Friday, February 28, 2014

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Today is February 28th, the 59th day of 2014. There are 306 days left in the year.


Hockey Weekend Across America promotes growth.

Ryan Miller believes he'll be traded before deadline.

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Today's Birthdays: Frank Bonner (Herb Tarlek on WKRP in Cincinnati) is 72; John Turturro (Quiz Show, The Big Lebowski) is 57; Ali Larter (Heroes) is 38.


Nashville, TN. --Despite holding a two-goal lead through 30 minutes of play, the Tampa Bay Lightning's lack of second and third period shots and woes on special teams led to a 3-2 defeat by the Nashville Predators Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena.

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The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad became the first railroad incorporated for commercial transportation of people and freight on this date in 1827.


Wenatchee, WA. – The Wenatchee Wild returned home Thursday night to host the Kenai River Brown Bears in the first of a big three-game Midwest Division showdown and rode a three-goal third period to their fifth consecutive win over Kenai River by a final count of 4-2, in front of 2,316 fans at the Town Toyota Center.

Parker Tuomie (Biemerhaven, Germany) opened the scoring, stuffing home a power play goal at the right post. Mitch Demario (Franklin, Wisconsin) and Brendan Harris (Las Vegas, Nevada) assisted at 6:37, giving the Wild a 1-0 lead.

The second period was a defensive struggle, with Wenatchee outshooting the Brown Bears 12-6, but neither team was able to dent the twine.

David Powlowski Rochester, New York) put home a loose puck at the left post 1:34 into the third period. The goal, assisted by Tuomie, gave the Wild a 2-0 lead. Kenai River had an opportunity on an Albin Karlsson penalty shot, but a glove save by Chase Perry (Andover, Minnesota) kept the Brown Bears off the board. Wenatchee would net their second power play goal on a backhander by Alex Rauter (Morristown, New Jersey) scored from Jakob Ahlgren (Fergus Falls, Minnesota) at 8:06, putting the Wild on top by a count of 3-0. Kenai River scored 4 minutes later, as Alec Butcher scored a power play goal, with assists going to Karlsson and Tyler Andrews at 12:06, slicing the Wenatchee lead to 3-1. It became a one-goal game shortly thereafter, as Jack Gessert scored unassisted at 14:34 to bring Kenai River to within one, at 3-2. However, Harris would score just 26 seconds later, at 15:09, off an assist by Ahlgren, restoring a two-goal lead for the Wild, at 4-2. The Brown Bears would pull the goaltender in the final minute but could get no closer, as Wenatchee skated home the 4-2 win. “Real nice to take the first one of this series” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach Bliss Littler. “Excited for Saturday night already. I expect both teams to come with their A game. Overall, I thought it was a good effort.”

The Wild outshot Kenai River 32-17. Perry had 15 saves for Wenatchee and Zach Quinn 28 for the Brown Bears. The Wild went 2-for-5 on the power play and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill.

Wenatchee is now 26-20-6; Kenai River is now 24-20-6.

Wenatchee hosts Brown Bears for two more games, Saturday and Sunday, March 1st and 2nd. The Saturday game starts at 7:05pm PST and the Sunday game faces off at 3:05pm PST. Then, on Friday and Saturday, March 7th and 8th, the Wild hosts the Midwest Division leading Fairbanks Ice Dogs, with puck drop at 7:05pm PST both nights. Individual and group game tickets for all home games are on sale now. Call 509.888.PUCK (7825).



Regular steamboat service to California via Cape Horn arrived in San Francisco for the first time on this date in 1849. The SS California had left New York Harbor on October 6, 1848. The trip took 4 months and 21 days.


