Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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Today is November 6th, the 310th day of 2013. There are 55 days left in the year.


Heaney was a trailblazer for women's hockey.

Arnott announces retirement after 18 seasons.

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Today's Birthdays: Sally Field (Oscars for Norma Rae and Places in the Heart) is 67; Glenn Frey of the Eagles is 65; Ethan Hawke (Training Day, Dead Poets Society) is 43; Thandie Newton (Crash, Beloved, The Pursuit of Happyness) is 41.


Tampa, FL. -- The Lightning's penalty kill unit has been nearly perfect the past three weeks, one reason for the team's strong start.

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Charles Henry Dow was born on this date in 1851. He was the founder of Dow Jones & Company .


U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams Set to Compete in Four Nations Tournaments
U17s Head to Slovakia; U18s Travel to Finland
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams -- part of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program -- will join teams from Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland in Four Nations Tournaments this week. The U17 Four Nations Tournament will take place in Prievidza, Slovakia, while the U18 Four Nations event will be held in Turku, Finland.
Schedules for both tournaments are below.
NOTES: The U.S. National Under-17 Team is looking to successfully defend its title at the U17 Four Nations Tournament, having claimed first place in four consecutive years (2009-12) ... The U.S. National Under-18 Team will seek to continue its streak at the U18 Four Nations Tournament after claiming five straight titles from 2008-12 ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for scoring updates during the Four Nations Tournaments. Scores will be designated with the #4NationsU17 and #4NationsU18 hashtags ... For the official U17 Four Nations Tournament page, click here ... For the official U18 Four Nations Tournament page, click here ... For additional coverage, visit USA Hockey's National Team Development Program website and Facebook page ... The U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams train with The Hockey IntelliGym, a revolutionary software program released on October 1, 2010 that trains hockey sense. To learn more, visit ... For the complete U.S. National Under-17 Team and Under-18 Team rosters, click here.
2013 U.S. National Under-17 Team Four Nations Tournament Schedule
Nov. 6-10, 2013 • Prievidza, Slovakia
DateOpponentLocationTime (Local/EST)
Wed., Nov. 6Slovakia*Prievidza5:00 p.m. / 11:00 a.m.
Fri., Nov. 8SwitzerlandPrievidza1:30 p.m. / 7:30 a.m.
Sat., Nov. 9SlovakiaPrievidza5:00 p.m. / 11:00 a.m.
Sun., Nov. 10RussiaPrievidza2:30 p.m. / 8:30 a.m.

2013 U.S. National Under-18 Team Four Nations Tournament Schedule
Nov. 6-10, 2013 • Turku, Finland
DateOpponentLocationTime (Local/EST)
Wed., Nov. 6Finland*Kupittaa6:00 p.m. / 11:00 a.m.
Fri., Nov. 8SwedenKupittaa4:00 p.m. / 9:00 a.m.
Sat., Nov. 9FinlandKupittaa5:00 p.m. / 10:00 a.m.
Sun., Nov. 10SwitzerlandKupittaa1:00 p.m. / 6:00 a.m.
*Pre-tournament game
ABOUT THE NTDP: In 1996, USA Hockey launched a new initiative called the National Team Development Program, based in Ann Arbor, Mich. Celebrating its 17th season of play in 2013-14, the goal of this full-time development program is to prepare student-athletes under the age of 18 for participation on U.S. National Teams and success in their future hockey careers. Its efforts focus not only on high-caliber participation on the ice, but creating well-rounded individuals of the ice.

