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Archive for March 19th, 2018

NHL Morning Skate for Monday, March 19, 2018: Tampa Bay becomes first Eastern Conference team to clinch playoff spot; Update on Art Ross and Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy candidates

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SUNDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

COLORADO 5, Detroit 1

VEGAS 4, Calgary 0

TAMPA BAY 3, Edmonton 1

Carolina 4, NY ISLANDERS 3

PHILADELPHIA 6, Washington 3

St. Louis 5, CHICAGO 4 (OT)

WINNIPEG 4, Dallas 2

ANAHEIM 4, New Jersey 2

 

KUCHEROV HELPS LIGHTNING CLINCH FIRST PLAYOFF SPOT IN EAST

Nikita Kucherov scored twice to extend his lead in the Art Ross Trophy race and help the Lightning (49-19-4, 102 points) become the first Eastern Conference team to clinch a berth in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* The Lightning, who improved to 10-2-1 in their last 13 games, will make their fourth postseason appearance in the past five years and 10th in franchise history. Tampa Bay’s last playoff berth was in 2016 when they reached the Eastern Conference Final, falling in Game 7 to the eventual Stanley Cup-champion Penguins.

 

* Tampa Bay held first place in the NHL for more than 90% of the season before being surpassed by Nashville on March 13. The Lightning now sit two points back of the Predators in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy as they aim to become just the second team in the past 81 years to finish with the League’s best record after missing the playoffs the previous season (NYR in 1993-94).

 

* Kucherov boosted his League-leading point total to 36-57—93 to open a four-point lead in the scoring race. Only one Lightning player has ever won the Art Ross Trophy: Martin St. Louis in 2004 (38-56—94) and 2013 (17-43—60).

 

ANOTHER THREE-POINT GAME HELPS MacKINNON’S ART ROSS PUSH

Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon (2-1—3) registered his 13th three-point performance of the season – tops in the NHL – to power his club to victory and gain ground in the tightly-contested Art Ross Trophy race, where only four points separate the NHL’s top four producers.

* MacKinnon extended his point streak to 12 games (13-11—24) – one shy of his career high – as the Avalanche improved to 7-1-3 in their last 11 contests. Colorado opened a two-point lead for the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.

 

* The Avalanche forward paces all players with 1.39 points per game in 2017-18. The last Colorado player to finish with a higher points per game (min. 50 GP) was Peter Forsberg in 2002-03 (1.41 P/GP), when he won the Art Ross Trophy.

 

* MacKinnon’s 89 points are the most by an Avalanche player since 2006-07 (Joe Sakic: 36-64—100), while his 38 goals are the most since 2002-03 (Milan Hejduk: 50).

 

LAINE PULLS EVEN WITH OVI IN BATTLE FOR “ROCKET” RICHARD TROPHY

Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine scored his 42nd and 43rd tallies of the season to move into a share of the League lead in goals and help the Jets (43-19-10, 96 points) equal their franchise record for wins in a season. The club also recorded 43 wins as the Thrashers in 2006-07 and as the Jets in 2014-15. Winnipeg ranks second in the Central Division.

* Laine, who will celebrate his 20th birthday on April 19, extended his franchise-record point streak to 15 games (18-8—26) – the longest by a teenager in NHL history. He has 12 goals in March (9 GP), two shy of the club record for any calendar month (with six games remaining).

 

* Laine is tied with Washington’s Alex Ovechkin for the most goals in the League in 2017-18 and can become the first teenager in NHL history to conclude a season leading the League outright in goals. Overall, seven players have at least 38 goals in 2017-18.

 

* The last time at least seven players were within five goals of the League lead during the final three weeks of the season was 2003-04, when Rick NashJarome Iginla and Ilya Kovalchuk eventually finished with 41 goals apiece.

 

KARLSSON’S NATURAL HAT TRICK POWERS GOLDEN KNIGHTS

William Karlsson scored three consecutive goals in the second period to record his second hat trick of the season and power the Pacific Division-leading Golden Knights (46-21-5, 97 points) past the Flames (35-28-10, 80 points).

