Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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It's Tuesday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is June 19th, the 171st day of 2012. There are 195 days left in the year.

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Hart race highlights star-studded NHL Awards.

NHL platforms cover every angle at 2012 NHL Awards.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Paula Abdul is 50; Actress Mia Sara (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Timecop) is 45; Actress Poppy Montgomery (Without A Trace) is 37; Cartoon cat Garfield is 34; Actress Zoe Saldana (Star Trek, Avatar) is 34.

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Housley Named Head Coach of 2013 U.S. National Junior Team

Osiecki, Potulny to Fulfill Assistant Coach Roles


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Phil Housley (South St. Paul, Minn.) has been named head coach of the 2013 U.S. National Junior Team it was announced today by USA Hockey. It is Housley's first stint as the head coach of a U.S. National Team after serving as an assistant coach for the 2007 (bronze) and 2011 (bronze) U.S. National Junior Teams and the 2011 U.S. Men's National Team.

"We're extremely pleased to have Phil coach our National Junior Team," said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director for hockey operations at USA Hockey, who will also serve as general manager of the 2013 U.S. National Junior Team. "Having both played and coached internationally, Phil understands what it takes to be successful in a short tournament. He's also used to relating to players of this age group, which will certainly be beneficial."

"I'm honored to be asked to coach this team and look forward to the challenge," said Housley. "The depth of our player pool is as good as it has ever been and I'm sure it will be a challenge to settle on which players will represent our country in Ufa."

The U.S. National Junior Team will take part in the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2012 - Jan. 5, 2013 in Ufa, Russia. The U.S. is seeking its third medal in four years, having won the gold medal in 2010 and the bronze medal in 2011.

In 2011-12 Housley completed his eighth season as the head coach of the Stillwater (Minn.) High School boys' ice hockey team.

U.S. National Junior Team
Coaches & Results
IIHF World Junior Championship

Year Head Coach Record (Place)
2012 Dean Blais 4-0-3-0* (7th)
2011 Keith Allain 4-1-0-1* (3rd)
2010 Dean Blais 5-1-1-0* (1st)
2009 Ron Rolston 3-1-0-2* (5th)
2008 John Hynes 4-0-0-2* (4th)
2007 Ron Rolston 3-1-2-1* (3rd)
2006 Walt Kyle 3-3-1 (4th)
2005 Scott Sandelin 3-4-0 (4th)
2004 Mike Eaves 6-0-0 (1st)
2003 Lou Vairo 4-3-0 (4th)
2002 Keith Allain 4-1-2 (5th)
2001 Keith Allain 5-2-0 (5th)
2000 Jeff Jackson 2-3-2 (4th)
1999 Jeff Jackson 3-3-0 (8th)
1998 Jeff Jackson 4-3-0 (5th)
1997 Jeff Jackson 4-1-1 (2nd)
1996 Jack Parker 3-3-0 (5th)
1995 Jeff Jackson 3-4-0 (5th)
1994 Dean Blais 1-5-1 (6th)
1993 Walt Kyle 4-3-0 (4th)
1992 Walt Kyle 5-2-0 (3rd)
1991 Kevin Constantine 4-2-1 (4th)
1990 Steve Cedorchuk 1-6-0 (7th)
1989 Steve Cedorchuk 3-3-1 (5th)
1988 Terry Christensen 1-6-0 (6th)
1987 Dave Peterson 4-3-0 (4th)
1986 Dave Peterson 4-3-0 (3rd)
1985 Doug Woog 2-5-0 (6th)
1984 John Perpich 2-5-0 (6th)
1983 Bill Hasler 3-4-0 (5th)
1982 Lou Vairo 2-5-0 (6th)
1981 Lou Vairo 2-3-0 (6th)
1980 Lou Vairo 1-3-1 (7th)
1979 Lou Vairo 2-3-0 (6th)
1978 Len Lilyholm 4-2-0 (5th)
1977 Marshall Johnston 1-5-1 (7th)

* W-OTW-OTL-L
As a player, Housley had a remarkable career with Team USA, representing his country at 11 international tournaments. He was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004 and the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 2012. In 2000 he was honored with USA Hockey's Bob Johnson Award for excellence in international competition. Following his USA Hockey debut as a member of the 1982 U.S. Junior National Team, Housley went on to play for seven U.S. Men's National Teams (1982, 1986, 1989, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2003). In 2002 he received a silver medal with the U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Additionally, he won gold with Team USA at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.

