Friday, August 9, 2013

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Today is August 9th, the 221st day of 2013. There are 144 days left in the year.


Gretzky trade to Los Angeles shocked hockey world.

30 in 30: Young talent, Roy lead Colorado revival.

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Today's Birthdays: Melanie Griffith (Working Girl) is 56; Today co-host Hoda Kotb is 49; Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, NBC's Hannibal) is 45; Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, 50/50) is 28.


2013-14 U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team Roster and Schedule Announced
Cole to Lead Team USA in Fourth Season as Head Coach
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, which enters its 17th season on ice in 2013-14, today announced the roster and schedule for its U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team. The squad, comprised of some of the top American-born players in the 1996 birth year, will compete against teams from the United States Hockey League and NCAA Division I and III schools, in addition to participating in three international competitions.
Highlighting the 22-player roster are forward Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.) and goaltender Blake Weyrick(Ojai, Calif.), who were a part of the U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team that captured the silver medal at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's Under-18 World Championship held in Sochi, Russia.
Nineteen players on the roster are returning for their second year with the NTDP, including defensemen Louie Belpedio (Skokie, Ill.), Nathan Billitier (Spencerport, N.Y.), Ryan Bliss (Chelmsford, Mass.), Ryan Collins(Bloomington, Minn.), Brandon Fortunato (North Hills, N.Y.), Jack Glover (Golden Valley, Minn.) and Johnathan MacLeod (Dracut, Mass.); forwards Anders Bjork (Mequon, Wis.), Eichel, Jared Fiegl (Parker, Colo.), Ryan Hitchcock (Manhasset, N.Y.), Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.), Sonny Milano (Massapequa, N.Y.), Dylan Pavelek(Marysville, Mich.), Nolan Stevens (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Alex Tuch (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) and Joe Wegwerth(Brewtser, N.Y.); and goaltenders Edwin Minney (Wind Gap, Pa.) and Weyrick.
Defenseman Jack Dougherty (Cottage Grove, Minn.) joins the squad after spending last season with St. Thomas Academy (Minn.). He is currently skating with the U.S. Under-18 Select Team in the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia. Previously, Dougherty helped the U.S. Under-17 Select Team compile a perfect 5-0 record and capture first place at the 2012 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament in Chomutov, Czech Republic.
Forwards Shane Gersich (Chaska, Minn.) and Ryan Wagner (Park Ridge, Ill.) also earned a spot on the U.S. National Under-18 Team roster for the 2013-14 season. Gersich most recently completed a season with Holy Family Catholic High School (Minn.), accumulating 62 points (28-34) in 25 games. Gersich also earned a title with the 2012 U.S. Under-17 Select Team at the Five Nations Tournament in the Czech Republic and represented Team USA at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. Wagner comes to the NTDP from the Chicago Mission midget minor program, where he scored 12 goals and added 13 assists in 23 games. He also helped his team capture the 2013 Toyota-USA Hockey National Championship at the Tier I Youth 16U level, tallying nine points in six contests. Wagner is currently competing with the U.S. Under-18 Select Team at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
Danton Cole will guide the U.S. National Under-18 team in 2013-14, after serving behind the bench for the Under-17 team last season. John Gruden will enter his third season as an assistant to Cole, while Daniel Naurato will serve as intern assistant coach for the first time this season. 
To view the complete roster, click here.
The U.S. National Under-18 Team will open the season on the road in the USHL Fall Classic East. The preseason tournament will feature tilts against the Chicago Steel (Sept. 13) and Youngstown Phantoms (Sept. 14), before Team USA opens the regular season on Sept. 20 versus Youngstown at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. The team's first collegiate game will come at Northern Michigan University on Oct. 5. The U.S. National Under-18 Team will compete in the 2012 Four Nations Tournament from Nov. 6-10, in Finland and the 2013 Five Nations Tournament from Feb. 5-10, in Russia. The season culminates with the 2014 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship April 10-27 in Lappeenranta, Finland.
Tickets for home games played at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube are $7 for adults and $5 for children, seniors and active military members. Youth hockey players wearing their team jerseys are admitted for just $1 and group rates are available. Tickets can be purchased by calling the NTDP at (734) 327-9251.
For the complete schedule, click here.
NOTES: The 22 players on the U.S. roster represent nine different states. New York leads the way with six natives on the roster, while Minnesota boasts four and Massachusetts has three … A total of 20 members of Team USA have verbally committed to NCAA Division I schools … Of the 16 games against college opponents, 12 are against NCAA Division I schools, including three that finished the 2012-13 season ranked in the top 15 of the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll (No. 4 St. Cloud State University, No. 5 Miami University and No. 7 University of North Dakota) … The U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams utilize The Hockey IntelliGym, a revolutionary software program that trains hockey sense. To learn more, visit

