Friday, March 29, 2013

It's Friday

It's Friday. Here's what's happening....


Today is March 29th, the 88th day of 2013. There are 277 days left in the year.


End of an era, as Iginla's tenure with Flames closes. predicts Pittsburgh Penguins lineup.

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Today's Birthday's: Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter films, 28 Days Later) is 58; Amy Sedaris (Strangers With Candy) is 52; model Elle Macpherson is 50; Lucy Lawless is (Xena: Warrior Princess, Battlestar Galactica) is 45.


Tampa, FL. -- If Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman was attempting to spark his underachieving club with a bold coaching change, the plan has gotten off to a solid start.

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Today (Friday) at sundown the National Day of Unplugging begins. Don't use computers, cell phones, tablets or TVs for 24 hours beginning at sundown today. Embrace the ancient beauty of a day of rest. Re-connect with your family and friends face-to-face.


Wenatchee, WA.— The Wenatchee Wild look to strengthen their grip on first place in the NAHL's West Division, as they play a two-game set at the Fresno Monsters on the league's final weekend of the regular season.

Game time tonight from Fresno's Selland Arena is 10:35pm EDT. You can hear the game at and see it at

The two teams will also play tomorrow night, also at 10:35pm EDT.


Ashley Judd announced that she will NOT be running for the U.S. Senate. [She was going to but she was replaced by Jimmy Fallon.]


2013 Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships Continue April 3
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2013 Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships continue next Wednesday (April 3) with Youth Tier I & II and Girls Tier I & II tournaments. A week from today (April 4), tournaments begin for Women's A, B and C divisions, Junior Tier III and Adult 30 & Over, 40 & Over and 65 & Over divisions.
USA Hockey, in partnership with FASTHockey, is providing live streaming coverage of the Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships. Games are being offered on a pay-per-view basis. FASTHockey uses a unique game-credit system for viewing games, offering discounts to customers who watch multiple games. Users who want to watch one or more games must first sign up for a free account at Users can then buy game credits - a single game ranges from $7.99 (when one game credit is purchased) to $5.99 (when 50 game credits are purchased). Game credits never expire and can be used to watch live games or access on-demand content. In addition, games will be available for purchase on DVD at
2013 Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships Schedule
March 20-24High School (varsity)Coral Springs, Fla.
March 21-24
Sled (Tier I)
West Chester, Pa.
April 3-7
Youth Tier I (all divisions)
Pittsburgh, Pa.
April 3-7Youth Tier II 14 & UnderCharlotte, N.C.
April 3-7Youth Tier II 16 & UnderTroy, Mich.
April 3-7Youth Tier II 18 & UnderHartford, Conn.
April 3-7Girls Tier I & II (all divisions)San Jose, Calif.
April 4-7Women's (A, B & C)Oakland, Calif.
2013 USA Hockey Junior and Adult National Championships Schedule
April 4-8Junior Tier III Rochester, Minn.
April 4-7*Adult 30 & Over, 40 & Over, 65 & OverTampa, Fla.
April 18-21*Adult 50 & Over, 60 & OverTampa & Ellenton, Fla.
April 25-28*Women Recreational 30 & Over, 40 & Over, 50 & OverTampa & Ellenton, Fla.
May TBDJunior Tier I (USHL)TBD
May 10-13Junior Tier II (NAHL)TBD
* Live-streaming not available will provide live scoring, stats and standings from each of the Toyota-USA Hockey National Championship sites. Fans can follow all of the action from each tournament on Twitter, at both @USAHockey and @USAHNationals.

The Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships for high school varsity and sled were completed on March 24. Santa Margarita (Calif.) won the high school national championship in Coral Springs, Fla., while the St. Louis Blues were victorious at the sled national championship in West Chester, Pa.
NOTES: In all, 41 champions will be crowned at the youth, girls, sled, high school, junior, adult and women levels in 11 cities across the United States ... A complete list of USA Hockey national champions from past seasons can be found here ... Michigan holds the distinction as home of the most USA distinction as home of the most USA Hockey national champions, boasting 115 programs that have captured a title. Massachusetts is second with 77 champions and Illinois has 29 champions.
Social Media the Place to be for 2013 Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- During the 2013 Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships, coaches, parents, players and fans will have a chance to be featured in USA Hockey Magazine by sharing their experience through various social media.
Attendees are encouraged to tweet @USAHockey and @USAHMagazine and direct Instagram photos to @USAHMagazine using the hashtag #USAHNats2013 depicting their favorite moments of the 2013 Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships. Tweets and photos will be featured on and, and some lucky fans will have their tweets and/or photos selected to appear in the June issue of USA Hockey Magazine.
Tickets On Sale Tuesday For 2013 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Tickets to the 2013 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game will go on sale Tuesday (April 2) it was announced today by USA Hockey. The second annual contest, which will feature 40 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2014 National Hockey League Entry Draft, will be staged Thurs., Sept. 26, at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., home of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins.
Tickets start at just $10 and can purchased online at or at the CONSOL Energy Center box office. USA Hockey members receive an exclusive discounted price as do groups of 10 or more.
NOTES: Players for the 2013 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game will be chosen by USA Hockey, in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting, with the final rosters expected to be announced in August ... USA Hockey will unveil the CCM-designed uniforms for the game later this year. In addition, the coaches for the game are likely to be announced sometime prior to the 2013 NHL Entry Draft ... The inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game was hosted by the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y., on Sept. 29, 2012 ... Teams at the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game were coached by Rob McClanahan, a member of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team and Phil Housley, who led the U.S. National Junior Team to a gold medal at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. Team McClanahan prevailed by a 5-2 count over Team Housley ... Ryan Fitzgerald (North Reading, Mass.) was named the Most Valuable Player of the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game … Of the 40 players that competed in the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, 30 were from the United States Hockey League, the top junior league in America, including 21 from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. Players also came from NCAA Division I hockey as well as the Canadian Hockey League.
USA Hockey's Danton Cole to be Honored by Alma Mater, Michigan State
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Danton Cole, who is in his third season as a head coach at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, will receive the 2013 Distinguished Spartan Award at the Michigan State University men's ice hockey team banquet on April 17. Cole was a four-year letter winner at MSU (1985-89) and went on to help the New Jersey Devils win its first Stanley Cup in 1995.

