Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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

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Today is February 24th, the 55th day of 2015. There are 310 days left in the year.

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Bruins center Krejci out 4-6 weeks with knee injury.

Melrose Minute: Look out, Kings have flipped switch.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Abe Vigoda (Barney Miller, Fish) is 94. Debra Jo Rupp (the mother on That ’70s Show) is 64. News correspondent Paula Zahn is 59. Billy Zane (Titanic) is 49.

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Tampa, FL. -- Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop had a challenge for designer Dave Gunnarsson: Create a goalie mask that had lightning on it.

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On this date in 1839, Mr. William S. Otis received a patent for the steam shovel.

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Aspen Institute Salutes USA Hockey/NHL in Sport for All Report
Ogrean, Bettman Featured Panelists at Wednesday's Project Play Summit in Washington, D.C.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Hockey's American Development Model received special recognition from The Aspen Institute in its recent Sport for All, Play for Life report, earning praise as an exemplary program for fostering participation, age-appropriate development and physical fitness in youth sports. The National Hockey League was also lauded for its role in support of youth hockey initiatives through its funding and partnership with USA Hockey.
The report is part of Project Play, an ongoing effort initiated by The Aspen Institute to encourage a culture of good health among youth in America. This Wednesday (Feb. 25), 300 leaders from across the country will convene in Washington, D.C., at the 2015 Project Play Summit to propel forward recommendations from the report. The event culminates an 18-month effort aimed at re-imagining youth sports in America to provide children with more access to play and more positive play experiences.
USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will be among the featured panelists at the Project Play Summit, which will be staged at the Newseum.
"We support the efforts of Project Play in bringing entities together to focus on avenues that will result in all children having the opportunity to play sports," said Ogrean. "It's important that all stakeholders involved look for ways to help reverse the trend of declining physical activity in our country."
The 2015 Project Play Summit will include leaders from eight key sectors: community recreation, national sport organizations, policymakers, education, public health, business and tech/media. The event will also feature several Olympians who will join Aspen Institute Executive Director Tom Farrey in launching the recommendations put forth in Sport for All, Play for Life.


North Dakota Still 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 #20

(First-place votes in parentheses)
RankSchoolLast Week's Rank2014-15 RecordWeeks in Top 15
1.University of North Dakota, 509 (33)122-6-320
2.Minnesota State University, 470323-6-220
3.Michigan Tech University, 427 (1)424-7-115
4.Boston University, 388219-6-520
5.Miami University, 370619-10-120
6.University of Minnesota Duluth, 361719-12-113
7.University of Denver, 281918-10-216
8.University of Nebraska Omaha, 265517-10-314
9.Quinnipiac University, 2171020-8-412
10Boston College, 2141118-10-314
11.Bowling Green State University, 140818-9-512
12.Yale University, 1301416-7-45
13.Providence College, 1101219-11-213
14.University of Minnesota, 581517-10-316
15.Harvard University, 391314-9-311
Others Receiving Votes: St. Cloud State University, 22; UMass Lowell, 21; St. Lawrence University, 18; University of Michigan, 13; Robert Morris University, 13; University of Vermont, 10; Colgate University, 4.
Notes: A total of 22 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 1857, The first shipment of perforated postage stamps was received by the U.S. Government.

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The Tampa Bay Juniors found themselves down by 3 goals midway through the second period in Fort Myers yesterday but refused to give in, coming back for a 6-5 double overtime win over the Florida Eels, winning their best of three Elite South Division playoff series 2 games to 1.

Tampa Bay took the lead early, as Raven Woodring scored from Trey Stern at 1:38, staking the Juniors to a 1-0 lead. The Eels would respond with four straight goals. Josh DeLezenne scored at 12:35, Martins Lavrov tallied a power play goal at 15:35, then Lucas Blomquist scored on the power play at 16:33, giving them a 3-1 lead after one.

In the second period, Shilo Vega scored a short handed goal at 1:55, for a 4-1 lead. Tampa Bay would then get their offense untracked with a pair of goals. Jared Goudreau scored from Brandon Goudreau and Christopher Astrom at 10:21, then Nick Mattone scored from Ryan Conery at 16:46, narrowing the deficit to 4-3. The Eels would regain a two-goal lead late in the middle period, as DeKezenne scored at 19:03, giving them a 5-3 lead after two.

The Juniors would score twice in the third. Jared Goudreau scored unassisted at 8:00 to draw Tampa Bay within one at 5-4. Then, with goaltender Michael Krch off for the extra attacker, Brandon Goudreau tucked one home in tight at 19:48. That tied the game and forced overtime.

After a scoreless first overtime, the team would proceed to a second extra session. Just about five and a half minutes in. The Juniors won a draw back to the right point. Connor Smith would blast one home from there for the deciding goal. The goal, coming at 5:39, capped the comeback and gave the Juniors the 6-5 win.