 

* Karlsson (39-26—65), who also scored three goals on Dec. 31 (3-1—4 vs. TOR), became the 11th player in the NHL’s expansion era (since 1967-68) to record multiple hat tricks while playing for a team in its inaugural season – and just the eighth with a natural hat trick. He ranks fourth in the League with 39 goals, one shy of becoming the eighth player in NHL history to score 40 goals for a team in its inaugural season.

Marc-Andre Fleury (42 saves) earned his 48th career shutout and 401st career victory, tied with Chris Osgood for 12th place on the NHL’s all-time wins list.

 

BLUES RALLY PAST BLACKHAWKS TO KEEP PLAYOFF HOPES ALIVE

Alex Pietrangelo (1-3—4) tied the game with 1:22 remaining in regulation and Patrik Berglund scored in overtime to power the Blues (39-28-5, 83 points) to a 4-1-0 record in their last five games. St. Louis moved within one point of Los Angeles (39-27-6, 84 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference standings.

 

* Pietrangelo recorded at least three points for the second straight game (2-1—3 on March 17 vs. NYR) and became the second defenseman in franchise history to do so, joining Rob Ramage (1987-88).

* Meanwhile, Vince Dunn (1-3—4) became the fourth rookie defenseman in franchise history to record four points in a game and first since Rik Wilson on Jan. 16, 1982 (0-4—4 vs. CHI).

 

* Pietrangelo and Dunn became the first defensemen in franchise history to record at least four points apiece in a game. In fact, they were just the eighth pair in NHL history to do so and first since Kings defensemen Paul Coffey (0-5—5) and Rob Blake (2-2—4) on Jan. 26, 1993 vs. SJS.

 

VORACEK REACHES 60-ASSIST MARK IN FLYERS VICTORY

Jakub Voracek (1-1—2) collected his 60th assist of 2017-18 to help the Flyers (37-25-11, 85 points) defeat the Capitals (41-24-7, 89 points) and move within four points of them for first place in the Metropolitan Division.

 

* Voracek became just the third Flyers player in the past 20 years (since 1997-98) to reach the 60-assist mark in a season, joining Mark Recchi (63 in 1999-00) and Claude Giroux (65 in 2011-12). Only two Flyers have reached the 70-assist mark in a season: Bobby Clarke (89 in 1974-75 and 1975-76) and Recchi (70 in 1992-93).

 

MONTOUR SCORES ANOTHER GAME WINNER AS DUCKS CLIMB PACIFIC

Brandon Montour scored his fifth game-winning goal of the season to help the Ducks (37-24-12, 86 points) pick up their third straight win and leapfrog Los Angeles (39-27-6, 84 points) for third place in the Pacific Division.

 

* Montour moved into a tie with Tampa Bay’s Mikhail Sergachev and St. Louis’ Alex Pietrangelo for the most game-winning goals among defensemen this season. He also matched the franchise record for most in a season by a blueliner, a mark set Oleg Tverdovsky in 1999-00 and matched by Niclas Havelid in 2002-03.

 

DeBRINCAT SCORES THIRD HAT TRICK OF THE SEASON

Blackhawks forward Alex DeBrincat (3-0—3) scored his third hat trick of the season to boost his goal total to 25, trailing only Vancouver’s Brock Boeser (29) for the most among rookies in 2017-18.

 

* DeBrincat (Farmington Hills, Mich.) passed Steve Larmer (2) for the most hat tricks by a rookie in franchise history and became the second U.S.-born rookie in NHL history to score three in a season.

 

* There have been 67 total hat tricks in 2017-18. The last season to finish with more than 67 hat tricks was 2010-11, when there were 76 performances of at least three goals.

QUICK CLICKS

 

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· Facts and Figures: Keith Kinkaid excelling for Devils

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

NHL announces ‘Three Stars of the Week’: Blues’ Pietrangelo, Avs’ MacKinnon & Maple Leafs’ McElhinney

Alex Pietrangelo in action 2014 photo by Resolute - Own work via wikipedia commons

 

Nathan MacKinnon on ice 2014 photo By Lisa Gansky from New York, NY, USA - IMG_7418, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Curtis McElhinney (courtesy Toronto)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK (March 19, 2018) – St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon and Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Curtis McElhinney have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 18.

