Friday, June 7, 2013

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Today is June 7th, the 158th day of 2013. There are 207 days left in the year.


Blackhawks shut down Kings to win Game 4.

Short term all that's left as Penguins focus on one win.

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Today's Birthdays: Singer Tom Jones is 73; Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskell on Leave It to Beaver, retired LAPD officer) is 70; Liam Neeson (Taken) is 61; Karl Urban (Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in the current Star Trek movies) is 41; Michael Cera (Arrested Development, Superbad) is 25.


Forty Players Invited to
2013 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp
Event Set for August 3-10 in Lake Placid
in Preparation for 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced the 40 forwards and defensemen that have been invited to the National Junior Evaluation Camp, Aug. 3-10, in Lake Placid, N.Y. The players will be auditioning for spots on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden. Goaltender invitations to the camp will be announced later this month.

The United States has medaled in three of the last four IIHF World Junior Championships, including gold 2013 and 2010 and bronze in 2011.
Of the 40 players attending, 23 have won medals in IIHF world championships. Riley Barber (Pittsburgh, Pa./Miami Univ.) and Patrick Sieloff (Ann Arbor, Mich./Windsor Spitfires) were part of the gold-medal-winning 2013 U.S. National Junior Team.

This past April, Gage Ausmus (East Grand Forks, N.D.), Will Butcher (Sun Prairie, Wis.), Connor Clifton (Matawan, N.J.), J.T. Compher (Northbrook, Ill.), Hudson Fasching (Burnsville, Minn.), John Hayden (Greenwich, Conn.),Michael McCarron (Macomb, Mich.), Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) Steve Santini (Mahopac, N.Y.), Keaton Thompson(Devils Lake, N.D.) and Tommy Vannelli (Minnetonka, Minn.) helped the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team collect the silver medal at the 2013 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship in Sochi, Russia.
A year ago, Barber, Butcher, Compher and Sieloff were joined by Connor Carrick (Orland Park, Ill.), Andrew Copp(Ann Arbor, Mich.), Thomas DiPauli (Woodbridge, Ill.), Matt Grzelcyk (Charlestown, Mass.), Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.), Matt Lane (Rochester, N.Y.), Dan O'Regan (Needham, Mass.), Quentin Shore (Denver, Colo.) and Brady Skjei (Lakeville, Minn.) as members of the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team that won the gold medal at the 2012 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship in Brno, Czech Republic.

Henrik Samuelsson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) helped the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team win the gold medal at the 2011 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship in Crimmitschau, Germany.
For the complete list of players invited to the 2013 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp, click here.
The camp, which will be held at Lake Placid's Olympic Center utilizing the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena, includes practices and international games against Canada, Finland and Sweden. A full schedule is below. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (518) 523-3330 or in person at the Olympic Center Box Office.
NOTES: Of the 40 players invited to the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp, 18 competed in the United States Hockey League during the 2012-13 season, including 11 from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program ... Eight of the 40 players participated in last year's camp ... The 2014 U.S. National Junior Team will be selected following a pre-tournament camp Dec. 15-18 to be held in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area ... Don Lucia (Plymouth, Minn.), head coach of the University of Minnesota men's ice hockey team, was named head coach of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team on March 23. The assistant coaches are Bob Motzko (St. Cloud, Minn.), head coach of the St. Cloud State University men's ice hockey team, Greg Brown (Scituate, Mass.), associate head coach of the Boston College men's ice hockey team and David Lassonde (Denver, Colo.) assistant coach of the University of Denver's men's ice hockey team. The video coordinator is Dan Muse (Clinton, Conn.), assistant coach of Yale University's men's ice hockey team ... Jim Johannson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the fifth consecutive year ... The U.S. 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.
2013 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp ScheduleAug. 3-10 • Lake Placid, N.Y. • Olympic Center • 1980 Herb Brooks Arena
DateEventTime (EDT)
Sat., Aug. 3USA Blue Practice9:00 - 9:45 a.m.
USA White Practice10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Sweden Practice11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Finland Practice12:45 - 2:15 p.m.
USA White/Blue Practice5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 4Sweden Practice8:15 - 8:45 a.m.
USA Blue Practice9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Finland Practice9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
USA White vs. Sweden1:00 p.m.
USA Blue vs. Finland4:00 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 5USA White Practice9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Finland Practice9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
USA Blue vs. Sweden1:00 p.m.
USA White vs. Finland4:00 p.m.
Tues., Aug. 6Sweden Practice9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
USA Practice11:00 a.m. - noon
Finland Practice12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Canada Practice1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 7Sweden Practice9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
USA Practice9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Finland/Canada Practice10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
Canada vs. Finland1:00 p.m.
USA vs. Sweden4:15 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 8Sweden Practice9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Canada Practice9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
USA/Finland Practice10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
USA vs. Finland1:00 p.m.
Canada vs. Sweden4:15 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 9Finland Practice9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
USA Practice10:15 - 11:15 a.m.
Canada Practice11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Sweden Practice12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 10Finland Practice9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Sweden Practice9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
USA/Canada Practice10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
USA vs. Canada1:00 p.m.
Finland vs. Sweden4:15 p.m.
*all game and practice times subject to change


