Wednesday, March 12, 2014

It's Wednesday

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


Today is March 12th, the 71st day of 2014. There are 294 days left in the year.


Stars' Peverley resting comfortably day after collapse.

GMs discuss adjustments to faceoff procedures.

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Today's Birthdays: Liza Minnelli is 68; Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney is 67; Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight, Thank You For Smoking) is 46.


Tampa, FL. --Watch and read coverage from the Bolts practice on Tuesday, including what needs to be done to get back on track...

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On this date in 1923, Dr. Lee DeForest demonstrated phonofilm. It was his technique for putting sound on motion picture film.


University of Minnesota Captures Unanimous No. 1 Ranking in
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
17th Annual Women's College Hockey Poll - #23

(First-place votes in parentheses)
Last Week's Ranking
Weeks in
Top 10
1University of Minnesota, 190 (19)
2Cornell University, 162
3Clarkson University, 147
4University of Wisconsin, 143
5Boston College, 105
6Harvard University, 98
7University of North Dakota, 61
8Mercyhurst University, 57
9Boston University, 45
10Quinnipiac University, 28
Others receiving votes: Robert Morris University, 7; University of Minnesota Duluth, 1; Rochester Institute of Technology, 1.
Notes: 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 49 polls dating back to March 20, 2012 ... ECAC Hockey leads the way with four ranked programs, while the Western Collegiate Hockey Association has three, the Hockey East Association has two teams ranked, and College Hockey America is represented with one school in the poll ... A total of 13 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.

U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team Loses to Russia, 2-1,
in Paralympic Winter Games Preliminary Round Finale
Team USA to Face Canada in Semifinals Thursday at Noon ET
SOCHI, Russia – Adam Page (Lancaster, N.Y.) scored and goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) turned away eight shots, but the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team fell to Russia, 2-1, in its final preliminary-round game of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Shayba Arena.

