Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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

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Today is February 17th, the 48th day of 2015. There are 317 days left in the year.

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Kulikov suspended four games for clipping.

Hossa, Toffoli and Rinne named stars of the week.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Basketball legend Michael Jordan is 52. Larry the Cable Guy is 52. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises) is 34. Socialite Paris Hilton is 34. Ed Sheeran is 24.

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Los Angeles, CA. -- The last time the Tampa Bay Lightning faced the Los Angeles Kings, a 4-2 loss in Tampa nine days ago, the Kings jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening period.

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NEW ON DVD - Released February 17

The Interview
Dumb and Dumber To
St. Vincent
Birdman
The Theory of Everything
Game of Thrones: Season 4
Wahlburgers - The Complete 2nd Season

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8th Annual Hockey Weekend Across America,
Presented by CCM, Begins Friday
Themes Include: Wear Your Favorite Jersey (Friday), Try Hockey (Saturday) and Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes (Sunday)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey will lead the nation in the eighth annual Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by CCM, this Friday through Sunday (Feb. 20-22).
Each of the three days of Hockey Weekend Across America features a special theme.
Wear Your Favorite Jersey Day on Friday (Feb. 20), sponsored byShopUSAHockey.com, is the day for fans to show off their hockey pride by wearing their prized hockey jerseys. USA Hockey's Facebookand Twitter pages will accept photos from families, friends and colleagues in search of the most passionate hockey fans.
On Saturday (Feb. 21), as part of Try Hockey Day, sponsored by the NHL, more than 300 rinks in 47 states will host Try Hockey for Free clinics, presented by Kraft, allowing thousands of children to experience hockey for the first time. To find a participating rink near you and register, visit TryHockeyforFree.com.
To cap off the weekend, Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes Day on Sunday (Feb. 22) encourages hockey programs nationwide to develop ways to honor their local hockey heroes. USA Hockey invites all to post pictures and stories on its website, Facebook and Twitter pages. The day, which falls on the 35th anniversary of Miracle on Ice, also features NBC's Hockey Day in America coverage that comprises an NHL tripleheader. The day begins at 12 noon ET with a half-hour pre-game show on NBC in advance of two games on the network (Washington at Philadelphia; Boston at Chicago). NBCSN will conclude Hockey Day in America coverage on Sunday evening with the Dallas at Minnesota game. Along with its game coverage, NBC will also produce content in and around the games showcasing hockey at all levels in the United States and its studio show will originate from historic Lake Placid, New York, all day and night.
Team USA Recognition
On Sunday at NHL games in Philadelphia and Minnesota, select members of the gold-medal winning 2015 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team will be honored. The squad earned the gold medal in early January at the 2015 IIHF U18 Women's World Championship in Buffalo, New York. Additionally, the PBS documentary Ice Warriors: USA Sled Hockey, featuring the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team, will air on NBCSN tomorrow (Feb. 17) following the NHL tilt between Buffalo and New Jersey.
CCM "Tacks Are Back" Sweepstakes
Now through Feb. 22, fans can enter the Hockey Weekend Across America "Tacks Are Back" Sweepstakes to win one of three grand prizes, each including a hockey stick, helmet/facemask combo, hockey bag and skates. In addition to the grand prize winners, three lucky fans will receive a CCM hockey stick and 30 winners will collect a USA Hockey hat. VisitHockeyWeekendAcrossAmerica.com and click "Sweepstakes" in the top menu to enter.
OFFICIALS IN ON ACTION
At 18 NHL games in American cities during Hockey Weekend Across America, two young officials will have the chance to meet the NHL officials working the particular contest prior to the game and then stay to watch those NHL officials in action.
SIRIUS/XM NHL Network Radio
As part of the Hockey Weekend Across America celebration, Sirius/XM's Hockey This Morning and Power Play shows will interview a prominent figure in American hockey for five straight days beginning today. A full list of guests appears below.
 Sirius/XM NHL Network Radio
Hockey Weekend Across America Programming
Hockey This Morning and Power Play on Sirius/XM NHL Network Radio
Hockey This Morning with hosts Mike Ross and Mick Kern
XM 218 / Sirius 211
Monday, Feb. 16, 9:25 a.m. ET
Angela Ruggiero, four-time Olympic medalist
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 9:25 a.m. ET
Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 8:45 a.m. ET
Josh Sweeney, 2014 Paralympic gold medalist and captain of the 2015 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team
Thursday, Feb. 19, 9:25 a.m. ET
Pat Kelleher, assistant executive director for development of USA Hockey
Friday, Feb. 20, 9:25 a.m. ET
Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey
Power Play with hosts Scott Laughlin and Matthew Barnaby at 5:30 p.m. ET
XM 218 / Sirius 211
Monday, Feb. 16
Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey
Tuesday, Feb. 17
Jack O'Callahan, member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team
Wednesday, Feb. 18
Reagan Carey, director of women's ice hockey for USA Hockey
Thursday, Feb. 19
John Harrington, member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team
Friday, Feb. 20
Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey
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 ... NHL Live, as part of Hockey Weekend Across America, will interview Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, on Wednesday and Dave Christian, member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team, on Friday ... For full information surrounding the weekend, clickhere ... Use the hashtag #HWAA on social media in association with the event.... Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive and Total Hockey are sponsors of Try Hockey for Free Day.


