Friday, August 17, 2012

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Today is August 17th, the 230th day of 2012. There are 136 days left in the year.


With Hartley on board, Flames expect different script.

Hockey issues dominate CBA negotiation Thursday.

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Today's birthdays: Actor Robert De Niro is 69; singer Belinda Carlisle (Go-Go's) is 54; actor Sean Penn is 52; actor Mark Salling (Noah "Puck" Puckerman on Glee) is 30.


CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game Officials Announced
Game Slated for September 29 in Buffalo, N.Y.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today the two referees and two linesmen who will officiate the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game. The event will take place Sept. 29 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

The referees include Tom Chmielewskis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Chris Pitoscia (Edison, N.J.). The linesmen are Alex Stagnone (Boston, Mass.) and Brian Oliver (Rochester, N.Y.).

"USA Hockey is proud of these young men to have established themselves as our brightest stars in the officiating profession and have earned their assignments to this special event through hard work and commitment over the last few seasons," said Matt Leaf, USA Hockey's director of officiating education program. "They continue to represent our officiating program at the highest standard and we are pleased to honor them with this opportunity to showcase their skills in Buffalo."

Chmielewskis refereed in the American Hockey League and the ECHL during the 2011-12 season, while Pitoscia called games in the ECHL, United States Hockey League, Central Hockey League and Southern Professional Hockey League.

Oliver officiated in the AHL, ECHL, CHL and USHL last season and Stagnone was in the AHL and ECHL a season ago.

The CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game will boast 40 of the top American prospects eligible for the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Represented are 31 players from the United States Hockey League, the top junior league in America, including 22 from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. Additionally, at least 28 of the 40 are future NCAA Division I college players.
For the complete roster, click here. For more information or to purchase tickets to the event,

Follow @USAHockey and @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for up-to-the-minute information regarding the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game and join the conversation by using #AAPG.
Notes: Players selected to compete in the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game were chosen by USA Hockey in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting ... Players selected to partcipate represent 13 different states. Minnesota leads the way with seven and Illinois and Michigan bring six apiece. Other states include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin ... Four players from the USHL's Waterloo Blackhawks are among the players selected, including two goaltenders ... Of the 40 players, 31 played their most recent season in the USHL, five come from U.S. high schools, two are from the Ontario Hockey League, one comes from the Western Hockey League and one represents the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

• 2013 Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships Sold Out
• Ken Martel to Speak at the Herb Brooks Foundation Leadership Conference
• Mike Lukken Named Coordinator of Program Services

2013 Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships Sold Out

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The 2013 Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships is a complete sellout, USA Hockey announced today. Registration for the signature event began on July 16 and the final team spot was secured on Aug. 3.

For the eighth consecutive year, Eagle River, Wis., will host the Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships from Feb. 8-10, 2013, on Dollar Lake.

The immense popularity of the event has resulted in continued expansion. In 2012, the Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships drew 281 teams, which took part in 511 games on 24 rinks. The 2013 edition will feature 65 more teams, 96 more games and four more rinks.
The inaugural event in 2006 included 40 teams and 240 players.

Ken Martel to Speak at the Herb Brooks Foundation Leadership Conference
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Ken Martel (Colorado Springs, Colo.), director of USA Hockey's American Development Model, will be a featured speaker at the inaugural Herb Brooks Hockey Leadership Conference at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn., on Sept. 15.

The Herb Brooks Hockey Leadership Conference is intended to cultivate discussion and the trade of ideas to make the sport as safe as possible for its players, teach athletes to respect the game and their opponents, and yet develop them on and off the ice to succeed close to home, across the country and around the world.

Mike Lukken Named Coordinator of Program Services
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Mike Lukken (Colorado Springs, Colo.) has been named coordinator of program services within the membership development department at USA Hockey it was announced today.

