Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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It's Tuesday. Here's what's happening....


Today is April 30th, the 120th day of 2013. There are 245 days left in the year.


Avalanche win 2013 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery.

Stanley Cup Playoffs set to open Tuesday.

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


Today's Birthdays: Willie Nelson is 80; Bugs Bunny is 75; Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is 54; Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory, Roseanne) is 38; Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man films, Elizabethtown) is 31.


Tampa, FL. --The National Hockey League held its annual 2013 NHL Draft Lottery Tuesday night at TSN headquarters in Toronto, Ontario.

As a result of the lottery, the Lightning will have the third overall pick in this year's NHL Entry Draft, slated for June 30 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Read the rest here.


Jesus of Nazareth was crucified on this date in 0030.


Wenatchee, WA. -- The Wenatchee Wild continue the West Division finals this coming weekend in Fairbanks at 11:35pm EDT on Friday and Saturday, May 3rd and 4th. Catch all the action on kpq.com or FastHockey.com.


NEW ON DVD: Released April 30

Silver Linings Playbook
The Guilt Trip
Broken City
The Details
30 Rock: Season Seven
Friends: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray]
Friends: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray]
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season Three [Blu-ray]


Five Added to 2013 U.S. Men's National Team

Carter, Gibson, Gionta, LeBlanc and Moss Boost Roster to 23 Players

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Goaltender John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and forwards Ryan Carter (White Bear Lake, Minn./New Jersey Devils/Minnesota State Univ.), Stephen Gionta (Rochester, N.Y./New Jersey Devils/Boston College), Drew LeBlanc (Duluth, Minn./Chicago Blackhawks/St. Cloud State Univ.) and David Moss (Livonia, Mich./Phoenix Coyotes/Univ. of Michigan) have been added to the the 2013 U.S. Men's National Team that will compete at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship, USA Hockey announced today. The tournament is scheduled for May 3-19 in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden.

Carter and Moss played together on the U.S. Men's National Team that participated in the 2010 IIHF Men's World Championship.

Gibson played on the 2012 and 2013 U.S. National Junior Teams plus the 2012 U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team. He backstopped Team USA to the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, and collected the directorate award as the tournament's best goalie. He was also the directorate award winner at the 2012 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship when the United States won the gold medal.

Gionta's previous Team USA experience includes playing on the 2001 U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team.

LeBlanc is making his debut on a U.S. National Team.

Team USA's roster now includes 12 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders on its roster. The maximum roster size is 25, which includes three goaltenders and 22 forwards and defensemen.

For Team USA's updated roster, click here.
NOTES: Twenty-one of 23 members of Team USA played U.S. college hockey ... Nine of the 23 players announced are products of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, including Matt CarleJustin FaulkJohn Gibson, Stephen Gionta, Matt HunwickErik Johnson, Danny KristoJamie McBain and Jacob Trouba ... Ten NHL teams are represented on the roster. The Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Phoenix Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning and Winnipeg Jets ... Joe Sacco, head coach of the NHL's Colorado Avalanche, was named head coach of the 2013 U.S. National Men's Team. Tim Army, Danton Cole and Phil Housley will serve as assistant coaches ... The 2013 U.S. Men's National Team is under the direction of the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. Other members include NHL general managers Stan Bowman (Chicago), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles), David Poile (Nashville), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh) and Dale Tallon (Florida) and NHL scouts Brian Burke (Anaheim) and Don Waddell (Pittsburgh) ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams ... Sixteen teams will compete at 2013 IIHF Men's World Championship. There will be two groups of eight with one group playing in Helsinki, Finland, and the other playing in Stockholm, Sweden. The semifinals and medal games will be conducted in Stockholm.

USA Hockey Invites 41 Players to U.S. Women’s National Team Selection Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., June 16-23
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey announced today the 41 players invited to its U.S. Women's National Team Selection Camp that will take place at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., June 16-23.

The camp, which will consist of daily practices, off-ice testing, and three intrasquad scrimmages, will be used to determine the U.S. Women's National Team roster that will train together and participate in various competitions in the build-up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
USA Hockey will unveil the players selected to the U.S. Women's National Team on June 24 and that group will continue to train in Lake Placid until June 27.
The final 21-player U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team roster is expected to be announced in late December 2013.
NOTES: The 41 players selected to the U.S. Women's National Team Selection Camp includes 12 Olympians. All total, the group features 25 forwards, 12 defensemen and four goaltenders. For a complete roster, click here ... All 23 players from the U.S. Women's National Team that captured the gold medal at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship in Ottawa, Ont., and 22 members that earned first place at the 2012 Four Nations Cup in Vantaa, Finland, will be taking part in the camp ... Jincy Dunne (O'Fallon, Mo.) will be the youngest player on the roster at 16-years old at the time of the camp, while Julie Chu (Fairfield, Conn.) will be the oldest at 31 ... Seven players will be vying for their first opportunity to represent the U.S. ... Reagan Carey (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's director of women's hockey, will be overseeing the camp and is serving as the general manager of the 2014 Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team ... Katey Stone (Arlington, Mass.), head women’s ice hockey coach at Harvard University, is the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team and will also serve as the head coach of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team. She will be the first female head coach to lead the U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team ... The 2014 Olympic Winter Games will run from Feb. 6-23 and the women’s ice hockey competition is slated to begin on Feb. 8 with the gold-medal game played on Feb. 20 ... Women’s ice hockey has been included in the last four Olympic Winter Games. Team USA has medaled in each of the four Games in which women's ice hockey has been contested, including earning gold in 1998, silver in 2002 and 2010 and bronze in 2006.


