Thursday, July 25, 2013

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Today is July 25th, the 206th day of 2013. There are 159 days left in the year.


USA Hockey names 2013 Hall of Fame Class.

Season was filled with great individual efforts.

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On this date in 1805, Aaron Burr visited New Orleans with plans to establish a new country, with New Orleans as the capital city.


USA Hockey Announces Roster for U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team
Nine Paralympic Gold Medalists from 2010 Return
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey announced today the 18-player roster for the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. The team was selected following a two-day tryout last week (July 19-20) that included 67 players in Williamsville, N.Y. For a complete roster, which features 10 forwards, six defensemen and two goaltenders, clickhere.

The 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will take place March 7-16 in Sochi, Russia. All sled hockey games will be played at Shayba Arena.

"We're incredibly pleased with the roster we have built for the 2014 Paralympic Games," said Dan Brennan, general manager of the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. "The talent pool in the U.S. has expanded rapidly in recent years, which made the selection of players very difficult."

"I am excited about the players we have selected," said Jeff Sauer, head coach of the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team, who is in his third season leading the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. "We have a great mix of Paralympic veterans as well as some younger players who are ready to take the next step internationally. "

Nine players return from the 2010 U.S. squad that captured the gold medal at the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver, B.C. The list includes goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.), who was voted top goaltender of the 2010 Paralympic Games after not allowing a single goal in five games, and defenseman Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.), who was named the best defenseman in VancouverAdditional Paralympic veterans include defensemenNikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.), Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) and Andy Yohe (Bettendorf, Iowa); and forwards Taylor Lipsett (Plano, Texas), Adam Page (Lancaster, N.Y.), Alexi Salamone (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Greg Shaw (Merritt Island, Fla.). Cash, Chace, Lipsett, Salamone and Yohe also received bronze medals at the 2006 Paralympic Games in Torino, Italy.

Sixteen players on the Paralympic roster were members of the 2012-13 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team that earned the silver medal at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Sled Hockey World Championship. That list includes Tyler Carron (Fort Collins. Colo.), Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.), Jen Lee (San Francisco, Calif.), Dan McCoy (Cheswick, Pa.), Kevin McKee (Davenport, Iowa), Rico Roman (Portland, Ore.), Paul Schaus (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Josh Sweeney (Phoenix, Ariz.), in addition to Cash, Chace, Landeros, Lipsett, Page, Pauls, Salamone and Shaw.
NOTES: Team USA's roster will be trimmed to 17 players by Jan. 1, 2014, to conform to the Paralympic Games roster limit ... The U.S. roster is subject to approval of the United States Olympic Committee ... The youngest player on the roster is Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.), who turned 15-years old in May and is making his debut on a U.S. National Team. Declan Farmer is also 15-years old and will turn 16 in November ... The oldest player on the squad is Andy Yohe at 35-years old ... Four members of the team have served in the U.S. military. Jen Lee is active duty in the U.S. Army. Rico Roman is a U.S. Army veteran, while Paul Schaus and Josh Sweeney served in the U.S. Marine Corps ... Dan Brennan, director of sled and inline national teams for USA Hockey, is serving as the general manager of the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team ... Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wis.), American Development Model regional manager for USA Hockey, is in his third season as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team ... Additional staff members include team physician Mike Uihlein (Grafton, Wis.), athletic trainer Mike Cortese (Boynton Beach, Fla.) and equipment manager Joel Isaacson (Houghton, Mich.).

Kevin Reiter Hired as Goaltending Coach for
USA Hockey's National Team Development Program
Reiter Will Also Coordinate Warren Strelow Program


