Monday, March 25, 2013

Monday Morning Meissnervations











It's Monday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is March 25th, the 84th day of 2013. There are 281 days left in the year.

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Stars trade captain Brenden Morrow to Penguins.

Three issues determined Boucher's fate in 2012-13.

Visit the official league website, http://www.nhl.com/.

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Today's Birthday's: Former astronaut James Lovell (Apollo 13 mission, played by Tom Hanks in the movie) is 85; Aretha Franklin is 71; Elton John is 66; Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City) is 48; race car driver Danica Patrick is 31.

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Winnipeg, MB. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning again showed a lot of heart, character and determination amidst an eventful weekend on Sunday, but in the end, came up short.

Steven Stamkos had a power-play goal and Cory Conacher also scored to bring the Lightning to within one goal late in the game, eventually falling 3-2 to the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre.

The loss was Tampa Bay’s third straight, and came just hours after the team relieved Guy Boucher of head coaching duties.

Read the rest here.

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EASTER EGGS COME FROM CHICKENS - Let us take a moment to learn more about the lowly chicken, for without him we would have no Easter Eggs or Easter Egg hunts.
•There are four places in the United State with the word "chicken" in their name. Chicken, Alaska; Chicken Bristle, in Illinois and Kentucky; and Chicken Town, Pennsylvania.
•The largest chicken egg on record was nearly 12 oz., measuring 12 1/4" around.
•The greatest number of yolks in one chicken egg is nine.
•There are more chickens in the world than any other domesticated bird. More than one chicken for every human on the face of this earth.
•Chickens and turkeys are known to cross-breed; these breeds are known as "Turkins".
•Alektorophobia is the fear of chickens.
•Laid head to claw, KFC chickens consumed worldwide would stretch some 275,094 miles. They would circle the Earth at the equator 11 times or stretch from the Earth approximately 50,094 miles past the moon.
•The closest living relative of the T-Rex is the chicken.

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WENATCHEE — Who said March Madness is for basketball only?

In the midst of a knock-down, drag out dogfight for the North American Hockey League’s West division crown, the Wenatchee Wild reclaimed the division lead with a hard-earned 4-2 win over division cellar dwellers, the Fresno Monsters, before 3,707 at the Town Toyota Center on Saturday.

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How's your bracket holding up? No, not that bracket, this bracket.

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Lucia Named Head Coach of 2014 U.S. National Junior Team
Assistant Coaches; Video Coach Also Named
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Don Lucia (Plymouth, Minn./University of Minnesota), one of the most successful collegiate coaches in the United States today, has been named head coach of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team, USA Hockey announced here tonight at a press conference at the Xcel Energy Center.
The U.S. National Junior Team will compete in 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2013 - Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden. The U.S. is seeking its fourth medal in five years, having won gold in 2013 and 2010, and the bronze medal in 2011.

