Saturday, November 2, 2013

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It's Saturday. Here's what's happening....


Today is November 2nd, the 306th day of 2013. There are 59 days left in the year.


Red Wings add Fedorov to Alumni Showdown roster.

Super 16: Plethora of picks could key Sabres' rebuild.

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U.S. Gen. George Washington gave his "Farewell Address to the Army" near Princeton, NJ on this date in 1783.


Raleigh, NC. -- A streak of not losing back-to-back games remains alive after the Tampa Bay Lightning led a second-half surge to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 Friday at PNC Arena.

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"Harpers Bazaar" magazine was founded on this date in 1867.


National Hockey Coaches Symposium Set for Las Vegas, Nev.
Event Set For Aug. 21-24, 2014; Registration Begins Today
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The 2014 National Hockey Coaches Symposium will take place August 21-24 at the J.W. Marriott Resort and Spa in Las Vegas, Nev., it was announced today by USA Hockey.
"The National Hockey Coaches Symposium is a marquee event that offers coaches a valuable opportunity to learn from the very best," said Mark Tabrum, USA Hockey's director of coaching education. "We encourage coaches to register early as this event sells out quickly."
Held every other year, the National Hockey Coaches Symposium is for aspiring coaches seeking to attain their Level 5 certification, the highest offered by USA Hockey. In addition to general sessions, coaches will also have the opportunity to explore innovative approaches to coaching through intensive breakout sessions dedicated to age-specific teaching based on the level of players they're coaching.
To learn more about National Hockey Coaches Symposium, including how to register, click here.
Notes: The last National Hockey Coaches Symposium was held in 2012 in Washington, D.C. Brian Burke, Dan Bylsma, Jon Cooper, Kevin Dineen, George McPhee, Eddie Olczyk, Peter Laviolette, Ron Rolston, Joe Sacco and Mike Sullivan were among the featured speakers.

USA Hockey Announces Additional Details Regarding
2013 U.S. Men's National University Team
Remaining roster unveiled; Team USA staff selected; Pre-tournament game announced
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- USA Hockey today announced additional details surrounding its 2013 U.S. Men's National University Team, which will compete in the Winter World University Games Dec. 10-21 in Trentino, Italy.
Twelve players have been added to the U.S. Men's National University Team roster. The U.S. team is comprised of players from collegiate ice hockey teams affiliated with the American Collegiate Hockey Association.
Four players that were selected to the 2013 ACHA Men's Division I All-Star Teams highlight the new additions to the roster, including forwards Jon Feavel (North Pole, Alaska/Iowa State University) and Nick Taurence (Trenton, Mich./Eastern Michigan University); defenseman Duncan Green (Athens, Ohio/Ohio University); and goaltender Matt Cooper (Duluth, Minn./Iowa State University).
Rounding out the roster are juniors Billy Balent (Waterford, Mich./Oakland University), Steve Brancheau (River Rouge, Mich./Lindenwood University) and Ryan Cotcamp (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./Stony Brook University), sophomore Bobby Bodette (Garden City, Mich./Adrian College), Andre Rakas (Holt, Mich./Adrian College) andTaylor Wolfe (Eden Prairie, Minn./Lindenwood University), and freshmen Sean Murphy (Cary, N.C./Arizona State University) and Alex Temby (Littleton, Colo./Arizona State University).
For a complete U.S. roster, click here.
The support staff, which will assist the 2013 U.S. Men's National University Team leading up to and during the Games, has been selected.
The group includes general manager Dr. Alan Murdoch (Ames, Iowa), who has worked with all seven U.S. Men's National University Teams, team leader Ashley Bevan (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's senior director of adult ice hockey, team doctor Douglas Evans (Chicago, Ill.), who served in that same capacity for the 2011 U.S. Men's and Women's National University Teams, athletic trainer Jennifer Janczak (Romeoville, Ill.), head athletic trainer at Lewis University, equipment manager Graham Pepperman (State College, Pa.), who held that same role for the 2011 U.S. Men's National University Team and currently works as an equipment manager for the Penn State University women's ice hockey team, and video coordinator Brian Moran (West Bloomfield, Mich.), commissioner of ACHA Men's Division I hockey.
The 2013 U.S. Men's National University Team will participate in a pre-tournament game against HC Fassa, a member of Italy's Serie A, the top professional league in the country.
The contest, which is part of Team USA's preparations for the 2013 Winter World University Games, will take place at the Gianmario Scola Ice Stadium in Alba de Canazei, Italy, on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.
For the complete U.S. schedule, click here.
Notes: To follow Team USA at the Winter World University Games, visit the event page at and follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter ... Join the conversation on social media by using hashtag #WUG ... Twelve states are represented on the U.S. roster. Michigan leads the way with seven players, while Illinois has three and Arizona, Minnesota and New York each have two. Seven other states -- Alaska, Colorado, Massachusetts, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania -- all have one ... Arizona State University leads all schools with five players on the U.S. roster, while Adrian College has three and Iowa State University, Lindenwood University and Stony Brook University all boast two representatives and eight other school have one each ... Scott Balboni (State College, Pa.), who served as head coach of the Penn State University men's ice hockey team from 2006-11, will serve as head coach of the 2013 U.S. Men's National University Team after having previously worked as an assistant for the 2009 and 2011 teams. Sean Hogan (Tucson, Ariz.), head coach of the men's ice hockey team at the University of Arizona, and Dan Phelps (Livonia, Mich.), head coach of Adrian College's men's ice hockey team, will serve as assistant coaches. Phelps was an assistant coach with Balboni during the 2011 Games ... Five alternates were also selected, including forwards Michael Harris (Silver Spring, Md./Ohio University), J.P. Kascsak(Springfield, Va./Iowa State University) and Jared McIntosh (Fairfield, Calif./Minot State University); defensemenAlex Miller (Ann Arbor, Mich./Stony Brook University) and Drew Newmeyer (Scottsdale, Ariz./Arizona State University); and goaltender Phil Graveline (Grand Rapids, Mich./Davenport University) ... The United States will field a men's ice hockey team in the Winter World University Games for the seventh straight time. Team USA finished sixth in the 2011 Winter World University Games.


