Saturday, December 13, 2014

It's Saturday

It's Saturday. Here's what's happening....


Today is December 13th, the 346th day of 2014. There are 19 days left in the year.


Gordie Howe condition 'on the upswing:' report.

Sharks unveil new jerseys for Stadium Series game.

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On this date in 1577, five ships under the command of Sir Francis Drake left Plymouth, England, to embark on Drake's circumnavigation of the globe. The journey took almost three years.


Tampa, FL. -- Lightning visit Capitals to start five-game trip.

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On this date in 1636, the United States National Guard was created when militia regiments were organized by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.


Forty Players Invited to 2014 USA Hockey Women's Winter
Training Camp
Event Held Dec. 27-31 at Schwan's Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey today announced the 40 players that have been invited to the USA Hockey Women's Winter Training Camp, Dec. 27-31, at Schwan's Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota.
Highlighting the roster for the Festival are 16 members of the silver medal-winning 2014 U.S. Women's Olympic Ice Hockey Team. Those players are Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.), Megan Bozek (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.), Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.), Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.), Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.), Lyndsey Fry(Chandler, Ariz.), Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho), Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson (Grand Forks, N.D.), Monique Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.), Brianne McLaughlin-Bittle (Sheffield Village, Ohio), Michelle Picard (Taunton, Mass.), Molly Schaus (Natick, Mass.), Anne Schleper(St. Cloud, Minn.), Lee Stecklein (Roseville, Minn.) and Jessie Vetter (Cottage Grove, Wis.).
A complete roster (14 defensemen, 20 forwards and six goaltenders), staff listing and on-ice schedule is available here.
NOTES: All practices and scrimmages at the 2014 USA Hockey Women's Winter Training Camp will be open to the public. Reagan Carey (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's director of women's hockey, will oversee the camp and Ken Klee (Littleton, Colo.) will serve as head coach. Klee will be assisted by Robb Stauber (Medina, Minn.), Bob Deraney (Providence, R.I.) and Brett Strot(Tampa, Fla.).

U.S. Tops Canada West, 6-3, in Jr. A Pre-Tournament Tune Up
Boeser Nets Hat Trick and Sheehy Notches Three Points
KINDERSLEY, Saskatchewan — The U.S. Junior Select Team topped Canada West, 6-3, in a pre-tournament game for the 2014 World Junior A Challenge. Brock Boeser (Burnsville, Minn./Waterloo Black Hawks) notched a hat trick, and Tyler Sheehy (Burnsville, Minn./Waterloo Black Hawks) tallied three points for the win.
For a complete recap, click here.
Team USA is back in action Monday (Dec. 15) against Switzerland in the preliminary round of the 2014 World Junior A Challenge. Puck drop is at 8:30 p.m. ET, and a live stream will be availablehere. Follow @USAHockeyScores for in-game updates, and check for complete Team USA coverage.


On this date in 1642, New Zealand was discovered by Dutch navigator Abel Tasman.


15 for '15: Next season's top breakout candidates.

Chambers, Rottier among four re-signed by Esks.

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On this date in 1769, Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire, received its charter.


Charlotte, NC. -- LB Danny Lansanah will try to help the Bucs contain TE Greg Olsen more effectively than it did in Week One...In addition, one of the league's postseason awards could be on the line.

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On this date in 1809, the first abdominal surgical procedure was performed in Danville, KY, on Jane Todd Crawford. The operation was performed without an anesthetic.


Corvallis, OR. --Gary Andersen’s first message to Beaver Nation was emphatic, concise and on-point.

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On this date in 1816, John Adamson received a patent for a dry dock.


The first day of school is always exciting!


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as Army beating Navy, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History:

1956 - 
The Elvis Presley movie "Love Me Tender" premiered in London. 

1960 - Elvis Presley's single "It's Now Or Never" passed million sales mark in Britain. It achieved the feat in six weeks. 

1975 - Elvis Presley's U.K.-only version of Tom Jones' "Green, Green Grass Of Home" hit #29 in the U.K.


On this date in 1883, the border between Ontario and Manitoba was established.


Today in Beatles History:

1961 - 
The Beatles signed with manager Brian Epstein. 

1974 - George Harrison had lunch with U.S. President Gerald Ford at the White House. 

1976 - Wings' "Wings Over America" was certified Gold by the RIAA.


On this date in 1884, Percy Everitt received a patent for the first coin-operated weighing machine.


Today in Sports History:

1936 - 
The Redskins played their last game in Boston. The next season the Redskins began playing in Washington, DC. 

1949 - The American League rejected a revival of the spitball, which had been outlawed since 1920. 

1956 - Jackie Robinson (Brooklyn Dodgers) was traded to the Giants for pitcher Dick Littlefield and $35,000. Robinson retired instead of accepting the trade. 

1966 - The rights to the first four Super Bowls were sold to CBS and NBC for a total of $9.5 million. 

1973 - Detroit became the first city to receive a franchise for the World Football League. 

1975 - The Washington Redskins beat the Los Angeles Rams 38-24. The Redskins made the playoffs for the first time since 1945. 

1983 - An NBA record was set when the Detroit Pistons and Denver Nuggets played a triple overtime that resulted in Pistons winning 186-184. 

2010 - The New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings played at Detroit's Ford Field. The game was moved due to the collapse of the inflatable roof at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Mall of America Stadium the previous day. 

1986 - Dwight Gooden was arrested with four friends after police officers stopped his car in Tampa, FL. Gooden later pled no contest and received three years of probation. 

1995 - Paul Coffey (Detroit Red Wings) became the first NHL defenseman to reach 1,000 career points. 

1998 - Gary Anderson (Minnesota Vikings) kicked six field goals against Baltimore. In the game Anderson set an NFL record for 34 straight field goals without a miss. 

1998 - Marshall Faulk set a new Colts record for total yards from scrimmage in a season with 2,090. The record had been held by Eric Dickerson with 2,036. 

2001 - Michael Frank Goodwin was arrested and booked on two counts of murder, one count of conspiracy and three special circumstances (lying in wait, murder for financial gain and multiple murder) in connection to the death of Mickey Thompson. Thompson and his wife Trudy were shot to death in their driveway on March 16, 1988. Thompson, known as the "Speed King," set nearly 500 auto speed endurance records including being the first person to travel more than 400 mph on land.


On this date in 1913, it was announced by authorities in Florence, Italy, that the "Mona Lisa" had been recovered. The work was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris in 1911.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

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

Monday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00pm EST

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Philadelphia Flyers 7:00pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Richmond Generals 7:45pm EST

Friday --

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs East Coast Eagles 1:00pm EST

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Hampton Roads Whalers 7:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New Jersey Devils 7:00pm EST

Saturday --

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Hampton Roads Whalers 9:00am EST

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Richmond Generals 1:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders 7:00pm EST

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Atlanta Junior Knights 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Green Bay Packers 1:00pm EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Atlanta Junior Knights 2:30pm EST

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Atlanta Junior Knights 3:00pm EST


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

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