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Kevin Reiter (Pittsburgh, Pa.) has been hired as goaltending coach for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program it was announced today. In addition to his duties at the NTDP, Reiter will serve as the coordinator of the revolutionary Warren Strelow National Goaltending Mentor Program, which is designed to recruit, develop and produce elite netminders in the United States.
"We're very excited to add Kevin to the National Team Development Program coaching staff," said Scott Monaghan, director of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program. "He brings a wealth of knowledge to Ann Arbor and his international coaching experience will be a tremendous asset. Kevin will also expand the network of goaltenders and mentors into the Strelow program, adding to what is a talented group."
Reiter has spent the past two seasons in Sterzing, Italy, serving as assistant and goaltending coach for the WSV Sterzing-SSI Vipiteno Broncos. While in Sterzing, Reiter also served as head coach for the club's junior team, specializing in goaltender development. In April 2012, Reiter served as goaltending consultant for the Italian Men's National Ice Hockey Team during the International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden.
Since 2001, Reiter has served as the head goaltending instructor at the Shane Clifford Goalie School in Pittsburgh, Pa. He helped establish a European branch of the school in 2010, aiding in the development of top-end goaltending prospects that have gone on to compete in IIHF World Championships, NCAA championships, and appear in numerous professional leagues. Reiter has also worked as an instructor at various goaltending camps in Alaska, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, as well as camps in Europe.
Prior to his coaching career, Reiter played seven years (2004-2011) in the professional ranks with the United Hockey League, the ECHL, Central Hockey League and International Hockey League. In 2007-08, Reiter earned IHL Goalie of the Year honors as he helped his team win the Turner Cup Championship. He then played in the Elite Ice Hockey League for two seasons while earning his masters' of business administration at the University of Winchester in Winchester, England. He completed his professional career in 2010-11 with the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Komets.
Reiter played college hockey at the University of Alaska Anchorage from 2000-04, where he earned degrees in management and economics.
Reiter’s responsibilities will include planning, designing and executing the regular on-ice practices for goaltenders at the NTDP, as well as scouting and evaluating the nation’s top goaltending prospects.


China granted Belgium equal trading rights with Britain, France and the United States on this date in 1845.


2013 Game Notes: A look at Week 5.

Goltz to start under centre for Bombers vs. Stamps.

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On this date in 1850, Gold was discovered in the Rogue River in Oregon.


Regina, SK. -- Just when you thought they couldn't get better...

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The Roughriders play the second half of this back-to-back series with the Tabbies on Saturday, July 27th in Guelph, with kickoff on 620 CKRM and the Rider Radio Network, TSN and set for 7:30pm EDT.


The paper collar was patented by Walter Hunt on this date in 1854.


Tampa, FL. — The Buccaneers will need a strong and cohesive 53-man roster to achieve their goals in 2013, but there is no denying that some of those 53 will be drawing more attention when camp begins on Thursday.

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On this date in 1866, Ulysses S. Grant was named General of the Army. He was the first American officer to hold the rank.


Boston, MA. -- Timely hitting, some flashy glovework and a healthy dose of David Price led the Rays to a 5-1 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday at Fenway Park.

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The U.S. Congress passed an act creating the Wyoming Territory on this date in 1868.


San Francisco, CA. -- The Reds mercifully packed up and left AT&T Park for the season late Wednesday night, but not before they tormented the Giants just one more time.

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Seth Wheeler patented perforated wrapping paper on this date in 1871.


Jimmy likes to play in the yard.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching Make Way for Noddy, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1962 -  
The Elvis Presley film "Kid Galahad" premiered. 

1970 - The live Elvis Presley album "On Stage-February 1970" hit #13 in the U.S.

1997 - The themed restaurant Elvis Presley's Memphis opened to the public.


French aviator Louis Bleriot flew across the English Channel in a monoplane on this date in 1909. He traveled from Calais to Dover in 37 minutes. He was the first man to fly across the channel.


Today in Beatles History:

1964 -  
The Beatles album "A Hard Day's Night" hit #1 in the U.S. and the U.K.

1967 - The Beatles and other U.K. rock groups urged the British government to legalize marijuana. Their comments were made in a London Times advertisement signed by all four of the Beatles.

1987 - The Beatles "All You Need Is Love" hit #47 in the U.K.

2002 - In Liverpool, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II attended the opening of a new terminal at John Lennon Airport.

2002 - In Liverpool, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II attended a showing of Paul McCartney's paintings at Walker Art Gallery.


On this date in 1939, W2XBS TV in New York City presented the first musical comedy seen on TV. The show was "Topsy and Eva."


Today in Sports History:

1850 - In Worcester, MA, Harvard and Yale University freshmen met in the first intercollegiate billiards match. 

1947 - Fortune Gordien of Oslo, Norway set a world record discus throw of 178.47 feet.

1978 - Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) broke the National League record for consecutive base hits as he got a hit in 38 straight games.

1987 - The Salt Lake City Trappers set a professional baseball record as the team won its 29th game in a row.

1999 - Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France. He was only the second American to win the race. He won the race again in 2000.

1990 - Rosanne Barr sang the National Anthem in San Diego before a Padres baseball game. She was booed for her performance.

2004 - Lance Armstrong won his record sixth consecutive Tour de France.


On this date in 1946, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis staged their first show as a team at Club 500 in Atlantic City, NJ.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

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

Friday --

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

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

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 4:30pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 9:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Crown Royal presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Powered by at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 1:00pm EDT

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

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Chicago Cubs 4:05pm EDT


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

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