Thursday, March 28, 2013

It's Thursday

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


Today is March 28th, the 87th day of 2013. There are 278 days left in the year.


Flames trade Iginla to Penguins.

Chiarelli: Bruins won't deal Malcolm Subban.

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Today's Birthday's: Dianne Wiest (Law & Order, Hannah and Her Sisters, Footloose) is 65; Vince Vaughn (Wedding Crashers, Swingers) is 43; TV personality Kate Gosselin is 38; Lady Gaga is 27.


Tampa, FL. -- Funny the way the same phrase kept coming up to describe the relationship new Lightning coach Jon Cooper had with his players at AHL Norfolk and Syracuse.

First it was Tampa Bay defenseman Keith Aulie, who played last season for Calder Cup champion Norfolk, saying, "We'd run through the wall for him."

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Thinking of blowing off that dinner reservation? Think again, because the restaurant just might shame you on Twitter. Red Medicine restaurant in Los Angeles is doing it. It's using its Twitter account to call out people who make reservations but don't have the courtesy to show up or call to cancel.


Wenatchee, WA.— Things were a little different for the Wild this week leading up to their 18-hour bus ride to Fresno, Calif.

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Kim Kardashian is starting to think about baby names. [Because so far the only name Kanye has contributed is Kanye.]


NTDP Announces First Seven Commitments for 2013-14 Season

Five Forwards and Two Defensemen Named to U.S. National Under-17 Team

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Forwards Christian Fischer (Wayne, Ill.), Jordan Greenway (Potsdam, N.Y.), Luke Kirwan (DeWitt, N.Y.), Matthew Tkachuk (St. Louis, Mo.) and Brendan Warren (Carleton, Mich.), along with defensemen Nicholas Boka (Plymouth, Mich.) and Zach Werenski (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) will join USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program for the 2013-14 season it was announced today. The players, all from the 1997 birth year, will compete as members of the U.S. National Under-17 Team.

Fischer averaged just over a point per game for the Chicago Mission Midget Minor program in 2012-13. He recorded 26 points (12-14) in 25 contests and is verbally committed to play college hockey for the University of Notre Dame.

Greenway skated for Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Faribault, Minn. during the 2012-13 season and amassed 60 points (22-38) in 43 games played.

Kirwan totaled 16 points (11-5) in 34 regular-season games with the Islanders Hockey Club of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. He also tallied three goals and registered one assist in four playoff games.

Tkachuk skated with the St. Louis Blues Midget Minor program in 2012-13. He amassed 82 points (25-57) in 41 regular-season games. Tkachuk, who is verbally committed to play college hockey at the University of Notre Dame, also totaled 13 points (4-9) in five playoff games.

Warren recently completed the 2012-13 season for the Compuware Midget Minor (Mich.) program. He had 51 points (20-31) in 54 games played. He is verbally committed to play college hockey at the University of Michigan.

Boka skated in 50 games for the Compuware Midget Minor (Mich.) program and totaled 30 points (12-18) in 2012-13. He is verbally committed to play college hockey at Michigan State University.

Werenski skated in 28 games for the Little Caesars Midget Major program in 2012-13. He scored seven goals and added 14 assists as part of the High Performance Hockey League.

NOTES: The 2013-14 U.S. National Under-17 Team will play in the United States Hockey League, the top junior league in the U.S. It will also compete in three international competitions, including the 2014 World Under-17 Challenge in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia ... Matthew Tkachuk is the son of U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member and four-time Olympian (1992, 1998, 2002, 2006), Keith Tkachuk, who spent 19 seasons in the National Hockey League.


Apparently, when putting together today's blog post, I messed up yesterdays and had to remove it altogether. Sorry everybody.


CFL mourns the loss of Ron Lancaster Jr.

Barker, leaving no stone unturned heading into draft.

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If you want your kid to live into their triple digits, start having them early. A new study found that kids have a better shot at living past 100 if you have them before turning 25.


Tampa, FL. — As he continues his account of a life-changing eight-day NFL-USO tour in the Middle East, the Bucs' Pro Bowl guard touches on living conditions for the troops and some brave soldiers he won't soon forget.

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Sometimes your child's love can hurt...badly. A 50-year old Kalamazoo, Michigan, woman was on the receiving end of a 5-year-old's hug that landed both her and the child in the hospital. The woman was standing by a second floor window at when a 5-year old ran straight at her for a hug. The weight and momentum of the child threw the lady off balance and out the window. Both were rushed to the hospital.


BIG smile!


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching TV with your son, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1958 - Elvis Presley arrived at Fort Hood, TX, for basic training. He was stationed there for six months.

1964 - Elvis Presley's "It Hurts Me" hit #29 in the U.S.

2005 - Lisa Marie Presley appeared on television's "Oprah."

TV TONIGHT: NCAA TOURNAMENT - The NCAA Tournament continues tonight on CBS and TBS.


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in London unveiled its wax version of the Beatles.

1964 - The Beatles single "I Saw Her Standing There" was #1 in Australia. They also held the next five spots with other singles.

1966 - Ringo Starr and George Harrison attended a Roy Orbison concert in Walthamstow, England.

1970 - The Beatles single "Hey Jude" hit #2 in the U.S.


On the heals of reports that Anderson Cooper has been approached about replacing Matt Lauer, NBC on Wednesday debunked the rumor the he's on his way out. A spokesman for NBC said, "Matt Lauer is the best in the business. We want him in the Today show anchor chair for many years to come."


Today in Sports History:

1945 - Maurice "Rocket" Richard (Montreal Canadiens) became the first NHL player to score 50 goals in a season. Richard scored 50 goals in 50 games.

1963 - Sonny Werblin announced that the New York Titans of the American Football League was changing its name to the New York Jets. (NFL)

1990 - Jesse Owens received the Congressional Gold Medal from U.S. President George Bush.

1999 - In Cuba, the Orioles beat the Cuban National Team 3-2. It was the first time since the 1950's that a U.S. team had played in Cuba.

2002 - Former NFL player Dexter Manley was sentenced to two years in jail for evidence tampering. He had been convicted for attempting to swallow cocaine he was carrying and then failed to meet with his probation officer.

2002 - Greco Roman wrestler Rulon Gardner had the middle toe on his right foot amputated due to frostbite. He had been stranded overnight in Wyoming on February 14.

2002 - Eric Cairns (New York Islanders) was suspended by the NHL for two games. The previous night Cairns had punched Radek Bonk (Ottawa Senators).


On this date in 1976, Genesis began its first North American tour since Peter Gabriel's departure. Phil Collins was the new lead singer.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

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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