Top-10 Finalists Named for 2014 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award
Seventeenth Annual Award to be Presented March 22 in Wallingford, Conn.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The USA Hockey Foundation today announced the top-10 finalists for the 2014 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. The honor is bestowed annually upon the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey and this year will be unveiled at a brunch ceremony at Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, Conn., on Sat., March 22, as part of the NCAA Women's Frozen Four weekend hosted by Quinnipiac University.
The top-10 finalists include: sophomore defenseman Erin Ambrose (Keswick, Ont./Clarkson University); senior forward Brittany Ammerman (River Vale, N.J./University of Wisconsin); senior forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ont./Quinnipiac University); senior forwardChristine Bestland (Brunkild, Man./Mercyhurst University); junior forward Rachael Bona (Coon Rapids, Minn./University of Minnesota); sophomore forward Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn./University of Minnesota); sophomore forward Sarah Lefort (Ormstown, Que./Boston University); sophomore goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer (Bruderheim, Alta./Harvard University); senior forward Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, Ont./Clarkson University) and junior forward Jillian Saulnier (Halifax, N.S./Cornell University).
The selection process commenced earlier this month when NCAA Division I women's ice hockey coaches were asked to nominate players for the award. Players who were nominated by two or more coaches were then placed on an official ballot, which was sent back to the coaches to vote for the top-10 finalists. The independent accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, tabulated the ballots.
The three finalists, including the recipient of the 2014 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, will be chosen by a 13-person selection committee made up of NCAA Division I women's ice hockey coaches, representatives of print and broadcast media, an at-large member and a representative of USA Hockey, the national governing body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States. The top-3 finalists will be announced on Thurs., March 6.
Tickets to the 2014 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Ceremony and Brunch can be purchased Individual seats to the event are $65, while tables of 10 are available for $600. A select number of sponsorships and program advertisements are also available.
Notes: Eight schools are represented in the top-10, including two finalists from both Clarkson University and the University of Minnesota ... Among the top-10 finalists are eight forwards, one defenseman and one goaltender, including four seniors, two juniors and four sophomores ... Hannah Brandt was also a 2013 top-10 finalist ... ECAC Hockey leads all conferences with five finalists, while the Western Collegiate Hockey Association boast three finalists, and College Hockey American and the Hockey East Association both are represented with one finalist ... For more information and to signed up for the Kaz Connection, a free monthly e-newsletter dedicated solely to the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, please visit
ABOUT THE PATTY KAZMAIER MEMORIAL AWARDAn award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is annually presented to the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey. Selection criteria includes outstanding individual and team skills, sportsmanship, performance in the clutch, personal character, competitiveness and a love of hockey. Consideration is also given to academic achievement and civic involvement.
The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is named in honor of the late Patty Kazmaier, who was a four-year varsity letter-winner and All-Ivy League defenseman at Princeton University from 1981-86. An accomplished athlete who helped lead the Tigers to the Ivy League Championship in three consecutive seasons (1981-84), Patty Kazmaier-Sandt died Feb. 15, 1990, at the age of 28 following a long struggle with a rare blood disease.
2014 Patty Kazmaier Top-10 Finalists
Erin AmbroseSophomore
Clarkson University
Brittany AmmermanSenior
University of Wisconsin
Kelly BabstockSenior
Quinnipiac University
Christine BestlandSenior
Mercyhurst University
Rachael BonaJunior
University of Minnesota
Hannah BrandtSophomore
University of Minnesota
Sarah LefortSophomore
Boston University
Emerance MaschmeyerSophomore
Harvard University
Jamie Lee RattraySenior
Clarkson University
Jillian SaulnierJunior
Cornell University
Erin Ambrose
Clarkson University • Defenseman • Sophomore • Keswick, Ontario
Leads all NCAA defensemen in goals (13), assists (35) and points (48) in 34 games played … Ranks second among all players in assists and seventh overall in points … Averages 1.41 points per game and 1.03 assists per game … Is tied for eighth in the NCAA in power-play goals (6) ... Leads the ECAC in assists (26) in 22 conference outings … Is tied for third in the ECAC in points (32) during conference games … Named ECAC Player of the Week for first week of October …  Active member in the Clarkson women’s hockey team’s participation with Lil’ Knight Club, which volunteers with youth hockey players in the area … Helped paint the Potsdam Helping Hands building … Assisted in fundraising for the Dalton Guyette Memorial Award, given annually to provide opportunities to less fortunate children in the area … Named to the Clarkson University Dean’s List for Fall 2013.