USA Hockey Names Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association,
Kirkwood (Mo.) Youth Hockey Association and Seattle Sno-King Hockey Association as Model Association Programs
Eleven Organizations Across Eight States Now Have Model Association Designation
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today that the Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association, Kirkwood (Mo.) Youth Hockey Association and Seattle (Wash.) Sno-King Hockey Association organizations have been named USA Hockey Model Association Programs.

With the designation, the three organizations have committed to follow the American Development Model in full at the 8-and-under, 10-and-under and 12-and-under age groups. The ADM is based on age-appropriate training to fully benefit children in their development, regardless of ability level.

"We commend these clubs for earning the model association distinction," said Kevin McLaughlin, senior director of hockey development for USA Hockey. "Their commitment to the ladder of development provided by USA Hockey ensures their kids won't be left behind and that every child, from rec to elite-level athletes, will have the programs in place to help them reach their full potential."

As a benefit of their model program designation, CSGHA, KYHA and Seattle Sno-King will receive added support from USA Hockey to assist in implementing the ADM throughout their programs, including equipment, signage, and educational materials. Further, all three will receive on-going staff support from USA Hockey's national office, including in-depth coaches training that will commence in early September.

"I am 100 percent convinced that the ADM approach has made a significant impact on the skills development and fun factor for our kids," said Marnie Hill, director of hockey for CSGHA. "The number of puck touches, coach-to-player ratio and small-area game play have made our girls more confident and competitive. I believe these kids are getting to experience many concepts of the sport and have a better grasp of the 'hockey sense' it takes to play it."
"This is a credit to our 300+ families that make up our association," said Steve Williamson, president of KYHA. "Every season we look at what else we can implement from USA Hockey's ADM. I have never received a complaint based on fear of change. There is a culture of experimentation and process improvement here that will continue even with reaching this milestone."
"Since we implemented it in 2009, the ADM has been a tremendous success for our organization," said Doug Kirton, hockey director for the Seattle Sno-Kings. "Our players enjoy the game more and their skills have improved. Enrollment and retention also have increased. We can't wait to see how strong our players will become as we work closer with USA Hockey's experts to help train our coaches and players. It is an exciting time for us as we look forward to the implementation of the ADM's long-term athlete development principles."

NOTES: The Model Association Program is open to any USA Hockey youth association with the support of the local USA Hockey Affiliate and an association review by the local ADM Regional Manager. Detailed information is available here ... The ADM, with full support from the NHL, was launched in January of 2009 to provide associations nationwide – for the first time ever - a blueprint for optimal athlete development. The ADM is based on age-appropriate training and uses long-term athlete development principles as its foundation ... The other USA Hockey Model Association Programs are Arvada (Colo.) Hockey Association, Colorado Springs Hockey Association, Kalamazoo (Mich.) Optimist Hockey Association, Kettler (Va.) Capitals, Montgomery (Md.) Youth Hockey Association, New Jersey Bandits and Orchard Lake (Mich.) United and San Jose Jr. Sharks.

USA Tops Finland in Shootout, 4-3, at USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp
Erne notches game-winner in shootout, adds goal and assist: Stolarz makes 34 saves
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Adam Erne (New Haven, Conn.) scored the decisive tally in a seven-round shootout to give Team USA a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Finland at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp. Erne also posted a goal and an assist in regulation, both coming in the third period when the U.S. overcame a 3-1 deficit to force overtime.

