Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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Today is July 2nd, the 183rd day of 2013. There are 182 days left in the year.


Thirteen potential UFAs who figure to attract attention.

Seven teams that made noise at 2013 NHL Draft.

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


Today's Birthdays: Former race car driver Richard Petty is 76; writer-director Larry David (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) is 66; Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical) is 28; Lindsay Lohan is 27.


Fifty-Seven American Prospects Chosen at 2013 NHL Entry Draft
Nineteen Players Picked in First Three Rounds
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Fifty-seven American players were selected during the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft in Newark, N.J., yesterday, two more than the 55 taken in the NHL Entry Draft a year ago.

The first American taken was highly touted defenseman Seth Jones (Plano, Texas), who went to the Nashville Predators with the fourth overall pick. Jones won a gold medal with the 2013 U.S. National Junior Team and spent two seasons at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program (2010-12), a member of the United States Hockey League. Two other Americans were taken in the first round including Michael McCarron (Macomb, Mich.), who went 25th overall to the Montreal Canadiens, and Ryan Hartman (West Dundee, Ill.), who was picked 30th overall by the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. McCarron played the last two seasons with the NTDP. Hartman, who joined Jones as a gold medalist on the 2013 U.S. National Junior Team, also played two seasons with the NTDP (2010-12).

USA Hockey's junior ranks had a strong showing at the NHL Draft. Among the highlights were 38 American players chosen that have ties to the United States Hockey League, USA Hockey's only Tier I junior league; five players with connections to the Tier II North American Hockey League; and six players with a background in the Eastern Junior Hockey League.
For the full list of Americans selected in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, see below.
NOTES: Seventeen players with ties to USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program were selected … Five Americans who played NCAA Division I hockey in 2012-13 were drafted … Fifteen players who skated for high schools or prep schools in 2012-13 were selected …Players drafted represented 17 states, including Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin … For a complete round-by-round recap of the NHL draft, click here … Twenty-four of the 30 NHL teams selected an American player ... A total of 55 Americans were picked in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, with 59 in 2011, 59 in 2010, 51 in 2009, 46 in 2008 and a record 62 in 2007.
Americans Selected in the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft
Rd.PickNameNHL Team2012-13 Team (League)
14Seth Jones *^Nashville PredatorsPortland Winterhawks (WHL)
125Michael McCarronMontreal CanadiensU.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
130Ryan Hartman *^Chicago BlackhawksPlymouth Whalers (OHL)
231Ian McCoshenFlorida PanthersWaterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
233Adam Erne ^Tampa Bay LightningQuebec Remparts (QMJHL)
235J.T. CompherBuffalo SabresU.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
238Connor Hurley ^Buffalo SabresEdina (Minn.) High School
242Steven Santini @New Jersey DevilsU.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
247Tommy VannelliSt. Louis BluesMinnetonka (Minn.) High School/U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
252Justin Bailey ^Buffalo SabresKitchener Rangers (OHL)
261Zach SanfordWashington CapitalsMiddlesex Islanders (EJHL)
366Brett Pesce @Carolina HurricanesUniv. of New Hampshire (HEA)
370Eamon McAdam +New York IslandersWaterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
374John HaydenChicago BlackhawksU.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
376Taylor CammarataNew York IslandersWaterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
377Jake GuentzelPittsburgh PenguinsSioux City Musketeers (USHL)
384Jimmy LodgeWinnipeg JetsSaginaw Spirit (OHL)
385Cole CasselsVancouver CanucksOshawa Generals (OHL)
387Keaton ThompsonAnaheim DucksU.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
492Evan CowleyFlorida PanthersWichita Falls Wildcats (NAHL)
497Mike DowningFlorida PanthersDubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)
4100Miles WoodNew Jersey DevilsNobles & Greenough School (Mass.)
4104Andrew Copp *^Winnipeg JetsUniv. of Michigan (CCHA)
4106Stephon Williams ^New York IslandersMinnesota State University-Mankato (WCHA)
4112Zachary Pochiro +St. Louis BluesPrince George Cougars (WHL)
4118Hudson FaschingLos Angeles KingsU.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
4119Ryan SegallaPittsburgh PenguinsSalisbury School (Conn.)
4120Ryan FitzgeraldBoston BruinsValley Warriors (EJHL)
4121Tyler MotteChicago BlackhawksU.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
5123Will ButcherColorado AvalancheU.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
5127Tucker Poolman +Winnipeg JetsOmaha Lancers (USHL)
5129Cal Petersen +Buffalo SabresWaterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
5133Connor Clifton @Phoenix CoyotesU.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
5134Luke JohnsonChicago BlackhawksLincoln Stars (USHL)
5140Teemu Kivihalme ^Nashville PredatorsBurnsville (Minn.) High School
5141Michael BrodzinskiSan Jose SharksMuskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
5143Anthony FlorentinoBuffalo SabresSouth Kent School (Conn.)
5144Blake HeinrichWashington CapitalsSioux City Musketeers (USHL)
5147Grant Besse^Anaheim DucksBenilde-St. Margaret's (Minn.)
5148Jonny Brodzinski ^Los Angeles KingsSt. Cloud State Univ. (WCHA)
5150Wiley ShermanBoston BruinsHotchkiss School (Conn.)
5151Gage AusmusSan Jose SharksU.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
6153Ben StormColorado AvalancheMuskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
6157Tim HarrisonCalgary FlamesDexter School (Mass.)
6159Sean MaloneBuffalo SabresU.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
6161Chris LeBlancOttawa SenatorsSouth Shore Kings (EJHL)
6162Merrick MadsenPhiladelphia FlyersProctor Academy (N.H.)
6163Brendan BurkePhoenix CoyotesPortland Winterhawks (WHL)
6167Avery Peterson ^Minnesota WildGrand Rapids (Minn.) High School
6168Quentin Shore *^Ottawa SenatorsUniversity of Denver (WCHA)
6174Brian PinhoWashington CapitalsSt. John's Prep School (Mass.)
6181Anthony LouisChicago BlackhawksU.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
7189Eric LockeBuffalo SabresSaginaw Spirit (OHL)
7192David DrakePhiladelphia FlyersDes Moines Buccaneers (USHL)
7201Jacob Jackson ^San Jose SharksTartan (Minn.) High School
7205Miles LiberatiVancouver CanucksLondon Knights (OHL)
7208Anthony BrodeurNew Jersey DevilsShattuck-St. Mary's (Minn.)
*Previously played for U.S. National Team Development Program
^Previously played in United States Hockey League
+Previously played in North American Hockey League
@Previously played in Eastern Junior Hockey League