FALL BACK - Daylight Saving Time ends Saturday night/Sunday morning.


Wenatchee, WA. – The Wenatchee Wild busted a seven-game winless skid Friday night, by beating the Fairbanks Ice Dogs 3-2, in front of 2,338 fans at the Town Toyota Center.

The Wild grabbed the early lead on a goal by Gadel Gumerov (Nizhnekamsk, Russia), who came out of the penalty box to joining in on a 2-on-1 break. The unassisted goal, scored at 4:54, gave Wenatchee a 1-0 lead. The Wild extended the lead late in the opening period, as Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) tapped home a crossing pass just above the goal mouth. Trey Bradley (Tampa, Florida) and Sam Becker (Roseville, Minnesota) drew assists on the power play goal at 18:44, giving Wenatchee a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes.

In the second period, Doug Rose found a loose puck and wristed one home from the bottom of the right circle for Fairbanks. The unassisted goal, coming at 2:52, sliced the Wild lead in half, down to 2-1. Wenatchee regained the two-goal lead late in the period, as Nick Rivera (Pacific Palisades, California) banged home a centering pass from the left wing corner. The goal, assisted by David Powlowski (Rochester, New York) and Brandon Schrader (Sanborn, New York) at 15:47, put the Wild up 3-1 after two.

Victor Munter found the back of the net from the left point, just shy of the 13 minute mark of the third period for the Ice Dogs. The goal, assisted by Brett Gervais and Lonnie Clary at 12:44, thinned the Wenatchee lead to 3-2. Fairbanks would pull their goaltender in the final minute of regulation but weren’t able to net the equalizer, as the Wild held on for the one-goal win. “We made some plays” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach Bliss Littler. “And we eliminated a few more ways to get beat, we gave ourselves a chance. We had very good goaltending.” Littler continued, saying “We probably got their (Fairbanks) attention. I’m sure that we’ll get a better effort on their part. It will be a good challenge tomorrow to see one of the better teams in the league, how they respond after a loss, so it’ll be a good test for us.”

The Ice Dogs outshot Wenatchee 38-32. Gustaf Johansson (Uppsala, Sweden) made 36 saves in his season debut for the Wild, while Kevin Aldridge made 29 stops in goal for Fairbanks. Wenatchee was 0-for-5 on the power play and 4-of-4 on the penalty kill.

The Wild is now 6-8-2, Fairbanks is 10-6-0.

The Fairbanks Ice Dogs play Wenatchee again tomorrow (Saturday night), with faceoff set for 7:05pm PDT. Then, it’s the Michigan Warriors for two on Friday and Saturday, November 8th and 9th, with face off both nights at 7:05pm PST. Individual and group game tickets for all home games are on sale now. Call 509.888.PUCK (7825).



