Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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

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Today is December 23rd, the 356th day of 2014. There are 9 days left in the year.

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Five Questions: Blackhawks CEO on Winter Classic.

Around the League notebook for Monday, Dec. 22.

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

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On this date in 1783, George Washington returned home to Mount Vernon, after the disbanding of his army following the Revolutionary War.

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Tampa, FL. -- You can imagine Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Jonathan Drouin's reaction when he found out he was going to be scratched Nov. 15 against the New York Islanders. Think of a look of perplexity and surprise, and you'll have an idea.

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On this date in 1788, Maryland voted to cede a 100-square-mile area for the seat of the national government. About two-thirds of the area became the District of Columbia.

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NHL Network U.S. to Broadcast all U.S. Games Live at
2015 IIHF World Junior Championship
Network Will Televise Record 28 Games in Total
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey and NHL Network U.S. announced today that NHL Network U.S. will provide exclusive live broadcasts, and NHL.com will provide live streams of all U.S. games at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26 - Jan. 5 in Montreal, Quebec, and Toronto, Ontario. In addition, NHL Network U.S. will also televise the medal-round games and 20 preliminary-round match-ups, airing a total of 28 games.

All Team USA games will be NHL Network original broadcasts and will feature the broadcast team ofSteve Mears, co-host of NHL Live, who will provide play-by-play, and game analyst Dan Bylsma, who served as the head coach of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team. Dave Starman, in his 12th season as an NCAA hockey analyst, will serve as the rinkside reporter.

The tournament's popularity stems from its reputation as a showcase for the game's best up-and-coming young players from around the world. Many current American-born NHL stars have played in the tournament, including Seth Jones (2013/Nashville Predators), Jacob Trouba (2012-13/Winnpeg Jets), Patrick Kane (2007/Chicago Blackhawks), T.J. Oshie (2006/St. Louis Blues);Zach Parise (2003-04/Minnesota Wild), Bobby Ryan (2006/Ottawa Senators) and Ryan Suter(2003-05/Minnesota Wild).

The U.S. National Junior Team will begin preliminary-round play against Finland on Dec. 26 at 3 p.m. ET. The full Team USA and NHL Network broadcast schedules are below:
NHL Network U.S. 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship Broadcast Schedule
Date
Match Up
City *
First Airing (ET)
Fri., Dec. 26Russia vs. DenmarkToronto6:00 p.m. #
United States vs. FinlandMontreal3:00 p.m.
Czech Republic vs. SwedenToronto5:00 a.m. on 12/27 #
Slovakia vs. CanadaMontreal8:00 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 27Sweden vs. DenmarkToronto1:00 p.m.
Finland vs. SlovakiaMontrea11:00 a.m. on 12/28 #
Switzerland vs. Czech RepublicToronto5:00 p.m.
Canada vs. GermanyMontreal8:00 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 28Russia vs. SwitzerlandToronto5:00 p.m.
Germany vs. United StatesMontreal8:00 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 29Denmark vs. Czech RepublicToronto1:00 p.m.
Slovakia vs. United StatesMontreal4:00 p.m.
Russia vs. SwedenTorontoJoined in Progress
Canada vs. FinlandMontreal8:00 p.m.
Tue., Dec. 30Denmark vs. SwitzerlandToronto5:00 p.m.
Germany vs. SlovakiaMontreal8:00 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 31Sweden vs. SwitzerlandToronto9:00 a.m. on 1/1 #
United States vs. CanadaMontreal4:00 p.m.
Czech Republic vs. RussiaToronto8:00 a.m. on 1/1 #
Finland vs. GermanyMontreal8:00 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 2Quarter-FinalMontreal1:00 p.m.
Quarter-FinalToronto3:00 p.m.
Quarter-FinalMontreal5:00 p.m.
Quarter-FinalToronto8:00 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 4SemifinalToronto4:00 p.m.
SemifinalToronto8:00 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 5Bronze MedalToronto4:00 p.m.
Gold MedalToronto8:00 p.m.
* All games in Toronto will be played at the Air Canada Centre, while all games in Montreal will played in the Bell Centre.
# Game aired on tape delay
NOTES: For complete coverage of Team USA during the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, click here ... The Team USA preliminary roster is available here ... Team USA's pre-tournament training camp began Dec. 16 in Boston and concludes Dec. 24 in Kingston, Ontario ... The final U.S. National Junior Team roster is expected to be announced on Dec. 24 ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates throughout the tournament.

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On this date in 1823, the poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement C. Moore (" 'Twas the night before Christmas...") was published.

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Back at It: Richardson returns; inks deal with Roughriders.

Cauz: A gift and a movie for every CFL team.

Please visit the league's official website, http://www.cfl.ca.

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On this date in 1834, English architect Joseph Hansom patented his 'safety cab', better known as the Hansom cab.

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Tampa, FL. -- Among the many accomplishments of rookie WR Mike Evans this season is a run of big plays that equals the best by a rookie since at least 1991…A closer look at that and more from Sunday's game.

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On this date in 1893, the Engelbert Humperdinck opera "Hansel und Gretel" was first performed, in Weimar, Germany.

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Corvallis, OR. --Welcome back to “Get to Know Coach Gary Andersen.” Today is the second installment with the “Voice of the Beavers” Mike Parker.

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On this date in 1919, the first ship designed to be used as an ambulance for the transport patients was launched. The hospital ship was named USS Relief and had 515 beds.

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I like my new school. They let me use an iPad!

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as endless episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History:

1974 - 
Elvis Presley flew back to Memphis (from Palm Springs) through Amarillo, TX.

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On this date in 1922, the British Broadcasting Corporation began daily news broadcasts.

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Today in Beatles History:

1967 - 
A tape of the Beatles performing "Hello Goodbye" was aired on "American Bandstand." 

1972 - John Lennon's film "Imagine" premiered on national TV. 

1974 - George Harrison released a holiday single "Ding Dong, Ding Dong" in the U.S.

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On this date in 1938, "Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch" was heard for the final time on the radio.

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Today in Sports History:

1951 - 
A NFL championship game was televised nationally for the first time. The Los Angeles Rams beat the Cleveland Browns 24-17. The DuMont Network had paid $75,000 for the rights to the game. 

1972 - The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Oakland Raiders 13-7 in an NFL playoff game on a last-second play that was dubbed the "Immaculate Reception." Pittsburgh's Franco Harris caught a deflected pass and ran it in for the winning touchdown. 

1991 - Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll retired after 23 seasons. He was the only coach to win four Super Bowls. 

1995 - Tonya Harding and Mike Smith were married. 

1997 - Jari Kurri (Colorado Avalanche) became the 8th NHL player to score 600 goals.

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On this date in 1943, 
"Hansel and Gretel," the opera, was televised on New York's WRBG. It was the first complete opera to be televised.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Pittsburgh Penguins 7:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Carolina Hurricanes 7:00pm EST

Sunday -- 

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints 1:00pm EST (Final game of regular season.)

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

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