North Dakota Back to 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 #19

(First-place votes in parentheses)
RankSchoolLast Week's Rank2014-15 RecordWeeks in Top 15
1.University of North Dakota, 500 (25)320-6-319
2.Boston University, 448 (1)219-5-419
3.Minnesota State University, 423 (3)123-6-219
4.Michigan Tech University, 414 (5)524-7-114
5.University of Nebraska Omaha, 373417-8-313
6.Miami University, 358718-9-119
7.University of Minnesota Duluth, 324618-11-112
8.Bowling Green State University, 251818-7-511
9.University of Denver, 203916-10-215
10Quinnipiac University, 1741420-8-211
11.Boston College, 1601118-10-213
12.Providence College, 1321018-10-212
13.Harvard University, 1021313-8-310
14.Yale University, 92n/a15-7-34
15.University of Minnesota, 49n/a16-9-315
Others Receiving Votes: UMass Lowell, 25; Robert Morris University, 18; University of Michigan 15; University of Vermont, 12; Colgate University, 4; Northeastern University, 3.
Notes: A total of 21 schools received votes in this week's poll ... The National Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with five ranked schools. ECAC Hockey, the Hockey East Association and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association each have three apiece. The Big Ten Conference has one ranked school. ... 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 1801, the U.S. House of Representatives broke an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. Jefferson was elected president and Burr became vice president.

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Back in BC: Superman ready for next stop.

Hopson says 2015 CFL schedule suits Roughriders.

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

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On this date in 1933, Blondie Boopadoop married Dagwood Bumstead three years after Chic Young’s popular strip first debuted.

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Tampa, FL. -- Everything that's good about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defensive line starts and ends with Gerald McCoy.

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A new report says that after 130 years the Washington Monument is nearly 10 inches shorter than it was in its younger days. [And it’s also losing its hair.]

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Surprise, AZ. -- Dane Lund and KJ Harrison each recorded two hits Monday in Oregon State’s 5-2 loss to New Mexico at Surprise Stadium.

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On this date in 1947, The Voice of America began broadcasting to the Soviet Union.

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Jimmy is a good artist.

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as your son finishing a school project, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History:

1958 - 
The Elvis Presley movie "Jailhouse Rock" opened in the U.K. 

1958 - Production for the Elvis Presley movie "King Creole" began in New Orleans, LA. Filming was nearly impossible due to the large crowds in the streets. 

1960 - Elvis received his first gold record for "Elvis." 

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An Ohio school bust driver (Princeton School District) lost her job over a selfie. The now ex-employee appeared to be sipping a bottle of beer in the driver’s seat. At the time the selfie was taken, the driver was at the end of her route, with no children aboard the vehicle. But that didn’t do much to help her case: Both her employer and educational authorities have launched investigations.

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Today in Beatles History:

1975 - 
John Lennon released "Rock n' Roll." It was his last record before he left the music business for 5 years.

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A 67-year-old in Japan was arrested on Saturday for shoplifting after he pocketed two bars of chocolate. The man told police, “It was Valentine’s Day, and I have never once received chocolates on this day. I just really wanted something sweet.”

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Today in Sports History:

1924 - 
Swimmer Johnny Weissmuller set a world record in the 100-yard freestyle. He did it with a time of 57-2/5 seconds in Miami, FL. 

1943 - Joe DiMaggio (New York Yankees) joined the U.S. Army as a voluntary inductee. 

1962 - Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia Warriors) scored 67 points against St. Louis. 

1967 - Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia Warriors) scored the first of an NBA record 35 consecutive goals without a miss. 

1968 - The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opened in Springfield, MA. 

1979 - Jerry Sloan became the first player for the Chicago Bulls to have his number retired. He wore #4. 

2003 - Emmitt Smith (Dallas Cowboys) and owner Jerry Jones agreed that releasing Smith from the team was a "win-win situation." The formal announcement was made on February 27.  

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There’s going to be a Father Monster now. Lady Gaga got engaged to longtime boyfriend Taylor Kinney on Valentine’s Day and displayed her heart-shaped ring on Instagram on Monday. Gaga and Kinney met in 2011 on the set of the singer’s “You & I” music video. Kinney appears on the NBC drama Chicago Fire.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Anaheim Ducks 10:00pm EST

Thursday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Budweiser Duel #1 at Daytona International Speedway 7:00pm EST

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Budweiser Duel #2 at Daytona International Speedway 8:30pm EST

Friday --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Odessa Jackalopes 8:05pm EST

Saturday --

Nascar XFinity Series -- Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway 3:30pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Arizona Coyotes 8:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Odessa Jackalopes 8:05pm EST

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway 1:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Colorado Avalanche 7:00pm EST

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

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