Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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Today is December 3rd, the 337th day of 2013. There are 28 days left in the year.


Sunday Long Read: '96 World Cup an American dream.

Drouin, McDavid highlight Canada WJC camp roster.

Visit the official league website, http://www.nhl.com/.


Today's Birthdays: Ozzy Osbourne is 65; Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right) is 53; Brendan Fraser (Mummy films) is 45; Amanda Seyfried (In Time, Red Riding Hood, Big Love) is 28.


Columbus, OH. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are hoping the turn of the calendar will help them fix a power-play that was the NHL's second-worst in November.

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On this date in 1818, Illinois was admitted as the 21st state of the union.


Cindy Curley, Bill Guerin, Peter Karmanos, Jr., Ron Mason and Doug Weight Enshrined in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame
Kevin Allen Presented the National Hockey League’s Lester Patrick Trophy
DETROIT, Mich. – Cindy Curley (Hudson, Mass.), Bill Guerin (Worcester, Mass.), Peter Karmanos, Jr. (Detroit, Mich.), Ron Mason (East Lansing, Mich.) and Doug Weight (Warren, Mich.) were formally enshrined in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame this evening during a sold-out ceremony held at Sound Board at Motor City Casino in Detroit, Mich.
The National Hockey League’s Lester Patrick Trophy was also presented to Kevin Allen(Wayne, Mich.) during this evening's 41st annual induction ceremony and dinner.
Quotes from the ceremony: 
"I'm grateful to play at the rec level before moving on to be fortunate to play at the college level and wear the USA jersey." –Cindy Curley, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2013
"Ever since 1980, the Miracle on Ice, I had to play for U.S. I had to represent my country."–Bill Guerin, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2013
"As a builder, you don't get many stats or achievements, but you get a lot of rewards seeing those players succeed." –Peter Karmanos, Jr., U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2013
"You can't dream about these awards. It's special. It's great to see the quality and type of people that made the game better." –Ron Mason, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2013
"Everyone I've crossed paths with has given me an incredible experience. I'm so humbled to share the stage with this class." –Doug Weight, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2013
Quotes from hockey dignitaries in attendance: 
"There will always be journalism but it'll take on different forms. It's not about being first it's about being right."–Kevin Allen, 2013 Lester Patrick Trophy winner
"Kevin Allen remains the paragon of journalism. He is the voice of reason that rises above a critical media world."–Gary Bettman, National Hockey League Commisioner
“This is a very special evening and a shining example of the growth of hockey in the U.S. over the last several decades.” –Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey
NOTES: With the Class of 2013, there are now 161 enshrined members in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame ... ESPN’s Steve Levy was the Master of Ceremonies of the event for the fourth consecutive year … To read about each member of U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2013, click here ... To read about Allen’s service to the sport in the U.S. click here ... Since USA Hockey assumed responsibility for the event in 2007, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner has been held in Grand Forks, N.D. (2007), Denver (2008), Boston (2009), Buffalo (2010), Chicago (2011) and Dallas (2012) … The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame was founded in 1973. For information on the members of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, visit the Hall's official web site at http://www.ushockeyhall.com …The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum, located in Eveleth, Minn., is open daily. For hours of operation and admission prices, click here or call 800-443-7825.

U.S. National Sled Hockey Team Tops Korea, 5-0,
at World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Toronto
Declan Farmer scores twice; Josh Pauls tallies three points; Goaltender Jen Yung Lee records shutout
TORONTO, Ontario – Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) scored twice and Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) had three points to help the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team to a 5-0 victory over Korea in its second game of the 2013 World Sledge Hockey Challenge here tonight.
“We were better tonight than we were yesterday,” said head coach Jeff Sauer. "We did things that we needed to do to win. We wanted to put some pressure on and do some things on the power play, and it worked well. We got some guys with less experience in there, which bodes well for us down the road.”
Farmer broke through for the game’s first tally just 3:48 into the contest. With the U.S. on the power play, Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.) won a race to a loose puck near the offensive blue line and made a quick move to get past a Korean defender. Then, as he cut to the middle of the ice, he moved the puck to Farmer at the top of the circle, and Farmer found the top corner.
The score stayed the same until Pauls redirected a Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.) shot past Team Korea goaltender Man-Gyun Yu to give Team USA a 2-0 advantage after one period.
Greg Shaw (Merritt Island, Fla.) increased the U.S. lead to 3-0 five minutes into the middle frame when he bounced a puck off Yu and into the net. Good pressure by Shaw and his linemates – Farmers and Pauls – led to a Korea turnover in the corner. Pauls worked the puck to the net and was stopped, but Shaw managed to convert on the rebound.
The United States added two more goals in the final period – one by Josh Sweeney (Phoenix, Ariz.) and the other by Farmer – to finish the scoring.
Jen Yung Lee (San Francisco, Calif.) recorded his second career shutout, stopping all five Team Korea shots.
Team USA, which controlled play for long stretches in the contest, put 31 pucks on net and went 1-for-5 with the man advantage.
The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will finish preliminary round play in the World Sledge Hockey Challenge Wednesday (Dec. 4) when it squares off with Canada at 8 p.m. ET.
2013 World Sledge Hockey ChallengeDec. 1-7 - Toronto, Ontario - MasterCard Centre
DateOpponentTime (ET)/ResultLive Streaming
Sun., Dec. 1RussiaW, 2-1FASTHockey.com
Mon., Dec. 2KoreaW, 5-0FASTHockey.com
Wed., Dec. 4Canada8 p.m.FASTHockey.com
Thurs., Dec. 5Semifinals1/4 p.m.FASTHockey.com
Sat., Dec. 7Third-Place/
Championship Game
1/4 p.m.
Notes: For a complete box score, click here ... Carron was named the U.S. Player of the Game ... For complete information on the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, including a team roster, schedule, news and more, click here ... Follow all U.S. games during the World Sledge Hockey Challenge via Twitter by following @USAHockey and @USAHockeyScores, and join the conversation by using hashtag #WSHC2013 ... Eighteen players were named to the 2014 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team on July 24. Team USA's roster will be trimmed to 17 players by Jan. 1, 2014, to conform to the Paralympic Games roster limit … Nine players return from the 2010 U.S. squad that captured the gold medal at the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver, B.C., including goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.); defensemen Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.), Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.), Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) and Andy Yohe(Bettendorf, Iowa); and forwards Taylor Lipsett (Plano, Texas), Adam Page (Lancaster, N.Y.),Alexi Salamone (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Greg Shaw (Merritt Island, Fla.). Cash, Chace, Lipsett, Salamone and Yohe also received bronze medals at the 2006 Paralympic Games in Torino, Italy … Dan Brennan (Colorado Springs, Colo.), director of sled and inline national teams for USA Hockey, is serving as the general manager of the 2014 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team ... Jeff Sauer (Madison, Wis.) is the head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. Guy Gosselin(Grafton, Wis.), American Development Model regional manager for USA Hockey, is in his third season as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team ... Due to rights restrictions, the championship game of the World Sledge Hockey Challenge is only available in Canada on TSN.


