Saturday, February 23, 2013

It's Saturday

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


Today is February 23rd, the 54th day of 2013. There are 311 days left in the year.


Islanders goalie DiPietro on waivers.

Westlake serves as ambassador for sled hockey.

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The Humane Society of Massachusetts was incorporated on this date in 1792.


Tampa, FL. -- The two Southeast Division rivals will compete in the second of five total meetings on the season. The clubs last met back on January 22 in Carolina, where the Lightning picked up their first road victory of the season with a 4-1 win. The teams will square off again three more times on the year, including March 16 and April 21 in Tampa Bay with a contest scheduled in between on April 4 in Raleigh.

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The Philadelphia College of Apothecaries established the first pharmacy college on this date in 1821.


Sixth Annual Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by CCM, Is Best Yet
More than 6,000 Boys and Girls Try Hockey for First Time,
NBC's 'Hockey Day in America' Showcases Game to Millions
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The sixth annual Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by CCM, wrapped up last Sunday (Feb. 17) and was a success by all accounts. The coast-to-coast event, which took place Feb. 15-17, was a three-day celebration of hockey that included hundreds of thousands of fans wearing their favorite hockey jerseys, more than 6,000 boys and girls trying hockey for the first time, millions of viewers watching NBC's Hockey Day in America tripleheader broadcast, and the sport celebrating its local hockey heroes across the country.
"Hockey Weekend Across America was yet again a wonderful opportunity for hockey fans to enjoy the sport at all levels," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "Each year we have seen participation increase and the passion exhibited is truly remarkable."

Each of the three days associated with Hockey Weekend Across America had a theme, including Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey Day, sponsored by on Friday; Try Hockey Day, sponsored by the NHL on Saturday and Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes Day on Sunday.
On Friday, Feb. 15, fans were directed to tweet at USA Hockey using#HWAA to share pictures of themselves, their friends and colleagues wearing their favorite hockey jersey. Fans also submitted photos on USA Hockey's Facebook page. to view a collection of the day's images.
On Saturday, Feb. 16, more than 6,000 children from across the nation were introduced to hockey for the first time during some 200 Try Hockey for Free events. Included was an outdoor clinic held at Soldier Field as part of the Hockey City Classic Winter Festival. Check out photos of players "Trying Hockey" throughout the day here.
In honor of "Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes" day on Sunday, Feb. 17, local teams and associations honored their heroes in various ways. In addition, some 50 fans shared stories of their hockey heroes
Also on Sunday, for the third straight year, NBC presented its "Hockey Day in America" coverage from 12 - 9 p.m. ET. Staged at Trump Rink in New York City's Central Park, NBC's studio coverage included features throughout the day that showcased all levels of hockey in the United States. NBC aired two NHL games in the afternoon, while NBC Sports Network showed the finale.

Hockey Weekend Across America incorporated the USA Hockey Officiating Program by giving some 20 aspiring young officials the opportunity to meet and learn from United States Hockey League and Southern Professional Hockey League veterans. Prior to each game, the young officials took the ice for warmups, introductions and the national anthem. Afterward, the young officials visited with their counterparts to review the game.

