Thursday, August 8, 2013

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Today is August 8th, the 220th day of 2013. There are 145 days left in the year.


Rozsival celebrates with Cup in Czech Republic.

30 in 30: Stability makes Blackhawks favorite again.

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Today's Birthdays: Dustin Hoffman is 76; Don Most (Ralph Malph on Happy Days) is 60; The Edge (U2) is 52; Tennis player Roger Federer is 32.


2013-14 U.S. Men's National Under-17 Team Roster and Schedule Announced
Granato to Lead Team USA in Third 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-17 Team. The squad, comprised of some of the top American-born players in the 1997 birth year, will compete against teams from the Minnesota Elite League, North American Hockey League and United States Hockey League in addition to taking part in three international competitions during the course of the season.
The 22-player roster features eight defensemen, including Nicholas Boka (Plymouth, Mich.), Christian Evers(Waukee, Iowa), Casey Fitzgerald (North Reading, Mass.), Noah Hanifin (Norwood, Mass.), Caleb Jones (Frisco, Texas), Joseph Masonius (Spring Lake, N.J.), Charles McAvoy (Long Beach, N.Y.) and Zach Werenski (Grosse Pointe, Mich.).
The 12 forwards include Jeremy Bracco (Freeport, N.Y.), Christian Fischer (Wayne, Ill.), Michael Floodstrand(Hinsdale, Ill.), Jordan Greenway (Potsdam, N.Y.), Luke Kirwan (Dewitt, N.Y.), Luke Kunin (Chesterfield, Mo.),Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Jack Roslovic (Columbus, Ohio), Matthew Tkachuk (St. Louis, Mo.), Brendan Warren (Carelton, Mich.), Colin White (Hanover, Mass.) and Dennis Yan (Troy, Mich.).
Backstopping Team USA will be Michael Lackey (Washington, D.C.) and Luke Opilka (St. Louis, Mo.).
To view the complete roster, click here.
Don Granato is in his third season at the NTDP and will serve as the head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team for the 2013-14 season. Nick Fohr will enter his third season as an assistant to Granato, while Josh Brownwill serve as intern assistant coach for the second straight season.
The U.S. National Under-17 Team kicks off the 2013-14 campaign at home with a NAHL preseason contest Sept. 13 against the Janesville Jets. It will begin its 34-game USHL regular-season schedule Sept. 21 at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube against the Youngstown Phantoms.
The U.S. will compete internationally at the 2013 Four Nations Tournament Nov. 6-10 in Slovakia; at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, from Dec. 28, 2013-Jan. 4, 2014; and at the 2014 Five Nations Tournament Feb. 5-9 in Sweden.
Tickets for home games played at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube are just $7 for adults and $5 for children, seniors and active military members. Youth hockey players wearing their team jerseys are admitted for just $1. Tickets can be purchased by calling the NTDP front office at (734) 327-9251.
For Team USA's complete schedule, click here.
NOTES: The 22 players on the U.S. roster represent 11 different states. Michigan and New York lead the way with four natives on the roster, while Massachusetts and Missouri each boast three … Christian Evers represents the first Iowa native at the NTDP ... A total of 12 members of Team USA have already verbally committed to NCAA Division I schools … Michael Floodstrand will compete in the 2013 Five Nations Tournament from Aug. 14-18 in Trnava, Slovakia ... A full-time elite development program in Ann Arbor, Mich., USA Hockey's NTDP includes both the U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams. The teams will count jointly as one team in the USHL standings as a member of the Eastern Conference. Should the NTDP qualify, the U.S. National Under-17 Team will compete in the Clark Cup Playoffs … 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

