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IndyCar Grand Prix National Anthem at IMS to be sung by group, Forever In Your Mind

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Press Release

Forever In Your Mind

Band Members Suit Up for High-Speed Thrill Ride in Long Beach

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – Billboard-charting pop group Forever In Your Mind will perform the national anthem before the start of the INDYCAR Grand Prix on Saturday, May 13 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Forever In Your Mind (FIYM), comprised of band members Ricky Garcia, Liam Attridge and Emery Kelly, has amassed more than 30 million video views from its self-titled debut EP released by Hollywood Records in 2016. The stylish trio also has sold out concerts nationwide and has a combined global reach of more than 2 million followers on social media.

The announcement was made via social media today, after the band members took a high-speed thrill ride through the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach course and met with Verizon IndyCar Series star Josef Newgarden of Team Penske.

“The harmonies of Forever In Your Mind will be on full display during their performance of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ before the INDYCAR Grand Prix,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “Fans of all ages will appreciate and enjoy their rendition, and we look forward to welcoming them to IMS at the start of the Greatest Month in Racing.”

Said FIYM’s Garcia: “We can’t wait to perform the national anthem at the Racing Capital of the World at the start of May. Jumping in an Indy car was seriously epic; these guys go fast and deal with a lot of pressure as they navigate a course. I think we’ll stick to singing for now, but it was awesome being a race car driver for a day!”

FIYM will be releasing new music next month. The new single shows the band’s growing musical maturity while continuing to feature its signature harmonies.

The band’s self-titled EP, which featured hit singles “Hurricane,” “Enough About Me” and “Compass,” spent 19 weeks on Billboard’s Next Big Sound chart. That success led to FIYM performing live on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and embarking on a cross-country winter tour last year with fellow Hollywood Records artist Olivia Holt.

FIYM’s lead role in Disney Channel’s “Road to the Roxy” led to a sold-out headline gig at L.A.’s famed Roxy nightclub in summer 2016. The band also presented at the Radio Disney Music Awards and participated in Flo Rida’s opening number at the 2016 Teen Choice Awards.

Television also was a catalyst for the formation of FIYM. Long Island, New York, native Kelly auditioned for the television talent competition, “X Factor,” in 2013, where he met Garcia, a Texas transplant living in Los Angeles. They became friends and formed FIYM, which became a trio when Kelly’s cousin Attridge moved from Long Island to Los Angeles.

Visit www.IMS.com to purchase tickets for the fourth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix on May 12-13 and the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 28, and for more information on the entire Month of May schedule at IMS. Kids 15 and under are free to all 2017 racing events at IMS when accompanied by an adult General Admission ticket-holder.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY COMMUNICATIONS

Starting with the April 2 game, Blue Jackets, Nationwide Arena to have new bag policy for games and events

Nationwide Arena (megasportsnews.com photo)

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  MARCH 28, 2017
COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus Blue Jackets and Nationwide Arena announced today the introduction of a revised policy regarding the size of bags that guests may bring into the arena for hockey games and special events. Permitted bags must measure no larger than 5”x8”x1” with exceptions allowed for guests that require a larger bag for medical or childcare needs. All permitted oversize bags will be subject to inspection. The new policy will be in effect beginning with the Sunday, April 2 hockey game when the Blue Jackets host the Washington Capitals at 6 p.m.“The move to small-bag or no-bag policies at sports venues is increasingly common and we feel that our guests will recognize the benefits of improved security screening and expedited entry,” said Blue Jackets Vice President of Communications & Team Services Todd Sharrock. “We’re introducing the new standards during our last couple regular-season games to allow fans to get used to the policy and prepare for the Stanley Cup playoff games ahead.”

For more information regarding the guest services and safety protocols at Nationwide Arena, including a list of frequently asked questions and a complete list of prohibited items, visit www.BlueJackets.com/GuestPolicies.

Tickets for all home games are currently available for purchase online at BlueJackets.com, Ticketmaster.com, or in person at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans may purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745‐3000.