Lukken's duties with USA Hockey include implementation of Grow the Game initiatives and working primarily with the Massachusetts, New York, New England and Rocky Mountain districts.
Lukken served as an intern at USA Hockey during the 2010-11 season, assisting with projects in membership development and adult hockey.

Prior to joining USA Hockey, Lukken worked in the athletic department at the U.S. Air Force Academy as an intern in event and hockey operations and served in a similar capacity in events and marketing for the National Football League Players Association.

In 2011, Lukken earned his bachelor's degree in sports management from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. He also received his master's degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University in 2012.

U.S. Women's National Under-22 Select Team Defeats Canada, 4-1

Team USA Takes First of Three-Game Series
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.  – The United States Women’s National Under-22 Select Team defeated Canada, 4-1, tonight at the WinSport Canada Athletic & Ice Complex in Calgary, Alberta. 

U.S. defenseman Rachel Ramsey (Chanhassen, Minn.) scored the lone goal of the opening period at 8:46 withJillian Dempsey (Winthrop, Mass.) drawing an assist.

Paige Savage (Carrollton, Texas) extended Team USA’s lead to 2-0 with a power play goal at 12:48 of the second period with Ramsey collecting her second point of the night with an assist on the play.  Canada’s Nicole Kosta responded with the host team’s only shot to pass by U.S. netminder Alex Rigsby (Delafield, Wis.) with 2:33 remaining in the period to make it 2-1 in favor of Team USA.

The U.S. scored the only two goals in the third period with tallies off the stick of  Kelley Steadman (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) at 12:16 and Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) on the power play at 18:17.
The teams will resume the series with the second game tomorrow night (Aug. 17) at 7 p.m. (MDT) at the WinSport Canada Athletic & Ice Complex in Calgary. 

NOTES:  Tonight’s three-goal win was the largest margin of victory for the United States in the history of this series.  Including tonight’s result, the U.S. is 3-7-3 all-time vs. Canada in the event.  For a complete listing of past results click here … The U.S. outshot Canada 30-17 … Katey Stone (Watertown, Conn.) is the head coach for Team USA, with Bobby Jay (Burlington, Mass.) and Laura Halldorson (Minneapolis, Minn.) serving as assistant coaches.

Game Summary 

Scoring By Period

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Ramsey (Dempsey), 8:46. Penalties: USA, Schleper (hooking), 4:07; CAN, Ambrose (hooking), 6:06; USA, Pucci (interference), 9:09; USA, Kelter (interference), 11:41.
Second Period - Scoring: 2, USA, Savage (Ramsey), 12:48 (pp); 3, CAN, Kosta (Campbell), 17:27. Penalties: USA, Schleper (tripping), 1:44; CAN, Desbiens (tripping), 2:36; CAN, Fortino (boarding), 2:59; USA, Ramsey (hooking), 6:39; CAN, Poudrier (interference), 10:50; USA, Smelker (hooking), 13:52; USA, M. Lamoureux (body-checking), 15:09.

Third Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Steadman (Skarupa), 12:16; 5, USA, J. Lamoureux (Gedman, Decker), 18:17 (pp).  Penalties: CAN, Lacquette (body-checking), 1:09; CAN, Lacquette (cross-checking), 8:13; CAN, Poulin (body-checking), 14:18; CAN, Ambrose (body-checking), 17:19; USA, Dempsey (hooking), 20:00.
Shots By Period
Goaltenders (SV/SH)
USA, Rigsby, 60:00
CAN, Desbiens, 60:00
Powerplay: USA, 2-8; CAN, 0-8
 USA, 8-16; CAN, 8-16

2012-13 U.S. National Under-17 Team Roster and Schedule Announced
Cole to Lead Team USA in Third Season as Head Coach
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, which enters its 16th year on ice in 2012-13, today announced the roster and schedule for its U.S. National Under-17 Team. The squad, comprised of some of the top American-born players in the 1996 birth year, will compete against teams from the United States Hockey League in addition to taking part in three international competitions during the course of the season.

