Tuesday, December 2, 2014

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It's Tuesday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is December 2nd, the 335th day of 2014. There are 30 days left in the year.

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Brodeur could sign Tuesday with Blues, play on trip.

Jeff Sauer built coaching success on communication.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Dan Butler (Bob “Bulldog” Briscoe on Frasier) is 60. Lucy Liu is 46. Nelly Furtado is 36. Britney Spears is 33.

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New York, NY. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning can't be happy that their season series with the New York Rangers is over.

Read the rest here.

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NEW ON DVD - Released December 2
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The Hundred-Foot Journey
As Above, So Below
Justified: Season 5
One Direction: 'Where We Are' Live from San Siro Stadium
The Simpsons: Season 17
Sliders - The Complete Series


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Toyota and USA Hockey Agree to Multi-Year Partnership Extension
Toyota Will Continue as Title Sponsor of Youth National Championships
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today a multi-year extension with partner Toyota, one of the most prominent automobile manufacturers in the world.
Toyota will continue as the title sponsor of the Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships for the youth, girls’/women’s, high school and sled hockey divisions, a status it has enjoyed since 2012.
“We’re excited to continue our relationship with Toyota,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “They’ve been a terrific addition to our corporate partner family and we’re particularly pleased to have them involved with our national championships.”
The Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships are held each spring and mark the culmination of the season for teams across the country.
“Toyota and USA Hockey have established a great relationship to inspire the journey of the players, coaches and fans, and we look forward to going places together for seasons to come,” said Ed Laukes, vice president of marketing for Toyota.
ABOUT USA HOCKEY
USA Hockey Inc., founded on October 29, 1937, and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., provides the foundation for the sport of ice hockey in America; helps young people become leaders; and connects the game at every level while promoting a lifelong love of the sport. More than one million strong, including players, coaches, officials and volunteers that span all 50 states, USA Hockey is the National Governing Body for the sport in the United States and has important partnerships with the National Hockey League, United States Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation. For more information, visit usahockey.com.
ABOUT TOYOTA 
Toyota, the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants and directly employ more than 40,000 people. Our 1,800 North American dealerships sold more than 2.5 million cars and trucks in 2013 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today. For more information about Toyota, visitwww.toyota.com/usa.


USA Hockey Foundation to Launch It Starts With A Stick Campaign
Fundraiser Begins Tomorrow, Dec. 2, on #GivingTuesday
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The USA Hockey Foundation will launch its It Starts With A Stick campaign tomorrow (Dec. 2) with the intent of raising funds to put 12,000 sticks into the hands of youth hockey players during Hockey Weekend Across America, which takes place Feb. 20-22, 2015.
The campaign's launch date coincides with #GivingTuesday, a recent tradition and global celebration dedicated to giving back and celebrating generosity. The end goal is to raise $150,000 by the end of December to fund the initiative.
“This is an exciting project that will help new kids trying hockey maintain and grow their passion for the sport," said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey and The USA Hockey Foundation. "I'm confident the generosity of the hockey community and beyond will help us reach our goal."
Those who are interested in learning more or making a donation to It Starts With A Stick, can visitusahockeyfoundation.com/sticks. The campaign's progress will be tracked there and on USA Hockey's social media accounts (Twitter and Facebook) with the #GiftAStick hashtag.


North Dakota New No. 1 in 
USA Today
/USA Hockey Magazine College Hockey Poll
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2014-15 Men's College Hockey Poll - Regular Season #10

(First-place votes in parentheses)
RankSchoolLast Week's Rank2014-15 RecordWeeks in Top 15
1.University of North Dakota, 495 (28)210-3-210
2.Boston University, 428 (2)19-3-110
3.University of Minnesota, 39838-4-010
4.Minnesota State University, 387711-3-010
5.Miami University, 354610-4-010
6.Michigan Tech University, 348512-2-05
7.UMass Lowell, 29748-3-38
8.Harvard University, 258 (4)n/a7-1-21
9.University of Minnesota Duluth, 24589-5-04
10.University of Vermont, 2351211-3-16
11.University of Denver, 201108-3-07
12.Colgate University, 12299-5-110
13.University of Nebraska Omaha, 112137-3-24
14.Bowling Green State University, 671510-3-12
15.Quinnipiac University, 52149-4-15
Others Receiving Votes: Providence College, 25; Boston College, 19; Yale University, 15; Merrimack College, 13; Robert Morris University, 7; St. Cloud State University, 1; St. Lawrence University, 1.
Notes: A total of 22 schools received votes in this week's poll ... The National Collegiate Hockey Conference has five ranked in this week's poll. ECAC Hockey, the Hockey East Association and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association each have three. The Big Ten Conference has one ... North Dakota is ranked number one for the first time this season. This is Harvard's first week in the top 15 ... This season's previous polls can be found here.
About the Poll: The 20th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the six NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey.