Brittany AmmermanUniversity of Wisconsin • Forward • Senior • River Vale, N.J.
Tied for first in NCAA in power-play goals (8) … Ranks seventh in the nation in goals (22) and 17th in points (39) … Is tied for third nationally in game-winning goals (5) and tied for 10th in the NCAA shorthanded goals (2) … Leads the WCHA in goals (20) during conference action … Ranks fifth in WCHA in points (34) and is tied for 10th in assists (14) in conference play … Named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week on Jan. 22 … Took a month-long trip to Africa during the offseason with Health by Motorbike, an organization dedicated to supplying health camps to women … Active volunteer at the University of Wisconsin Children’s Hospital and at a local senior center in Madison, Wis.
Kelly BabstockQuinnipiac University • Forward • Senior • Mississauga, Ontario
Tied for seventh in the nation in points (46), eighth in assists (28) and tied for 13th in goals (18) … In ECAC action, is tied for third in goals (12), sixth in points (26) and tied for eighth in assists (14) … Two-time ECAC Player of the Week … Named Quinnipiac’s Athlete of the Month for November … Volunteers at local elementary schools … Participates in clean up efforts with the local Ronald McDonald House … Helped lead a youth hockey clinic for nearly 50 local girls hockey players … Guest speaker on time management skills at a local school.
Christine Bestland
Mercyhurst University • Forward • Senior • Brunkild, Manitoba
Ranks fourth in the country in assists (30), fifth in points (50) and tied for ninth in goals (20) … Is tied for the NCAA lead in shorthanded goals (5) and is tied for 10th nationally in game-winning tallies (4) … Leads the CHA in points (32) and is second in assists (17) … Is tied for first among all CHA players in goals (15) during league play …  CHA Player of the Month for December … Four-time CHA Player of the Week … Awarded Bill Smith Award, given annually to select Mercyhurst senior athletes that best exhibit exemplary qualities in the classroom, community and in athletics … Voluntees at the JFK Center’s after school program … Participated in the “Visit a Vet for Valentine’s Day” at the local VA Hospital.
Rachael Bona
University of Minnesota • Forward • Junior • Coon Rapids, Minn.
Ranks third nationally in points (52) and assists (32) ... Is tied for ninth in the NCAA in goals (20) … Sits in a 10th-place tie among all NCAA skaters in game-winning goals (4) … Is second in the WCHA in conference points (38) and is tied for third in assists with 23 … Ranks tied for second in the WCHA in goals (15) … Two-time WCHA Offensive Player of the Week … Named a WCHA Scholar Athlete … Volunteers with Skate with Greats public outdoor skate at TCF Bank Stadium and the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital … Aided the Minnesota athletic department’s efforts in the annual toy and food drives.
Hannah Brandt
University of Minnesota • Forward • Sophomore • Vadnais Heights, Minn.
Tied for first nationally in points (55) and leads NCAA in assists (36) and assists per game (1.06) … Is 12th in the NCAA in goals (19) and tied for 10th in game-winning goals (4) … Leads the WCHA in points (40) and assists (26) in conference play … Is tied for fifth in goals (14) … Named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week on Feb. 12 … Selected as a WCHA Scholar Athlete … Volunteered with the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital, Special Olympics of Minnesota, Roseville Youth Hockey Association, Minneapolis Youth Hockey Association, University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview Hospital, Hope Kids and the Maplewood Care Center.
Sarah Lefort
Boston University • Forward • Sophomore • Ormstown, Quebec
Leads the NCAA in goals (29) and game-winning goals (8), and is tied for fourth in points (51) … Ranks tied for 17th nationally with 22 assists … Tops Hockey East in goals (19), assists (17) and points (36) in conference play …  Named Hockey East Player of the Month for December … Two-time Hockey East Player of the Week … Participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in October … Active in a holiday reading program during December … Helped efforts for Teddy Bear Toss and National Girls and Women in Sports Day … Took part in Hockey East’s Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer in February … Participates in the College for Every Student program throughout the school year.
Emerance Maschmeyer
Harvard University • Goaltender • Sophomore • Bruderheim, Alberta
Fourth in the NCAA in save percentage (.948) and ninth in goals against average (1.59) … Tied for fifth nationally with five shutouts … Ranks 22nd in minutes played (1425:06) … Leads the ECAC in save percentage (.948), is second in shutouts (5) and third in goals against average (1.51) … Three-time ECAC Goaltender of the Week … Named ECAC Goaltender of the Month for December … Serves as a one-on-one tutor at the Phillips Brooks House Association’s Mission Hill Afterschool Program … Involved with Harvard’s Team IMPACT family.