"(Goaltender) Anthony Stolarz played very well," said Don Lucia, head coach of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team. "Obviously, he was very good in the shootout. We just needed anybody to step up tonight from an offensive standpoint. It's the first time this week we have been productive on special teams and you have to have that."
After Finland opened the scoring at 9:43 of the first period, Team USA evened the game four minutes later. Ian McCoshen's(Hudson, Wis./Boston College) shot from the right point ricocheted off a Finnish player and between the goaltender's legs.Zach Stepan (Hastings, Minn./Minnesota State Univ.-Mankato) and Tommy DiPauli (Woodbridge, Ill./Univ. of Notre Dame) collected the assists.
In the second stanza, the Finns took the lead back with a power-play goal at 6:29 and padded their advantage to 3-1 at 13:17.
Over a span of 1:05 in the third period, USA posted a pair of power-play goals to draw even at 3-3. First, Mike Brodzinski(Ham Lake, Minn./Univ. of Minnesota) took a pass from Erne, cruised through the Finland zone and banked the puck into the net. Then, Erne capitalized from the low slot after a pass from Connor Carrick (Orland Park, Ill.).
Anthony Stolarz (Edison, N.J.) made 34 saves. In the shootout, he denied six of seven Finland shooters. Finland's Joonas Korpisalo had 31 stops.
In two days, USA wraps up play at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp against Canada on Saturday (Aug. 10) at 1 p.m. ET.
Game Summary
Scoring By Period
First Period -- Scoring: 1, FIN, Mustonen (Nikko, Honka), 9:43; 2, USA, McCoshen (DiPauli, Stepan), 14:04. Penalties: USA, Brodzinski (interference), 2:17; FIN, Ikonen (high-sticking), 17:21; USA, Compher (slashing), 17:21.
Second Period -- Scoring: 3, FIN, Lehkonen (Teravainen, Leskinen), 6:29 (pp); 4, FIN, Lehtonen (Mustonen), 13:17. Penalties: FIN, Ikonen (hooking), 2:10; USA, Guentzel (goaltender interference), 5:22; FIN, Saari (hooking), 7:59; USA, Samuelsson (slashing), 9:31; FIN, Teravainen (high-sticking), 11:59; USA, Toninato (hooking), 12:33; FIN, Vainonen (cross-checking), 15:53; FIN, Bench (too many men), 16:49.
Third Period -- Scoring: 5, USA, Brodzinski (Erne, Grzelcyk), 6:19 (pp); 6, USA, Erne (Carrick, Butcher), 7:24 (pp). Penalties: FIN, Nikko (interference), 5:46; FIN, Nikko (unsportsmanlike conduct), 5:46; USA, Copp (roughing), 14:58.

Overtime -- Scoring: none. Penalties: none.

Shootout -- USA, Cammarata (miss); FIN, Lehkonen (miss); USA, Erne (miss); FIN, Kapanen (miss); Butcher (miss); Teravainen (miss); Lehkonen (miss); Samuelsson (miss); FIN, Teravainen (miss); USA, Carrick (miss); FIN, Ikonen (goal); USA, Erne (goal); FIN, Leskinen (miss); USA, Erne (goal).
Shots By Period

Goaltenders (SV/SH)
USA, Stolarz 65:0011/12
FIN, Korpisalo 65:0011/1213/154/61/131/34
Power Play: USA, 2-7; FIN, 1-5
USA, 6-12; FIN, 8-16
NOTES: Use the hashtag #NJEC on Twitter to join the conversation surrounding camp ... The online home for the 2013 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp, complete with rosters, schedules, stats and news, is available here ... All games from the 2013 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp are being streamed live and are available on-demand ... The 2014 U.S. National Junior Team will be selected following a pre-tournament camp Dec. 15-18 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. 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, will serve as assistant coaches. 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.
2013 National Junior Evaluation Camp Schedule
August 4-10 - Lake Placid, New York
Time (EDT)/Result
Live Streaming
Sun., Aug. 4
USA White vs. Sweden
USA Blue vs. Finland
Mon., Aug. 5
USA Blue vs. Sweden
USA White vs. Finland
Wed., Aug. 7
Canada vs. Finland
USA vs. Sweden
Thurs., Aug. 8
USA vs. Finland
Canada vs. Sweden
Sat., Aug. 10
USA vs. Canada
Finland vs. Sweden
1:00 p.m.
4:15 p.m.