"I can't criticize my team at all," said Jeff Sauer, head coach of the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. "I thought we played as well as we can play. We put a lot of pressure on. I thought we dominated play for the majority of the game and just a couple of bad breaks went against us and that was the difference in the game."
Team USA will play Canada in the Paralympic semifinals Thursday (March 13) at 8:00 p.m. ET. NBC Sports Network will televise the game live.
Despite the U.S. holding an 11-4 edge in shots on goal in the opening period, Russia scored first at 11:57 on a five-on-three power play. Russia expanded its lead to 2-0 when a rebound hit a U.S. player in front and bounced into the net at 2:37 of the second stanza.
Page pulled Team USA to within a goal at 4:50 of the third period when he batted a rebound over Russian goaltender Vladimir Kamantcev from the edge of the crease. After the United States won a faceoff, Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.) weaved his way into the offensive zone and through the left circle. Once there, he fired a shot that Kamantcev knocked up the middle and right to Page to flip over his glove. Andy Yohe (Bettendorf, Iowa) collected the second assist on the play.
The United States appeared to tie the score when Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.) unloaded a shot from the high slot, but the tally was waived off when the referee ruled a U.S. player had interfered with Kamantcev.
Team USA finished the game with a 23-10 advantage in shots on goal, including a 7-2 edge in the third period.
The U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team completed the preliminary round in second place of Group B with a 2-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record.
Notes: For today's box score and photos, click here ... Adam Page scored for the second game in a row. His three Paralympic goals lead Team USA ... Goaltender Steve Cash's shutout streak in the Paralympics came to an end at 11:57 of the first period. The streak spanned nine games over three Paralympics for a total of 313:17 ... Team USA's captain is Andy Yohe, while its alternate captains are Taylor Chace and Josh Sweeney ... The youngest player on the roster is Brody Roybal, who turned 15 years old in May and is making his debut on a U.S. National Team. Declan Farmer turned 16 years old in November ... The oldest player on the squad isAndy Yohe at 35 years old ... Four members of the team have served in the U.S. military. Jen Lee is active duty in the U.S. Army. Rico Roman is a U.S. Army veteran, while Paul Schaus andJosh Sweeney served in the U.S. Marine Corps ... 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. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team ... Jeff Sauer (Madison, Wis.) is the head coach of the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team, while Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wis.), American Development Model regional manager for USA Hockey, is serving as assistant coach for the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team ... Additional staff members include team physician Mike Uihlein (Grafton, Wis.), athletic trainer Mike Cortese (Boynton Beach, Fla.) and equipment manager Joel Isaacson (Houghton, Mich.).
2014 Paralympic Winter Games
Game Schedule for U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team
March 8-15 - Shayba Arena - Sochi, Russia
Time (ET)/Result
Broadcast (Time)Live Stream
Sat. March 8ItalyW, 5-1
Sun., March 9South KoreaW, 3-0
Tues., March 11RussiaL, 1-2
Thurs., March 13Canada (Semifinals)NoonNBCSN (Live)
Sat., March 15Bronze-Medal Game5
Gold-Medal GameNoonNBC (1 p.m. ET)
2014 National Team Development Program
Evaluation Camp Roster Unveiled
Fifty-Two of the Top 1998-Born Players Invited to Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Fifty-two of the top American hockey players born in 1998 have been invited to USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Evaluation Camp it was announced today by team officials. The camp, which will help select the 2014-15 U.S. National Under-17 Team, will take place March 21-25, at the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Ice Cube.
"We're excited to welcome another talented crop of players to our tryout camp," said Peter Ward, director of player personnel for the NTDP. "The entire scouting staff puts in days, months and years of hard work to identify what we believe are the nation's top players in this age group."
The 52 players, including 19 defensemen, 27 forwards and six goaltenders, will be divided into three teams - Red, White and Blue. The squads will participate in on-ice practices and off-ice training as well as four 30-minute practice sessions and two full games.
NTDP alumni Blake Geoffrion (Brentwood, Tenn./2004-06), Kyle Lawson (New Hudson, Mich./2004-05) andDavid Tanabe (White Bear Lake, Minn./1997-98) will serve as coaches at the camp. In addition, NTDP intern assistant coaches Josh Brown and Dan Naurato will also work behind the bench.
For a complete roster of the invitees, click here.
2014 National Team Development Program Evaluation Camp Game Schedule
March 22-24, 2014 • Ann Arbor Ice Cube
 • Ann Arbor, Mich.
DateGameTime (EDT)
Sat., March 22Red vs. White*10:45 a.m.
Red vs. Blue*12:00 p.m.
White vs. Blue*1:15 p.m.
Blue vs. White7:00 p.m.
Sun., March 24White vs. Red10:15 a.m.
Red vs. Blue5:45 p.m.
Mon., March 25Blue vs. White*4:30 p.m.
Red vs. White*5:45 p.m.
Red vs. Blue*7:00 p.m.
*30-Minute Session
NOTES: The 52 players on the NTDP Evaluation Camp roster represent 17 different states. Minnesota leads the way with 12 natives on the roster, while Michigan is second with eight. Illinois and Missouri each boast six players followed closely by New York (4) ... Blake Geoffrion earned the Hobey Baker Memorial Award in 2010 as the top player in college hockey while skating with the University of Wisconsin. Prior to his time as a Badger, Geoffrion represented the U.S. with the NTDP, helping Team USA to a gold medal at the 2006 World Under-18 Championship. Geoffrion also appeared in two World Junior Championships (2007-08), capturing bronze in 2007 ... Kyle Lawson played in four seasons with the University of Notre Dame (2006-10). Before his days with the Fighting Irish, Lawson was a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. National Under-18 Team in 2005. The defenseman would go on to serve as alternate captain during Team USA's bronze-medal finish at the 2007 World Junior Championship ... David Tanabe was among the inaugural group of athletes to train at the NTDP in Ann Arbor, Mich., during the 1997-98 season. Tanabe was drafted in the first round by Carolina in 1999 and became the first NTDP alumnus to play in the NHL. He played in 449 NHL games with Carolina, Phoenix and Boston.
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 off the ice.