We had rain here this morning. How's the weather where you're at?


Bruce's TD lifts Alouettes at the right time.

On a high: Lions end regular season with win over Stamps.

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On this date in 1883, Thomas Edison executed a patent application for an electrical indicator using the Edison effect lamp (U.S. Pat. 307,031).


Regina, SK. -Ricky Foley can't wait for the start of the CFL playoffs to begin but not at the expense of looking past the Edmonton Eskimos.

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Next up for the 11-6 Riders is a home game on Saturday, November 2nd against the 3-14 Edmonton Eskimos. Kickoff on 620CKRM,, the Rider Radio Network, TSN and is set for 5:00pm EDT.


North Dakota and South Dakota were admitted into the union as the 39th and 40th states on this date in 1889.


Tampa, FL. — CB Danny Gorrer, who spent the first eight games on the injured reserve/designated for return list, has been added to the active roster and can play as soon as Sunday's game in Seattle.

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The first commercial radio station in the U.S., KDKA of Pittsburgh, PA, began regular broadcasting on this date in 1920.


Corvallis, OR. -- Brandin Cooks caught six passes for 88 yards and a touchdown and Terron Ward rushed for 53 yards on eight carries but the Beavers lost to USC, 31-14, Friday night at Reser Stadium.

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Haile Selassie was crowned emperor of Ethiopia on this date in 1930.


St. Petersburg, FL. -- Before the Rays turn their attention toward the offseason and the roster reshuffling that always comes along with it, they'll play their usually prominent part in the awards season.

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The DuPont Company announced the first synthetic rubber on this date in 1930. It was named DuPrene.


Jimmy puts his shoes back on.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching the Riders beat Edmonton, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1957 - 
Elvis Presley's song "Loving You," the b-side of "Teddy Bear," hit #24 in the U.K.

1962 - The Elvis Presley film "Girls! Girls! Girls!" premiered.

1963 - Elvis Presley's single "Bossa Nova Baby" hit #13 in the U.K.

2005 - Lisa Marie Presley performed "IDIOT" on "Ellen".


On this date in 1947, Howard Hughes flew his "Spruce Goose," a huge wooden airplane, for eight minutes in California. It was the plane's first and only flight. The "Spruce Goose," nicknamed because of the white-gray color of the spruce used to build it, never went into production.


Today in Beatles History:

1974 - 
George Harrison began his first tour in eight years. He was the first former Beatle to attempt a nationwide solo tour.

2004 - John Lennon's "Rock N Roll" was released with four extra tracks.

2010 - Paul McCartney's 1973 album "Band on the Run" was reissued in a four-disc set that also included a 120-page book. Several different editions were also available.  


Harry S. Truman defeated Thomas E. Dewey for the U.S. presidency on this date in 1948. The Chicago Tribune published an early edition that had the headline "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN." The Truman victory surprised many polls and newspapers.


Today in Sports History:

1938 - It was announced that George Herman "Babe" Ruth had applied for the job of Manager of the St. Louis Browns after being released as a coach from the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1964 - CBS purchased 80% of the New York Yankees for $11,200,000.

1972 - Construction began on the Kingdome in Seattle, WA.

1988 - A Mexican radio station erroneously reported that Mike Tyson had died in a car crash.

1992 - Magic Johnson retired from the NBA again, this time for good because of fear due to his HIV infection.

1996 - Michael "Air" Jordan was on the cover of TV Guide.

1997 - Eric Metcalf (San Diego Chargers) set an NFL record when he ran back two kicks for touchdowns. The two returns gave him the league record with 10 in his career.

1999 - TV was launched.


Charles Van Doren, a game show contestant on the NBC-TV program "Twenty-One" admitted on this date in 1959 that he had been given questions and answers in advance.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 3:30pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway 3:30pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Edmonton Eskimos 5:00pm EDT

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 6:30pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs St. Louis Blues 7:00pm EDT

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Fairbanks Ice Dogs 10:05pm EDT

Sunday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 9:30am EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 12:30pm EST

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway 3:00pm EST

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Seattle Seahawks 4:05pm EST

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Edmonton Oilers 7:30pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Servicemaster 200 at Phoenix International Raceway 4:00pm EST

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 5:15pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings 7:00pm EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 8:00pm EST

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers at Arizona State Sun Devils TBA

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Advocare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway 3:00pm EST

CFL Playoff Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs BC Lions 4:30pm EST (Western Semifinal)


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

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