Friday, November 7, 2014

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

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Today is November 7th, the 310th day of 2014. There are 55 days left in the year.

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Around the League notebook for Thursday, Nov. 6.

Maple Leafs forward Ashton suspended 20 games.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Evangelist Billy Graham is 96. Christopher Knight (Peter on The Brady Bunch) is 57. Singer Lorde is 18.

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Tampa, FL. -- Rookie center Cedric Paquette scored his first two NHL goals to help the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-2 win against the Calgary Flames at Amalie Arena on Thursday.

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Hugh Jackson, who’s in a play on Broadway, accidentally cut himself during a performance. [He forgot that he was dressed as Wolverine and picked his nose.].

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Bob O'Connor to Receive USA Hockey Builders Award
Former USA Hockey National Coach-in-Chief To Be Honored at U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Dinner on Dec. 4 in Minneapolis
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Bob O'Connor (Hopkins, Minn.) will be honored with the USA Hockey Builders Award as part of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Dinner on Dec. 4 at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center it was announced today by USA Hockey.
"Bob has had an enormous impact in the on-going development of our coaching education program," said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. "He continues to be remarkably passionate about education and is always willing to share and transfer his knowledge for the betterment of coaches, players and all involved in the game. The USA Hockey Builders Award is one of our organization's highest honors and we look forward to presenting it to Bob in Minneapolis."
O'Connor has long been involved with USA Hockey, including serving as Coach-in-Chief of USA Hockey's Minnesota affiliate for 14 years (1980-94); as director of USA Hockey's Coaches Section for 10 years (1994-2004) and as USA Hockey's National Coach-in-Chief for two campaigns (2004-06). He also served on USA Hockey's Youth Council for eight years (1996-2004) and was voted USA Hockey director emeritus in 2004.
O'Connor has also been involved on the coaching staffs of multiple U.S. teams, including as an assistant coach for the 1984 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team. He was also an assistant coach for the 1991 and 1992 U.S. National Junior Teams, as well as either a head or assistant coach for seven U.S. select teams.
O'Connor, who coached youth hockey throughout his career, spent 19 years guiding high school hockey teams in Minnesota, including 18 years for Edina High School and one year with Eden Prairie High School. O'Connor also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Hamline University.
In 1990, USA Hockey recognized O'Connor for his selfless dedication to enhance the sport of ice hockey in the United States at the grassroots level, awarding him the Wm. Thayer Tutt Award. He was also the 1997 recipient of the Walter Yaciuk Award, given annually to an individual that demonstrates a consistent commitment and contribution to coaching education and the development of USA Hockey coaches.
A Providence, Rhode Island, native, O'Connor grew up playing hockey. He was all-state in high school and went on to play collegiately at Providence College. Following graduation, he moved to Edina, Minnesota, and felt right at home in the "State of Hockey."
O'Connor possess a vast collection of hockey materials and joined with USA Hockey in creating the USA Hockey Bob O'Connor International Resource Center, which is housed at USA Hockey's national headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Notes: The USA Hockey Builders Award was established in 1999 to honor individuals who have made lasting contributions to the long-term growth and success of USA Hockey. This prestigious award is presented to the architects of USA Hockey; leaders who have distinguished themselves through their dedication, vision and love of the game. Previous USA Hockey Builders Award recipients are Hal Trumble (1999), Walter L. Bush (2003), Art Berglund (2005), Joe Benedetto (2006), Ken Johannson (2011) and Tony Rossi (2014) ... Bob O'Connor is the first individual to be recognized with three of USA Hockey's major awards (Wm. Thayer Tutt Award, USA Builders Award and Walter Yaciuk Award) ... Tickets for the 2014 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner are exclusively available online at USHockeyHallofFame.com.