Richard Henry Lee’s resolution that the American colonies "are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States" was adopted by the Continental Congress on this date in 1776.


Lions hand Skulsky, Buono extensions through 2016.

Video: Top Ten plays of Week 1.

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


On this date in 1850, B.J. Lane patented the gas mask.


Regina, SK - The Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the family of former Roughrider coach Jack Gotta.

Read the rest here.

Saskatchewan opens their regular season home schedule this Friday against the Calgary Stampeders. Kickoff on 620ckrm, the Rider Radio Network, TSN and ESPN3.com, is set for 9:00pm EDT.


NEW ON DVD THIS WEEK - Released July 2

Venus and Serena
The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis: The Complete Series
The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 4
Party of Five: Season Five


Tampa, FL. — The league may have entered the quietest stretch of its season, but there are some important dates ahead as teams prepare for training camp, the preseason and the formation of their regular-season rosters.

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A new study at the University of Pennsylvania finds that people who go to bed late are more likely to gain weight. [Is it my fault McDonald's is open 24 hours?]


Houston, TX. -- The Rays have given lefty starter Matt Moore ample run support this season, scoring nearly six runs per game over his 16 starts. They upped the ante on Monday, and Moore returned the favor in a 12-0 win over the Astros to open a four-game series at Minute Maid Park.

Read the rest here.


A source says Facebook is building a chat room function. When a user clicks the Host Chat button, the user can name the room if there's a specific topic or reason for a chat. When a person starts a chat room, it will create a News Feed story that others can join.


Cincinnati, OH. -- Prodded for favorite memories of last October's stirring National League Division Series comeback, Giants manager Bruce Bochy mischievously recalled the sight of left-hander Jeremy Affeldt slipping on Great American Ball Park's visitor's dugout steps as he tried to avoid a foul ball.

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Only 14 percent of U.S. workers believe they have the perfect job and more than half want to change careers. A Harris survey showed that the most coveted jobs are in the arts and sciences, business management, technology and healthcare.


Takin' care of business.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching yet another thunderstorm, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1956 - Elvis Presley recorded "Hound Dog," "Don’t Be Cruel" and "Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be)."

1956 - Ed Sullivan called Elvis Presley's manager to see if Elvis would make an appearance on his show.

1958 - The Elvis Presley film "King Creole" opened.

2004 - Elvis Radio debuted from a specially designed studio in the plaza of Graceland. The satellite radio station features a continuous variety of Elvis Presley music.


California video game company Naughty Dog said 800 numbers in the PlayStation 3 game "The Last of Us" turned out to be real phone sex lines and will be removed. The numbers, which in the game are supposed to be for pest control in post-apocalyptic Pittsburgh, connected to real adult chat lines and discovered the report to be true.


Today in Beatles History:

1961 - The Beatles ended a 92 night stop at the Top Ten club in Hamburg, West Germany. The stop began on April 1.

1964 - Paul McCartney played piano for Cilla Blacks recording of the Beatles' "It's for You."


American Idol Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard will compete on the upcoming 15th season of NBC's The Biggest Loser.


Today in Sports History:

1903 - Ed Delahanty (Washington) died from a fall from a railroad bridge at Niagra Falls.

1941 - Joe DiMaggio got a hit in his 45th consecutive game.

1994 - Colombian soccer player Andres Escobar was shot to death in Medellin. 10 days earlier he had accidentally scored a goal against his own team in World Cup competition.

1995 - Hideo Nomo became the first Japanese player to be selected for a major league baseball All-Star Game.

1996 - Alex Rodriguez became the third youngest player to be selected to the American League All Star team. Dwight Gooden and Ken Griffey Jr. were the two younger than Rodriguez.

2002 - A record 62 home runs were hit in 16 major league baseball games.


The reviews for The Lone Ranger are in... and they're not good. A sample: "In the end, The Lone Ranger is one hot mess -- an entertaining one, to be sure, but still a mess." - Charlie McCollum, San Jose Mercury News


Coming Up:

Tonight --

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


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

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