In his 26th season as a head men's ice hockey coach at the NCAA Division I level, Lucia's 622 wins rank fourth all-time among active coaches. He has won two national titles (Minnesota-2002, 2003) and his teams have averaged nearly 24 victories per season.
"We're extremely pleased to have Don as the head coach of our National Junior Team," said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director for hockey operations at USA Hockey, who will also serve as general manager of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team. "He has developed some of the best American-born players over the last 25 years and has excelled at each stop in his career. He's a proven winner and without question one of our nation's premier coaches."
Housley
Don Lucia
"I'm honored to have the opportunity to represent our country as the head coach of the National Junior Team," said Lucia, who was the recipient of the Spencer Penrose Award as the nation's top collegiate coach in 1994 and is also a three-time Western Collegiate Hockey Association Coach of the Year honoree. "Last summer, I had a chance to work with many of the players who will be on the radar for the 2014 squad and I look forward to getting back to Lake Placid this August for our camp as we begin preparations for the World Junior Championship in December."
Lucia has had a variety of U.S. coaching positions. Last August, he was a camp coach at the 2012 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. In 1996, he served as head coach of the U.S. Select-16 Team in a series vs. Finland. In 1995, he was the head coach of Team West at the United States Olympic Festival in Denver, and later that year was an assistant coach for the U.S. Men's Select Team that competed for the Tampere Cup in Finland.
U.S. National Junior Team
Head Coaches & Results
IIHF World Junior Championship
YearHead CoachRecord (Finish)
2013Phil Housley5-0-0-2 (Gold)
2012Dean Blais4-0-3-0* (7th)
2011Keith Allain4-1-0-1* (Bronze)
2010Dean Blais5-1-1-0* (Gold)
2009Ron Rolston3-1-0-2* (5th)
2008John Hynes4-0-0-2* (4th)
2007Ron Rolston3-1-2-1* (Bronze)
2006Walt Kyle3-3-1 (4th)
2005Scott Sandelin3-4-0 (4th)
2004Mike Eaves6-0-0 (Gold)
2003Lou Vairo4-3-0 (4th)
2002Keith Allain4-1-2 (5th)
2001Keith Allain5-2-0 (5th)
2000Jeff Jackson2-3-2 (4th)
1999Jeff Jackson3-3-0 (8th)
1998Jeff Jackson4-3-0 (5th)
1997Jeff Jackson4-1-1 (Silver)
1996Jack Parker3-3-0 (5th)
1995Jeff Jackson3-4-0 (5th)
1994Dean Blais1-5-1 (6th)
1993Walt Kyle4-3-0 (4th)
1992Walt Kyle5-2-0 (Bronze)
1991Kevin Constantine4-2-1 (4th)
1990Steve Cedorchuk1-6-0 (7th)
1989Steve Cedorchuk3-3-1 (5th)
1988Terry Christensen1-6-0 (6th)
1987Dave Peterson4-3-0 (4th)
1986Dave Peterson4-3-0 (Bronze)
1985Doug Woog2-5-0 (6th)
1984John Perpich2-5-0 (6th)
1983Bill Hasler3-4-0 (5th)
1982Lou Vairo2-5-0 (6th)
1981Lou Vairo2-3-0 (6th)
1980Lou Vairo1-3-1 (7th)
1979Lou Vairo2-3-0 (6th)
1978Len Lilyholm4-2-0 (5th)
1977Marshall Johnston1-5-1 (7th)

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Lucia has been the head men's ice hockey coach at the University of Minnesota since the 1999-2000 season, winning national titles in 2002 and 2003, and guiding the Gophers to two other Frozen Four appearances (2005, 2012). From 1993-99, he was at the helm of the Colorado College program, which he took to a pair of NCAA Frozen Fours (1996, 1997). Lucia began his head-coaching career in 1987 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he stayed until 1993.
Lucia's first coaching stint came as an assistant coach at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (1981-85). He also served two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Alaska Anchorage (1985-87).

A native of Grand Rapids, Minn., Lucia played collegiately at the University of Notre Dame (1977-81).

Brown, Lassonde, Motzko Named Assistant Coaches; Muse Will Serve as Video Coach

Greg Brown (Scituate, Mass.) will be making his Team USA coaching debut, though he has contributed to a pair of U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camps, including last summer's event. Currently an associate head coach for the Boston College men's ice hockey team, Brown is in his ninth season as a member of the Eagles' coaching staff. He has helped guide BC to five NCAA Frozen Fours, including national championships in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Brown is a two-time U.S. Olympian, having played for the both the 1988 and 1992 U.S. Olympic men's ice hockey teams.

David Lassonde (Denver, Colo.) returns as an assistant coach on the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team after helping Team USA win the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. Lassonde tutored goaltender John Gibson, who was voted the most valuable player of last year's tournament. Lassonde is completing his second season as an assistant men's ice hockey coach at the University of Denver, and his 25th season overall as an NCAA assistant coach.