A great white shark entered the record books the other day by becoming the first to cross the Atlantic. Scientists later discovered that she's pregnant. [So, they think she simply may have swum so far due to a craving for pickles and ice cream and slow swimmers.]


Torrey the Tiger-Cat: Davis re-signs with Hamilton.

The Great Debate: Who is the league's best LB?

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How does a clothing brand get 7 million YouTube views in one day? By getting 20 strangers to kiss each other. The video, titled First Kiss, features strangers - all wearing L.A. fashion label Wren's fall 2014 clothing collection - meeting for the first time and kissing on camera. Yeah, that's it, but there's so much more. First the people meet, realize they have to kiss each other and cope with those feelings. There's lots of awkward banter, nervous laughter and hesitant movements. Finally, the couples start kissing, and the game changes. Some kisses are hesitant, some are quick, some are intimate. | video link


Tampa, FL. — Tampa Bay has added Pro Bowl CB Alterraun Verner to their rising defense on a four-year contract, continuing a stunning first day of free agency that also netted DE Michael Johnson and others.

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Police in Tempe, Arizona, arrested a man who allegedly stole a city bus from the transit center and crashed it into a wall Tuesday morning.


I'll try this game Daddy.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much as watching the rain fall, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1956 - 
Elvis Presley purchased a home for his family in Memphis, TN.

1961 - Elvis Presley recorded the song "I Feel So Bad." The single was released in May 1961.

1966 - Elvis Presley's "Blue River" hit #22 in the U.K.


Fast & Furious 7 is shifting back into production later this month. The studio said production, delayed since star Paul Walker's death in a car crash last November, will resume March 31.


Today in Beatles History:

1965 - 
The Beatles finished shooting "Help!" in the Bahamas.

1969 - Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman were married.

1969 - George Harrison and his wife Patti were arrested in Esher, Surrey. The charge was cannabis resin possession after authorities found 120 joints in their house.

1971 - John Lennon released the single "Power to the People."

1974 - Nilsson and John Lennon were ejected from the Troubador Club in Los Angeles for heckling the Tom Smothers' comedy act.   


U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt presented his first presidential address to the nation on this date in 1933. It was the first of the "Fireside Chats."


Today in Sports History:

1913 - The American League approved the name change of the New York Highlanders to the Yankees. 

1956 - Dick Farley (Syracuse) fouled out after playing just five minutes. It was the fastest disqualification in NBA history.

1966 - Bobby Hull (Chicago Black Hawks) became the first player in the NHL to score more than 50 goals in a season. Hull ended the season with 54 goals.

1971 - Gordie Howe (Detroit Red Wings) announced his retirement after playing 26 seasons in the NHL. He came out or retirement two years later to play for the Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association.

1972 - Bill Russell had his No. 6 retired at Boston Garden.

1985 - Larry Bird, of the NBA’s Boston Celtics, scored a club-record 60 points. The game was against the Atlanta Hawks.

1985 - In Katmandu, Nepal, 80 people were trampled to death because stadium doors had been locked during a soccer game. The people had been seeking cover during a violent hail storm.

1992 - Moses Malone (Milwaukee Bucks) became the fourth all-time scorer in NBA history.

1992 - Coach Don Nelson (Golden State Warriors) became the first man in NBA history to participate in 2,500 games as a player and coach.

1994 - Nancy Kerrigan and Aretha Franklin were guests on "Saturday Night Live."

2003 - The YES Network and Cablevision reached an interim deal to air New York Yankee games. Three million viewers had not had access to the games for 2002.


On this date in 1935, Parimutuel betting became legal in the State of Nebraska.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers 7:30pm EDT

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Drive to stop Diabetes 300 presented by Lilly Diabetes at Bristol Motor Speedway 1:00pm EDT

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New Jersey Devils 7:00pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway 1:00pm EDT


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

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