The 22-player roster features eight defensemen, including Louis Belpedio (Skokie, Ill.), Nathan Billitier(Spencerport, N.Y.), Ryan Bliss (Bedford, N.H.), Ryan Collins (Bloomington, Minn.), Brandon Fortunato(North Hills, N.Y.), Jack Glover (Golden Valley, Minn.), Johnathan MacLeod (Dracut, Mass.) andJoshua Wesley (Raleigh, N.C.).

The 12 forwards include Anders Bjork (Mequon, Wis.), Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.), Jared Fiegl (Parker, Colo.), Ryan Hitchcock (Manhasset, N.Y.), Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.), Ryan MacInnis (St. Louis, Mo.), Sonny Milano (Massapequa, N.Y.), Dylan Pavelek (Marysville, Mich.), Nolan Stevens (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Alex Tuch (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), Joe Wegwerth (Brewster, N.Y.) andChris Wilkie (Omaha, Neb.).

Backstopping Team USA will be Edwin Minney (Wind Gap, Pa.) and Blake Weyrick (Ojai, Calif.).
To view the complete roster, click here.

Danton Cole is in his third season at the NTDP and will serve as the head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team for the 2012-13 season, while John Gruden, who worked with the U.S. National Under-18 Team last season, will serve as assistant coach. Trent Palm will serve as intern assistant coach for the Under-17 Team.
The U.S. National Under-17 Team kicks off the 2012-13 campaign at home with a USHL exhibition contest Sept. 16 against the Youngstown Phantoms. It will begin its 38-game USHL regular-season schedule Sept. 28 at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube against the Des Moines Buccaneers.

The U.S. will compete internationally at the 2012 Four Nations Tournament Nov. 6-11 in Monthey, Switzerland; at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Drummondville and Victoriaville, Quebec, from Dec. 29, 2012-Jan. 4, 2013; and at the 2013 Five Nations Tournament Feb. 5-10 in Jarvenpaa, Finland.

Tickets for home games played at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube are just $7 for adults and $5 for children, seniors and active military members. Youth hockey players wearing their team jerseys are admitted for just $1. New this season, the NTDP is offering a Family Four Pack, good for four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas. Family Four Packs are $25 prior to the day of the game. Tickets can be purchased by calling the NTDP front office at (734) 327-9251.

For Team USA's complete schedule, click here.

NOTES: The 22 players on the U.S. roster represent 13 different states. New York leads the way with six natives on the roster, while California, Massachusetts, Michigan and Minnesota boast two each … MacInnis represents the first Missouri native at the NTDP, while Wesley is the first from North Carolina and Wilkie is the first from Nebraska ... A total of 14 members of Team USA have already verbally committed to NCAA Division I schools … Fortunato and Pavelek competed in the 2012 Five Nations Tournament from Aug. 7-11 in Chomutov, Kadan and Klasterec, Czech Republic and helped the U.S. Under-17 Select Team go undefeated and finish in first place ... Billitier, Bliss, Eichel, Fiegl, Glover, MacInnis, Minney and Wegwerth all competed for Team USA in the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games from Jan. 13-22, 2012, in Innsbruck, Austria. Larkin was named to the team but did not compete due to injury ... A full-time elite development program in Ann Arbor, Mich., USA Hockey's NTDP includes both the U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams. The teams will count jointly as one team in the USHL standings as a member of the Eastern Conference. Should the NTDP qualify, the U.S. National Under-17 Team will compete in the Clark Cup Playoffs … The U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams utilize The Hockey IntelliGym, a revolutionary software program that trains hockey sense. To learn more, visit


What tops your kid's back-to-school list? Here's a hint -- it's probably not new clothes. More than 40% of kids between 8 and 18 years of age would rather have a new smartphone, laptop, or tablet. That's way off what parents think their kids want with 43% thinking it's a new wardrobe.


Swaggerville's Return: Elliott lifts Bombers to home win.