Bob Motzko (St. Cloud, Minn.) is an assistant coach for Team USA for the first time. He's finishing his eighth and most successful season as the head men's ice hockey coach at St. Cloud State (Minn.) University. His Huskies were co-champions of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in 2012-13 and are in contention for their fourth NCAA Tournament bid during Motzko's tenure. Prior to SCSU, Motzko served in multiple coaching capacities at three different schools, including a four-season span on Don Lucia's staff at Minnesota (2001-05). Motzko has also been a head coach and general manager in the United States Hockey League.

Dan Muse (Clinton, Conn.) will serve as the U.S. National Junior Team's video coach for the second year in a row. Muse is concluding his fourth season as a men's assistant coach at Yale University, and his sixth season overall as an NCAA assistant coach. In addition to his work with the U.S. National Junior Team, Muse has also coached at USA Hockey Player Development Camps.

NOTES
: Jim Johannson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, is the general manager of the U.S National Junior Team for the fifth consecutive year ... Tim Taylor (Guilford, Conn.), who spent 28 season as the head men's ice hockey coach at Yale University, will serve as the director of player personnel for the U.S. National Junior Team for the fifth straight year ... Team USA will compete in a group with Canada, Czech Republic, Germany and Slovakia at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. For more information about the tournament, click here ... Approximately 45 players will be invited to the 2013 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., Aug. 3-10. Invitees to the camp and a complete schedule will be announced in the spring.