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On this date in 1901, Gillette patented the KC Gillette Razor. It was first razor to feature a permanent handle and disposable double-edge razor blades.

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Price savouring redemption, Grey Cup-winning feeling.

Magic night for Mitchell leads him to Grey Cup MVP.

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

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COMING UP - Human Rights Day: December 10. Winter Solstice: December 21. Christmas: December 25. New Years Eve: December 31. New Years Day: January 1.



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Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers feel they're better than their record suggests, yet what they continue to prove during yet another disappointing season is they're nowhere close to being good enough to overcome critical mistakes.

Read the rest here.

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Today is Giving Tuesday, created to help the “giving season” get started, reminding people that there is more to holidays than consumerism and commercialization.

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Corvallis, OR. -- The Oregon State volleyball team earned an at large bid to the NCAA Tournament Sunday evening. The Beavers will travel to Topeka, Kansas and play Creighton on Friday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. Pacific Time. Also at the location in Topeka will be host University of Kansas and University of Arkansas – Little Rock.

Read the rest here.

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People magazine posted an obituary for 98-year-old Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas who’s not dead. [And technically, still eligible for next year’s Sexiest Man Alive.]

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Skippin' down the hallway.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as getting your son ready for school, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History:

1975 - 
Elvis Presley began a string of 17 shows at the Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas. 

1978 - The album "Elvis - A Canadian Tribute" hit #86 in the U.S.

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Every few months, a chain letter-type status update makes the rounds on Facebook, declaring that the user’s data and content are off-limits for advertising or other uses. So here’s another reminder: Posting these updates do not, in any way, change your Facebook profile’s level of protection.

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Today in Beatles History:

1964 - 
Ringo Starr entered a London hospital to get his tonsils removed. 

1969 - George Harrison joined Delaney & Bonnie to perform with them in Brisol, England. Harrison toured Britain with the ensemble.

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Police have arrested a 28-year-old man who they said broke into an Austin, Texas, business and stole multiple sausages. Surveillance video from Hudson Meats shows the man trying to break down the front door for about 20 minutes. The intruder then takes some sausages from the meat-processing business, goes back outside and then returns, grabbing a coat and falling asleep in the back office. Police officers woke up the thief, who said he’d been out drinking.

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Today in Sports History:

1963 - 
The Major League Rules Committee banned the use of oversized catcher's mitts. The rule went into effect in 1965. 

1984 - Dan Marino (Miami Dolphins) threw his 40th touchdown pass of the season. 

1987 - "The Grabowski Shuffle" video by Mike Ditka and The Grabowskis was certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA. 

1988 - ESPN aired its 10,000th Sports Center, making it the most televised cable program in history. 

1996 - Clyde Drexler (Houston Rockets) became the fourth NBA player to reach 2,000 career steals. 

1997 - Latrell Sprewell's $32 million contract was terminated by the Golden State Warriors. The termination came one day after Sprewell assaulted head coach P.J. Carlesimo. 

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Audiences don’t have to wait much longer to find out what happens in the life of the sinister politician Frank Underwood. House of Cards season 3 will be back February 27, 2015. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright will be back as the story follows the Underwoods as they… well, that would be a spoiler.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Buffalo Sabres 7:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres 7:30pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Fairbanks Ice Dogs 10:05pm EST

Friday --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Fairbanks Ice Dogs 10:05pm EST

Saturday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 3:00pm EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 6:00pm EST

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

Sunday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 9:00am EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 12:00pm EST

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions 1:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Fairbanks Ice Dogs 8:05pm EST

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


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