) was released in the U.S. It was released in Japan on June 9.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Texas Rangers 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Marlins 7:15pm EDT

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway 8:00pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Marlins 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Texas Rangers 4:05pm EDT

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Houston Astros 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Houston Astros 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Mets 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Houston Astros 3:45pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Florida Marlins 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Seattle Mariners 10:10pm EDT

Saturday --

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Milwaukee IndyFest at West Allis, WI. 1:00pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway 3:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Florida Marlins 7:15pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Seattle Mariners 10:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Florida Marlins 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Seattle Mariners 4:10pm EDT

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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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