Andrew Jackson was elected president of the United States on this date in 1828.


Top 10 Post-Season Plays.

McManus, Goveia join Bombers front office.

Visit the league's official website, http://www.cfl.ca.


NEW ON DVD - Released December 3

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
The Wolverine
The Smurfs 2
Drinking Buddies
Simpsons: Season 16
Hot in Cleveland: Season Four
The Big C - The Final Season: Hereafter
Duck Dynasty - Seasons 1-3 Collectors Set


Regina, SK. -Having boasted one of the deepest cores in recent memory, the 2013 Saskatchewan Roughriders are well aware that the 2014 edition of themselves might look a little different.

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Oberlin College in Ohio opened on this date in 1833 as the first truly coeducational school of higher education in the United States.


Tampa, FL. — It appears as if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a 14th player headed for injured reserve.

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When a woman in a hospital in England went to the bathroom she discovered that her surgical team had left a rubber glove inside her. [Even weirder -- it actually turned out to be an oven mitt.]


Corvallis, OR. -- Oregon State junior wide receiver and Biletnikoff Award finalist Brandin Cooks has been named to the 2013 Pac-12 All-Conference First Team, it was announced Monday by league commissioner Larry Scott. The all-league team is compiled via votes of the conference’s 12 head coaches.

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U.S. online sales were expected to hit $2 billion on "Cyber Monday" for the first time. As of noon Monday (EST) online sales were up 21.4 percent on "Cyber Monday" over last year.

... According to a new study (by CareerBuilder) over half (54 percent) of workers expect to spend some time at work shopping online for the holidays, up from 49 percent last year.


Is that for me?


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as getting your new hockey jersey repaired, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1960 - 
Elvis Presley's single "Are You Lonesome Tonight" hit #1 in the U.S.

1968 - Elvis Presley's NBC-TV special "Elvis" was aired.

1983 - The Elvis Presley album "A Legendary Performer Vol. 4" hit #91 in the U.K.


Applebee's will officially announce today that it's putting tablet computers on all of its tables at all of it 1,680 restaurants. By the end of the year nearly 100,000 devices will be in Applebee's restaurants. In addition to helping you decide between a 960-calorie triple chocolate meltdown versus a 880-calorie apple chimi cheesecake, the 7-inch tablets will also let you play video games throughout the meal (for a dollar) and pay your check electronically.


Today in Beatles History:

1961 - 
The Beatles met Brian Epstein for the first time at his record store in Liverpool.

1969 - John Lennon was asked to play the title role in "Jesus Christ, Superstar." The offer was revoked the next day.

1973 - Ringo Starr released the song "You're Sixteen." It was his second straight number one single.


Alka Seltzer was sold for the first time on this date in 1931.


Today in Sports History:

1929 - The Boston Bruins began a 14 game winning streak.

1950 - Tom Fears (Los Angeles Rams) caught an NFL-record 18 passes against the Green Bay Packers. Terrell Owens (San Francisco 49ers) broke the record with 20 catches for 283 yards and a touchdown against the Chicago Bears on December 17, 2000.

1961 - George Blanda (Houston Oilers) kicked a 55-yard field goal.

1968 - The rules committee of Major League Baseball (MLB) announced that in 1969 the pitcher's mound would be lowered from 15 to 10 inches. This was done in order to "get more batting action." The strike zone was also reduced from the knees to the shoulders to the top of the knees to the armpits.

1988 - Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State University won the Heisman Trophy.

1991 - Hulk Hogan won his fourth WWF championship when he defeated Undertaker.

1994 - Greg LeMond announced that he was retiring. He was a three-time winner of the Tour de France.


Paul Harvey began his national radio broadcast on this date in 1950.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Ottawa Senators 7:30pm EST

Friday --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Johnstown Tomahawks 10:05pm EST

Saturday --

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

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Pa;m Beach Hawks 6:30pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Winnipeg Jets 7:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Johnstown Tomahawks 10:05pm EST

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

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Buffalo Bills 1:00pm EST


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

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