U.S. National Under-17 Team Rolls Over Canada Black, 4-1,
at 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge 
Team USA Advances to Semifinal Round with Victory
LAMBTON SHORES, Ont. - Joey Anderson (Roseville, Minn.) notched two goals as the U.S. National Under-17 Team rolled over Canada Black, 4-1, here in quarterfinal action this evening at The Shores Recreation Centre. With the win, Team USA advances to the semifinals of the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Max Jones (Rochester, Mich.) lit the lamp first for Team USA, rifling a one-time shot past Stuart Skinner. Patrick Khodorenko (Walnut Creek, Calif.) and Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane, Wash.) assisted on the play. A power-play tally, scored 4-on-3 by Anderson, doubled the U.S. lead, 2-0. From the right face-off circle, Chad Krys (Ridgefield, Conn.) found Adam Fox (Jericho, N.Y.) on the left side. Circling behind the net Fox flipped the puck out front to Anderson for the marker.
Canada Black cut the U.S. lead in half midway through the middle stanza, netting a shorthanded marker at 10:22. Yamamoto reclaimed the two-goal lead for Team USA with time winding down in the second. Yamamoto found room on the right side, skated toward the net and wristed a shot short-side for the tally. Jones and Clayton Keller (Swansea, Ill.) helped set up the play.
The lone score of the third period came off the stick of Anderson, as he took a deflected pass block by Canada Black and beat Skinner. William Lockwood (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and Krys registered assists on the score.
Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn.) made 23 saves between the pipes for the U.S., while Skinner stopped 37 shots in net for Canada Black.
The U.S. National Under-17 Team will next skate in the semifinal round on Friday, Nov. 7. Pending results of tonight's other quarterfinal contests, a time and opponent have yet to be determined. Semifinal games will take place at the RBC Centre in Sarnia, Ont. at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. EST respectively.
Notes: Joey Anderson was named U.S. Player of the Game ... Team USA outshot Canada Black, 41-24 ... The U.S. went 1-8 on the power play while Canada Black was 0-4 with the man advantage ... The semifinals, third-place game and championship contest will be broadcast live on TSN ... The 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge includes two groups of four teams. Group A features Canada Black, Canada White, Finland and Russia, while Group B includes Canada Red, Slovakia, Sweden and the United States ... Follow @USANTDP or @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for tournament updates and join the conversation on social media by using #WU172014 ... Danton Cole (Pontiac, Mich.) leads the U.S. National Under-17 Team for the third time in this tournament, having previously coached the U.S. to a second-place finish in 2011 and a third-place showing in 2013.
Team USA Schedule - 2014 World Under-17 Hockey ChallengeNov. 2-8 | Sarnia and Lambton Shores, Ontario
DateOpponentLocationTime / Result
Fri., Oct. 31Canada WhiteSarnia, Ont.W, 6-0
Sun., Nov. 2SwedenLambton Shores, Ont.W, 6-3
Mon., Nov. 3SlovakiaLambton Shores, Ont.W, 7-1
Tues., Nov. 4Canada RedLambton Shores, Ont.W, 7-3
Thurs., Nov. 6Canada Black - QFLambton Shores, Ont.W, 4-1
Fri., Nov. 7SemifinalsSarnia, Ont.TBA
Sat., Nov. 8Third-Place GameSarnia, Ont.1:00 p.m. ET
Championship GameSarnia, Ont.7:30 p.m. ET

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It's sunny and cool today at my house. How is it where you are?

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Regina, SK. -- "I know he wants to play." Rod Pedersen discusses Darian Durants injury and Luc Mullinder shows what the current starting QB, Kerry Joseph is doing right leading up to the season finale this Saturday against the Eskimos.

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After a week 19 bye for the 9-8 Riders comes a week 20 home game against the 12-5 Edmonton Eskimos on Saturday, November 8th, which wraps up the regular season schedule. Game time at Regina's Mosaic Stadium is 7:00pm EST. Catch all the action with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri on 620 CKRM, the Rider Radio Network and 620ckrm.com. The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on ESPN3.com. Calgary next hosts Winnipeg on Saturday, November 1st.