U.S. Women's National Team Beats Sweden, 10-0, in
Opening Game of 2013 Four Nations Cup
Team USA will play Canada tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - Eight players scored goals and 11 different U.S. skaters had at least one point to help the U.S. Women's National Team defeat Sweden, 10-0, in the opening game of the 2013 Four Nations Cup here tonight.
"I loved how our team played today," said head coach Katey Stone. "We played with a lot of jump, a lot of intensity and a real sense of urgency. We played smart, simple hockey. We take everyday as it comes and we just have to find a way to win the game in front of us. We have great effort and hustle and I'm happy with where our team is at right now. We just need to work as hard as we can."
Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill./Northeastern University) and Gigi Marvin (Warroad, Minn./University of Minnesota) each had two-goal outings, while Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass./Boston College) and Kelli Stack (Brooklyn Heights, Ohio/Boston College) contributed three points each to lead all U.S. skaters in that category during the game.
Team USA started strong and was able to score four first-period goals despite several quality saves by Sweden goaltender Sara Grahn in the opening minutes of the game.
Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass./University of Wisconsin) started the scoring when she redirected a shot from the point into the net at 13:01. Coyne knocked in a rebound 36 seconds later to give the United States an important 2-0 advantage. Then, just three minutes later, Anne Schleper (St. Cloud, Minn./University of Minnesota) and Marvin each found the back of the net in a 38-second span to double Team USA's lead heading into the first intermission.
Stack extended the U.S. lead 12:25 into the middle period when she intercepted a pass and beat Grahn on a breakaway. Jocelyn Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D./University of North Dakota) stretched the American's lead to 6-0 with just 38 seconds remaining in the period on a well-placed shot from the slot.
Marvin scored her second goal of the game just after the 10-minute mark of the third. Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho/University of Wisconsin) converted two minutes later, and tallies by Carpenter and Coyne in the final five minutes capped the scoring.
Goaltenders Jessie Vetter (Cottage Grove, Wis./University of Wisconsin) and Molly Schaus(Natick, Mass./Boston College) split time in net and combined for an eight-save shutout.
The U.S. Women's National Team will be back in action tomorrow night when it plays Canada in the second game of the 2013 Four Nations Cup for both teams.
For a complete box score, click here.
For more information on the Four Nations Cup, including how to obtain tickets, click here.
Notes: For more information on the Bring on the World Tour, including ticket information for Tour events and the entire Tour schedule, click here ... The U.S. Women’s National Team is training together at The Edge Sports Center in Bedford. Mass., and participating in the Tour and various competitions in the build-up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games ... The final 2014 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team, which will include 18 forwards/defensemen and three goaltenders, will be announced during the second intermission of the NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2014, in Ann Arbor, Mich., live on NBC ... Follow the U.S. Women's National Team throughout its journey to Sochi by following @USAHockey on Twitter or by liking U.S. Women's National Hockey Team on Facebook.

U.S. Junior Select Team Beats Russia, 8-3, to Begin World Junior A Challenge
Nick Schmaltz and Connor Hurley Tally Four Points Apiece
YARMOUTH, Nova Scotia - Nick Schmaltz (Verona, Wis.) tallied two goals and two assists andConnor Hurley (Eagan, Minn.) posted a goal and three assists to help the U.S. Junior Select Team beat Russia, 8-3, tonight in its World Junior A Challenge opener at Yarmouth Mariners Centre.

"We put a lot of emphasis on special teams and it paid off tonight," said Derek Lalonde, head coach of the U.S. Junior Select Team. "We scored very early on the power play and then survived the first period thanks to our penalty killing. Our depth is one of our strengths and we needed it with so much special teams play tonight. We're looking forward to playing Canada East tomorrow on its home soil."

Karson Kuhlman (Cloquet, Minn.) staked Team USA to a 1-0 lead on a power play just 1:31 into the game. Hurley fired a shot on goal that Kuhlman deflected past goaltender Sergei Korobov.

In the back half of the first period, the U.S. penalty killers maintained the narrow lead by negating 6:46 of consecutive power-play time for Russia.

Team USA took control of the game in the second period, out-scoring Russia 5-1, including a four-goal spree to start the frame. Zeb Knutson (Sioux Falls, S.D.) tallied on a deflection 30 seconds into the second period. Then over a seven-minute span, Schmaltz scored twice on the man-advantage and in between Hurley potted an even-strength goal.

Russia found the scoresheet at 17:23, but Knutson responded at 19:04 with his second goal of the night to make it 6-1 in favor of Team USA after 40 minutes.

Both the U.S. and Russia scored twice in the third period. Russia tallied at 1:41 before Team USA's Kyle Connor (Shelby Twp., Mich.) and Shane Eiserman (West Newbury, Mass.) scored back-to-back at 9:28 and 14:04, respectively. Russia notched its final goal in the last minute of play.

