Saturday, December 29, 2012

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Today is December 29th, the 364th day of 2012. There are 2 days left in the year.


League offers comprehensive CBA proposal to Union.

Canada rallies to defeat Slovakia; two players ejected.

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U.S. President James Polk and signed legislation making Texas the 28th state of the United States on this date in 1845.


U.S. National Junior Team Falls to Russia, 2-1,
in 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship
Trouba Tallies Power-Play Goal
UFA, Russia – The U.S. National Junior Team fell to Russia, 2-1, here tonight at Ufa Arena in the preliminary round of the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship. Team USA owns a 1-0-0-1 record (W-OTW-OTL-L), good for third place within Group B.

"Both teams played extremely well," said Phil Housley, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. "Both teams were a bounce away from a win and unfortunately for us Russia got the bounce it needed. We'll take a lot from this game tonight. Our game was where it should be and I'm very proud of the way our guys played."
Russia began the scoring at 2:42 of the first period, striking on one of its four power-play opportunities in the frame.
The U.S. had the only two power plays of the second period, capitalizing on the latter opportunity at 13:18 to knot the game at 1-1. Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich./Univ. of Michigan) positioned himself at the top of the point and one-timed a feed from Alex Galchenyuk (Milwaukee, Wis./Sarnia Sting) past Russian netminder Andrei Makarov for the tally.
Russia reclaimed the lead, 2-1, at the 4:10 marker on a rebound. Team USA had a power play for the final 1:32 of regulation, yet could not tally the equalizer.
Goaltender John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa./Kitchener Rangers) stopped 28 shots for the United States and Makarov turned in a 41 save performance for Russia.

Team USA next plays Sunday (Dec. 30) in Ufa, Russia, against rival Canada. Game time is 3:30 p.m. local time (4:30 a.m. ET) with NHL Network (DirectTV 215, Dish 403) broadcasting live and streaming live.

NOTESJacob Trouba was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... Alex Galchenyuk now leads the U.S. in assists (3) and points (1-3--4) for the tournament ... For the most thorough coverage of Team USA at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, click here ... NHL Network is broadcasting all Team USA games live and re-airing them in prime time each night. is also streaming all games live ... Phil Housley (South St. Paul, Minn.), head boy's ice hockey coach at Stillwater (Minn.) High School, is the head coach of the 2013 U.S. National Junior Team. He is assisted by Mark Osiecki (Columbus, Ohio), head men's ice hockey coach at Ohio State University,Grant Potulny (Minneapolis, Minn.), assistant men's ice hockey coach at the University of Minnesota and David Lassonde (Denver, Colo.), assistant men's ice hockey coach at the University of Denver ... Jim Johannson(Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the fourth consecutive year. Tim Taylor (Guilford, Conn.) is the director of player personnel ... Use the hashtag #USAWJC to join the conversation on Twitter.

Scoring By Period

First Period – Scoring: 1, RUS, Yarullin (Nesterov, Yakupov), 2:42 (pp). Penalties: USA, Trouba (interference), 2:29; RUS, Mozer (hooking), 2:57; USA, Team (too many men), 9:36; USA, Gibson (tripping), 11:27; USA, Grimaldi (hooking), 14:37.
Second Period – Scoring: 2, USA, Trouba (Galchenyuk), 13:18, (pp). Penalties: RUS, Dyakov (tripping), 5:12; RUS, Kucherov (holding), 12:28.
Third Period – Scoring: 3, RUS, Tkachyov (Nichushkin, Sergeyev), 4:10. Penalties: RUS, Kapustin (checking from behind), 18:28; RUS, Kapustin (10-minute misconduct), 18:28.
Shots by Period
Goaltender (SV/SH)123Total
USA, Gibson, 59:097/811/1110/1128/30
RUS, Makarov, 60:0010/1016/1715/1541/42

Power Play:
 USA 1-4; RUS, 1-4
Penalties: USA 4-8; RUS, 5-18
2013 IIHF World Junior Championship ScheduleDec. 26, 2012-Jan. 5, 2013 • Ufa, Russia • Ufa Arena 
Time (Local/EST)/Result
Thurs., Dec. 20
USA vs. Sweden*W, 3-2 OTNHL Network
Sat., Dec. 22
Finland vs. USA*L, 1-5NHL Network
Thurs., Dec. 27
USA vs. GermanyW, 8-0NHL Network/
Fri., Dec. 28
USA vs. RussiaL, 1-2NHL Network/
Sun., Dec. 30
USA vs. Canada3:30 p.m./4:30 a.m.NHL Network/
Mon., Dec. 31USA vs. Slovakia4:00 p.m./5:00 a.m.NHL Network/
Wed., Jan. 2
Quarterfinal #1
Quarterfinal #2
5:00 p.m./4:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m./8:00 a.m.
NHL Network/
NHL Network/
Thurs., Jan. 3
Semifinal #1
Semifinal #2
5:00 p.m./4:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m./8:00 a.m.
NHL Network/
NHL Network/
Sat., Jan. 5
Bronze Medal Game
Gold Medal Game
5:00 p.m./4:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m./8:00 a.m.
NHL Network/
NHL Network/
*pre-tournament game in Helsinki, Finland

