Friday, December 12, 2014

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Today is December 12th, the 345th day of 2014. There are 20 days left in the year.


Around the League notebook for Thursday, Dec. 11.

Ice truck to arrive at Nationals Park on Monday.

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Today's Birthdays: Game-show host Bob Barker is 91. Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean, Shaun of the Dead, Love Actually) is 65. Jennifer Connelly (Oscar for A Beautiful Mind) is 44.


Tampa, FL. -- The first meeting of the season between former Southeast Division rivals Tampa Bay and Carolina featured two teams at the opposite end of the NHL standings.

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On this date in 1787, Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.


• Kristen Wright Named Manager of Girls' Hockey Player Development
• Natalia DePauw Named Membership Services Department Administrator
• USA Hockey Announces Promotion of Three Staff Members
Kristen Wright Named Manager of Girls' Hockey Player Development
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Kristen Wright (St. Paul, Minn.) has been named manager of girls’ hockey player development it was announced today by USA Hockey.
Wright, who earned her law degree from the University of Colorado in May of 2011, has served as the head coach of the University of Colorado women’s ice hockey team, an American Collegiate Hockey Association Division I member, since May of 2009. Last season, the University of Colorado Collegiate Sport Clubs named her its coach of the year.
She played four years of college hockey (2004-2008) for NCAA Division III Connecticut College (New London, Connecticut), a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Wright served as team captain her junior and senior campaigns and in 95 career games with the Camels tallied 18 goals and 30 assists. She was a two-time AWCHA National Scholar Athlete and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and international relations in May of 2008.
Wright, who played on the Shattuck-St. Mary’s School Girls’ Prep Team from 2002-2004, will serve as head coach of the 2015 U.S. Women’s National University Team that will compete in the Winter World University Games from Feb. 4-14 in Granada, Spain. She was the assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National University Team that earned a bronze medal in the 2013 Winter World University Games, the first men’s or women’s team from the U.S. to medal in the event.
Additionally, Wright is a USA Hockey Level IV official and has been an evaluator at the USA Hockey Colorado state player development camps.
Natalia DePauw Named Membership Services Department Administrator
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Natalia DePauw (Colorado Springs, Colo.) has been named department administrator for membership services it was announced today by USA Hockey.
DePauw comes to USA Hockey from USAA Insurance where she was a financial foundations associate.
The Colorado Springs, Colorado, native is a 2004 graduate of Pikes Peak Community College where she earned an associate of arts degree.
USA Hockey Announces Promotion of Three Staff Members
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey today announced the promotion of three staff members, including Scott AldrichKevin Couture and Katie Holmgren.
Aldrich, who has been with USA Hockey since 2003, has been elevated to manager of hockey operations. His previous time with USAH has been spent in adult hockey, first as coordinator of adult hockey and for the last eight-plus years as manager of adult hockey.
Couture has been promoted to director of events. A member of the USA Hockey staff since November of 2004, he has served in varying capacities in the organization, including stints in inline and adult hockey and since April of 2010 as manager of events and marketing.
Holmgren has been promoted to manager of adult women’s hockey. She has been with the organization since 2010 and was USA Hockey’s first-ever coordinator of adult women’s hockey.


On this date in 1800, Washington, DC, was established as the capital of the United States.


Top 15 games to remember from 2014.

D-lineman George extends with Roughriders.

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Today is Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. Wear it with pride!


Charlotte, NC. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will avoid facing Cam Newton for the second time this season.

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The U.S. Navy reported successfully testing its new laser weapons system. The laser can destroy moving targets on water or in the air. [Plus, painlessly remove unwanted body hair.]


Corvallis, OR. --Seniors Will Seymore and Khiry Shelton have been invited to the Major League Soccer Combine, the MLS announced today. The combine will run from Jan. 8-13 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in anticipation of the MLS SuperDraft, which will be held on Jan. 15 in Philadelphia, Pa.

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Barbie Jeep racing is a thing on YouTube. In a video we see grown dudes sitting in the pink, plastic motorized Barbie Jeeps, racing down a dirt hill. | video


Hmmmm....what to do next?


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as your son taking another sick day from school, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History:

1956 - 
Hal Kanter, screenwriter and director of "Loving You", flew to Memphis to meet Elvis Presley. 

1957 - Disc Jockey Al Priddy of KEX in Portland, Oregon, was fired for playing Elvis Presley's rendition of "White Christmas." He had violated the radio station's ban against the song. 

1969 - The Elvis Presley album "From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis" was confirmed gold by the RIAA. 

1970 - The Elvis Presley compilation album "Almost In Love" hit #65 in the U.S. 

2003 - The Elvis Presley movies "Roustabout", "King Creole", "Blue Hawaii" and "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" were released on DVD.


Researchers at Harvard University say they have identified two chemical compounds that could replace “bad” fat cells in the human body with healthy fat-burning cells, in what may be the first step toward the development of an effective medical treatment — which could even take the form of a pill — to help control weight gain.


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - 
The Beatles' "I Feel Fine" topped the UK chart with 750,000 advance orders. 

2013 - Paul McCartney was a guest on "Saturday Night Live" and performed "My Valentine," "Cut Me Some Slack," and "Wonderful Christmas Time."


When police pulled over a 75-year-old Wisconsin man for drunk driving he claimed that he hadn’t been drinking but had only eaten some beer-battered fish.


Today in Sports History:

1899 - 
George Grant patented the wooden golf tee. 

1968 - Arthur Ashe became the first black man to be ranked #1 in tennis. 

1971 - Bobby Hull (Chicago Black Hawks) scored his 1000th point. 

1976 - Joe Namath played his last game with the New York Jets. 

1981 - Wayne Gretzky became the quickest to reach 50 goals in a season. It was in the 39th game. 

1988 - Sandra Miller sued Mike Tyson for sexual harassment. 

1998 - Mark Recchi (Montreal Canadiens) ended his consecutive game streak. He had played in 569 straight games. 

2000 - The Texas Rangers signed Alex Rodriguez to a record breaking 10-year, $252 million contract. The contract amount broke all Major League Baseball records and all professional sports records. 

2001 - Jere Lehtinen (Dallas Stars) scored his 100th NHL goal in a game against the Buffalo Sabres. 

2001 - Denver Nuggets coach Dan Issel was suspended for four games by his team for shouting a profanity and an ethnic remark at a fan. 

2001 - Former Dallas Cowboy Nate Newton, and two others, were arrested on charges of carrying at least 175 pounds of marijuana. It was his second arrest in six weeks. 

2010 - The collapse of the inflatable roof at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Mall of America Stadium caused the cancellation of a game between the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings. The teams played the next day at Detroit's Ford Field.


Rocker Rick Springfield snagged a role for the second season on the HBO series True Detective. Springfeield wasn’t officially announced with other cast announcements, so he decided to post a tweet to celebrate his first day of shooting on the show.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Topeka Roadrunners 8:05pm EST

Saturday --

College Football -- Army vs Navy at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore 3:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals 7:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Topeka Roadrunners 8:05pm EST

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers 1:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Topeka Roadrunners 7:05pm EST


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

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