 

NHL Morning Skate Report for Tuesday, March 28, 2017: Tampa Bay closing gap on Boston and Toronto in Atlantic Division

MONDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
Detroit 4, CAROLINA 3 (OT)
BUFFALO 4, Florida 2
Nashville 3, NY ISLANDERS 1
TAMPA BAY 5, Chicago 4 (OT)
ST. LOUIS 4, Arizona 1
CALGARY 4, Colorado 2

LIGHTNING MOUNT COMEBACK, CLOSE GAP IN EASTERN CONFERENCE
Jonathan Drouin (2-0—2) and Anton Stralman (1-1—2) combined for three goals in a span of 4:39 in the second period and Yanni Gourde scored the first overtime goal of his career (15 GP) to help the Lightning overcome a 4-1 deficit and earn their third straight victory.

* Tampa Bay (37-29-9, 83 points) moved within a point of Boston (39-30-6, 84 points) and two points of Toronto (35-24-15, 85 points) – whom they will visit on April 4 and 6, respectively – for third place in the Atlantic Division.

Nikita Kucherov (0-2—2) registered multiple points for the fifth straight game (7-4—11). Kucherov (38-42—80) has recorded career-highs in goals, assists and points, and moved into a share of fourth in League scoring with Brad Marchand (37-43—80). Elias notes that Kucherov is the first Lightning player with five straight multi-point games since Steven Stamkos accomplished the feat from Feb. 9 – March 2, 2010 (5-6—11 in 5 GP).

* Per Elias, Tampa Bay overcame a three-goal deficit to win for the first time since Nov. 6, 2011 (4-3 W vs. FLA).

Victor Hedman (0-3—3) recorded three assists for the fourth time this season to reach the 50-assist plateau for the first time in his career (15-50—65).

WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF RACE STAYS HOT
The Predators (39-25-11, 89 points), Flames (43-29-4, 90 points) and Blues (41-28-6, 88 points) all earned victories on Monday to keep pace in the Western Conference playoff race:

* Viktor Arvidsson (GWG) scored for the fifth time in his last six games as the Predators earned their fourth straight victory, moving within six points of the Wild (44-24-7, 95 points) for second place in the Central Division. Nashville will play Minnesota and St. Louis on April 1 and 2, respectively.

Sean Monahan matched a career-high with 1-3—4 to help the Flames remain two points ahead of the Blues for the first Wild Card position in the Western Conference. Brian Elliott (24 saves) improved to 14-1-1 in his last 16 decisions while Johnny Gaudreau (1-1—2) extended his point streak to five games (2-7—9).

Alexander Steen (0-4—4) recorded a career-high four assists while Jaden Schwartz (2-1—3) and Vladimir Tarasenko (1-2—3) each earned three points to help the Blues improve to 10-1-1 in their last 12 contests, keeping pace with the Predators as the teams battle for third place in the Central Division. Jake Allen improved to 8-1-1 in his last 10 decisions with a 1.39 goals-against average, .951 save percentage and two shutouts.

LOOSE PUCKS
Andreas Athanasiou scored his second overtime goal in as many games to help the Red Wings improve to 5-1-1 in their last seven contests . . . Jeff Skinner (1-0—1) scored to extend his goal and point streaks to six and seven games, respectively (8-2—10), while The Hurricanes (33-27-14, 80 points) extended their point streak to 11 games (7-0-4) . . . Sabres captain Brian Gionta scored the game-winning goal in his 1,000th NHL contest . . . Panthers forward Shawn Thornton (700) and Predators defenseman Roman Josi (400) also skated in milestone games . . . Coyotes forward Clayton Keller, a native of Chesterfield, Mo., made his NHL debut in his home state . . . Red Wings defenseman Dan Renouf also made his NHL debut . . . San Jose’s Micheal Haley was suspended one game for roughing Nashville’s Calle Jarnkrok . . . Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov, Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen and Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf were named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 26 . . . Renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris unveiled portraits of Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr as part of the NHL Centennial Celebration.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHL MORNING SKATE PUBLICATION

CBJ goalie Sergei Bobrovsky up for Bill Masterton Trophy

Sergei Bobrovsky in goal with CBJ By Michael Miller - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  MARCH 27, 2017
COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association has nominated Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, the club announced today. The award is given annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.Bobrovsky, 28, has set a club record and career high for wins this season, compiling a 40-13-5 record with a 1.99 goals-against average, .934 save percentage and seven shutouts in 58 games. He currently leads the NHL in wins, goals-against average and save percentage and is tied for second in shutouts. The Novokuznetsk, Russia native also made his NHL All-Star Game debut in January. The 2012-13 Vezina Trophy winner is 180-103-30 with a 2.44 GAA, .920 SV% and 19 SO in 325 career NHL games with Columbus and Philadelphia.