 

FIRST STAR – ALEX PIETRANGELO, D, ST. LOUIS BLUES

Pietrangelo led the NHL with 3-6—9 in four games to power the Blues (39-28-5, 83 points) to a 3-1-0 week and within one point of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. He collected two assists in a 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks March 12 before being held off the scoresheet in a 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche March 15. Pietrangelo bounced back with 2-1—3, his fifth career three-point performance, in a 4-3 overtime win against the New York Rangers March 17. He then set a career high with 1‑3—4, highlighted by the tying goal with 1:22 remaining in regulation and an assist on the overtime winner, in a 5-4 triumph versus the Chicago Blackhawks March 18. In doing so, Pietrangelo became the second defenseman in Blues history to record consecutive three-point games (also Rob Ramage: Dec. 26-27, 1987). The 28-year-old King City, Ont., native shares first place among NHL blueliners with 15 goals and ranks 10th among League defensemen with 50 points in 68 outings this season (15-35—50).

 

SECOND STAR – NATHAN MacKINNON, C, COLORADO AVALANCHE

MacKinnon paced the NHL with six goals and ranked second with eight points (6‑2—8) in four games as the Avalanche (39-25-8, 86 points) went 3-1-0 to climb into the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. He scored one goal in a 5-1 victory against the Minnesota Wild March 13. MacKinnon then registered 2-1—3, including his League-leading 11th game-winning goal of the season (tied with Calgary’s Sean Monahan), in a 4-1 triumph over the St. Louis Blues March 15. He added one goal in a 4-2 loss to the Nashville Predators March 16 before capping the week with 2-1—3, his League-best 13th three-point effort of the campaign, in a 5-1 victory against the Detroit Red Wings March 18. The 22-year-old Halifax, N.S., native paces the NHL with 1.39 points per game and ranks third overall with 38-51—89 in 64 contests this season, highlighted by 13-11—24 during an active 12-game point streak.

 

THIRD STAR – CURTIS McELHINNEY, G, TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

McElhinney went 3-0-0 with a 1.57 goals-against average, .955 save percentage and one shutout as the Maple Leafs (43-22-7, 93 points) posted a perfect week to move within two wins of matching the single-season franchise record (reached in 1998-99, 1999-00 and 2003-04). He made 13 saves in relief and added two shootout stops in a 6‑5 victory over the Dallas Stars March 14. McElhinney then turned aside 38 shots in a 5-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres March 15. He closed the week with 33 saves for his eighth career shutout in a 4-0 triumph over the Montreal Canadiens March 17. The 34-year-old London, Ont., native owns a 10-4-1 record with a 2.09 goals-against average, .935 save percentage and three shutouts in 16 appearances this season.

 

### (3/19/18)

 

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

 

NHL updated Coach’s Challenge Tracker

 

A list of all challenges through games played March 18

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

239 Coach’s Challenges | 149 upheld | 90 overturned

· 151 for goalie interference | 104 upheld | 47 overturned (41 to “no goal” / 6 to “goal”)

· 20 initiated by Situation Room for goalie interference | 15 upheld | 5 overturned

· 54 for offside | 18 upheld | 36 overturned (all to “no goal”)

· 14 initiated by Situation Room for offside | 12 upheld | 2 overturned (all to “no goal”)

 

ATLANTIC DIVISION   METROPOLITAN DIVISION
Team Requested Opposing Team Requested Opposing
Boston 8 7 Carolina 6 3
Buffalo 2 8 Columbus 6 5
Detroit 13 8 New Jersey 3 9
Florida 10 7 NY Islanders 8 2
Montreal 4 9 NY Rangers 8 8
Ottawa 7 8 Philadelphia 8 5
Toronto 5 13 Pittsburgh 5 12
Tampa Bay 5 8 Washington 3 8

 

