Friday, September 7, 2012

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Today is September 7th, the 251st day of 2012. There are 115 days left in the year.


Lokomotiv playing to honor victims one year later.

Doan waiting, but has 'deal worked out' with Coyotes.

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The nickname "Uncle Sam" was first used as a symbolic reference to the United States on this date in 1813. The reference appeared in an editorial in the New York's Troy Post.


Housley, McClanahan Named Head Coaches
for CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game

Game Scheduled for September 29 in Buffalo, N.Y.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Phil Housley and Rob McClanahan will be the head coaches for the first-ever CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game Sept. 29 in Buffalo, N.Y., it was annouced today by USA Hockey.

The event, which will feature 40 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft, will be staged at the First Niagara Center, home of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres.
Both Housley and McClanahan were key members of legendary U.S. teams -- Housley helped Team USA win the 1996 World Cup of Hockey championship and McClanahan contributed to the gold-medal effort at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. Each also played for the Buffalo Sabres.

Housley spent 21 seasons in the National Hockey League. A first-round draft pick (sixth overall) of the 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 played for 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.

Housley will be the head coach of the 2013 U.S. National Junior Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship from Dec. 26, 2012 - Jan. 5, 2013, in Ufa, Russia. He has also served as an assistant coach for two (2007, 2011) U.S. National Junior Teams and one (2011) U.S. Men's National Team. In 2011-12, Housley completed his eighth campaign as head coach of the Stillwater (Minn.) High School boys' ice hockey team.

Housley had a remarkable playing career with Team USA, representing his country at 11 international tournaments, winning the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and earning a silver medal at the 202 Olympic Winter Games. He was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004 and the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 2012.

McClanahan is famously known for his role in helping the U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team capture the gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, N.Y. Following its victory over the Soviet Union in the "Miracle on Ice," Team USA beat Finland to garner the gold medal. McClanahan notched the game-winning goal against the Finns and had five goals in seven Olympic contests. The 1980 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.

Additionally, McClanahan represented the United States at the 1979 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship and the 1982 Canada Cup.

Selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft, McClanahan spent parts of two seasons (1980-81) with the Sabres. He also skated for the Hartford Whalers and New York Rangers during his NHL career, which concluded in 1984.

A native of St. Paul, Minn., and an alumnus of the University of Minnesota, McClanahan 
is now a businessman in Minneapolis.
To purchase tickets or for more information, visit For the complete roster, clickhere.
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: Nick Fohr, assistant coach for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Under-18 Team will serve as an assistant to Housley, while Don Granato, head coach for USA Hockey's NTDP Under-18 Team, will serve at McClanahan's assistant coach ... 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 ... Uniforms for the event were designed by Nike and can be viewed here.


Brazil declared its independence from Portugal on this date in 1822.

************************************************ Mid-Season All-Stars - The Defence.

Week 11 Game Notes.

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George Ligowsky was granted a patent for his device that threw clay pigeons for trapshooters on this date in 1880.


Riders’ receivers motivated by Carr trade.

4-5 Saskatchewan's next action is this coming Sunday at 1:00pm EDT at 2-7 Winnipeg in the annual Banjo Bowl. Catch the game on 620 CKRM with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri calling the action. The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. online at

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Edith Eleanor McLean became the first baby to be placed in an incubator on this date in 1888.


Tampa, FL. -- Greg Schiano will take the sideline as an NFL head coach in a regular season game for the first time on Sunday, and he’ll be able to enjoy it thanks to months of hard work by the Buccaneers.

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Margaret Gorman of Washington, DC, was crowned the first Miss America in Atlantic City, NJ on this date in 1921.


I think I'll play with these toys.


Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....getting Jimmy's mommy out of the hospital, washin' dishes and watchin' tv. How 'bout you?


St. Petersburg, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Rays were off yesterday. Tonight, they start a three-game series with the Texas Rangers. Jeremy Hellickson starts for the Rays, Derek Holland for Texas.

First pitch is at 7:10pm EDT.


Philo T. Farnsworth succeeded in transmitting an image through purely electronic means by using an image dissector on this date in 1927.


San Francisco, CA.--
The Giants were off yesterday. Tonight, they start another big series with the L0os Angeles Dodgers. Tim Lincecum starts for the Giants, Josh Beckett for Los Angeles.

First pitch is at 10:15pm EDT.


The cartoon "Blondie" made its first appearance in the comic strips on this date in 1930.


Today in Elvis History

1957 - Elvis finished recording seasonal tracks for a forthcoming Christmas album.

1974 - The album "Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis" hit #44 in the U.K.


The final episode of the original "The Dick Van Dyke Show" was aired on CBS-TV on this date in 1966.


Today in Beatles History:

1969 - The half hour Saturday morning cartoon "The Beatles" aired its last show. The show had debuted on September 25, 1965.

1976 - Paul McCartney commemorated Buddy Holly's 40th birthday with the inauguration of "Buddy Holly Week" in Britain.

2010 - A parole board decided not to release Mark David Chapman. It was his sixth denial of parole.


"The Beverly Hillbillies" was seen for the final time on CBS-TV on this date in 1971.


Today in Sports History:

1896 - A.H. Whiting won the first automobile race held on a racetrack. The race was held in Cranston, RI.

1963 - The National Professional Football Hall of Fame was dedicated in Canton, OH.

1979 - ESPN, the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, made its debut on cable TV.

1986 - Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins threw his 100th career touchdown pass, in only his 44th NFL game, which set a NFL record.

1998 - Mark McGwire set a new major league baseball record for most homeruns hit in a single season. The previous record was 61 set in 1961.


American Express Co. issued the first of its Platinum charge cards on this date in 1984.


Coming up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Texas Rangers 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Speedway 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs Wisconsin Badgers 4:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 4:05pm EDT

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs USF Bulls 5:00pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Speedway 7:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Texas Rangers 7:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs USF Bulls 10:45am EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Texas Rangers 1:40pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Carolina Panthers 4:25pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 8:05pm 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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