Saturday, June 29, 2013

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Today is June 29th, the 180th day of 2013. There are 185 days left in the year.

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Blackhawks celebrate with crowd of 2 million.

Draft needs: Breaking down positions by team.

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

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The Virginia constitution was adopted and Patrick Henry was made governor on this date in 1776.

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Poile Named General Manager of
2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team
Shero to Serve as Associate General Manager, Burke as Director of Player Personnel
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – David Poile (Nashville, Tenn.), general manager and president of hockey operations for the National Hockey League's Nashville Predators, will be formally introduced as the general manager of the 2014 U.S. Olymipc Men's Ice Hockey Team at a press conference tomorrow (June 29) in New York City it was announced today by USA Hockey.
David Poile
“We couldn't be more pleased than to have David as our general manager,” said Ron DeGregorio president of USA Hockey. “He continues to have a remarkable management career in the National Hockey League and the vast experience and expertise he brings to the table will serve us well in our goal to bring the gold medal back to the United States."

"Being chosen for this position is a tremendous honor," said Poile, whose 31 consecutive years as an NHL general manager rank as the second-longest active streak in the league and third-longest in NHL history. "When you get to represent your country, it's a special feeling. I look forward to working with our management team in fulfilling our ultimate goal of bringing home the gold medal."


Additionally, USA Hockey will introduce Ray Shero (St. Paul, Minn.) as associate general manager and Brian Burke (Edina, Minn.) as director of player personnel for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team tomorrow.

"With David, Ray, Brian and Jim Johannson, our assistant executive director of hockey operations, we have a management team in place that has the wide array of experience necessary at the Olympic level," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "It's an all-star cast that our country can feel very good about in leading Team USA into Sochi."

"It's a real honor to be involved," said Shero, who was recently named the 2012-13 NHL General Manager of the Year. "I look forward to the journey ahead and know that while we have a challenge in front of us, it's a challenge we all look forward to."
"I'm honored to be asked to work on building this team," said Burke. "Our player pool is ever expanding and that's a reflection of the great progress hockey continues to make in our country. I'm certainly excited about not only where we are today, but what the future holds."

In addition to the formal announcement of Poile, Shero and Burke at tomorrow's press conference, USA Hockey will also unveil the head coach of its 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team and details surrounding its planned orientation camp this summer. The press conference will be streamed live at USAHockey.com.
Poile Career Highlights
31-year NHL management career; second-longest active streak in league and third-longest in NHL history
Three-time finalist for NHL General Manager of Year
Three-time honoree as Sporting News' Executive of Year
Teams have qualified for playoffs in seven of his last nine years in Nashville and in 14 of his 15 seasons in Washington
Original member of U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group
ABOUT POILE
Poile is the general manager of the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team for the first time after serving as associate general manager of the silver medal-winning 2010 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team. Poile has spent the last 31 years as an NHL general manager, the second-longest active streak in the league and third-longest in NHL history. Poile has been the only GM of the Nashville Predators since their inception in 1997. He has developed the expansion franchise into a Stanley Cup contender over the last decade, qualifying for the playoffs in seven of the last nine seasons. Previously, Poile was the general manager of the Washington Capitals for 15 seasons, where his teams reached the playoffs 14 times. A three-time honoree as the Sporting News' Executive of the Year, Poile is also a three-time finalist for NHL General Manager of the Year. He is an original member of the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group that was formed by USA Hockey in 2007 to assist with the selection of players and staff of U.S. Men’s National Teams, including the Olympic Team.
Full Poile Bio

ABOUT SHERO
Shero is serving as the associate general manager of the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team for the first time. The executive vice president and general manager of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins since 2006, Shero was named the 2012-13 NHL General Manager of the Year after the Penguins finished 36-12-0, won their first Atlantic Division title since 2008 and were the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009 and have reached the playoffs in each of Shero's seven seasons. In addition, Shero spent eight years as an assistant general manager for the Nashville Predators and six seasons in a similar capacity for the Ottawa Senators. He is an original member of the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group that was formed in February of 2007 by USA Hockey to assist with the selection of players and staff of U.S. Men’s National Teams, including the Olympic Team. Full Shero Bio
Ray Shero

ABOUT BURKE
Burke is serving as the director of player personnel for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team for the first time. He has been an NHL general manager for the Toronto Maple Leafs (2008-13), Anaheim Ducks (2005-08) and Vancouver Canucks (1998-2004) and helped guide the Ducks to the Stanley Cup title in 2007. Burke, who served as senior vice president and director of hockey operations for the NHL from 1993-98, is currently a member of the Ducks staff as a professional scout. He served as the general manager of the silver medal-winning 2010 U.S. Olympic men's ice hockey team in Vancouver, B.C., and is an original member of the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group that was formed in February of 2007 by USA Hockey to assist with the selection of players and staff of U.S. Men’s National Teams, including the Olympic Team.
Full Burke Bio
Brian Burke