U.S. Under-18 Select Team Scores 5-2 Win Over Slovakia
Team USA will play Czech Republic in semifinals on Friday
PIESTANY, Slovakia – Four different U.S. players scored goals and goaltender Blake Weyrick (Ojai, Calif.) made 18 saves to help the U.S. Under-18 Select Team defeat Slovakia, 5-2, in the final pool play game of the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament today.
"Our goaltender played very well and made all the saves he needed to make," said head coach Bob Corkum. "It was a total team effort today, despite everything that was going on in the game. I think we're peaking at the right time, and we're looking forward to some rest and the semifinals."
The U.S. was sparked by a four-goal outburst in the final 7:07 of the opening period. Paul Bittner (Crookston, Minn.) started the scoring when he tipped a shot past Slovakia goaltender Maximilian Pajpach 12:53 into the contest. Then,Keegan Iverson (St. Louis Park, Minn.) netted a tally between a pair of goals by Nick Schmaltz (Verona, Wis.) to make the score 4-0 before the end of the first period.
After Slovakia trimmed the lead to 4-2 with two goals in the opening 2:27 of the second stanza, Kyle Connor (Shelby Township, Mich.) scored on a hard shot from the left side four minutes later to finish the scoring.
The U.S. Under-18 Select Team, which finished atop its group in pool play, will play the Czech Republic in the semifinals on Friday at 1:00 p.m. ET.
For the complete roster, click here.
For complete Ivan Hlinka coverage, click here.
NOTES: Nick Schmaltz was named U.S. Player of the Game ... Follow the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament on Twitter by following @USAHockeyScores and using #IvanHlinka ... The 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament features teams from Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States ... Team USA has finished in the top three of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament 10 times since the tournament's inception in 1991, including a first-place finish in 2003. The U.S. has finished second seven times (1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2010) and third twice (1991, 1995) ... Team USA finished in seventh place last year ... The 22 players on the U.S. roster represent 10 different states. Minnesota leads the way with eight representatives, while Michigan has four and both Illinois and Colorado have two ... Bob Corkum (Salisbury, Mass.) serves as head coach and John Gruden (Virginia, Minn.), assistant coach with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, Matt Herr (Hackensack, N.J.) a regional manager of USA Hockey's American Development Model, and Derek Plante (Cloquet, Minn.), assistant coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth, serve as assistant coaches.
Game Summary
Scoring By Period
First Period -- Scoring: 1, USA, Bittner (Schmaltz), 12:53; 2, USA, Schmaltz (unassisted), 16:24; 3, USA, Iverson (Bittner), 18:55; 4, USA, Schmaltz (Poganski, Bittner), 19:07. Penalties: USA, Poganski (tripping), 0:33; USA, Dougherty (hooking), 2:23; SVK, Bilik (high-sticking), 6:49; USA, Wagner (tripping), 14:43; SVK, Hascic (hooking), 15:31.
Second Period -- Scoring: 5, SVK, Hascic (penalty shot), 2:12; 6, SVK, Jaros (unassisted), 2:27; 7, USA, Connor (Snively), 6:47. Penalties: SVK, Romancik (hooking), 1:12; USA, Mantha (tripping), 2:12; SVK, Koch (high-sticking), 5:00; USA, Malmquist (holding), 11:17.
Third Period: Scoring: None. Penalties: USA, Phelps (roughing), 3:47; SVK, Novak (slashing), 16:43; USA, Wagner (slashing), 14:23; USA, Carlo (delay of game), 15:38.
Shots By Period

Goaltenders (SV/SH)
USA, Weyrick 60:005/5
SVK, Pajpach 60:0014/1814/157/735/40
Power Play: USA, 0-5; SVK, 0-8
USA, 8-19; SVK, 5-10

Team USA 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament ScheduleAugust 3-10 - Breclav, Czech Republic & Piestany, Slovakia
DateOpponentLocationTime (Local/ET)/Result
Sat., Aug. 3Czech Republic (Exhibition)BreclavW, 1-0
Mon., Aug. 5FinlandPiestanyL, 2-3 (OT)
Tues., Aug. 6RussiaPiestanyW, 4-2
Wed., Aug. 7SlovakiaPiestanyW, 5-2
Fri., Aug. 9Czech Republic (Semifinals)Breclav7:00 p.m./1:00 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 10Championship/Third PlaceTBDTBD

USA Falls to Sweden, 4-0, at USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp
Demko Stops 16 of 17 Shots in Relief Appearance
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Team USA lost to Sweden, 4-0, here today at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp at the Olympic Center's 1980 Herb Brooks Arena.