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Lewis and Clark first sighted the Pacific Ocean on this date in 1805.

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2014 CFL.ca Game Notes: A look at Week 20.

Nye: D-line leading the Riders into the playoffs.

Please visit the league's official website, cfl.ca.

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COMING UP - Veteran’s Day: November 11. Great American Smokeout: November 20. Thanksgiving: November 27.

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Tampa, FL. -- Tampa Bay's defense has shown significant improvement in recent weeks but that still hasn't led to victory...To get over the hump, the Buccaneers might just need to let loose a little bit on game day

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General Zachary Taylor was elected President of the U.S. on this date in 1848.

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Corvallis, OR. -- Oregon State fans will have their first opportunity to see the 2014-15 men’s basketball team in game action under the leadership of head coach Wayne Tinkle, when the Beavers host Western Oregon in an exhibition contest at 7 p.m. on Friday at Gill Coliseum.

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Women wearing her man’s clothing can often be sexy. Like the button-down dress shirt she wears instead of a nightgown. Grrrrr. And now, supposedly, women are wearing men’s underwear. At department store Marks & Spencer, the barometer of underwear in the UK, women are now buying more men’s underwear than men, and while it can’t be confirmed how many girls are buying for their guys, they do know that a particular line of boxers is walking out the door and ending up on women.

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Jimmy loves to climb.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching a hockey game online with no announcers, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History:

1955 - 
Elvis performed at the Keesler Air Force Base, outside Biloxi, Mississippi. 

1960 - Elvis arrived at Radio Recorders at 8:00pm to record the soundtrack for Wild in the Country. He worked until 2:30am. 

1966 - The photography of Easy Come, Easy Go was completed. 

1969 - Elvis returned to Las Vegas. He visited a doctor there and got an antibiotic treatment. 

1971 - Elvis performed at the Freedom Hall, State Fair and Expo Center, Louisville, Kentucky. On this show, Elvis introduced his grandfather, Jessee Presley.

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On a bus in China, two pickpockets were caught in the act by one of the passengers. They were trying to steal the purse from a woman. The bus driver was alerted and he immediately called police. As the bus driver pulled over and waited for the cops the thieves attempted to escape. Passengers kept the pickpockets away from the by pelting them with steamed buns and soy milk.

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Today in Beatles History:

1962 - The Beatles sang "Love Me Do" on a Granda TV broadcast.

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The new Star Wars film that’s being made by director J.J. Abrams has a name: The Force Awakens.

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Today in Sports History:

1933 - 
Pennsylvania voters overturn blue law, by permitting Sunday sports 

1935 - Winnipeg Winnipegs defeats Hamilton Tigers, 18-12 in the 23rd Grey Cup game. 

1943 - The Detroit Lions and New York Giants battle to the last scoreless tie in NFL history.

1957 - Phillie pitcher Jack Sanford was voted the National League Rookie of the Year. 

1962 - Glenn Hall set an NHL record for goalies by playing in his 503 consecutive game. 

1988 - MLB All Stars beat Japan 16-7 in the third of a seven game series.

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IN THEATERS - Interstellar (PG-13); Big Hero 6 (PG)

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

USPHL Empire and Elite Hockey -- At USPHL Boston Showcase Times TBA

Saturday --

USPHL Empire and Elite Hockey -- At USPHL Boston Showcase Times TBA

Nascar Nationwide Series -- DAV 200 - Honoring America's Veterans at Phoenix International Raceway 2:00pm EST

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs Washington State Cougars 4:00pm EST

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Edmonton Eskimos 7:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00pm EST

Sunday --

USPHL Empire and Elite Hockey -- At USPHL Boston Showcase Times TBA

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Atlanta Falcons 1:00pm EST

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway 3:00pm EST (Final race of Eliminator Round)

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings 6:00pm EST

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

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