Jamie Lee Rattray
Clarkson University • Forward • Senior • Kanata, Ontario
Tied for first in the NCAA in points (55), is second in goals (26) and tied for fifth in assists (29) … Is fourth in NCAA in power-play goals (7) and is tied for 10th nationally in game-winning goals (4) ... Ranks first in the ECAC in points (42) and goals (19) and is second in assists (23) during league play … Tops the ECAC in power-play goals with six … Averages 1.91 points per game in ECAC games … Three-time ECAC Player of the Month (November, December, January) … Three-time ECAC Player of the Week … Five-time member of the ECAC Weekly Honor Roll … Active member in the Clarkson women’s hockey team’s participation with Lil’ Knight Club, which volunteers with youth hockey players in the area … Helped paint the Potsdam Helping Hands building … Assisted in fundraising for the Dalton Guyette Memorial Award, given annually to provide opportunities to less fortunate children in the area.
Jillian Saulnier
Cornell University • Forward • Junior • Halifax, Nova Scotia
Tied for seventh in the NCAA in points (46) … Tied for second nationally in goals-per-game (0.79), tied for fourth in goals (23) and tied for 15th in assists (23) … Ranks second in the ECAC in both points (37) and goals (19) in conference outings … Sits in a fifth-place tie among ECAC skaters with 18 assists during league play … Named ECAC Player of the Week on Feb. 11 … Participated in the Do it for Daron game on Jan. 31 to raise awareness for mental health issues … Participated in the Athlete Ally game to show support for LGBT inclusion within sports … Registered to donate bone marrow through Be The Match registry … Helped raise money for the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes … Active in the Cub Club Little Sister Organization.


The former Pope Benedict is thriving in retirement. [He thinks it's good now, wait until Taco bell starts making breakfast waffles.]


Ticats reach 20-year agreement with city of Hamilton.

Pedersen: Off-season exodus not a concern for Riders.

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Liquid baby names are a hot thing right now. No, this doesn't mean Rain, Ocean, and Agua. It means names are becoming increasingly soft-sounding, ditching hard consonants for a whole lot of vowels. Examples: Liam, Ethan, Ava and Amelia.


Tampa, FL. — It is no slight to Darrelle Revis. He is a tremendous player. He remains one of the best cornerbacks in the National Football League, standing only in the shadow of the dynamic Richard Sherman.

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Florida deputies say Keith Lukas called sheriff's dispatchers too many times over the course of a year-and-a-half, each time harassing and belittling them. This week Lukas he was convicted of making "repeated harassing phone calls." Over 19 months Lukas called sheriff's dispatchers nearly 3,000 times, using vulgar language and belittling the dispatchers.


Whacha doin' Daddy?


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as missing your Mom on her birthday, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1970 - 
Elvis Presley's album "Portrait in Music" hit #36 in the U.K.

2004 - Elvis Presley was inducted into the Bay Area Blues Society's West Coast Blues Hall of Fame.

2006 - The remastered versions of "Elvis Inspirational", "Elvis Country" and "Elvis Rock" were released. 


A robber left empty-handed after holding up employees at a Glasgow, Scotland, bookmaker. Gary Rough used a cucumber hidden in a sock as a weapon when he demanded cash. A female worker refused to hand over money before an off-duty detective stepped in and pinned Rough to the ground.


Today in Beatles History:

1963 - 
Paul McCartney and John Lennon composed "From Me To You."


With the super-sized, R-rated version of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues hitting theaters this weekend, writer and director Adam McKay was asked about the possibility of Ron Burgundy returning yet again. McKay says, "It was great to do [Anchorman 2] and it was so fun to work with those guys again, but I think that's it for Ron Burgundy. There's nothing more fun to me than new characters and a new world. And now we're releasing this alt version, we're totally satisfied. No Anchorman 3."


Today in Sports History:

1931 - The Canadian Rugby Union adopted the forward pass. 

1940 - The first televised basketball game was shown. The game featured Fordham University and the University of Pittsburgh from Madison Square Gardens in New York.

1948 - Bud Gartiser set a world record when he cleared the 50-yard low hurdles in 6.8 seconds.

1967 - Wilt Chamberlain set and NBA record with his 35th consecutive field goal.

1987 - Chick Hearn broadcasted his 2,000th consecutive Los Angeles Laker's game.

1988 - Pat Verbeek became the first New Jersey Devil to score 4 goals in a game.

1998 - Mark Messier (Vancouver Canucks) became the fourth NHL player to score 1,600 points.

1999 - Venus and Serena Williams became the first sisters to win WTA Tour events on the same day.

2002 - It was announced that John Madden would be replacing Dennis Miller on "Monday Night Football." Madden signed a four-year $20 million deal with ABC Sports.


IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND - Non-Stop (PG-13); Son of God (PG-13); Anchorman 2 (R version, limited release); The Wind Rises (PG-13, limited release); Stalingrad (R, limited release)


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Dallas Stars 3:00pm EST

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Blue Jeans Go Green 200 Presented By Cotton, The Fabric Of Our Lives at Phoenix International Raceway 3:45pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Kenai River Brown Bears 10:05pm EST

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- The Profit On CNBC 500, Presented By Small Business Fueling America at Phoenix International Raceway 3:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Kenai River Brown Bears 6:05pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Colorado Avalanche 8:00pm EST


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

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