Campbell: How does Boyd's arrival affect the Esks' offence?

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Sunday is Hot & Spicy Food Day and Soft Ice Cream Day. So go eat something hot and spicy, then cool down with some soft ice cream.


Roughriders remaining on an even keel.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders, now 3-3 and tied for third in the CFL West, are on the road this coming Sunday, August 19th, to meet the division leading/defending Grey Cup champion BC Lions, a team they beat 23-20 in week 3. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm EDT, on 620 CKRM and the Rider Radio Network, with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri calling the action. The action can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. online, at

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In Major League Baseball Seattle's Felix Hernandez pitched a perfect game. [His wife wonders why if his aim is so good, she has to constantly clean the toilet seat.]


Tampa, FL. -- For the second preseason game, we point out five more Bucs to keep an eye on, including CB Anthony Gaitor and Buc newcomers Drake Dunsmore and Amobi Okoye

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If you've been making a nice living selling get rich quick potions, love spells, or tarot readings on eBay, your days are numbered. After August 30, these are among the items that will no longer be available on the online auction website. These categories were targeted because buyer/seller dispute resolution "often result in issues that can be difficult to resolve."


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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....washing dishes, having fun with Jimmy and just about anything else I can think of. How 'bout you?


Seattle, WA. -- Oh how quickly the shoe went from one foot to the other for the Rays.

A day after Felix Hernandez twirled Major League Baseball's 23rd perfect game against the Rays, they came out firing on all cylinders Thursday night. And with David Price on the mound stalking his Major League-leading 16th win, the Rays cruised to a 7-0 win over the Angels at Angel Stadium.

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In Norway, a driver on a rural road spotted a moose up ahead and swerved to avoid the animal -- but then ran into a bear. The driver escaped unscathed but it appears that the bear did not.


San Diego, CA.--
After yesterday's off day, the San Francisco Giants play at the San Diego Padres tonight. Matt Cain goes to the hill for the Giants, Ross Ohlendorf for San Diego.

First pitch is at 10:05pm EDT.


TEACHERS ROCK (8p ET, CBS) -- This special honors Americas educators with performances by Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Fun, Josh Groban and Garth Brooks.


Today in Elvis History

1969 - Elvis Presley's TV special was re-broadcasted on NBC-TV. The song "Blue Christmas" was edited out and replaced with "Tiger Man."

1977 - Elvis was scheduled to perform a concert, however, he had died the day before.

1977 - U.S. President Carter issued the statement, "Elvis Presley's death deprives our country of a part of itself. He was unique and irreplaceable."

1991 - The Elvis Presley single "Are You Lonesome Tonight (Live)" hit #68 in the U.K.

2006 - The Jerry Schilling book "Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley" was released.


Even though she moved to Chicago to be closer to him, Jenny McCarthy's relationship with Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher didn't work out as planned. The Playboy model has revealed to sources that they have split. She says the two remain "amazing" friends.


Today in Beatles History:

1960 - The Beatles began their first engagement away from England when they arrived in Hamburg West Germany. It was the first time the group played under the name the Beatles.


The capital city of the U.S. moved to Philadelphia from New York City on this date in 1790.


Today in Sports History:

1894 - John Wadsworth of Louisville set a major league record when he gave up 28 base hits in a single game.

1973 - Lee Trevino got the first hole in one of his career at the U.S.I. Golf Classic, in Sutton, MA.

1986 - Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) was struck out for his last at bat by San Diego Padres relief pitcher Rich "Goose" Gossage.


Robert Fulton's "North River Steam Boat" (known as the "Clermont") began heading up New York's Hudson River on its successful round-trip to Albany on this date in 1807.


Coming up:

Tonight --

NFL Pre-season football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Tennessee Titans 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at LA Angels 10:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 10:05pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge at Montreal 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 8:35pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at LA Angels 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

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

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at LA Angels 3:35pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres 4:05pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at BC Lions 7:00pm 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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