Saturday, February 28, 2015

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Today is February 28th, the 59th day of 2015. There are 306 days left in the year.


Around the League notebook for Fri., Feb. 27th.

Jagr expected to debut with Panthers against Sabres.

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On this date in 1827, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad became the first railroad incorporated for commercial transportation of people and freight.


Tampa, FL. -- Ben Bishop made 28 saves, and Steven Stamkos scored twice to help the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-0 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Amalie Arena on Friday.

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On this date in 1849, regular steamboat service to California via Cape Horn arrived in San Francisco for the first time. The SS California had left New York Harbor on October 6, 1848. The trip took 4 months and 21 days.


8th Annual Hockey Weekend Across America,
Presented by CCM, Proves Memorable
More than 10,000 Boys and Girls Try Hockey for First Time,
35th Anniversary of Miracle on Ice Celebrated Across the Country
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –The eighth annual Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by CCM, concluded last Sunday (Feb. 22) and was a success by all accounts. The nationwide event, which took place Feb. 20-22, was a three-day celebration of hockey that included hundreds of thousands of fans wearing their favorite hockey jerseys, more than 10,000 boys and girls trying hockey for the first time all across the nation, millions of viewers watching NBC’s Hockey Day in America broadcast, and the celebration of local hockey heroes in communities throughout the country.
"This year's Hockey Weekend Across America was perhaps the most memorable yet," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "It was wonderful to see the 35th anniversary of Miracle on Ice as part of the celebration and we’re particularly thrilled with the record number of new kids and families that had a chance to experience our game for the very first time."
Each of the three days associated with Hockey Weekend Across America had a theme, including Wear Your Favorite Jersey Day on Friday (Feb. 20), sponsored by; Try Hockey Day on Saturday (Feb. 21), sponsored by the NHL; and Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes Day on Sunday (Feb. 22).On Friday, fans were encouraged to tweet at USA Hockey using #HockeyJerseyDay to share photos of themselves, their friends and colleagues wearing their favorite hockey jerseys. Fans also submitted pictures on USA Hockey's Facebook and Instagram accounts. To see a collection of images from the day, click here.
On Saturday, 10,200 children from across the nation were introduced to hockey for the first time at more than 300 Try Hockey for Free events, presented by Kraft, in 47 states. Saturday's turnout eclipsed the previous February Try Hockey for Free Day participation record, set in 2013, by more than 4,000. Through the hashtag #TryHockey, fans submitted pictures on social media, some of which can be found here.
On Sunday, local teams and associations honored their hockey heroes in various ways and fans shared stories of their local hockey heroes on FacebookInstagramTwitter, by using the hashtag #HockeyHeroes.
Twitter played a big part in the Hockey Weekend Across America celebration, including more than 48 million impressions that reached nearly 40 million accounts. USA Hockey’s national Twitter account alone produced 3.8 million impressions, with over 1.5 million of those impressions occurring on the 35th Anniversary of Miracle on Ice. In addition, saw total unique visitors increase 125 percent compared to 2014, while web traffic increased by 100 percent with 60 percent of all visitors coming from mobile devices.
Sunday (Feb. 22) marked the 35th anniversary of Miracle on Ice, when the 1980 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team defeated the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York. In front of 5,000 spectators on Saturday night (Feb. 21), all living members of the gold-medal winning team relived the event by reuniting in Lake Placid for the first time since their historic win. The reunion also paid tribute to teammate Bob Suter, who passed away at the age of 57 on Sept. 9, 2014.
The fifth edition of NBC’s “Hockey Day in America” commemorated the Miracle on Ice anniversary on Sunday by relocating its studio coverage to Lake Placid, New York. The day included live broadcasts of three NHL games (two on NBC, one on NBCSN) and content in and around the games showcasing hockey at all levels.
As part of Hockey Weekend Across America, a record number of aspiring youth officials had the chance to meet and learn from current NHL officials in conjunction with NHL games in American markets over the course of the three days. 
Hockey Weekend Across America also included the CCM "Tacks Are Back" Sweepstakes. The grand-prize winners – Scott Latti (Guilford, Conn.), Erik Koper (Newton, Mass.), and Linda Weissler (Los Angeles, Calif.) – each received a hockey stick, helmet/facemask combo, hockey bag and skates. First-place winners Andy Knauf (Albany, Wis.), Ryan Platner (Syracuse, N.Y.), and Stephen Saunders (Collinsville, Va.), collected CCM Tacks hockey sticks. Finally, 30 second-place winners were issued USA Hockey hats. The list includes Jake Ashkinos (Dix Hills, N.Y.), Barb Boser (Owatonna, Minn.), Scott Bredin (Kenosha, Wis.), Danny Briggs (Mechanicsville, Va.), Daniel Brooks (Georgetown, Ind.), Stephanie Crane (Clio, Mich.), Carolyn Daley (Coral Springs, Fla.), Natalie Douglass (Parma Heights, Ohio), Julie Ewing (Salt Lake City, Utah), Al Green (San Antonio, Texas), Garrett Heller (Dallas, Texas), Matthew Kasisky (Leesport, Pa.), Greg Korczak (Las Vegas, Nev.), Rita Malone (Hawthorne, Calif.), Kelly Manning (Burlington, Iowa), Kelli McKay (Atwater, Ohio), Carol Moore (College Station, Texas), Daniel Pallin (Grand Rapids, Minn.), Mark Petree (Warren, Mich.), Tracy Price (Mountain House, Calif.), Devon Raap (Muskegon, Mich.), Frances Scannapicro (Holmdel, N.J.), Mary Ann Seiler (Surprise, Ariz.), Cortney Sneller (Orange, Calif.), Chris Van Valkenburg (Yukon, Okla.), Larry Viernum (South Chicago Heights, Ill.), Chris Vilage (Morristown, N.J.), Judi Walters (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Stephen Watts (Lake Worth, Fla.), and Brandon Wiszowaty (Commack, N.Y.).
NOTES: Hockey Weekend Across America was created by USA Hockey in 2008 to engage the hockey community in celebrating the sport of hockey at all levels and exposing the sport to new audiences … Select members of the gold-medal winning 2015 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team were honored at NHL games in Chicago and Minnesota. The squad earned the gold medal in early January at the 2015 IIHF U18 Women's World Championship in Buffalo, New York ... Over 75,000 fans attended USHL games from Feb. 19-22, the best four-day span in the history of the league … USA Hockey’s two national Try Hockey for Free Days this season, which included Liberty Mutual Insurance and Total Hockey as official sponsors, included 25,005 participants.