"We couldn't get any momentum going tonight," said Don Lucia, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. "Every time we had our looks, their goalie was big in the net and swallowed everything up. We have to do a better job of getting second shot opportunities, getting rebound-type goals. Our offensive puck support needs to improve. We need shorter passes and more support all over the rink."

Sweden opened the scoring at 6:04 of the first period, converting on a feed from behind the net.
Sweden upped its lead to 3-0 on a pair of power-play goals in the second period. Both tallies were a result of rebounds, coming at 4:19 and 8:42. At 12:36, four seconds after a USA penalty expired, the Swedes wristed a shot through traffic to make it 4-0.
Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine/Providence College) started and stopped 19 of 22 shots in 30:31. Thatcher Demko(San Diego, Calif./Boston College) allowed one goal on 17 shots. Sweden's Marcus Hogberg accumulated 27 saves for a shutout.
Team USA is back in action Thursday (Aug. 8) against Finland at 1 p.m. ET.
Game Summary
Scoring By Period
First Period -- Scoring: 1, SWE, Tornkvist (Nilsson, Hagg), 6:04. Penalties: USA, Matteau (hooking), 6:22; SWE, Norell (tripping), 8:53; USA, Skjei (boarding), 10:01; USA, Compher (roughing), 17:50; SWE, Hagg (holding), 17:50.
Second Period -- Scoring: 2, SWE, Burakowsky (de la Rose, Sandberg), 4:19 (pp); 3, SWE, Possler (Wennberg, Djoos), 8:42 (pp); 4, SWE, Wallmark (Burakowsky), 12:36. Penalties: USA, Matteau (elbowing), 2:26; USA, Santini (high-sticking, double minor), 8:31; SWE, Sandberg (tripping), 9:50; USA, Erne (slashing), 10:31; USA, Stepan (high-sticking), 13:26; SWE, de la Rose (elbowing), 14:13.
Third Period -- Scoring: None. Penalties: SWE, Possler (cross-checking), 0:42; SWE, Norell (interference), 9:16; USA, Barber (tripping), 9:35; SWE, Pettersson (tripping), 16:15.
Shots By Period

Goaltenders (SV/SH)
USA, Gillies 30:31
USA, Demko 29:29
SWE, Hogberg 60:007/713/137/727/27
Power Play: USA, 0-6; SWE, 2-7
USA, 8-18; SWE, 7-14
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 on ... 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
1:00 p.m.
4:15 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 10
USA vs. Canada
Finland vs. Sweden
1:00 p.m.
4:15 p.m.


Thomas Edison received a patent for the mimeograph on this date in 1876. The mimeograph was a "method of preparing autographic stencils for printing."


2013 Game Notes: A look at Week 7.

Ultimate Replay: Week 6.

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A man is recuperating in a Tampa hospital after being bitten by a shark. This same guy was once standing under a tree when it was hit by lightning. He was also bitten by a rattlesnake, and attacked by monkeys -- twice. [This guy is like a a season's worth of programming on the Discovery Channel.]


Regina, SK. -- After what was presumably a productive bye week, the Saskatchewan Roughriders are back at work this week getting ready for Friday's first-place showdown at the Calgary Stampeders.

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Next up for the Riders is a game tomorrow, August 9th 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


The refrigerator was patented by A.T. Marshall on this date in 1899.


Tampa, FL. — Third-year TE Luke Stocker is just easing back into action after a second training camp injury in three years, but he believes he can catch up quickly and grab the opportunity the Bucs have presented to him.

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A smoker costs a private employer in the United States an extra $5,816 per year compared with a nonsmoker. Researchers at The Ohio State University estimated that the largest cost, at $3,077 annually, came from taking smoking breaks. Health care expenses was the second largest cost.


Phoenix, AZ. -- Tampa Bay's bullpen has had better nights.

After blowing an early 3-1 lead, the Rays lost an 8-7 lead in the eighth and that cost them the game as the D-backs took a 9-8 decision Wednesday night at Chase Field.