Last season, Bobrovsky missed 35 games due to injury and went 15-19-1 with a 2.75 GAA, .908 SV% and one SO in 37 games, which was his fewest number of appearances since joining the Blue Jackets prior to the 2012-13 season. In 2014-15, injuries cost him 23 games and an appearance in the 2015 NHL All-Star Game played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

The winner of the Masterton Trophy is selected by a poll of the 30 chapters of the PHWA at the conclusion of the regular season. The trophy was first presented by the NHL writers in 1968 in honor of the late Bill Masterton, a player for the Minnesota North Stars who exhibited the qualities for which the trophy embodies, and who died on Jan. 15, 1968. Last year’s winner was Dominic Moore of the New York Rangers. Previous Blue Jackets nominees for the award include: Kevin Dineen (2000-01 and 2001-02, finalist both years), Luke Richardson (2002-03), Manny Malhotra (2003-04), Duvie Westcott (2005-06), Fredrik Norrena (2006-07), Pascal Leclaire (2007-08), Raffi Torres (2008-09), Jared Boll (2009-10), Derek MacKenzie (2010-11), Curtis Sanford (2011-12), Vinny Prospal (2012-13) Nick Foligno (2013-14 and 2014-15) and Fedor Tyutin (2015-16).

The Blue Jackets return to action on Tuesday when they host the Buffalo Sabres. Game time from Nationwide Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, and online at BlueJackets.com.

Tickets for all home games are currently available for purchase online at BlueJackets.com, Ticketmaster.com, or in person at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans may purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745‐3000.

 

Bill Masterton Trophy (2005 photo by Kmf164 via wikipedia commons)

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

NHL Morning Skate Report for Monday, March 27, 2017: Ducks take over Pacific Division

SUNDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
DETROIT 3, Minnesota 2 (OT)
Dallas 2, NEW JERSEY 1 (OT)
Philadelphia 6, PITTSBURGH 2
WINNIPEG 2, Vancouver 1
ANAHEIM 6, NY Rangers 3

DUCKS CLAIM SOLE POSSESSION OF FIRST PLACE IN PACIFIC DIVISION
Ryan Getzlaf collected a season-high four assists to help the Ducks extend their point streak to seven games (6-0-1), including four straight wins. Anaheim (41-23-11, 93 points) moved ahead of idle San Jose (42-26-7, 91 points) and Edmonton (41-25-9, 91 points) to claim sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division.

* Getzlaf, who leads the Ducks with 14-52—66 this season, eclipsed the 50-assist mark for the seventh time in his NHL career (all w/ ANA) to extend his franchise record.

Patrick Eaves (27-18—45), who was acquired by the Ducks on Feb. 24, scored twice to extend his single-season career highs for goals and points.

Jonathan Bernier (25 saves) improved to 8-0-1 in his last nine appearances dating to March 7 (1.64 GAA, .944 SV%, 1 SO).

STARS, RED WINGS EARN OVERTIME WINS
The Stars and Red Wings each earned overtime wins to build on recent strings of success:

* Tyler Seguin scored a power-play goal 20 seconds into overtime as the Stars improved to 4-1-1 in their last six games. Seguin, who leads Dallas with 25-45—70 this season, has reached the 70-point mark for the fourth consecutive campaign.

* Detroit overcame deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 before Andreas Athanasiou scored on a breakaway in overtime to power the Red Wings to a 4-1-1 clip in their last six outings. Jimmy Howard (24 saves) improved to 13-3-3 in 19 career appearances vs. MIN.

LOOSE PUCKS
Six different skaters scored to help the Flyers (35-32-8, 78 points) move within six points of the final Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference . . . Mathieu Perreault collected 1-1—2 to extend his point streak to six games (4-6—10) and lead the Jets to their third consecutive home win . . . Rangers forward Rick Nash scored for a fourth consecutive game (4-0—4) . . . Devils defenseman Andy Greene skated in his 700th NHL game . . . Sharks forward Micheal Haley will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Monday for an incident involving Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok . . . Devils forward Blake Coleman (Plano, Texas), who played youth hockey in Dallas, scored the first goal of his NHL career (17 GP) against the Stars.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

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