ABOUT JOHANNSON
Johannson will be making his sixth appearance with a U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team, including roles as a player (1988, 1992), team leader (2002) and in a management role (2006, 2010, 2014). Johannson has extensive experience in international competition outside the Olympics, with leadership roles with the U.S. Men's National Team in each of the last 15 years and serving as general manager of the last four U.S. National Junior Teams (three medals; two gold, one bronze) among the highlights. Johannson has been a full-time member of the USA Hockey staff since 2000 and serves as the organization's assistant executive director of hockey operations. Full Johannson Bio
Jim Johannson

NOTES: In addition to the formal management team of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team, others members of the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group will be involved in the building of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team, including NHL general managers Stan Bowman (Chicago), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia),Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles) and Dale Tallon (Florida) and NHL scout Don Waddell (Pittsburgh) ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. National Teams ... The appointment of the management staff and head coach of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team is subject to the approval of the United States Olympic Committee’s Games Preparation Division.

Bylsma Tabbed Head Coach of
2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team
USA Hockey Unveils Plans for Summer Camp at Kettler Capitals IcePlex in Arlington, Va.
NEW YORK CITY – Dan Bylsma (Grand Haven, Mich.), head coach for the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins, will be the head coach of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team, USA Hockey announced here today at a press conference at the New York Marriott Marquis in Manhattan.
Dan Bylsma
“We're thrilled to have Dan as coach of our men's Olympic team” said Ron DeGregoriopresident of USA Hockey. “He's rapidly established himself as one of the most prominent coaches in our country today and we know he'll help put us in the best position of achieving our ultimately goal of bringing home the gold medal."

"In Dan, we've chosen someone that has had terrific success and relates well to players," said David Poile, general manager of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team and also the GM of the NHL's Nashville Predators. "
We're extremely pleased and I know that our entire management group looks forward to working with him and his staff."
"I'm excited beyond what words can properly describe," said Bylsma, a multi-sport athlete in high school who played college hockey at Bowling Green State University, enjoyed a nine-year playing career in the NHL and is today one of the NHL's most successful coaches. "It is an unbelievable honor to be selected to represent our country as the coach of the Olympic men's hockey team. Together with our coaching staff and management group, I will do everything I can to prepare our team to be in a position to win gold in Sochi."
USA Hockey also announced today that it plans to conduct an orientation camp the last week of August in Arlington, Va., at Kettler Capitals IcePlex, the practice facility of the NHL's Washington Capitals. The camp will feature the top men's players in the United States.
"While complete details are still being worked through, we're thrilled to bring the camp to the D.C. area and cannot thank the staff of the Kettler Capitals IcePlex and Washington Capitals enough for hosting us," said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey and part of the management team for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team. "We'll have more to say on the camp in the weeks ahead, but we're excited to be bringing the most talented men's players in the U.S. together in our nation's capital region."
Bylsma Career Highlights
Head coach of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins since 2008-09 season; won 2009 Stanley Cup championship
NHL career record of 201-93-25; fastest NHL coach to reach 200 career victories
2011 Jack Adams Award as NHL's Most Outstanding Coach
NHL forward played 429 career games over nine seasons (1995-2004) in Los Angeles and Anaheim

ABOUT BYLSMA
Bylsma is the head coach of the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team for the first time. In four-plus seasons behind the Pittsburgh Penguins bench, he has led the franchise to a Stanley Cup championship in 2009, received the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's Most Outstanding Coach in 2010-11 and delivered the best record in the Eastern Conference in 2012-13. Bylsma produced a trio of 100-point seasons during his first three full NHL campaigns, while in 2012-13 Pittsburgh won 75% of its games (36-12-0) in a shortened season. His regular-season record of 201-93-25 marks the best regular-season winning percentage in team history (.669) and the second-best win total among Pittsburgh coaches. Bylsma became the fastest coach to post 200 victories when he reached the plateau in just 316 games on April 23, 2013. Bylsma, who enjoyed a nine-year NHL playing career (1995-2004), played NCAA Division I ice hockey at Bowling Green State University from 1988-92.
Full Bylsma Bio
NOTES: While USA Hockey released details of the management team for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team yesterday, the group was formally introduced at today's press conference, including David Poile, general manager; Ray Shero, associate general manager; Brian Burke, director of player personnel, and Johannson ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. National Teams ... USA Hockey expects to announce assistant coaches and support staff for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team later this month ... The appointment of the management staff and head coach of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team is subject to the approval of the United States Olympic Committee’s Games Preparation Division.

