Friday, June 13, 2014

It's Friday

It's Friday. Here's what's happening....


Today is June 13th, the 164th day of 2014. There are 201 days left in the year.


Kings want to wrap up Stanley Cup in Game 5 at home.

Morin talks Calder Cup, hopeful for shot in Dallas.

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Today's Birthdays: Tim Allen is 61; TV journalist Hannah Storm is 52; Chris Evans (Captain America) is 33; Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls) is 28.


Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced that team founder and Hockey Hall-of-Famer Phil Esposito will be in attendance at the Lightning Made Summer Hockey Camp at the Ellenton Iceplex, being held from July 7-11. Esposito will be an on-ice instructor for a day at the camp and will also sign autographs for participants.

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Ice cream was served to General George Washington by Mrs. Alexander Hamilton on this date in 1789.


2014 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp Schedule Announced
U.S. to Face Finland, Sweden & Czech Republic
in Lake Placid, N.Y. in August
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey announced today the schedule for the 2014 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. Approximately 45 U.S. players will convene at the Olympic Training Center Aug. 2-9 to audition for spots on the U.S. National Junior Team that will compete at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2014-Jan. 5, 2015, in Montreal and Toronto, Canada.
The camp includes daily practices and international games against Finland, Sweden and Czech Republic. A full schedule is below.

Next week, the U.S. camp roster will be unveiled.
Ticket information for the event will be announced in the coming weeks.
2014 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp Schedule
DateEventTime (EDT)
Saturday, Aug. 2USA Blue Practice9:00-9:45 a.m.
USA White Practice10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Sweden Practice11:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Finland Practice12:45 - 2:15 p.m.
USA White vs. USA Blue5:00 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 3Sweden Practice8:15 - 8:45 a.m.
USA Blue Practice9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Finland Practice9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
USA White vs. Sweden1:00 p.m.
USA Blue vs. Finland4:00 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 4Sweden Practice8:15 - 8:45 a.m.
USA White Practice9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Finland Practice9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
USA Blue vs. Sweden1:00 - 3:15 p.m.
USA White vs. Finland4:00-6:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 5Sweden Practice10:00-11:15 a.m.
USA Practice11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Finland Practice1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 6USA Practice8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
Sweden Practice10:00-10:30 a.m.
Finland Practice10:45 a.m. - noon
USA vs. Sweden4:00 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 7USA Practice8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
Finland Practice10:00-10:30 a.m.
Sweden Practice10:45 - noon
USA vs. Finland4:00 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 8Sweden Practice9:00-9:30 a.m.
Finland Practice9:45-10:15 a.m.
USA Practice10:45 - noon
Sweden vs. Finland4:00 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 9USA vs. Czech Republic1:00 p.m.

Notes: Visit for more information ... Mark Osiecki is head coach of the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team. He is currently an assistant coach for the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs ... The assistant coaches for Team USA are Don Granato (U.S. National Under-17 Team), Kevin Patrick (University of Vermont) and Ayers (Boston College) ... Adam Nightingale (Michigan State University) is the video coordinator ... Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the sixth consecutive year ... Don Waddell (Pittsburgh Penguins), international consultant for USA Hockey, assists Johannson in evaluating and selecting players for the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams ... Team USA will compete in a group with Canada, Finland, Germany and Slovakia at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.


Walter Hunt patented the safety pin on this date in 1825. Hunt then then sold the rights for $400.


CFLPA ratifies new proposed CBA.

Video: Riders Focusing on Task at Hand.

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The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the U.S. Congress on this date in 1866. It was ratified on July 9, 1868. The amendment was designed to grant citizenship to and protect the civil liberties of recently freed slaves. It did this by prohibiting states from denying or abridging the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States, depriving any person of his life, liberty, or property without due process of law, or denying to any person within their jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.


Tampa, FL. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced they signed Mike Evans to his rookie contract on Thursday.

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UNLUCKY DAY? - It's Friday the 13th.


Houston, TX. -- The streaking Astros, who have gone 20-11 since May 11, will try to keep their good run going when they face the struggling Rays on Friday for the first time this season.

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In Weaver, Alabama a man pretending to be an FBI agent was taken into custody after he showed up at City Hall to arrest the mayor. [Here's a tip: If you're gonna pretend to be an FBI, agent don't use the names Mulder or Scully.]


San Francisco, CA. -- Eleven months ago, Tim Hudson lay on the Citi Field infield, writhing in pain, his right ankle broken. Late Thursday afternoon, Hudson walked off the field inside AT&T Park to a standing ovation from the sellout crowd, his day complete and his team on its way to a 7-1 victory over the Nationals.

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The Canadian Yukon Territory was organized on this date in 1898.


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Today in Elvis History

1964 - 
Elvis Presley's "What'd I Say" hit #21 in the U.S. 

1964 - Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas" hit #29 in the U.S. The song was the b-side to "What'd I Say."


The "cool kids" in school may not be so cool when they grow up: A new study suggests the once-popular teens are at greater risk for relationship and drug problems in adulthood.


Today in Beatles History:

1970 - 
The Beatles achieved their final #1 record with "The Long and Winding Road." 

1975 - John Lennon made his last TV appearance. He performed "Slippin' And Sliding'" and "Imagine" on "Salute to Sir Lew Grade." 

1981 - George Harrison's album "Somewhere In England" hit #13 in the U.K. 

1989 - Ringo Starr joined Bob Dylan on stage at a Dylan concert in France. 

A old vandal led police on a chase on a toy scooter after allegedly scrawling graffiti across the Australian (Kingscliff) police station. Police intercepted the man a few blocks from the station after spotting the 61-year-old spraying words in orange paint on the building. Despite his age the man put up quite a fight, injuring two officers while they tried to arrest him.


Today in Sports History:

1912 - Christy Mathewson got his 300th career win. 

1940 - The Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox became the first teams to play at Cooperstown's Doubleday Field. 

1948 - The New York Yankees officially retired Babe Ruth's #3 and sent it to the Hall of Fame. 

1978 - The NHL Board of Governors unanimously agreed to a merger of the Cleveland Barons and the Minnesota North Stars. 

1989 - The Detroit Pistons won their first National Basketball Association title. They beat the L.A. Lakers in four games. 

1991 - In the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament a spectator was killed when lightning struck. 

1994 - O.J. Simpson was questioned by Los Angeles police concerning the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend, Ronald Goldman. 

1996 - Cal Ripken (Baltimore Orioles) tied Sachio Kinugasa's record of 2,215 consecutive games played. 

1997 - Vladimir Konstantinov and Viacheslav Fetisov, both of the Detroit Red Wings, were severely injured in a car accident. 

1997 - The Chicago Bulls won their fifth championship in seven years. 

2000 - Julius "Dr. J." Erving issued a public appeal for help finding his 19-year-old son, Cory. Cory had been missing since May 28, 2000. His body was found July 6, 2000. 

2002 - The Detroit Red Wings won their 10th Stanley Cup. After the game, Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman announced his retirement.


IN THEATERS - 22 Jump Street (R) and How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG)


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros 8:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Nascar Nationwide Series June Michigan Race at Michigan International Speedway 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros 4:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros 2:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 4:05pm EDT


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

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