Amanda Kessel Wins 2013 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award
Minnesota Junior Named Top Player in NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.), a junior forward from the University of Minnesota, was awarded the 2013 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award today at the McNamara Alumni Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The award, in its 16th year, is presented annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey by The USA Hockey Foundation.
KesselKessel was named the winner of the award during a sold-out brunch ceremony at the McNamara Alumni Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota. She was chosen for the honor from a group of Top-3 Finalists that included two of her Gopher teammates - senior defenseman Megan Bozek (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) and senior goaltender Nora Räty (Espoo, Finland.)
"Amanda has had a historic season. Her domination on the ice this year has been nothing short of phenomenal. The number of points that she compiled is just one indication of her impact on our team," said Brad Frost, head coach at the University of Minnesota. "She has proved to be the most dynamic offensive threat in all of NCAA women's hockey, but her contribution goes much farther. She has grown into a complete two-way player, playing at an elite level in the defensive zone, on the penalty kill, and certainly in the offensive zone. Her domination of the statistical categories speaks for itself."
Past Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Winners
Year
Name
School
2013Amanda KesselUniversity of Minnesota
2012Brianna DeckerUniversity of Wisconsin
2011Meghan DugganUniversity of Wisconsin
2010Vicki BendusMercyhurst College
2009Jessie VetterUniversity of Wisconsin
2008Sarah VaillancourtHarvard University
2007Julie ChuHarvard University
2006Sara BauerUniversity of Wisconsin
2005Krissy WendellUniversity of Minnesota
2004Angela RuggieroHarvard University
2003Jennifer BotterillHarvard University
2002Brooke WhitneyNortheastern University
2001Jennifer BotterillHarvard University
2000Ali BrewerBrown University
1999A.J. MleczkoHarvard University
1998Brandy FisherUniversity of New Hampshire
During her breakout junior campaign, Kessel has helped the Gophers to an unblemished 40-0-0 record, giving the team a unanimous No. 1 ranking in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll each of the 21 weeks it has been released this season.
Kessel also helped the Gophers capture the Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season and postseason titles en route to reaching the NCAA Women's Frozen Four championship game.
Kessel leads the NCAA in goals (44), assists (53), points (97), points per game (2.69), goals per game (1.22), assists per game (1.47), short-handed goals (5), and is third in game-winning goals (8). She has recorded a point in 33 of the 36 games she has played this season and has 29 multiple-point games, including 11 contests with at least four points and 20 games with at least three points.
This season, Kessel became the just 24th player in NCAA history to reach 200-career points and only the ninth player to do so in three seasons. She is three points away from becoming the fourth player in NCAA history to reach 100 points in a single season.
In WCHA play, Kessel notched 75 points (34G, 41A) in 25 games, leading each offensive scoring category. She also led the league with 23 power-play points (6G, 17A) and earned WCHA Player of the Year accolades. Her 3.00 points per game led the WCHA and she ranked second in short-handed points (2G, 2A) and game-winning goals (6).
Off the ice, Kessel is active in the local community and volunteers her time at places such as HopeKids, Feed My Starving Children, Amplatz Children's Hospital and several local elementary schools.
NOTES: Amanda Kessel is the second Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner from the University of Minnesota, following Krissy Wendell in 2005 ... Kessel is the sixth WCHA player to earn the award ... This year marked the first time the Top-3 Finalists represented the same school - senior defenseman Megan Bozek (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Kessel, and senior goaltender Noora Räty all play for the University of Minnesota ... The 2013 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Ceremony and Brunch was presented on the campus of the University of Minnesota at the McNamara Alumni Center and was part of the festivities associated with the NCAA Women's Frozen Four ... Jim Rich, sports director and host of FOX 9 Sports Primetime on KMSP-TV in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, served as master of ceremonies for the event, while Laura Halldorson, former University of Minnesota women's ice hockey head coach (1997-2007) and teammate of Patty Kazmaier, was the keynote speaker ... The ceremony can be watched on demand at USAHockey.FASTHockey.com and PattKaz.com ... The 2013 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner was chosen by a 13-member selection committee comprised of NCAA Division I women's ice hockey coaches, representatives of print and broadcast media, an at-large member and a representative of USA Hockey, the national governing body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States. The independent accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, tabulated the ballots ... For more information on the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award and Patty Kazmaier, visit PattyKaz.com.
ABOUT THE PATTY KAZMAIER MEMORIAL AWARD
An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is annually presented to the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey. Selection criteria includes outstanding individual and team skills, sportsmanship, performance in the clutch, personal character, competitiveness and a love of hockey. Consideration is also given to academic achievement and civic involvement.
ABOUT PATTY KAZMAIER
The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is named in honor of the late Patty Kazmaier, who was a four-year varsity letter-winner and All-Ivy League defenseman at Princeton University from 1981-86. An accomplished athlete who helped lead the Tigers to the Ivy League Championship in three consecutive seasons (1981-84), Patty Kazmaier-Sandt died on Feb. 15, 1990, at the age of 28 following a long struggle with a rare blood disease.

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The new Pope had a meeting with the former Pope. (They compared NCAA brackets.)

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2013 CFL Combine wrap-up.

VANSTONE: Riders aren’t the only team without a proven backup QB.

Visit the league's official website at cfl.ca.

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may only require you to put some gadgets such as e-readers and laptops in "airplane mode" during takeoffs and landings -- maybe as soon as next year. The FAA has been looking into the use of electronics on planes, and might ease up on the strict rules to shut them down during certain times. But don't get too excited -- it wouldn't apply to cellphones.

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Tampa, FL. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are reportedly looking to trade cornerback Eric Wright.

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Volker Kraft is retired, so he had lots of time to decorate for Easter this year. Volker and his family have decorated an apple tree with 10,000 plastic Easter eggs.

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Tired little man.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as the first day of spring break, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1958 - Elvis Presley got his Army haircut.

1961 - Elvis Presley quit doing live performances and made movies for the next eight years. His next live performance was on July 31, 1969.

1961 - Elvis Presley performed his last live show for the next eight years in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The show raised $62,000 for the U.S.S. Arizona memorial fund.

2003 - Lisa Marie Presley's single "Lights Out / Savior" was released. It was from the album "To Whom It May Concern."
 