U.S. National Under-17 Team Downs Canada Pacific, 6-2, in
Pre-Tournament Game at 2013 World Under-17 Challenge 
Eichel Nets Two Goals and Adds Assists in Victory
DRUMMONDVILLE, Quebec – Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.) netted two goals and added an assist, as the U.S. National Under-17 Team downed Canada's Team Pacific, 6-2, in a pre-tournament game at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge here tonight at Centre Marcel Dionne.
"We stayed consistent with what we wanted to do tonight," said Danton Cole, head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team. "The guys did a lot of things right, it was a good start and we need to improve every game moving forward."
Pacific struck first on the power play at 4:34 of the opening frame. Team USA then found itself down two goals after Pacific knocked in the puck at 16:47. Team USA outshot Pacific, 14-5, in the period but could not solve netminder Payton Lee.
Team USA cut the Pacific lead in half at 5:16 of the second stanza off a Jack Glover (Golden Valley, Minn.) shot from inside the blue line. The power-play tally was assisted on by Nathan Billitier (Spencerport, N.Y.) and Ryan MacInnis(St. Louis, Mo.). Sonny Milano (Massapequa, N.Y.) next set-up Chris Wilkie (Omaha, Neb.) in front of the net for Team USA's second power-play goal at 10:11. Eichel collected the second assist on the play. Milano again worked the puck to the top of the goal crease, this time feeding Eichel for the score at 12:31. Eichel's tally, the third U.S. goal scored with the man advantage, gave the U.S. its first lead, 3-2. Ryan Bliss (Bedford, N.H.) also assisted on the marker. Austin Poganski (St. Cloud, Minn.) extended the lead for Team USA at 13:45. Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) and Alex Tuch (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) registered assists on the play. Eichel broke away to score the fifth U.S. goal of the period, shorthanded, with a backhand shot at 16:19.
Wilkie added another special teams goal at 8:18 of the final frame and the U.S. skated away with a 6-2 victory. Louis Belpedio (Skokie, Ill.) and Bliss collected helpers on the score.
Edwin Minney (WInd Gap, Pa.) and Chris Birdsall (Glen Rock, N.J.) combined to stop 15 shots in the win for Team USA, while Lee and Jordan Papirny turned aside 30 saves in the loss for Pacific.
The U.S. National Under-17 Team will open tournament play against Canada's Team Ontario tomorrow (Dec. 29), in Victoriaville, Quebec at the Colisee Desjardins. Puck drop is slated for 1:30 p.m. EST. A complete schedule can be found below.
NOTES: Jack Eichel was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... For Team USA's full roster, click here ... Forwards Keegan Iverson (St. Louis Park, Minn.) and Dominic Turgeon (Cherry Hills, Colo.) play for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League, while Austin Poganski skates for Cathedral High School in St. Paul, Minn. Netminder Chris Birdsall suits up for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League, while the other 18 players on the roster come from the U.S. National Under-17 Team that is part of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program based in Ann Arbor, Mich. ... The 2013 World Under-17 Challenge includes two pools of five teams. Pool A consists of teams from Finland, Canada's Team Pacific, Russia, Sweden and Canada's Team West. Pool B consists of teams from Canada's Team Atlantic, Canada's Team Ontario, Canada's Team Quebec, Slovakia and the United States ... The U.S. enters the tournament having captured first place three times (2001-02, 2010) and second place in 1999, 2008, 2011, 2012 ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #WU17 ... For additional coverage, visit USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Facebook page ... The U.S. National Under-17 Team trains with The Hockey IntelliGym, a revolutionary new software program released on October 1, 2010, that trains hockey sense. To learn more, visit
Scoring By Period
USA0 -5 -1 -6
PAC2 -0 -0 -2

First Period - Scoring: 1, PAC, Virtanen (Gropp, Mayo), 4:34, (pp); 2, PAC, Bleackley (Sandhu), 16:47. Penalties: USA, Milano (holding), 3:56; PAC, Hickey (cross-checking), 9:23; USA, Wilkie (slashing), 14:40; PAC, Sandhu (cross-checking), 16:47.
Second Period - Scoring: 3, USA, Glover (Billitier, MacInnis), 5:16, (pp); 4, USA, Wilkie (Milano, Eichel), 10:11, (pp); 5, USA, Eichel (Milano, Bliss), 12:31, (pp); 6, Poganski (Larkin, Tuch), 13:45; 7, USA, Eichel (unassisted), 16:19, (sh). Penalties: USA, Eichel (interference), 1:38; PAC, Gagnon (hooking), 4:02; PAC, Point (slashing), 9:28; PAC, Virtanen (hooking), 10:44; USA, Billitier (interference), 15:47; USA, Iverson (interference), 19:01.
Third Period - Scoring: 7, USA, Wilkie (Belpedio, Bliss), 8:18, (pp). Penalties: PAC, MacMaster (boarding), 9:10; PAC, Virtanen (hooking), 10:12; USA, Iverson (holding), 0:26.