On this date in 1854, the Republican Party was organized in Ripon, WI. About 50 slavery opponents began the new political group.


The USPHL's Empire South playoffs moved into round two  last night, as the Florida Junior Blades rolled to an 8-0 win over the Tampa Bay Juniors. No stats are available for the game, as the online score sheet hadn't been posted as of 9:00am Saturday. Game two will be tonight beginning at 7:45pm EST and if game three is needed, it will be Sunday at 5:30pm EST. Both games will be webcast on

The second round of the USPHL's Elite South playoffs get underway this afternoon, as the Tampa Bay Juniors host the Atlanta Junior Knights, with puck drop set in Ellenton for 3:00pm EST. Game two will be Sunday at 12:00pm EST and if there's a game three, it will be Monday at 2:00pm. All games can be seen on


On this date in 1861, the U.S. territory of Colorado was organized.


The Great Debate: Who has the best RB combo?

Pedersen: Little down time in Riders' off-season.

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On this date in 1881, Thomas Edison hired Samuel Insull as his private secretary


Tampa, FL. -- Here's a sampling of media reports on the Buccaneers today.

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On this date in 1885, AT&T (American Telephone and Telegraph) was incorporated. The company was capitalized on only $100,000 and provided long distance service for American Bell.


Corvallis, OR. -- Oregon State and Grambling State wrap up their three-game series by playing two on Saturday.

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On this date in 1911, Thomas A. Edison, Inc. was organized.


Go Woofs!


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as celebrating your Mom's birthday, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History:

1970 - 
Elvis Presley's album "Portrait in Music" hit #36 in the U.K. 

2004 - Elvis Presley was inducted into the Bay Area Blues Society's West Coast Blues Hall of Fame. 

2006 - The remastered versions of "Elvis Inspirational", "Elvis Country" and "Elvis Rock" were released. 


On this date in 1953, in a Cambridge University laboratory, scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick discovered the double-helix structure of DNA.


Today in Beatles History:

1963 - 
Paul McCartney and John Lennon composed "From Me To You." 

1972 - Wings released "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" in the U.S.


On this date in 1954, in San Francisco "Birth of a Planet" was aired. It was the first American phase-contrast cinemicrography film to be presented on television.


Today in Sports History:

1931 - 
The Canadian Rugby Union adopted the forward pass. 

1940 - The first televised basketball game was shown. The game featured Fordham University and the University of Pittsburgh from Madison Square Gardens in New York. 

1948 - Bud Gartiser set a world record when he cleared the 50-yard low hurdles in 6.8 seconds. 

1967 - Wilt Chamberlain set an NBA record with his 35th consecutive field goal. 

1987 - Chick Hearn broadcasted his 2,000th consecutive Los Angeles Lakers game. 

1988 - Pat Verbeek became the first New Jersey Devil to score 4 goals in a game. 

1998 - Mark Messier (Vancouver Canucks) became the fourth NHL player to score 1,600 points. 

1999 - Venus and Serena Williams became the first sisters to win WTA Tour events on the same day. 

2002 - It was announced that John Madden would be replacing Dennis Miller on "Monday Night Football." Madden signed a four-year $20 million deal with ABC Sports.


On this date in 1983, "M*A*S*H" became the most watched television program in history when the final episode aired.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

USPHL Elite Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Atlanta Juniors Knights Time 3:00pm EST (Game 1)

USPHL Empire Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Junior Blades 7:45pm EST (Game 2)

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Amarillo Bulls 10:05pm EST

Sunday --

USPHL Elite Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Atlanta Juniors Knights Time 12:00pm EST (Game 2)

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway 1:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers 5:00pm EST

USPHL Empire Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Junior Blades 5:30pm EST (Game 3 - If necessary)

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Amarillo Bulls 6:05pm EST

Monday --

USPHL Elite Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Atlanta Junior Knights 2:00pm EST (If necessary)

Tuesday --

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

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30pm EST

Friday -- 

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Wichita Falls Wildcats 8:05pm EST

Saturday --

Nascar XFinity Series -- Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 4:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Dallas Stars 7:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Wichita Falls Wildcats 8:05pm EST

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 3:30pm EDT


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

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