Wednesday, January 15, 2014

It's Wednesday

It's Wednesday. Here's what's happening....


Today is January 15th, the 15th day of 2014. There are 350 days left in the year.


NHL, Ducks, Kings donate street hockey equipment to 50 Southern California schools as part of 2014 NHL Stadium Series Los Angeles Legacy Initiative.

Video: Boston Bruins pay tribute to Sam Berns.

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Today's Birthdays: Mario Van Peebles is 57; Chad Lowe is 46; NFL quarterback Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) is 35; Pitbull is 33.


New York, NY. -- After missing four games with a wrist injury, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop didn't show much rust.

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A New York man is suing a car dealership after he was pinned to the wall by a careless employee who was moving a car in the showroom. [Fortunately, he was shopping for a Hyundai and not a Winnebago.]


University of Minnesota Stays Unanimous No. 1 in
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
17th Annual Women's College Hockey Poll - #15

(First-place votes in parentheses)
Last Week's Ranking
Weeks in
Top 10
1University of Minnesota, 190 (19)
2University of Wisconsin, 164
3Cornell University, 155
4University of North Dakota, 125
5Harvard University, 107
6Clarkson University, 103
7Boston College, 68
8Robert Morris University, 61
9Boston University, 48
10Quinnipiac University, 19
Others receiving votes: Mercyhurst University, 5.
Notes: To view past polls, click here ... The University of Minnesota received all 19 first-place votes in this week's poll ... Minnesota has been the No. 1-ranked team in each of the last 41 polls dating back to March 20, 2012 ... ECAC Hockey leads the way with four ranked programs, while the Western Collegiate Hockey Association has three, Hockey East Association has two teams ranked and College Hockey America is represented with one school in the poll ... A total of 11 teams received votes.
About the poll: The 17th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the four NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey.

STX is USA Hockey's Newest Partner
Baltimore-Based Company Launching Hockey Product Line in 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey announced today a new partnership with Baltimore, Md.-based STX, a global sporting goods leader which is set to launch its ice hockey hockey product line later this year.

The four-year agreement makes STX both an official sponsor and equipment supplier of USA Hockey. Additionally, the deal names STX as an official sponsor of the Toyota-USA Hockey Youth, Girls and High School National Championships. As part of the agreement, STX will provide equipment to USA Hockey programs, including the National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., and U.S. National Teams.
"We're excited to welcome STX to the USA Hockey family," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "We very much look forward to the relationship and working together to further the sport."
“A partnership with USA Hockey was an immediate goal of ours once we made the decision to enter the hockey category” said Jason Goger, president of STX. “They are the preeminent amateur hockey organization in the United States and we look forward supporting their goal of growing the game.”
About USA Hockey
USA Hockey Inc., founded on October 29, 1937, and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., provides the foundation for the sport of ice hockey in America; helps young people become leaders, sometimes Olympic heroes; and connects the game at every level while promoting a lifelong love of the sport. With a membership of more than one million players, coaches, officials and volunteers that span all 50 states, USA Hockey serves as the National Governing Body for the sport in the United States. For more information, visit

About STX:
STX is a global sporting goods leader in the sports of lacrosse, field hockey, golf, and hockey. With its 1970 introduction of the first synthetic lacrosse head, STX ushered in the “modern era” the sport. Based in Baltimore, STX has been universally recognized for innovation in product design and development. STX continues to strive for new performance standards in sporting goods equipment at the highest levels of competition. For more information, visit


Researchers (University of Texas Arlington) have developed a micro-windmill that could help recharge phone batteries. The device is about 1.8 mm at its widest point and the windmills are so small, you would be able to fit ten of them on a single grain of rice. How would these work? The researchers say that hundreds of the windmills could be embedded in a sleeve for a phone. Holding the phone up on a windy day or waving the phone around would generate the electricity needed to help charge its battery.


End of the line? Calvillo to make 'important announcement'.