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It's lookin' like rain here today. How 'bout where you're at?

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Whatever it takes: Cornish, Stamps galllop past BC.

Thriller in T.O.: Argos outlast Tiger-Cats in season opener.

Visit the CFL's official website, cfl.ca.

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On this date in 1860, the first iron-pile lighthouse was completed at Minot’s Ledge, MA.

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Edmonton, AB - Wins have been few and far between for the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium, but Saskatchewan Roughriders Head Coach Corey Chamblin didn’t want to talk about history when talking about his team opening up the 2013 CFL season in Edmonton.

Read the rest here.

Saskatchewan opens their regular season this afternoon at the Edmonton Eskimos. Kickoff on 620ckrm, the Rider Radio Network, TSN, ESPN2 and ESPN3.com, is set for 3:30pm EDT.

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On this date in 1888, Professor Frederick Treves performed the first appendectomy in England.

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Tampa, FL. — There are 19 rookies on the Buccaneers’ 90-man training camp roster, and all of them have the same goal: to be a part of the team come September. For about a month and a half, learning what it will take to be a Buccaneer has been the focus of every rookie in Tampa, from second-round draft pick Johnthan Banks to undrafted free agent Tim Wright.

Read the rest here.


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Marvin Pipkin filed for a patent for the frosted electric light bulb on this date in 1925.

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- Before Friday's series opener against the Tigers at Tropicana Field, manager Joe Maddon spoke about how the Rays needed to start defending their turf, how they had to flip the script against a Detroit club that has had Tampa Bay's number over the past few years.

Read the rest here.

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"Vic and Sade" debuted on NBC radio on this date in 1932.

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Denver, CO. -- Even with struggling veteran Barry Zito on the mound, Coors Field seemed like a golden opportunity for the Giants to snap a four-game losing streak. Despite the troubles that have defined Zito's career with San Francisco, he owned the fourth-lowest ERA (2.84) against the Rockies of all active pitchers.

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The Federal Highway Act authorized the construction of 42,500 miles of freeway from coast to coast on this date in 1953.

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Jimmy plays catcher at the mall.

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

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Today in Elvis History

1956 - Elvis Presley rehearsed for his upcoming appearance on Steve Allen's TV show. On July 1, he sang the song "Hound Dog" to an actual basset hound.

1960 - Filming finished for the Elvis Presley movie "G.I. Blues."

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On this date in 1954, the Atomic Energy Commission voted against reinstating Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer's access to classified information.

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Today in Beatles History:

1966 - The Beatles performed in Tokyo. About 500 police officers were needed to contain the crowd.

1982 - Paul McCartney's album "Tug Of War" was certified platinum by the RIAA.

1995 - A Pizza Hut commercial featuring Ringo Starr premiered on U.S. television. Starr was the drummer in a re-formed Monkees with Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork.

1998 - George Harrison announced that he had been receiving treatments for throat cancer. He added, "I'm not going to die on you folks just yet."

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Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller were married on this date in 1956. They were divorced on January 20, 1961.

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Today in Sports History:

1897 - The Chicago Cubs scored 36 runs in a game against Louisville, setting a record for runs scored by a team in a single game.

1941 - Joe DiMaggio got a base hit in his 42nd consecutive game. He broke George Sisler's record from 1922.

1958 - Brazil defeated Sweden 5-2 in the World Cup. Pelé, at age 17, scored a goal in the game.

1998 - With negotiations on a new labor agreement at a standstill, the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced that a lockout would be imposed at midnight.

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The shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir docked on this date in 1995, forming the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth.

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SPARTA, Ky. -- When you win a rain-shortened race, you can’t do a burnout -- but Brad Keselowski certainly tried.

After being declared the winner of Friday night’s Feed the Children 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway, 30 laps short of the scheduled finish, Keselowski did donuts on the frontstretch, minus the usual smoke because of the wet, slippery asphalt.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 2000 in Santa Rosa, CA, the official groundbreaking ceremony took place for the Charles M. Schulz Museum.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Edmonton Eskimos 3:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 4:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers 7:15pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway 7:30pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 4:10pm EDT

Monday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros 8:10pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros 8:10pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros 8:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros 2:10pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway 7:30pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Calgary Stampeders 9:00pm EDT

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

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 7:15pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 7:15pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway 7:30pm EDT

Sunday --

Izod Indy Car Series -- Pocono Indy Car 400 at Long Pond, PA. 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers 4:05pm EDT

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