Goaltender Cal Petersen (Waterloo, Iowa) had 22 stops in the victory. Russia's Korobov saved 15 of 18 shots in 23:37, while his backup, Maxim Tretiak, made 16 saves on 21 shots.

Team USA concludes group play on Wednesday (Nov. 6) against Canada East at 7:00 p.m. EST. All tournament games will be streamed live at Those interested in watching should sign up for a free account in advance at

NOTES: For tonight's box score, click here ... Team USA's captain is Dennis Kravchenko (San Clemente, Calif.), while the alternate captains are C.J. Franklin (Forest Lake, Minn.) andKarson Kuhlman (Cloquet, Minn.) ... The World Junior A Challenge is in its eighth year and the United States is competing for the seventh time … Team USA has won four of the last five tournaments (2008-10, '12) … The 2013 field includes Canada East, Canada West, Czech Republic, Russia, Switzerland and the United States … The official event website is availablehere ... All players on the U.S. roster, which includes 13 forwards, seven defenseman and two goaltenders, compete in the United States Hockey League. For the complete roster, click here … The 22 players represent 10 states. Eight players hail from Minnesota, while Michigan has four players and California and New Jersey have two apiece. Other states include Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin ... Two players on the roster are eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, including goaltender Chris Birdsall (Glen Rock, N.J.) and forward Kyle Connor (Shelby Twp, Mich.) ... All 22 players are verbally committed to attend NCAA Division I hockey programs in the future ... Thirteen USHL teams are represented. Leading the way are the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, Dubuque Fighting Saints, Green Bay Gamblers and Sioux Falls Stampede, which have three players each ... Derek Lalonde (Brasher Falls, N.Y.), head coach and general manager of the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers, is the head coach for the 2013 U.S. Junior Select Team ... The assistant coaches are Anthony Noreen(Chicago, Ill.) and Mark Abalan (Green Bay, Wis.). Noreen is the head coach and general manager for the USHL's Youngstown Phantoms, while Abalan is an assistant coach for the USHL's Sioux City Musketeers. Additional team staff includes Team Manager Marc Boxer(Colorado Springs, Colo.) of USA Hockey, Equipment Manager Darrin Flinchem (Indianapolis, Ind.) of the Indiana Ice, Athletic Trainer Steve Bagus (Oak Lawn, Ill.) of the Chicago Steel and Team Physician Dr. Alan Ashare (Boston, Mass).

2013 World Junior A ChallengeNov. 4-10 • Yarmouth, N.S. • Mariners Centre
DateOpponentVenueTime/ResultLive Streaming
Sat., Nov. 2Canada West (ex.)Digby ArenaW, 4-3
Tues., Nov. 5RussiaMariners CentreW,
Wed., Nov. 6Canada EastMariners Centre8 p.m.
Thurs., Nov. 7QuarterfinalsMariners Centre4/8 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 8SemifinalsMariners Centre4/8 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 95th-Place GameQueens Place Emera Centre7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 93rd-Place GameMariners Centre8 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 10Championship GameMariners Centre2 p.m.


Abraham Lincoln was elected to be the sixteenth president of the United States on this date in 1860.


Burris, Ticats feeeling confident heading into Semi.

Ultimate Replay: Week 19.

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Tree-hugging shop-a-holics rejoice: now you can stop buying that huge Sunday newspaper just for the weekly circulars. Flipp is a free app that aggregates all the weekly shopping circulars for your area. Just enter your ZIP code and it'll find all your local stores. Looking for something specific, like a sale on Levi's? Do a search and every related circular ad comes up.


Regina, SK. -Riders Cornerback Terrell Maze’s journey has been far from ordinary. From high school through college, two failed professional football leagues, a stint in Europe and now in the CFL, Terrell seriously wonders if he'll be playing the game in China in a few years. One thing is for sure, he takes it all in, rolls with the punches and considers himself lucky to have a career doing what he loves.

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Next up for the Riders is the Western Semifinal at home against the BC Lions. Kickoff on 620CKRM,, the Rider Radio Network, TSN and is set for 4:30pm EST.