Cole is currently the head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team and led the squad to a first-place finish at the 2012 Four Nations Tournament in Monthey, Switzerland.
In 2011-12, Cole guided the U.S. to the gold medal at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's Under-18 World Championship in the Czech Republic. The team went undefeated in the tournament (6-0-0-0) and gave up just four goals in the event.


Today (Friday) at sundown the National Day of Unplugging begins. Don't use computers, cell phones, tablets or TVs for 24 hours beginning at sundown today. Embrace the ancient beauty of a day of rest. Re-connect with your family and friends face-to-face.


Roughriders hand GM Taman two-year extension.

Stock Assessment: Forde's look at the defence.

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J&D's Foods became famous with Bacon Salt. Now it's offering bacon condoms. It's pretty much what it says on the box: a strip of bacon printed on a strip of three condoms which have a bacon-like design on them, pre-treated with Bacon Lube.


Tampa, FL. — As football fans gradually transition from following March's flood of free agency to gearing up for April's draft excitement, supporters of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are forced to believe that much work remains for a rebuilding team that finished 7-9 in 2012. While last year delivered a definite touchdown through the flashy additions of Vincent Jackson, Carl Nicks, and Eric Wright, general manager Mark Dominik's handling of free agency resembles a punt in 2013.

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Nicholas Brian Critchlow of St. Augustine, Florida, allegedly entered a convenience store and told the clerk he wanted to go to the pokey and was going to steal something. After swiping two drinks worth $5.39, Critchlow fled the scene. When deputies caught up with him he told them he wanted to go to jail due to the cold weather.


Silly little boy!


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as going to the doctor, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1958 - Elvis Presley's "Don't" hit #2 in the U.K.

1972 - Elvis Presley recorded the song "Always On My Mind."

1976 - In Memphis, Bruce Springsteen jumped a fence at Graceland in an attempt to see his idol, Elvis Presley.

2004 - The Vermont Teddy Bear Company released a limited edition Elvis Bear 2. The bears were to be offered from March 29-April 24, 2004, at more than 750 Kroger stores free of charge with a minimum purchase.

TV TONIGHT: NCAA TOURNAMENT - Sweet 16 coverage of the NCAA Tournament continues tonight on CBS and TBS.


Today in Beatles History:

1970 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono announced that Yoko was pregnant.

1986 - It became legal in Russia to buy a Beatles album.


IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND - G.I. Joe: Retaliation (PG-13); The Host (PG-13): Temptation: Confession's of a Marriage Counselor (PG)


Today in Sports History:

1929 - The first NHL Stanley Cup Final between two U.S.-based teams took place. The Boston Bruins beat the New York Rangers to get their first Stanley Cup title.

1970 - Tony Esposito (Chicago Black Hawks) recorded his 15th shutout. It was an NHL record for rookie goalies and the most shut outs in the modern era.

1973 - Bobby Clarke (Philadelphia Flyers) became the first NHL player from a post-'67 expansion team to score 100 points in a season.

1987 - Hulk Hogan took 11 minutes, 43 seconds to pin Andre the Giant in front of 93,136 at Wrestlemania III fans at the Silverdome in Pontiac, MI.

1998 - Tennessee won the woman's college basketball championship over Louisiana. Tennessee had set a NCAA record with regular season record of 39-0.

1999 - Wayne Gretzky (New York Rangers) scored his 1,072nd professional goal (WHA and NHL combined) passing Gordie Howe who had scored 1,071.

2004 - Steve Moore (Colorado Avalanche) spoke to the media for the first time since Todd Bertuzzi (Vancouver Canucks) sucker-punched him during a game on March 9.

2004 - The NHL approved the sale of the Atlanta Thrashers from Time Warner.


On this date in 1848, Niagara Falls stopped flowing for one day due to an ice jam.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New Jersey Devils 7:30pm EDT

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Fresno Monsters 10:35pm EDT

Saturday --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Fresno Monsters 10:35pm EDT (Final game of regular season)

Sunday --

Nothin' Doin'


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

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