American Indians sold the Bronx to Jonas Bronck for 400 beads on this date in 1678.


Sailing Along: Argos continue win streak in Montreal.

MUST WATCH: Owens Returns Missed Field Goal 118-Yards for TD.

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A passenger at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport discovered maggots crawling in the sandwich he bought at an airport restaurant. [Crawling maggots? That's strange. Usually at an airport nothing is moving.]


Regina, SK. -- The Saskatchewan Roughriders (5-0) face a West Division first place showdown as they visit McMahon Stadium to take on the Calgary Stampeders (4-1).

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Next up for the Riders is a game tonight at the Calgary Stampeders, a team they beat 36-21 in week two. Game time is 9:00pm EDT on 620 CKRM, the Rider Radio Network, TSN, NBC Sports Network and


On this date in 1790, the Columbia returned to Boston Harbor after a three-year voyage. It was the first ship to carry the American flag around the world.


Tampa, FL. — Tampa Bay finished the battle of first-teamers with a lead on Thursday night at Raymond James Stadium and got encouraging performances from such young players as Mike Glennon, Johnthan Banks and Danny Gorrer, but eventually fell to the defending Super Bowl champs to open the 2013 preseason.

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President Barack Obama and his family are about to go on an eight-day vacation on the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard. Obama skipped a Martha's Vineyard vacation last summer when he was seeking re-election.


St. Petersburg, FL. -- Free-agent shopping for the Rays usually begins in the bargain bin.

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Last week it was the Cronut; this week it's the Ice Cream Donut Sandwich. Firecakes Donuts in Chicago is selling the sandwiches that are exactly what they sound like -- a glazed donut stuffed with either homemade vanilla or espresso ice cream. The donut shop has been serving them for $4 apiece since July 20.


San Francisco, CA. -- The evolution of the Giants might have progressed with their 4-1 victory Thursday over the Milwaukee Brewers.

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A Houston man came within one strike of a perfect game but as his ball was approaching the pins the reset bar came down blocking the shot. He had accidentally pressed the button.


What are those guys doing Daddy?


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


Today in Elvis History

1969 - Elvis Presley's single "Clean Up Your Own Back Yard" hit #35 in the U.S.

2004 - Clay Millican performed a burnout in front of Graceland in the Elvis-themed Dragster. Millican was scheduled to race the car at the upcoming NHRA Mid-South Nationals and the U.S. Nationals.


On this date in 1859, the escalator was patented by Nathan Ames.


Today in Beatles History:

1973 -  
Henry McCullough and Denny Seiwell quit Wings.


SHARK WEEK: GREAT WHITE GAUNTLET (9p ET, Discovery) - A rare sea snail can only be found in one of the most deadly shark feeding grounds and divers risk it all to capture this million dollar bounty.


Today in Sports History:

1893 - "Gut Holz" was published. It was America's first bowling magazine. 

1936 - Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. He was the first American to win four medals in one Olympics.

1975 - The New Orleans Superdome as officially opened when the Saints played the Houston Oilers in exhibition football. The new Superdome cost $163 million to build.

1981 - Major league baseball teams resumed play at the conclusion of the first mid-season players’ strike.

1984 - Daley Thompson, of Britain, won his second successive Olympic decathlon.

1988 - Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers was traded to the Los Angeles Kings. The trade was at Gretzky's request. He was sent to the Kings with Mike Krushelnyski and Marty McSorley. Edmonton received Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, three first-round draft picks and cash.

1990 - The NHL approved the sale of the Minnesota North Stars by George and Gordon Gund. The Gunds were granted the rights to a Bay Area team that could begin play in October 1991. The team was the San Jose Sharks.

2000 - Former Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin was arrested on a Class B misdemeanor of possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana.

2012 - Shannon Eastin became the first female to officiate an NFL game when she worked as a line judge in a preseason game between the San Diego Chargers and the Green Bay Packers.


IN THEATERS - Percy Jackson: See of Monsters, Planes, Elysium, We're the Millers.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

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

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Baltimore Orioles 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Dodgers 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Baltimore Orioles 4:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Cheez-It 355 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Baltimore Orioles 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Dodgers 8:05pm EDT


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

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