Jefferson Davis was elected as the president of the Confederacy in the U.S. on this date in 1861.


Tampa, FL. — Buccaneer rookie TE Tim Wright already feels like he's left his undrafted status behind as he becomes more and more involved in Tampa Bay's offense while still learning a new position.

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A scientist in Transylvania has come up with a new artificial blood. [Apparently, Dracula was looking for something a little less filling.]


Corvallis, OR. -- In the wake of Oregon State defeats, Trevor Romaine’s Twitter feed tends to become a forum for irked students.

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Jacob Schick was granted a patent for the electric shaver on this date in 1923.


St. Petersburg, FL. -- Wil Myers and Chris Archer are in the hunt for the American League's Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award.

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Another reason to treat yourself to a piece of chocolate: A new study (published in the journal Nutrition) found that European kids who ate more chocolate also had a lower body mass index. So, more chocolate doesn't necessarily mean more fat. Scientists examined the chocolate intake of 1,458 kids age 12½ to 17½ and found those who had more chocolate (1½ ounces a day versus less than a quarter of an ounce) actually had lower BMIs, regardless of sex, age, and other diet factors.


Spider Jimmy tries the ball toss.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching hockey on TV, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1948 - 
The Presley family began their move to Memphis.

1963 - On location shooting for the Elvis Presley movie "Kissin' Cousins" ended.

1960 - Elvis Presley flew to California to begin working on pre-production for the film "Wild In The Country." The movie premiered in Memphis on June 15, 1961.

1971 - Elvis Presley's single "It's Only Love" hit #51 in the U.S.

1990 - The RIAA certified 150,000 sales of the Elvis Presley videos "Great Performances Volume 1 - Center Stage" and "Great Performances Volume 2 - Man And Music."

2001 - The album "The Country Side of Elvis" was released.


Did your hubby or boyfriend cheat? Here's a way to go after the home wrecker. encourages burned wives to publicly shame the women who lured their husbands into their love den. So far there are 500 'mistresses' listed on the site including name, location and picture. One woman wrote that her perfect marriage was ruined after her husband joined a gym and met another woman.


Today in Beatles History:

1966 - 
Beatles fans demonstrated outside Brian Epstein's house in England. They were demanding the the Beatles perform more live concerts.

1969 - The John Lennon and Yoko Ono film "Rape - Part II" screened at the Mannheim Film Festival in Germany.


Edwin H. Armstrong announced his development of FM broadcasting on this date in 1935.


Today in Sports History:

1861 - The inventor of basketball, James Naismith, was born.

1869 - The first official intercollegiate football game was played in New Brunswick, NJ.

1958 - The American League announced that Kansas City would play a record 52 night games in 1959.

1966 - Tim Brown (Philadelphia Eagles) ran back two kick-offs for touchdowns in the same game against the Dallas Cowboys.

1969 - A tie for the Cy Young Award occurred for the first time. Detroit's Denny McLain and Baltimore's Mike Cuellar both won the award for best pitcher in the American League.

1974 - Mike Marshall became the first relief pitcher to win the Cy Young Award.

1982 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the National Football League (NFL) could not dictate the home town of a team. The case resulted from the Oakland Raiders wanting to move to Los Angeles.

1989 - NFL Charities donated $1 million through the United Way to benefit the victims of the Bay Area earthquake.

1995 - ESPN announced a five-year contract extension with Major League Baseball. The contract represented the first time that baseball's post season would be on cable.

1995 - Art Modell, the owner of the Cleveland Browns, announced plans to move his team to Baltimore.

1995 - It was announced that a contract had been signed, on October 27, that finalized the Cleveland Browns' move to Baltimore.

1995 - Mark Messier scored his 500th NHL goal.

1996 - Michael Jordan scored 50 points for the 29th time in his career.

2002 - Emmitt Smith (Dallas Cowboys) dropped the puck at a game between the Dallas Stars and the Vancouver Canucks.


Phil Donahue began a TV talk show in Dayton, OH on this date in 1967. The show was on the air for 29 years.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

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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