Tampa Bay outshot the Eels 44-38. Michael Krch made 33 saves for the Juniors, Max Kirkwood had 38 stops for the Eels. Tampa Bay went o-for-2 with a shorthanded goal against on the power play and 2-of-5 on the penalty kill.

The Elite playoffs continue this coming weekend in Ellenton, as the Juniors will host the Atlanta Junior Knights on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 27th, 28th and March 1st (if necessary) with times to be determined. The Empire playoffs, with Tampa Bay at the Florida Junior Blades in Estero. Game One is Friday, February 27th at 9:30pm EST, game two is Saturday, February 28th at 7:45pm EST and game three, if necessary, will be played Sunday, March 1st, with face off set for 5:30pm EST> Catch all the action on Fasthockey.com.


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On this date in 1863, Arizona was organized as a territory.

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Staying in Tiger Town: Gable signs extension with Cats.

Saskatchewan Roughriders free agent tryout camp schedule.

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

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Krispy Kreme is giving away doughnuts all day today (February 24) to celebrate the opening of its 1000th store location (in Kansas City, Kansas). Just pop into any Krispy Kreme store today — the offer isn’t valid at grocery or convenience stores — and, if you’re one of the first 1,000 customers, grab a free original glazed doughnut. | MORE INFO

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Tampa, FL. -- Despite all the baggage Jameis Winston brings to the table — and at a time when the NFL is looking to avoid anything that hints at baggage — the Tampa Bay Buccaneers seem certain to take the Florida State quarterback with the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft.

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NEW ON DVD - Released February 24

Big Hero 6
Whiplash
Horrible Bosses 2
Sons of Anarchy The Complete Series Giftset

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San Francisco, CA. -- Oregon State infielder KJ Harrison was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week on Monday, as announced by commissioner Larry Scott.

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On this date in 1938, the first nylon bristle toothbrush was made. It was the first time that nylon yarn had been used commercially.

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Look everybody, I lost another tooth!

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun winning a deciding game of a playoff hockey series, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History:

1957 - 
Elvis Presley recorded the song "Loving You." The song was released in June 1957 as a single with "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear." 

1962 - Elvis Presley's single for "Rock-A-Hula Baby" with the b-side "Can't Help Falling In Love" hit #1 in the U.K. 

1968 - Elvis Presley's single for "Guitar Man" hit #43 in the U.S. 

1992 - The U.S. Postal Service unveiled 2 versions of its proposed Elvis stamp for fans to vote on. The younger Elvis design won and was issued on January 8, 1993. 

1998 - The Elvis Presley compilation album "A Touch of Platinum" was released. 

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On this date in 1942, the Voice of America (VOA) aired for the first time.

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Today in Beatles History:

1943 - 
George Harrison was born in Wavertree, Liverpool. In 1992, Harrison stated, "I only learned recently after all these years that the date and time of my own birth have always been off by one calendar day and about a half hour on the clock." His birth certificate indicates February 25. 

1964 - The Beatles appeared for the 3rd time on "The Ed Sullivan Show." They appeared via tape. 

2002 - Paul McCartney dedicated an a cappella rendition of "Yesterday" to George Harrison during a tribute concert at Liverpool's Empire Theater.

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The latest site survey from eHarmony reveals that men who use the dating website are uninterested in women whose hobbies include “using the computer,” “volunteering,” “reading,” “watching TV,” and “going to the movies.” In short, men hate women whose hobbies include anything other than having sex with men.

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Today in Sports History:

1932 - 
Malcolm Campbell set a Daytona speed record when he went 253.96 mph. 

1937 - Lou Gehrig did a screen test for the role of Tarzan. Johnny Weissmuller eventually got the part. 

1980 - Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) became the first player in NHL history to score 100 points in a season before the age of 20. 

1980 - In Lake Placid, NY, the U.S. hockey team defeated Finland 4-2 to win the gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games. 

1982 - Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) scored his 77th goal of the season to break the NHL record of 76 held by Phil Esposito. Gretzky ended up with 92 goals for the season and 212 points. He was the first player to finish a season with more than 200 points. 

1987 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, of the Los Angeles Lakers, got his first three-point shot in the NBA. 

1993 - Steve Yzerman (Detroit Red Wings) scored his 1,000th career point. 

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A guy was thrown out of a Rhode Island bathroom by an explosion. Jeffery Oppenheim said, “It happened in an instant like getting hit by a cannon.” Oppenheim said he suffered only a bruised knee from the incident. The cause of the explosion is unclear.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks 7:30pm EST

USPHL Empire Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Junior Blades 9:30pm EST (Game 1)

Saturday --

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

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

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