Housley spent 21 seasons in the National Hockey League. A first-round draft pick (sixth overall) by the Buffalo Sabres in 1982, he spent the first eight years (1982-90) of his career there and, in 2007, was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame. Housley also spent time with the Winnipeg Jets, St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames, New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs. He concluded his career with 1,232 points (338-894), the most by an American-born defenseman.

NOTES: Mark Osiecki (Columbus, Ohio), the head coach of the Ohio State University men's ice hockey team, and Grant Potulny (Minneapolis, Minn.), an assistant coach of the University of Minnesota men's ice hockey team, will serve as the assistant coaches of the 2013 U.S. National Junior Team. Osiecki and Housley served as assistant coaches for the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team. Osiecki was also an assistant coach for the 2010 U.S. National Junior Team that won the gold medal. Potulny is making his Team USA coaching debut ... The USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp will take place Aug. 4-11 in Lake Placid, N.Y. Joining Housley, Osiecki and Potulny on the camp staff are Don Lucia (Plymouth, Minn.), head coach of the University of Minnesota men's ice hockey team; Tony Granato (South Hills, Pa.), assistant coach for the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins; and Greg Brown (Scituate, Mass.), assistant coach of the Boston College men's ice hockey team.

Forty-Six Players Named
to 2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp Roster

Camp to Take Place in Lake Placid this August
in Preparation for 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced the 46 players invited to take part in its National Junior Evaluation Camp this August in Lake Placid, N.Y. The players will be auditioning for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2012-Jan. 5, 2013, in Ufa, Russia.

Among the invitees are three returnees from the 2012 U.S. National Junior Team -- defenseman Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.), forward J.T. Miller (East Palestine, Ohio) and goaltender John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Also attending the camp will be nine members of the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team that captured gold last April at the 2012 IIHF Men's World U18 Championship in Brno, Czech Republic, including defensemen Matt Grzelcyk (Charlestown, Mass.), Seth Jones (Plano, Texas), Patrick Sieloff (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Brady Skjei (Lakeville, Minn.) and Trouba; and forwards Thomas DiPauli (Woodbridge, Ill.), Ryan Hartman (West Dundee, Ill.), Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) and Miller.

For the full list of players invited to the 2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp, click here.

The camp, which will take place at Lake Placid's Olympic Center from Aug. 4-11, includes practices, intrasquad scrimmages and international games against Sweden and Finland. A full schedule is below.

NOTES: Eleven of the 46 invited players participated in last year's camp ... The 2013 U.S. National Junior Team will be selected in late December following a pre-tournament camp from Dec. 19-23 to be held in Helsinki, Finland.

2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp Schedule
Aug. 4-11 • Lake Placid, N.Y. • Olympic Center • USA Rink

Date Event Time (EDT)
Sat., Aug. 4 USA Blue Practice 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.
USA White Practice 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Sweden Practice 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Finland Practice 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
USA Blue vs. USA White 4:00 p.m.
Sweden Practice 6:45 - 7:45 p.m.
Finland Practice 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 5 Sweden Practice 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Finland Practice 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
USA Blue vs. USA White 4:00 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 6 Sweden Practice 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
USA Blue vs. Finland 1:00 p.m.
USA White vs. Sweden 4:30 p.m.
Tues., Aug. 7 FInland Practice 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Sweden Practice 9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
USA Practice 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Finland vs. Sweden 4:00 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 8 USA Practice 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Finland Practice 10:15 - 10:45 a.m.
Sweden Practice 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
USA vs. Finland 4:00 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 9 Sweden Practice 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
USA Practice 9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
FInland Practice 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
USA vs. Sweden 4:00 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 10 Finland Practice 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Sweden Practice 9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
USA Practice 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Finland vs. Sweden 4:00 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 11 USA vs. Finland 1:00 p.m.
*all game and practice times subject to change

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Dunk: Competition heavy for Ticats pass rush.