We were hit by Tropical Storm Andrea yesterday. At my house, all we got was some wind and a lot of rain. We're all safe and sound.


Sanders still has plenty left to prove.

Bulcke on Joining Ticats: 'It was a no-brainer'.

Visit the CFL's official website,


The TSA previously said it would allow such things as knives and golf clubs aboard planes but has now reversed its position. [The Sergio Garcia-Tiger Woods feud changed everyone's mind.]


Tampa, FL. — The Buccaneers made another tweak to their 90-man offseason roster on Thursday, something they had also done on Tuesday morning and Tuesday afternoon of this week. This time the change came along the offensive line, where G Jeremy Lewis was signed and G Desmond Wynn was waived.

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Decades of studies show the long-term cost benefits of dollar coins over paper money, but the U.S. still hasn't switched. Once again, lawmakers in the Senate are making the push to gradually make the transition from print. John McCain, Tom Harkin and a few others have introduced -- again -- a plan to phase out the old paper dollar.


Detroit, MI. -- Roberto Hernandez saw plenty of the Tigers during his time in Cleveland, facing Detroit 20 times from 2006-12, so he knows what dangers the lineup presents.

Hernandez gave up four runs over 5 1/3 innings on Thursday, in what manager Joe Maddon called a good outing, but the Rays fell to the Tigers, 5-2, to drop the three-game series.

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Is she into you tonight? If you're tired, you have no idea. A study found sleep deprived men are more likely to overestimate a woman's interest in sex than a well rested man. Sleep deprivation inhibits the brain's frontal lobe which leads to poor decision making.


Phoenix, AZ. -- Following a remarkable franchise-best streak of nine consecutive outings to start the season pitching at least six innings and allowing two runs or fewer, Patrick Corbin has suddenly looked human his last two times on the mound.

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Police in New Jersey (Bayonne) say Brian Campbell wore a baseball cap and a bandana covering his face when he entered a bank and demanded money. Bank customer Anthony Farrington overheard Campbell, grabbed a candy dish and hit Campbell in the head with it. Campbell's head struck the counter and Farrington was able to bind his hands with a phone cord.


What a nice boy!


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching Fireman Sam, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1982 - Graceland opened for tours.

1997 - The Elvis Presley compilation album "Always On My Mind - Ultimate Love Songs" hit #5 in the U.K.  


IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND - The Internship (PG-13) and The Purge (R)


Today in Beatles History:

1976 - Capitol Records released the Beatles package "Rock 'N' Roll Music."

1982 - Paul McCartney's single "Ebony and Ivory" was certified gold by the RIAA.

1988 - George Harrison made an after-dinner speech at Eric Clapton's 25th anniversary dinner.

2005 - Ringo Starr released the album "Choose Love."


MAN OF STEEL ONE WEEK AWAY _ Man of Steel opens in a week and there's a new trailer.


Today in Sports History:

1892 - John Joseph Doyle became the first pinch-hitter in baseball when he was used in a game.

1980 - Jeff Norman set a world record when he ran the 50k in 2.28.06.

1982 - Steve Garvey became the fifth player in major league baseball history to play in 1,000 consecutive games.

1983 - Steve Carlton temporarily passed Nolan Ryan in career strikeouts when he registered his 3,522nd.

1989 - The Toronto Skydome hosted the first game to be played indoors and outdoors in the same day. The roof was closed when the weather became threatening.

1997 - The Detroit Red Wings won their first NHL championship in 42 years. They swept the series with the Philadelphia Flyers.

1998 - The Baltimore Orioles retired Eddie Murray's #33.


Sony Corporation unveiled its brand new consumer home videotape recorder on this date in 1966. The black and white only unit sold for $995.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 7:10pm EDT

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

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 4:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Dupont Pioneer 250 at Pioneer Speedway 8:00pm EDT

Izod Indy Car Series -- Firestone 550 at Fort Worth, Texas 8:30pm EDT 

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 10:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Party in the Poconos 400 at Pocono Raceway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 4:10pm EDT


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

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