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It can be tricky enough to maintain a gluten-free diet, but how are you supposed to fend off wheaty crumbs on the lips of romantic partners? You don't have to anymore, gluten-free diners. There's a special site just for you --, "where you never have to feel alone, awkward, or a burden because you are gluten-free."


San Francisco, CA. -- The Giants aren't leading the National League in anything, except perhaps disgust and self-loathing.

Their level of frustration was off the charts Wednesday night after their 6-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. The final score wasn't entirely lopsided. Yet the reigning World Series champions absorbed a beating in each phase of the game.

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A man in Arizona who had his Amazon deliver of K-cups and ice cube trays stolen from his front porch is not taking it lying down. He shared security video of the female thief, and printed a flyer that he's posted around town. The poster describes the person in the photo as "either a woman, or Dog the Bounty Hunter has really let himself go." | Video


I'll climb up here Daddy!


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


Today in Elvis History

1959 - Elvis Presley's single "A Big Hunk O' Love" hit #4 in the U.K.

1960 - Elvis Presley began recording several songs intended for the film "Flaming Star."

1964 - The soundtrack to the Elvis Presley movie "Kissin' Cousins" hit #5 in the U.K.

1977 - Elvis Presley rented out Libertyland for his daughter Lisa Marie and her friends.


On this date in 1911, the number of representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives was established at 435. There was one member of Congress for every 211,877 residents.


Today in Beatles History:

1969 -  
The photograph for the cover of "Abbey Road" was taken. 

1997 - Paul McCartney's album "Flaming Pie" was certified gold by the RIAA.

2000 - "The Beatles DVD Collector's Set" was released.


Tonight's Discovery Channel Shark Week special (10p ET) follows American and Japanese scientists as they descend into the deepest unexplored oceans on earth in search of some of the more incredible and bizarre sharks on the planet.


Today in Sports History:

1900 - In Boston, the first Davis Cup series began. The U.S. team defeated Great Britain three matches to zero.

1903 - Joe McGinnity (New York) pitched two complete games in one day. He won 6-1 and 4-3 over the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1915 - Gawy Gravath (Philadelphia) hit four doubles and brought in eight runs in a game against the Cincinnati Reds.

1920 - Howard Ehmke (Detroit Tigers) set an American League record when he defeated the New York Yankees 1-0 in 1 hour and 13 minutes.

1931 - Bob Burke (Washington Senators) pitched a 5-0 no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox.

1954 - The Brooklyn Dodgers scored 13 runs in the eighth inning to beat the Cincinnati Reds 20-7 at Ebbets Field.

1972 - The New York Yankees signed a 30-year lease with the City of New York which called for Yankee Stadium to be completely modernized in time for the 1976 season.

1973 - Boston Red Sox Orlando Cepeda hit four doubles against the Kansas City Royals.

1982 - Doug DeCinces hit three home runs against the California Angels. He had hit three home runs against Minnesota five days earlier.

1985 - Major League baseball players returned to work after a two-day walkout.

1992 - The "Dream Team" clinched the gold medal at the Barcelona Summer Olympics. The U.S. basketball team beat Croatia 117-85.

1996 - Eddie Murray (Baltimore Orioles) moved into 15th place on the career home run list when he hit his 494th.

1996 - Willie McGee (St. Louis Cardinals) hit his 2,000th major league hit.

1998 - Paul Molitor (Minnesota Twins) stole his 500th career base.

1999 - Wade Boggs got his 3,000th hit of his major league baseball career.

2002 - Major league baseball players and owners agreed to a $100,000 increase in baseball's minimum salary. The minimum was set at $300,000 starting in 2003.

2005 - It was announced that Wayne Gretzky would be the next head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.


NEW ON DVD - On August 6

- The Place Beyond the Pines
- Oblivion
- Mud
- On the Road
- Aftershock
- To the Wonder
- Duck Dynasty: Season 3
- Community: The Complete Fourth Season
- Battlestar Galactica 35th Anniversary
- Smash: Season Two


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Milwaukee Brewers 3:45pm EDT

Friday --

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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