CENTRAL DIVISION   PACIFIC DIVISION
Team Requested Opposing Team Requested Opposing
Chicago 5 7 Anaheim 4 6
Colorado 7 13 Arizona 9 4
Dallas 5 7 Calgary 5 6
Minnesota 11 12 Edmonton 2 7
Nashville 5 13 Los Angeles 9 13
St. Louis 7 3 San Jose 9 6
Winnipeg 9 4 Vancouver 7 8
      Vegas 10 10

*Requested column does not include challenges initiated by Situation Room

 

SITUATION ROOM INITIATED CHALLENGES – 34

In the final minute of play in the third period and at any point in overtime (regular season and playoffs), Hockey Operations initiates the review of any scenario that would otherwise be subject to a Coach’s Challenge. This process has been initiated for the following teams:

 

Atlantic: Boston (2), Buffalo (2), Detroit (3), Florida, Montreal, Tampa Bay

Metropolitan: Carolina (2), Columbus, New Jersey, NY Islanders (3), NY Rangers, Philadelphia, Washington

Central: Dallas, Nashville (2), Winnipeg

Pacific: Anaheim, Arizona (4), Calgary (2), Edmonton, San Jose, Vancouver

 

OVERTURNED

Teams to either have their goal taken down or counted based on a challenge of any sort.

 

Call changed from “goal” to “no goal” – 84
Atlantic: Boston (2), Buffalo (2), Detroit (3), Florida, Montreal (5), Ottawa (4), Tampa Bay (2), Toronto (4)

Metropolitan: Carolina (2), Columbus (2), New Jersey (2), NY Rangers (2), Philadelphia (2), Pittsburgh (4), Washington

Central: Chicago (2), Colorado (6), Dallas (3), Minnesota (6), Nashville (2), Winnipeg (4)

Pacific: Anaheim (3), Arizona, Calgary (3), Edmonton (5), Los Angeles (6), San Jose (3), Vancouver, Vegas

 

Call changed from “no goal” to “goal” – 6

Atlantic: Boston, Detroit, Florida, Ottawa
Metropolitan: Philadelphia
Central:
Pacific:
Calgary

 

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

 

 

NFL announces Speakers Bureau at USC’s Annenberg School featuring 30 current and former players

 

 

USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism 2007 photo By Bobak Ha'Eri - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

3/19/18

 

USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism to host three-day public speaking and digital storytelling program


Thirty current and former NFL players will take part in the first annual NFL Speakers Bureau in Los Angeles from March 19-21. Chicago Bears LB SAM ACHO, New York Jets LB JOSH MARTIN, and Carolina Panthers WR TORREY SMITH are among the players participating in the three-day program.

NFL Player Engagement collaborated with the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California (USCAnnenberg) to develop this year’s curriculum, which focuses on strategic approaches to effective public speaking and digital storytelling. Throughout the week, panels composed of USC Annenberg faculty, NFL executives and mass media professionals will instruct and demonstrate techniques designed to strengthen the presentation skills of each participant.

“The NFL Speakers Bureau provides players with the opportunity to learn and develop fundamental skills in fields of public motivational speaking and brand marketing,” said ARTHUR MCAFEE, Senior Vice President of NFL Player Engagement. “USC’s Annenberg School of Communication brings together experienced faculty and industry experts to educate players on the business of public speaking, developing their message and delivering their story.”

The inaugural strategic communication education program includes the following sessions: “Communicating Race, Gender and Justice,” “Public Speaking: Inspiring, Influencing and Persuading,” and “The Playbook for Successful Storytelling“, as well as a number of sessions focused on digital storytelling and social media.

“We’re excited to offer NFL athletes the opportunity to immerse themselves in an engaging and practical curriculum developed and led by our outstanding faculty,” said WILLOW BAY, Dean of USC Annenberg. “We know the players will benefit from our expertise in sports media, branding, strategic public relations, public speaking and digital communication.”

The Speakers Bureau is one of several career and professional development programs NFL Player Engagement offers to current and former players and their families. More than 25 players and their significant others took part in the fourth annual NFL Personal Finance Camp, where they gained an in-depth understanding of the financial world and established habits that will help maintain long-term financial stability.