Today is Hairstylist Appreciation Day.


Poll: Would Tim Tebow excel in the CFL?

Popp on Tebow: 'We'd definitely welcome him'.

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


On this date in 1789, George Washington took office as first elected U.S. president.


Tampa, FL. — As usual, the Buccaneers' draft efforts continued after the last pick was made on Saturday, and on Monday the team revealed the list of undrafted players with whom it has agreed to terms.

Read the rest here.


The U.S. purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million on this date in 1803.


Tampa, FL. -- Major League Baseball is investigating a back-and-forth exchange Sunday between Rays ace David Price and home-plate umpire Tom Hallion.

Read the rest here.


Iron Man 3 doesn't open in the U.S. until Friday but it opened globally this past weekend, raking it a whopping $195 million. [In this latest sequel Iron Man comes face-to-face with his worst childhood fear -- refrigerator magnets.]


Phoenix, AZ. -- Brandon Belt descended in the batting order yet soared with his deeds Monday night.

Occupying the eighth spot for the first time this season, Belt smacked a tiebreaking, two-run single in the eighth inning that lifted the Giants to a 6-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Read the rest here.


A man in India has been charged with endangering the life of a child after police say he let his nine-year-old son get behind the wheel of his Ferrari. A YouTube video filmed by the boy's mother shows the boy driving the red F430 sports car while another young boy sits in the passenger seat.


Here's an egg Daddy!


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching the NHL draft lottery, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1957 - Elvis Presley began recording the soundtrack to his forthcoming film "Jailhouse Rock." Elvis met song writers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller for the first time during the session.

1960 - Elvis Presley's single "Stuck On You" hit #1 in the U.S. It was his first single to be released in stereo.

1966 - Elvis Presley's single "Frankie And Johnny" hit #25 in the U.S.


Louisiana admitted as the 18th U.S. state on this date in 1812.


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - The Beatles received a $140,000 royalty check for the use of their name on Beatles Chewing Gum.

1969 - The Beatles recorded the lead guitar solo for the single "Let It Be." On January 4, 1970 George Harrison recorded the solo for the album version.

1969 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney put down their vocals for "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)."

1973 - The Paul McCartney and Wings album "Red Rose Speedway" was released.

1987 - The Beatles' "Help!", "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver" were released on compact disc.

1988 - Paul McCartney announced that the Soviet record company Melodiya would release an album of his songs entitled "Chob B CCCP."

2002 - Two tape recordings of John Lennon improvising songs and telling stories to his stepdaughter sold for $195,000 at an auction by Christie's.


Ladies, if you're like your British cohorts, then your underwear drawer is filled with bras and panties that you can't fit into or don't even wear. One in 10 British women are hanging on to bras and panties that are between six and 20 years old.


Today in Sports History:

1922 - Charlie Robertson (Chicago White Sox) threw a perfect game against the Detroit Tigers.

1939 - Lou Gehrig played his last game with the New York Yankees. He had played in 2,130 consecutive games.

1940 - Belle Martell was licensed in California by state boxing officials. She was the first American woman, prizefight referee.

1961 - Willie Mays (San Francisco) hit four home runs against the Milwaukee Braves.

1970 - Billy Williams (Chicago Cubs) became the first National League player to play in 1,000 straight games.

1971 - The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Baltimore Bullets in the fourth straight game of a championship series. They were only the second team in major league history to take another team out in four straight games.

1989 - Bill Shoemaker won his 1,000th stakes race.

1993 - Monica Seles was stabbed by Gunter Porsche. Porsche had run out onto the court after her match and stabbed Seles in the upper back.

1996 - The New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles played the longest nine-inning game in major league baseball history. The game took four hours and 21 minutes.

1997 - Riddick Bowe announced his retirement from boxing to pursue a career with the HBO cable network. His career record was 40-1 with 32 knockouts.

1997 - The Atlanta Braves set a major league record when the got their 19th win in the month of April.

2002 - Alex Rodriguez became the second youngest major league player to reach 250 home runs. He was 26 years and 277 days old.


Police in Longwood, Florida, are searching for a man who tried to rob a Wendy's but ran off because employees were taking too long.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 9:40pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 8:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 9:40pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals 2:10pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Colorado Rockies 8:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 10:15pm EDT

NAHL Playoff Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Fairbanks Ice Dogs 11:30pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Aaron's 312 at Talladega Super Speedway 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Colorado Rockies 8:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 9:05pm EDT

NAHL Playoff Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Fairbanks Ice Dogs 11:30pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Aaron's 499 at Talladega Super Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Colorado Rockies 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 8:00pm EDT


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

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