Thursday, February 14, 2013

It's Thursday

It's Thursday. Here's what's happening.


Today is February 14th, the 45th day of 2013. There are 320 days left in the year.


Senators' Karlsson out indefinitely with Achilles injury.

Blue Jackets name Kekalainen new general manager.

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Today's Birthdays: Florence Henderson (The Brady Bunch) is 79; Magician Teller of Penn and Teller is 65; Meg Tilly is 53; Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty is 41.


Tampa, FL. -- This is the second of four meetings between the Southeast Division rivals. The two clubs met to kick off the 2013 season back on January 19 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, a game in which Eric Brewer and Martin St. Louis each scored twice to help the Lightning to a 6-3 win. The teams will face off again on April 7 and April 13, respectively, at the Verizon Center in the nation’s capital.

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The first photograph of a U.S. President, while in office, was taken by Matthew Brady in New York City on this date in 1849. President James Polk was the subject of the picture.


U.S. National Sled Hockey Team Faces Canada in Three-Game Series
Team USA Prepares for 2013 International Paralympic Committee World Championship
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The 2012-13 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will face Canada in a three-game series Feb. 14-16 at Canadian International Hockey Academy Arena in Rockland, Ont., a suburb of Ottawa. The series marks the final international competition for Team USA before it defends its 2012 world title at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee World Championship April 12-20 in Goyang City, Korea.
The 2012-13 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team has won eight of its nine international games this season en route to a pair of tournament championships. In December, Team USA captured the 2012 World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Calgary, Alta. The U.S. avenged a preliminary round loss to Canada by beating the tournament host in the championship game. In January, the U.S. held the USA Hockey Sled Cup in Indian Trail, N.C., and won each of its four games, including a pair of victories against Korea.

Jeff Sauer (Madison, Wis.), former men's ice hockey head coach at Colorado College and the University of Wisconsin, is the second-year head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. The assistant coach is Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wis.), who is also in his second season. For the complete roster, click here.
2013 Series vs. Canada
Feb. 14-16 - Rockland, Ont. - Canadian International Hockey Academy Arena
DateEventTime (ET)
Thurs., Feb. 14vs. Canada7:00 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 15vs. Canada7:00 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 16vs. Canada2:00 p.m.
NOTES: For live coverage of the series, follow @usahockey and @usahockeyscores on Twitter ... Media wishing to cover the series should contact Matt Trevor of the USA Hockey communications staff ... Team USA has won the last three major international events, including the 2009 IPC World Sledge Hockey Championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic; the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver, B.C.; and the 2012 IPC World Sledge Hockey Championship in Hamar, Norway ... Eight members of the 2012-13 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team helped the United States win the gold medal at the 2010 Paralympic Games ... The U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team for the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia, will be chosen this summer … Dan Brennan is the general manager for the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team.


Steve Martin has become a father for the first time at the age of 63. [Congratulations have been poring in from everyone in Hollywood-- and Dan Marino.]


Vote of confidence: Argos extend GM Jim Barker.

Barker hoping to re-sign Foley and Kackert.

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According to the British Heart Foundation, 90% of women want a simple hug for Valentines Day instead of a costly present. Um... no offense to the British Heart Foundation, but if I were you, guys, I'd also have a gift -- just in case.


Tampa, FL. — A former All-American at the University of Florida, Henry was the Eagles' punter in 2011, averaging 42.9 yards per kick.

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Taco Bell has announced that its Doritos Locos Tacos in Cool Ranch flavor will be launched March 7. Taco Bell hopes the Cool Ranch sequel will be as successful as the original Doritos Locos Taco, with over 350 million sold in the past year.


Jimmy eats some birthday cookie at Daddy's Happy Birthday.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as scheduling your car for service, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1957 - RCA informed Elvis Presley that they would exercise their option to extend the term of his contract. The current contract was to expire on October 15, 1961, the new contract was scheduled to expire on October 15, 1966.

1966 - The principle photography for the Elvis Presley movie "Spinout" began.

1975 - Elvis Presley was discharged from the hospital. He was admitted on January 29.


Oregon became the 33rd member of the Union on this date in 1859.


Today in Beatles History:

1972 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono began a weeklong stay as co-hosts on "The Mike Douglas Show."

2003 - In Sydney, Australia, police recovered reel-to-reel tapes that had apparently been recorded by the Beatles. The tapes were believed to have been stolen from the Abbey Road Studios in 1969. 


SHE'LL LOVE THIS - How to make bacon roses.


Today in Sports History:

1934 - The NHL held its first All-Star Game as a benefit for injured NHL star Ace Bailey. Toronto played against a team of All-Stars from the seven other teams in the league.

1966 - Rick Mount of Lebanon, IN, became the first high school, male athlete to be pictured on the cover of "Sports Illustrated".

1966 - Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia 76ers set a National Basketball Association record when he reached a career high of 20,884 points after seven NBA seasons.

1966 - CBS bought the rights to the NFL's 1966 and 1967 Championship Games for $2 million per game.

1977 - Al Hill (Philadelphia Flyers) scored five points, 2 goals and 3 assists, in his first NHL game.

1979 - Twenty-year-old rookie, Don Maloney (New York Rangers) scored his first goal in the National Hockey League. It came on his first NHL shot.

1988 - Bobby Allison became the oldest driver to win NASCAR's Daytona 500.

1989 - Mike Tyson and Robin Givens were divorced.

1990 - Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins) ended his 46-game scoring streak. The streak was the second-longest in NHL history.

2002 - Greco Roman wrestler Rulon Gardner was stranded 17 hours outside in temperatures that reached 25 below zero. When he was found his body temperature was 88 and his feet were frozen. On March 28, 2002, Gardner had the middle two toes on his right foot amputated due to frostbite.

2003 - A Florida judge issued a warrant for the arrest of Jose Canseco. Canseco had violated his probation that stemmed from a nightclub brawl in 2001. On March 17, he was sentenced to two years of house arrest and three years of probation.

2004 - Sean Burke (Philadelphia Flyers) got his 300th win. Burke was the 20th goalie to reach the milestone.


Cops in Ottawa, Ontario, are circulating an image they believe a break-in suspect took of himself. The crook broke into a Ford dealership and, at one point, photocopied his face. He left the photocopy behind.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Washington Capitals 7:30pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers 3:00pm EST

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs. Palm Beach Hawks 5:15pm EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs. Palm Beach Hawks 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs. Palm Beach Hawks 9:30am EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs. Palm Beach Hawks 12:15pm EST


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

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