Shots by Period
Goaltenders (SH/SV)123Total
USA, Minney, 29:49
USA, Birdsall, 30:11--5/56/611/11
PAC, Lee, 30:1114/145/2--19/16
PAC, Papirny, 29:49--5/312/1117/14

Power Play: USA 4-7; PAC 1-6
USA 6-12; PAC 7-14

Team USA 2013 World Under-17 Challenge ScheduleDec. 28, 2012 - Jan. 4, 2013 • Drummondville and Victoriaville, Quebec
DateOpponentLocationTime/ResultLive Streaming
Fri., Dec. 28Canada Pacific*Centre Marcel DionneW, 6-2
Sat., Dec 29Canada OntarioColisee Desjardins1:30 p.m.FASTHockey
Sun., Dec. 30Canada AtlanticColisee Desjardins1:30 p.m.FASTHockey
Mon., Dec. 31Canada QuebecColisee Desjardins7:30 p.m.FASTHockey
Weds., Jan. 2SlovakiaCentre Marcel Dionne1:30 p.m.FASTHockey
Thurs., Jan. 3SemifinalCentre Marcel Dionne7:30 p.m.FASTHockey
SemifinalColisee Desjardins7:30 p.m.FASTHockey
Fri., Jan. 4Third-Place GameCentre Marcel Dionne3:00 p.m.FASTHockey
Championship GameColisee Desjardins7:30 p.m.FASTHockey
*Pre-tournament game


U.S. President James Polk turned on the first gas light at the White House on this date in 1848.


The Oregon State Beavers take on the Texas Longhorns in the Valero Alamo Bowl tonight in San Antonio, Texas. Kickoff is set for 6:45pm EST on ESPN.

For the Beavers: Alamo Bowl preview: Cody Vaz takes aim at struggling Texas defense.

For the Longhorns: Carlton: Unfinished business keeps defensive coordinator Manny Diaz at Texas.

Visit the Oregon State Athletics department official web site.


On this date in 1851, the first American Young Men's Christian Association was organized, in Boston, MA.


Top 10 Catches of 2012.

Best images of 2012.

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On this date in 1888, the first performance of Macbeth took place at the Lyceum Theatre.


Tampa, FL. —The head football coach at Northeast High School, Jalazo led his team to several memorable victories and an encouraging playoff berth but made just as big of an impact on his players off the field.

Read the rest here.


"The Unwelcome Throne" was released by Selig’s Polyscope Company on this date in 1913. This was a moving picture and the first serial motion picture.


Let's see if Aunt Tracy is home. (Jimmy's last picture with his Mommy.)


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching Beaver Football, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1956 - 
Elvis Presley's single "Old Shep" hit #47 in the U.S.

1956 - Elvis Presley's single "Love Me Tender" hit #22 in the U.K.

1962 - The album "Elvis' Christmas Album" re-charted at #59 in the U.S.


The mystery voice of Mr. Hush was heard for the first time on the radio show, "Truth or Consequences", hosted by Ralph Edwards on this date in 1945.


Today in Beatles History:

1979 - 
Wings played on the last night of the "Concerts For The People Of Kampuchea."


On this date in 1945, Sheb Wooley recorded the first commercial record made in Nashville, TN.


Today in Sports History:

1934 - 
The first regular-season college basketball game was played at Madison Square Garden in New York City. New York University defeated Notre Dame 25-18.

1937 - Babe Ruth returned to baseball as the new manager of the Class D, DeLand Reds of the Florida State League. Ruth had retired from baseball in 1935.

1961 - Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia Warriors) scored 60 points against the Los Angeles Lakers.

1965 - CBS acquired the rights to the NFL regular-season games in 1966 and 1967, with an option for 1968, for $18.8 million per year.

1984 - Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) scored his 100th point in the 35th game of the season.


On this date in 1949, KC2XAK of Bridgeport, Connecticut became the first ultrahigh frequency (UHF) television station to begin operating on a regular daily schedule.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs. Texas Longhorns 6:45pm EST

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers  at Atlanta Falcons 1:00pm EST

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

Junior Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Boston Showcase

Saturday --

Junior Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Boston Showcase

Sunday --

Junior Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Boston Showcase


That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow!

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