Former Argo Simmons one of three inked by Ottawa.

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Southern California restaurant chain Slater's 50/50 is testing the Turducken Burger -- essentially an entire Thanksgiving meal condensed into a single burger. The three main components that contribute to its namesake are turkey, duck and chicken. More specifically, a half turkey-half chicken patty and a fried duck egg. The burger behemoth comes topped with bacon-infused country gravy with sweet cranberries.


Tampa, FL. — The Pro Football Writers of America revealed their 2013 NFL All-Rookie Team on Tuesday, and the Buccaneers are represented at a key position, with Mike Glennon getting the honors at quarterback.

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You'd likely run faster if killer zombies were chasing you. Thanks to a new fitness app for Google Glass, the high-tech head display that projects this virtual reality on your surroundings, this will soon be a viable training technique. Race Yourself, which is undergoing testing and will be released this spring, lets you compete against yourself, your friends, celebrities, and yes, even zombies.




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Today in Elvis History

1955 - 
Elvis Presley performed at the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, LA. He performed "Hearts Of Stone," "That's All Right, Mama" and "Tweedle Dee." "Colonel" Tom Parker was in the audience and witnessed Elvis for the first time.

1958 - Elvis Presley recorded "Trouble" and "Hard Headed Woman."


TV TONIGHT: SEASON PREMIERE OF AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, FOX) - Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. are the judges for the 13th season and Ryan Seacrest returns as host. The season begins as it always does, with the auditions. First up in this 2-hour edition are the cities of Austin and Boston. The premiere continues tomorrow night.


Today in Beatles History:

1991 - 
 Sean Lennon's remake of his father's "Give Peace A Chance" was released to coincide with the United Nation's midnight deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait. The lyrics were updated to reflect concerns of the 1990's.

2008 - Ringo Starr's album "Liverpool 8" was released.


CBS Radio debuted "House Party" on this date in 1945. The show was on the air for 22 years.


Today in Sports History:

1892 - In Springfield, MA, the rules of "basketball" by James Naismith were printed in the "Triangle" newspaper.

1934 - Babe Ruth signed a 1934 contract for $35,000.

1942 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave baseball the approval to play despite World War II. He encouraged night games so that war workers could attend.

1958 - The New York Yankees announced that they would televise 140 games in the 1958 season.

1967 - The first National Football League Super Bowl was played. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs (of the American Football League) with a final score of 35-10. The game was televised by both CBS and NBC and was not a sell out.

1968 - Bill Masterson (Minnesota North Stars) died of a brain injury that he had suffered two days earlier in a game against the Oakland Seals. He was the first casualty in the NHL.

1978 - The Super Bowl was played indoors for the first time. The game was played at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Denver Broncos 27-10.

1990 - Don Nelson became the second man in NBA history to appear in 1,000 games as a head coach and as a player. Lenny Wilkins was the first to achieve the record.

1997 - Dennis Rodman (Chicago Bulls) kicked cameraman Eugene Amosin in the groin.

1997 - The Seattle Supersonics set an NBA record with 27 steals against the Toronto Raptors.

2001 - An anonymous bidder paid just over $3 million for a baseball. The ball was the 70th home run ball hit by Mark McGwire.

2002 - Seven minority players took part in an NHL game between the St. Louis Blues and the Edmonton Oilers. The record number of minority skaters included Edmonton's Anson Carter, Georges Laraque, Sean Brown and Mike Grier and St. Louis' Jamal Mayers, Fred Brathwaite and Bryce Salvador.


"Happy Days" premiered on ABC-TV on this date in 1974.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Islanders 7:30pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Fairbanks Ice Dogs 11:00pm EST

Friday --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Fairbanks Ice Dogs 11:30pm EST

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs San Jose Sharks 2:00pm EST

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

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

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Fairbanks Ice Dogs 11:30pm EST

Sunday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 1:45pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes 5:00pm EST


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

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