Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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Today is June 10th, the 161st day of 2014. There are 204 days left in the year.


Kings blank Rangers, move within one win of Cup.

St. John's beats Texas to even Calder Cup Finals.

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


Today's Birthdays: Former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards is 61; Kate Flannery (The Office) is 50; Elizabeth Hurley (Austin Powers) is 49; Kate Upton is 22.


Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning have locked up the other half of their talented rookie duo, signing left wing Ondrej Palat to a three-year contract, the team announced Monday.

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The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, held its first graduation on this date in 1854.


Safety, Player Development, Record Number of Players Highlight USA Hockey Annual Congress
Lindberg Retires as VP/Legal Council Chair
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Safety and player development dominated conversations during USA Hockey’s four-day Annual Congress in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which concluded Saturday (June 8). In addition, the organization reported a record number of players for 2013-14.
“We’re focused on ensuring the safest possible environment and providing a development program that helps players of all ability levels reach their full potential,” said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. “That focus was very evident during our Annual Congress.”
“With the work of our volunteers across the country as well as the support from partners like the National Hockey League, those in our corporate partner family and rink owners, to name a few, we continue to innovate and grow,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “We’re also committed to the use of technology, particularly as it relates to the education of coaches, players, officials and parents.”
On the safety front, USA Hockey’s board of directors unanimously supported the hiring of a national safety director that will lead the organization’s efforts related to both on- and off-ice safety.
In addition, the board approved strengthening of rules to influence the reduction of fighting in junior hockey, including adding a 10-minute misconduct to any fighting major at the Tier I and Tier II level beginning in 2014-15.
“Our efforts in player safety include a concerted focus on eliminating dangerous behavior in junior hockey,” said John Vanbiesbrouck, vice president of USA Hockey and chair of the Junior Council. “We’re making significant and continued progress, and from my standpoint as a parent, that’s a real positive.”
Another safety-related item reviewed by USA Hockey’s board of directors was the Look-Up Line, a proposed ice marking that extends 40 inches in width from the bottom of the kick plate of the boards that is “safety” orange in color. The intent is to affect the reduction of head and neck injuries. The board passed a policy statement that allows use of the Look-Up Line line and encourages rinks that utilize the mark to report pertinent observations to the USA Hockey Look-Up Line Safety Task Force.
“There was terrific collaboration on the topic of safety,” said Dr. Michael Stuart, chief medical officer of USA Hockey. “We continue to make progress on all fronts and that is extremely pleasing to see.”
The visibility provided by the Olympic Winter Games, coupled with robust efforts in attracting new players to the game and an innovative development program contributed to record numbers for USA Hockey in 2013-14.
The final record player count -- including youth, junior and adult-aged players -- was 519,417 in 2013-14, eclipsing the previous high mark of 511,178 established in 2011-12.
In addition, the total number of players, coaches and officials part of USA Hockey finished at 598,841 in 2013-14, beating the previous best of 594,959 from the 2011-12 campaign.
USA Hockey also set a new mark for total numbers overall, inclusive of players, coaches, officials, administrators, team managers/volunteers, and parents. The final tally of 1,075,424 surpassed the former high of 1,061,130 established last season.
Three officer positions were up for election and the board unanimously re-elected bothJim Smith (treasurer) and Larry Reid (vice president, marketing council chair). In addition, Charlie Fuertsch was elected to replace retiring Peter Lindberg as vice president/legal council chair.
Other Elections
Donna Guariglia was elected as the director representative to the executive committee;Shawna Davidson and Dave Meisner were re-elected as director at-large; Jenny Potterwas re-elected as the athlete director representative on the executive committee; Joe Bertagna and Mike Snee were elected as NCAA directors, while Bill Daly and Don Fehr were re-elected as professional sports organizations directors. Athlete directors elected to the board included Taylor Chace,Chris ClarkManny GuerraMeghan DugganShelley Looney, and Blake Sloan.
NOTES: USA Hockey had a record year in sponsorship revenue with final totals up 26% over the 2012-13 season and 38% over the previous Olympic year (2010). In addition, sales at the organization’s online store – ShopUSAHockey.com – were up 80% over last year and 30% above the previous Olympic year … Peter Lindberg was honored during the board of directors meeting in recognition of his contributions to the organization. He has been USA Hockey’s only legal council chair and previously served in multiple capacities with Minnesota Hockey, including as president … President’s Awards were bestowed on T.C. Lewis and Jim Johannson for outstanding contribution to USA Hockey … Representatives of 21 of the 23 U.S.-based NHL teams participated in USA Hockey’s Annual Congress. The only exceptions were the New York Rangers and L.A. Kings, the two teams currently playing in the Stanley Cup Finals ... The board voted both Peter Lindberg and Brad Bekkedahl as director emeritus.


