Friday, October 11, 2013

It's Friday

It's Friday. Here's what's happening....


Today is October 11th, the 284th day of 2013. There are 81 days left in the year.


Sabres' Kaleta faces hearing for hit.

American Hockey League names four to Hall of Fame.

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Today's Birthdays: Joan Cusak (Broadcast News, Say Anything..., Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3) is 51; Luke Perry (90210) is 47; Jane Krakowski (30 Rock, Ally McBeal) is 45; Emily Deschanel (Bones) is 37.


Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning played their home opener Thursday and celebrated in style, dispatching the Florida Panthers 7-2 at Tampa Bay Times Forum behind a hat trick and an assist from Steven Stamkos.

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JCPenney opened a store in Milford, DE on this date in 1929, making it a nationwide company with stores in all 48 states.


Waddell Named International Consultant
Efforts Focused on U.S. National Junior Team and NTDP
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Don Waddell, who brings nearly two decades of experience in the National Hockey League in multiple capacities, has been named international consultant for USA Hockey, with particular focus on player identification and interface with the U.S. National Junior Team and USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program.
“It’s great to have someone with Don’s experience assisting us with two of our most prominent programs,” said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of USA Hockey. “Don’s primary role will be centered around player identification, but he’ll also be engaged with our staff at the NDTP to assist in continuing to enhance our efforts in all areas.”
Waddell has been affiliated in some capacity with USA Hockey for parts of five decades. He is an original member of the volunteer U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group that was created in 2007 to assist USA Hockey in the selection of players and staff for U.S. Men’s National and Olympic Teams.
Waddell served as the general manager for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team that competed at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, as well as the U.S. Men’s National Team that played in the 2005 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship.
In addition, Waddell was the assistant general manager for the 2004 World Cup of Hockey team and held the same position for the U.S. Men’s National Team that captured the bronze medal at the 2004 IIHF Men’s World Championship in the Czech Republic, a feat that qualified the United States for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games.
In 2011, he was the head coach for Team USA at the Deutschland Cup in Germany. Waddell also served as general manager for both the 2001 and 2002 U.S. Men’s National Teams and he was the assistant general manager of the U.S. Men’s National Team that competed in the 1999 IIHF Men’s World Championship.
As a player, he helped the 1983 U.S. Men’s National Team to the IIHF Pool B World Championship in Tokyo, Japan, and was a member of the first two U.S. National Junior Teams (1977, 1978) that competed at the IIHF World Junior Championship.
In addition to his USA Hockey duties, Waddell will continue to serve as a pro scout for the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins for the third straight season.
Waddell spent 13 years with the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers, serving as the only general manager in club history from 1998-2011. He also took on president duties for the team during the 2010-11 season. On two occasions he took over as interim head coach of the Thrashers.
Prior to joining Atlanta, Waddell, a Detroit native, served as assistant general manager for the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings in 1997-98.

Nearly 120 U.S. Locations To Celebrate 2013 IIHF World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend
Third Annual Event Includes USA Hockey Donation of 300 Sets of OneGoal Starter Equipment and U.S. Women's National Team Participation at Youth Clinic in South Burlington, Vt., on Oct. 13
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Nearly 120 locations across the United States will help celebrate the third annual International Ice Hockey Federation World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend this Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 12-13). As part of the festivities, the U.S. Women's National Team will take part in a youth hockey clinic, on Sunday (Oct. 13) at 11:40 a.m. ET at Cairns Arena, in South Burlington, Vt. USA Hockey will donate 12 sets of OneGoal starter equipment to the local association of choice of each member of the U.S. Women's National Team.
The IIHF World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend is an opportunity to celebrate female participation in the sport. The goal of the event is to grow the game through a variety of events that aim to introduce beginners to basic skills in a positive, fun, and safe environment; provide more opportunities to play ice hockey; teach fair play, sportsmanship, and teamwork; create new friendships; and develop a lifelong love of the sport.
"USA Hockey is proud to be a leader in the continued advancement of girls' and women's hockey," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "It's terrific to see all the activity happening around the country this weekend and we're most grateful to all the volunteers who are dedicated to helping grow the game."
Events being hosted include youth hockey clinics featuring the America Development Model, hockey jamborees, Try Hockey for Free opportunities, female-only tournaments, introductory informational sessions about the sport, and numerous other hockey-themed gatherings.
Those taking part in the festivities this weekend are encouraged to share their experiences by posting photos and stories on USA Hockey's Facebook page and on Twitter using the hashtag #girlshockey.
Some 30 states are hosting activities as part of the third annual IIHF World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend. To inquire about an event occurring in your area, contact Shannon Webster at For more information on the IIHF World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend, click here.