Steinberg's MMQB: Backup pivots showing off.

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

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According to researchers (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) the increasing level of fatness in the world is as bad as an extra billion people. The researchers calculate the weight of the global population at 287 million tons.

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Saskatchewan Roughrider Training Camp Times.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders play their second preseason game of 2012 this Friday night, when they host the Calgary Stampeders. Kickoff at Mosaic Stadium is set for 9:00pm EDT, with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri calling the action. Listen to the game on 620AM CKRM in Regina, or via the listen link on the left side of this page.

Visit the team's official website, http://www.riderville.com.

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Singer Jennifer Nettles is pregnant. The Sugarland band member and judge on ABC's Duets married Justin Miller in November.

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This baseball game is fun.

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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....the Johnny Blog, Jimmy shows on TV, wash dishes, plus anything else I can think of. How 'bout you?

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Washington, D.C. -- The Rays and the Senators open a three-game series tonight. David Price starts for Tampa Bay. He'll be opposed by Chien Ming-Wang starts for Washington.

First pitch is at 7:05pm EDT.

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A U.S. Air Force deserter living in Sweden has come forward after 28 years. He's hoping to reunite with his family. [And to clear up some seriously overdue library fines.]

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Anaheim, CA.--
Matt Cain wasn't perfect again Monday night, but he didn't need to be.

Though it took only one hitter for the righty to end his string of retiring 32 straight batters, Cain (9-2) pitched strong enough following his perfect game to earn his eighth straight win, defeating the Angels, 5-3, in the series opener Monday night at Angel Stadium.

Read the rest here.

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A study out of the UK found 12% of women never, ever check their car's oil level. Does that make you cringe, guys, or what? Of course, we're walking around in 15-year old underwear with an elastic band that is barely hanging on, so we each have our thing.

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Today in Elvis History

1965 - Elvis Presley's single "Crying In The Chapel" hit #1 in the U.K.

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Fans of the Palin clan, rejoice. Tonight is the season premiere of Bristol Palin: Life's A Tripp. This new reality show follows Sarah's daughter as a single mother. The series follows Bristol's move from Wasilla to Los Angeles with Tripp and her sister Willow, and back to Alaska. Lifetime airs it.

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Today in Beatles History:

1967 - Paul McCartney told a British television audience that he had taken LSD.

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On this date in 1862, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln outlined his Emancipation Proclamation, which outlawed slavery in U.S. territories.

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Today in Sports History:

1846 - The New York Knickerbocker Club played the New York Club in the first baseball game at the Elysian Field, Hoboken, NJ. It was the first organized baseball game.

1867 - In New York, the Belmont Stakes was run for the first time.

1943 - The National Football League approved the merger of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

1972 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the anti-trust exemption that major league baseball uses was Constitutional. The court called upon the U.S. Congress to repeal the sport's special status.

1973 - Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) got his 2,000-career-hit.

1973 - Gordie Howe left the NHL to join his sons Mark and Marty in the WHA (World Hockey Association).

1986 - University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias died of a cocaine-induced seizure.

1999 - The Dallas Stars won their first NHL Stanley Cup by defeating the Buffalo Sabres in the third overtime of game six. The game actually ended on June 20th.

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On this date in 1910, the first Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Washington Nationals 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Angels 10:05pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Washington Nationals 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Angels 10:05pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Washington Nationals 7:05pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Philadelphia Phillies 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Oakland Athletics 10:05pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- America Sargento 200 at Road America 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Philadelphia Phillies 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Oakland Athletics 7:15pm EDT

IZOD Indy Car Series -- Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Newton, Iowa 10:00pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Philadelphia Phillies 1:35pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma, CA 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Oakland Athletics 4:05pm 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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