The "outlook" or "see-through" envelope was patented by Americus F. Callahan on this date in 1902.


Argos pass first test with pre-season win over Bombers.

Quick exit: Alouettes part ways with Worman.

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The SOS distress signal was used for the first time on this date in 1909. The Cunard liner SS Slavonia used the signal when it wrecked off the Azores.


Tampa, FL. — Here's a sampling of media reports on the Buccaneers today.

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NEW ON DVD - Released June 10

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Major Crimes: Season 2
Rizzoli & Isles: Season 4
True Detective


St. Petersburg, FL. -- "Fifty-and-50" isn't off to a great start.

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There's controversy over the new Lifetime reality series Born in the Wild where women give birth in nature. ["I can see the baby's head and... a bear!"]


San Francisco, CA. -- The Giants haven't had many of "those" nights thus far in 2014.

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Facebook has come out with a new app. Slingshot lets you quickly share moments with all your friends. Shoot a photo or video of what you're up to and sling it to a bunch of people. They won't be able to see your shot until they sling something back.


Oh boy! New shorts!


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as your son cleaning his room, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1957 - 
The Elvis Presley movie "Loving You" premiered in Memphis at the Strand Theater. 

1958 - Elvis Presley began his first weekend furlough from the U.S. Army. He recorded two sessions in Nashville including the song "I Go Stung" and "I Need Your Love Tonight." This was his last recording session until after his March 1960 discharge from the U.S. Army. 

1958 - Elvis Presley's single "Hard Headed Woman" was shipped. 

1964 - Elvis began working on the soundtrack to the movie "Girl Happy." 

1966 - The Elvis Presley single "Long Legged Girl" hit #63 in the U.S. 

1966 - Elvis Presley recorded the song "If Every Day Was Christmas." 

1969 - Elvis Presley flew to Las Vegas to discuss arrangements for what was to be his comeback to the live stage after eight years. 

1972 - The album "Elvis Now" hit #12 in the U.K. 

1972 - The Elvis Presley album "Rock And Roll" hit #34 in the U.K. The album was the reissue of "Rock 'N' Roll No. 1." 

1978 - The Elvis Presley compilation album "He Walks Beside Me" hit #113 in the U.S.


In England, a burger called "The Holy Cow" comes in the form of an epic tower that contains 17 types of beef. The chefs from Red's True BBQ came up with theburger, which contains 2,500 calories. It also comes with fries that have been thrice cooked in beef drippings, along with a beef Ragu dipping sauce.


Today in Beatles History:

1966 - 
The Beatles' "Paperback Writer" b/w "Rain" single was released in the U.K. "Rain" featured the first use of reversed tape in a song by the Beatles. 

1971 - John Lennon's "Woman Is The Nigger Of The World" hit #57 in the U.S. 

1976 - Paul McCartney and Wings set a record for an indoor concert crowd when 67,100 fans gathered in Seattle, WA. 

The Republican National Convention was broadcast by NBC radio on this date in 1924. It was the first political convention to be on radio.


Today in Sports History:

1921 - Babe Ruth became baseball's all-time home run leader with 120. 

1944 - The youngest pitcher in major league baseball pitched his first game. Joe Nuxhall was 15 years old (and 10 months and 11 days). 

1948 - Chuck Yeager exceeded the speed of sound in the Bell XS-1. 

1959 - Rocky Colavito (Cleveland) hit home runs in four straight at-bats. 

1975 - Pele signed a three-year contract with the U.S. based Cosmos. 

1981 - Pete Rose got his 3,630th career hit. The feat tied Stan Musial's National League record. 

1983 - Johnny Bench announced his plans to retire. He was a catcher in the major leagues for 16 years. 

1989 - Wayne Gretzky won the NHL's MVP award for the ninth time. 

1996 - The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Florida Panthers in a 1-0 triple overtime game. The win ended a four-game sweep for the Stanley Cup. 

1997 - Kevin Brown (Florida Marlins) threw his first no hitter. It was the second no-hitter in Marlins history. 

2002 - Brett Hull (Detroit Red Wings) scored his 100th career playoff goal. 

2005 - Babe Ruth's 1919 contract that moved him from Boston to the Yankees sold at auction for $996,000.   


Sheriff's deputies say a Lakeland, Florida, man faces domestic battery charges after hitting his brother with marijuana plants from their yard.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs St. Louis Cardinals 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Washington Nationals 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs St. Louis Cardinals 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Washington Nationals 10:15pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Washington Nationals 3:45pm EDT

Friday --

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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