A "Breaking Bad" opera is coming. [Let's hope it doesn't give "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" any ideas.]


2013 Game Notes: A look at Week 16.

Stephen: Vital month on tap for the Stamps.

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In New York, the first telecast of a political campaign was aired on this date in 1932.


Regina, SK. -It has been a happy return to the Saskatchewan Roughriders' active roster for Jock Sanders.

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Next up for the 9-5 Riders is a game on Saturday, October 12th at home against the 3-11 Edmonton Eskimos. Kickoff on 620CKRM,, the Rider Radio Network, TSN and is set for 4:30pm EDT.


Hershey announced plans to introduce its first new brand in 30 years. [Apparently they heard about my diet, and decided that now would be the perfect time.]


Tampa, FL. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks is being treated for an MRSA staph infection in his left foot for the second time this season, general manager Mark Dominik confirmed Thursday.

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Shocktoberfest has cancelled their nude haunted house option after local officials asked park bosses to reconsider their plan. The Pennsylvania scare house was planning to offer a "Naked and Scared" tour, allowing people to strip down to their birthday suits. They'll still offer a "prude" option for those who wish to strip to their undies.


Corvallis, OR. -- There's a famous college coach who likes to say that every game is a Super Bowl.

Saturday's clash between Oregon State and Washington State at Pullman is something less than that. But it's important, nonetheless, to the parties involved.

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The radio show, "Professor Quiz", aired for the first time on this date in 1936.


St. Petersburg, FL. -- Tampa Bay's biggest question during the offseason is whether David Price will be back with the team in 2014.

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Large screen TV? Check. Favorite pizza place on speed dial? Check. Multiple movie and TV streaming sources? Of course. Unlimited supply of toilet paper delivered by Amazon? Yep. Bottomless tray of soft, hot pretzels? Uh, wait a sec. But that's about to change thanks to the awesome SPF200 Soft Pretzel Maker. Think George Foreman Grill for pretzel lovers. And it's available online for $20 so you really don't have to leave the house. | link


Daddy and Jimmy wait in line for the balloon maker.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as prepping for another hockey weekend, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1958 - 
The Elvis Presley album "King Creole" hit #2 in the U.S.

1973 - Elvis and Priscilla Presley were divorced after six years of marriage.

1994 - The book "Good Rockin' Toight: Twenty years on the road and on the town with Elvis" by Joe Esposito was released.


A Japan Airlines flight from Moscow to Tokyo had to turn around two hours into the trip after the 787 Dreamliner plane's toilets broke. The journey usually takes about 10 hours - which would've been 10 very uncomfortable hours without the ability to flush.


Today in Beatles History:

1967 - 
John Lennon and Yoko Ono opened their joint exhibition Half-a-Wind Show at London's Lisson Gallery.

1988 - Ringo Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach, entered a rehab center to be treated for alcoholism.


IN THEATERS - Captain Phillips (PG-13); Machete Kills (R)


Today in Sports History:

1924The Boston Bruins and the Montreal Maroons were granted NHL franchises.

1925 - The New York Giants played their first NFL game. The Giants lost 14-0 to Providence.

1975 - New York Islander Bryan Trottier got his first hat trick.

1980 - The Dallas Mavericks won their first game at Reunion Arena when they beat San Antonio 103-92.

1984 - Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins) made his debut in the National Hockey League (NHL) against the Boston Bruins. He scored a goal on his first shot on his first NHL shift.

1998 - Steve Young (San Francisco 49ers) became the 20th player in NFL history to throw for 30,000 yards.

2004 - The Houston Astros won a postseason series for the first time in their 43 year history. They defeated the Atlanta Braves 12-3 in Game 5. The Astros had lost 7 playoff series previously, three of them to Atlanta.

2006 - In New York, Cory Lidle (New York Yankees) and his flight instructor were killed when Lidle's plane crashed into a high-rise apartment building.


Pioneer 1, a lunar probe, was launched by the U.S. on this date in 1958. The probe did not reach its destination and fell back to Earth and burned up in the atmosphere.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway 7:30pm EDT

Saturday --

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Edmonton Eskimos 4:30pm EDT

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 5:15pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway 6:30pm EDT

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Port Huron Fighting Falcons 7:00pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00pm EDT

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 8:00pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers at Washington State Cougars 10:30pm EDT

Sunday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 9:00am EDT

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 12:15pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Philadelphia Eagles 1:00pm EDT

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Port Huron Fighting Falcons 4:00pm EDT


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

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