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The engagement ring a young Napoleon bought for his fiancee Josephine shattered expectations Sunday in France when it sold at auction for close to $1 million.

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Today in Beatles History:

1964 - The Beatles made their first appearance on Britain's "Top of the Pops." They performed "Can't Buy Me Love."

1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their "bed-in" for peace in Amsterdam.

1976 - The Wings album "Wings at the Speed of Sound" was released.

2003 - Yoko Ono's "Walking On This Ice [Maxi Single]" was released.

2003 - Ringo Starr's album "Ringo Rama" was released.

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An elderly woman caused such a scare at a Swedish recycling facility that employees called police. When police arrived at the scene, they carefully examined what the woman had dropped off -- it was a grenade. Specifically it was a grenade meant for a grenade-launcher. They removed the grenade and took it away for destruction.


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Today in Sports History:

1936 - The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Montreal Maroons in the longest hockey game to date. The game lasted for 2 hours and 56 minutes.

1958 - Sugar Ray Robinson regained his middleweight title for the fifth time when he defeated Carmen Basilio in a 12-round decision.

1972 - Bobby Hull joined Gordie Howe to become only the second National Hockey League player to score 600 career goals.

1982 - Wayne Gretzky became the first player in the NHL to score 200 points in a season.

1995 - Boxer Mike Tyson was released from jail after serving 3 years.

1997 - Hartford Whalers announced that they would move from Connecticut following the 1996-97 season. In 1997-98 they became the Carolina Hurricanes.

2002 - The NHL suspended Keith Tkachuk (St. Louis Blues) for slashing Lyle Odelein (Chicago Blackhawks) during a game on March 23, 2002.

2002 - Bobby Holik (New Jersey Devils) was suspended by the NHL for slashing Rod Brind'Amour (Carolina Hurricanes) in the face. Brind'Amour needed seven stitches to close the cut around his left eye.

2004 - The NHL suspended Marty Turco (Dallas Stars) for four games for a high-sticking incident the night before against Ryan Smith (Edmonton Oilers). Turco forfeited more than $195,000 in salary.

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TV TONIGHT: SEASON PREMIERE - THE VOICE _ New coaches Shakira and Usher join the show this season, as Adam Levine and Blake Shelton return (8p ET, NBC).

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FONTANA, Calif. -- Those who know the history of the Royal Purple 300 also know that Kyle Busch’s victory Saturday at Auto Club Speedway was all but a foregone conclusion.

Busch finished .834 seconds ahead of Nationwide Series leader Sam Hornish Jr. to claim his sixth win at the two-mile track and the ninth straight for Joe Gibbs Racing, extending the record for consecutive victories for a Nationwide car owner at a single speedway.

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The prehistoric comedy The Croods grabbed the weekend box office win, making $44.7 million in its opening weekend. Gerard Butler's terrorist thriller Olympus Has Fallen was second with $30.5 million. The Tina Fey comedy Admission debuted at No. 5.

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FONTANA, Calif. -- Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano knocked each other off the race track on the final lap of Sunday's Auto Club 400 -- allowing Kyle Busch to steal the win -- but it was Tony Stewart who left Auto Club Speedway fighting mad.

Yes, it was Busch's 25th victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Yes, Busch broke a 31-race drought. Yes, Busch gave Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota their first victory at Auto Club Speedway.

Yes, race runner-up Dale Earnhardt Jr. leaves California with the Cup series lead, 12 points ahead of 23rd-place finisher Brad Keselowski.

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The first paprika mill was incorporated in Dollon, SC on this date in 1941.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion opened the 19-race season in 18th place. The Verizon P1 Award winner and 2012 championship runner-up wound up 16th. The four-time series title-holder exited early in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of St. Petersburg because of contact.

Meanwhile, there were six drivers competing for a podium spot (representing five countries, four continents and two sexes) on the final two laps of the season opener.

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RCA manufactured its first color TV set and began mass production on this date in 1954.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --


Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

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

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

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'

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