Monday, June 17, 2013

Monday Morning Meissnervations











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

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Today is June 17th, the 168th day of 2013. There are 197 days left in the year.

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Blackhawks hope to regain momentum – and keep it.

Report: Vigneault to be new coach of Rangers.

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

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Today's Birthday's: Barry Manilow is 70; Thomas Haden Church (Wings, Sideways) is 52; Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine, Matador) is 50; tennis star Venus Williams is 33.

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Four Goaltenders Added to Roster for
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 announced today that goaltenders Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif./U.S. National Under-18 Team), Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine/Providence College), Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn./Ohio State Univ.) and Anthony Stolarz (Edison, N.J./London Knights) have been invited to the National Junior Evaluation Camp, Aug. 3-10, in Lake Placid, N.Y. The netminders 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.

Last week, the 16 defensemen and 24 forwards for the camp were announced. The complete roster is availablehere.

The United States has medaled in three of the last four IIHF World Junior Championships, including gold in 2013 and 2010 and bronze in 2011.
Gillies was a member of the gold-medal-winning 2013 U.S. National Junior Team in Ufa, Russia. He also attended last year's U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp.

Demko backstopped the 2013 U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team to a silver medal in Sochi, Russia. He played every minute for Team USA, posting a 2.24 goals against average.

Olson won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2012 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship in Brno, Czech Republic. He was named the best goaltender of that tournament with three shutouts and a 0.80 GAA.

Stolarz will be attending his second U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp after also receiving an invitation last year.

The quartet was selected following a goalie evaluation camp that was held June 10-12 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The U.S. National Junior Evaluation 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 WhiteFaceLakePlacid.com, by phone at (518) 523-3330 or in person at the Olympic Center Box Office.
NOTES: Of the 44 players invited to the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp, 19 competed in the United States Hockey League during the 2012-13 season, including 12 from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program ... Ten of the 44 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

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Charles Goodyear received his first patent on this date in 1837. The patent was for a process that made rubber easier to work with.

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2013 CFL Replay: A look back at Pre-Season Week A.

Making Moves: Teams start trimming rosters.

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

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Thousands of Harley-Davidson riders gathered before the Pope for him to bless their motorcycles. [And their beer guts.]

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The 101st Grey Cup Festival unveiled a number of events that will take place during Grey Cup Festival week in November. The announcement was made at a rally held in downtown Regina Friday afternoon.

Read the rest here.

The Roughriders will play their final pre-season game this Thursday, June 20th at home against the Calgary Stampeders. Kickoff on 620ckrm.com is set for 10:00pm EDT.

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On this date in 1861, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln witnessed Dr. Thaddeus Lowe demonstrate the use of a hydrogen balloon.

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Tampa, FL. — Tampa Bay obviously did not want to lose both of its Pro Bowl guards to injury last fall, but the aftermath helped create what appears to be very good O-Line depth and flexibility heading into 2013.

Read the rest here.


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At 82 years of age, Canadian Ed Whitlock has broken the world record for the fastest mile run by someone over 80. Whitlock finished in 7:01, beating the previous record of 7:09.

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- All the focus on Sunday night was squarely on Wil Myers, the former Royals prospect set to make his Major League debut with the Rays on Tuesday.

But on Sunday afternoon, another Ray-turned-Royal got the best of his former Tampa Bay teammates.

Read the rest here.

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A Long Island, New York, man was arrested for allegedly selling heroin with his infant daughter cradled in his arms. I've heard of Take Your Daughter to Work Day, but this is ridiculous.

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Atlanta, GA. -- The Giants had no time to brood. They were scheduled to arrive in San Francisco at about 3 a.m. PT after fleeing the site of their 3-0 loss Sunday to the Atlanta Braves. Monday's series opener at AT&T Park against the suddenly hot San Diego Padres would soon follow.

Read the rest here.


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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have a new baby girl. [Kanye was so proud he was passing out pictures -- of himself.]

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Jimmy the Graduate and his friend.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as taking your son to his first day of summer school. isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History

1964 - The Elvis Presley film "Viva Las Vegas" opened in the U.S.

1968 - Elvis Presley began rehearsals for the 1968 TV Special "Elvis."

1992 - The RIAA confirmed platinum sales of the album "Elvis Aron Presley" and two millions in sales for the album "World Wide 50 Gold Award Hits, Volume 1."

2002 - A remix of the Elvis Presley song "A Little Less Conversation" hit #1 in Britain.

2003 - The DVD "The Journey - Elvis Presley" was released. 

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Thomas Edison received an honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the trustees of Rutgers College in New Brunswick, NJ on this date in 1879.

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Today in Beatles History:

1972 - Paul McCartney released "Mary Had a Little Lamb."

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Man of Steel topped the weekend box office -- and broke a June record. Man of Steel earned an estimated $113 million over the weekend. Combined with Thursday evening's totals, the MoS brought home around $125 million. The movie now has the best June opening in history, breaking the previous $110 million record set by Disney's Toy Story 3.

... Opening Friday: Monsters University and World War Z.


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Today in Sports History:

1943 - Joe Cronin (Boston Red Sox) pinch hit a home run in both games of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia A's.

1960 - Ted Williams hit his 500th career home run.

1971 - Don Kessinger (Chicago Cubs) went 6-6 against St. Louis.

1976 - It was announced that the NBA and ABA would merge.

1990 - Harry Gant became the oldest driver to win a NASCAR race.

1994 - O.J. Simpson drove his Ford Bronco across Los Angeles with police in pursuit and millions of people watching live on television. After the slow speed chase ended Simpson was arrested and charged with the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

1995 - The New Jersey Devils set an NHL playoff record with nine road wins.

2012 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at the Michigan International Speedway. It was his first win in four years and 143 races.

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The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere on this date in 1885. 

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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Regan Smith beat Kyle Larson and Mother Nature on Saturday for his second Nationwide Series victory of the season.

Read the rest here.

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On this date in 1928, Amelia Earhart began the flight that made her the first woman to successfully fly across the Atlantic Ocean.

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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Greg Biffle feels right at home at Michigan International Speedway.

He took the lead for good on a late restart and ran away from the field in the closing laps to win Sunday's Quicken Loans 400. The No. 16 Ford driver won his second straight race here and the 19th of his career. Four of those victories have come at MIS.

Read the rest here.

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Yank, a weekly magazine for the U.S. armed services, began publication on this date in 1942. The term "G.I. Joe" was first used in a comic strip by Dave Breger.

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WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- Can Ryan Hunter-Reay catch lightning in a bottle again?

The 32-year-old Fort Lauderdale, Fla., resident earned his second consecutive victory in the Milwaukee IndyFest, passing race leader Takuma Sato on Lap 198 of 250 and going on to win by 4.809 seconds over Helio Castroneves.

Read the rest here.

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Obese fathers who ate a high-fat diet were more likely to have offspring that also had a higher level of body fat -- even if the youngsters were maintained on a healthy, lower fat diet. The effect was especially noticeable in the male offspring. The news (out of Ohio State University) seems to provide new evidence that a father's diet can have a significant effect on his children's health.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 1:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 3:45pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Miami Marlins 10:15pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Miami Marlins 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 1:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Miami Marlins 4:05pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Johnsonville Sausage 200 presented by Menards at Road America 5:00pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Toyota - Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 2:05pm EDT

Izod Indy Car Series -- Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Newton, Iowa 2:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Miami Marlins 4:05pm EDT

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

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