Hockey Weekend Across America also included the "Pick Six Sweepstakes." The Grand Prize winners -- Kelly Kastner (Chestnut Ridge, N.Y.), Kenneth Rosenberg (New City, N.Y.) and Kristine Wright (Green Bay, Wis.) each received their selection of six CCM products. First Place winners Katie Coughlin (Leonardtown, Md.), Brian Kelly(Braintree, Mass.) and Tony Tyler (Wanship, Utah) collected CCM "Strap a Rocket to the Puck" hockey sticks. Finally, 30 Consolation Prizes -- a USA Hockey hat -- were issued to Scott Adams (Coram, N.Y.), Matt Berger (Fairfield, Ohio), Ryan Camille (Timonium, Md.), Brenda Cisneros (Chula Vista, Calif.), Sephten Clevenger (Fountain Valley, Calif.), Aage Faster (San Diego, Calif.), James Gottmann (Cincinnati, Ohio), Mathew Green (Anchorage, Alaska),Scott Grumski (Sarver, Pa.), Keegan Harold (Fresno, Calif.), Cindy Jolly (New Palestine, Indiana), Georgene Keenan (Howell, N.J.), Andrew Kibitlewski (Vernon, N.J.), Ricky Krueger (Hutchinson, Minn.), David Lauritzen(Kirkland, Ill.), Maureen McKain (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Kylie Miller (Medford, Ore.), Steve Moyer(Temperance, Mich.), Beth Nadeau (Manitowac, Wis.), Mitch Parsons (Longmont, Colo.), Scott Pierre (Cottage Grove, Minn.), Carol Plahm (Blue Island, Ill.), Matthew Poulin (Bristol, Conn.), Page Ribe (Birmingham, Ala.), John Roat (Philadelphia, Pa.), Blake Sorensen (Chicago, Ill.), Lawrence Sprung (Smithtown, N.Y.), Stephen Trimper(Villa Park, Ill.), Ryan VanBommel (Troy, Mich.), Angie Wyle (Craig, Neb.).
NOTES: Hockey Weekend Across America was created by USA Hockey in 2008 to engage the hockey community in celebrating the sport of hockey at all levels and exposing the sport to new audiences ... Nine NCAA and 21 NHL games were televised live during the weekend ... Media coverage from around the country can be found here ... A snapshot of events held across the country in celebration of Hockey Weekend Across America can be found here ... On Sunday, the NHL Network replayed the 2013 U.S. National Junior Team's run to the gold medal in Ufa, Russia ... Total Hockey and Liberty Mutual are official sponsors of "Try Hockey for Free Day."


Boston was incorporated as a city on this date in 1822.


Pedersen: Roughriders newest DB makes no apologies.

Nichols continues to battle back from injured ankle.

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Alabama became the first U.S. state to enact an antitrust law on this date in 1883.


Tampa, FL. — General Mark Dominik says the team has elected not to use a franchise or transition tag on any of its pending free agents this year after numerous internal discussions on the matter.

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Charles M. Hall completed his invention of aluminum on this date in 1886.


Jimmy and Flipper.


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Today in Elvis History

1956 - Elvis Presley collapsed after a concert. The doctor noted the cause as exhaustion. 

1971 - Elvis Presley ended a month-long, 57-show season at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. 

1971 - Elvis Presley's album "On Stage - February 1970" was certified gold by the RIAA. 

1972 - Elvis and Priscilla Presley were legally separated. Priscilla informed Elvis about her involvement with karate champion Mike Stone.


The Tootsie Roll was introduced by Leo Hirshfield on this date in 1896.


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - A tape of the The Beatles' first of three record-breaking appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" was aired. They performed "All My Loving," "Till There Was You," "She Loves You," "I Saw Her Standing There," and "I Want to Hold Your Hand." The show was taped on February 9.

1970 - Ringo Starr guest starred on "Laugh-In." It was his first solo TV appearance.

2010 - Abbey Road Studios in north London was given protected status by the British government.


In Philadelphia, PA, the first radio contest was held on this date in 1910.


Today in Sports History:

1874 - Walter Winfield patented a game called "sphairistike." More widely known as lawn tennis.

1894 - Ottawa refused to travel to Toronto to play in the first Stanley Cup game. The Cup was awarded to the Montreal AAA.

1957 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the NFL operations did fall within coverage of antitrust laws.

1967 - Jim Ryun set a record in the half-mile run when he ran it in 1:48.3.

1968 - Wilt Chamberlain, of the Philadelphia 76ers, became the first player to score 25,000 career points in the NBA.

1983 - Herschel Walker signed a $5 million 3-year contract with the USFL's New Jersey Generals.

1987 - Nate McMillan (Seattle Supersonics) set an NBA record when he had 25 assists against the Los Angeles Clippers.

1991 - North Carolina became the first NCAA team to win 1,500 games.

1997 - Patrick Ewing (New York) entered the top twenty list of all-time scorers in NBA history.

1999 - Garth Brooks attended spring training camp with the San Diego Padres as a non-roster player. The Padres Foundation agreed to contribute to the Touch 'Em All Foundation in lieu of a salary to Brooks.

2000 - Robby Knieval made a successful motorcycle jump of 200 feet over an oncoming train.


On this date in 1927, the Federal Radio Commission began assigning frequencies, hours of operation and power allocations for radio broadcasters. On July 1, 1934 the name was changed to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 5:15pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00pm EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 11:30am

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway 1:00pm EST

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 3:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins 7:30pm EST

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Buffalo Sabres 7:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers 7:00pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins 1:00pm EST

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway 3:00pm EST


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

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