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About NFL Player Engagement

NFL Player Engagement assists players in reaching their highest potential on and off-the-field with guidance, support, and resources provided before, during, and after their NFL experiences. NFL Player Engagement works with three core audiences: Prep, Life, and Next. NFL Life (current players) and NFL Next (former players) reach more than 2,000 NFL players and spouses each year through a variety of programs and services focused on career development, financial and continuing education, as well as personal, psychological, and physical wellness. NFL Prep provides high-school and college student-athletes of all sports with tools to help them succeed in life, focused on awareness, prevention, and education. More information can be found at www.nflplayerengagement.com

About the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Located in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is an international leader in education and scholarship in the fields of communication, journalism, public diplomacy and public relations. With an enrollment of approximately 2,500 students, USC Annenberg offers doctoral, graduate and undergraduate degree programs, as well as continuing development programs for working professionals, across a broad scope of academic inquiry. The school’s comprehensive curriculum emphasizes the core skills of leadership, innovation, service and entrepreneurship and draws upon the resources of a networked university in a global urban environment.

USC Annenberg offers more than 15 sports-related courses across the communication, journalism and public relations fields, including two sports minors: sports media industries and sports media studies. In addition, USC Annenberg offers an annual, experiential Maymester program that allows top-performing students to explore the vast array of professional opportunities in sports and sports media industries in Los Angeles, as well as at media, communication and technology companies in New York City and the Bay Area. With 11 professional sports teams, Los Angeles is the second-largest media market in the country and a vibrant recreational athletics and fitness culture.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Taylor Kielpinski-Rogers, NFL; Emily Cavalcanti, USC Annenberg; COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ANNENBERG SCHOOL FOR COMMUNICATIONS & JOURNALISM

 

Cleveland Indians announce youth summer baseball camps registration is now open

 

Eight five-day camps held at Northeast Ohio parks

 

Indians Youth Baseball Summer Camps, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s, is now open. Each camp is five days long and runs 9AM-3PM and is offered for kids ages 6-12.

The camp schedule includes:
· June 4-8: Twinsburg, Ohio at Liberty Park
· June 11-15: Independence, Ohio at Elmwood Park
· June 18-22: Avon Lake, Ohio at Weiss Park
·   June 25-29: Mentor, Ohio at Garfield Park
· July 9-13: Strongsville, Ohio at Volunteer Park
·   July 16-20: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio at Keyser Park
·   July 23-27: Cleveland Heights, Ohio at Forest Hills Park
·   July 30-Aug. 3: Independence, Ohio at Elmwood Park

Our professional staff tailors instruction to all campers, no matter age or skill level – no prior league playing experience is necessary. All campers will receive an Indians shirt and hat, Indians Youth Baseball workbook and a voucher for two tickets to see the Indians play on Indians Youth Baseball Camp Reunion night on Sunday, September 16. Parents will also receive a free online coaching course from the Positive Coaching Alliance.

Camp pricing is:
· Indians Youth Baseball Summer Camp – $225

Progressive Field of Dreams Camp
The Progressive Field of Dreams Camp is back for 2018 and has already sold out. The camp allows young baseball and softball players to take part in drills and instruction on the same field as the Indians play, and it takes place Aug. 13-17 from 9AM-3PM and Aug. 17 from 9AM-Noon. On Friday, Aug. 17, kids will enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of Progressive Field, play catch on the field with a parent/guardian (weather permitting), and take part in a Q & A autograph session with a current Indians player or coach. All campers will receive an Indians jersey and hat, Indians Youth Baseball workbook, personalized photo with Progressive Field background and a voucher for two tickets to see the Indians play on Indians Youth Baseball Camp Reunion night on Sunday, September 16. Parents will also receive a free online coaching course from the Positive Coaching Alliance.

Advanced Development Camp
The Advanced Development Hitting Camp gives players the ultimate development experience with a focus on improving physical, fundamental and mental aspects of the game. The camp takes place on July 30-Aug. 3 at Elmwood Park in Independence, OH and runs from 9AM-3PM. This camp is offered for players ages 11-14 at the price of $275 per player who are serious about taking their game to the next level. All campers will receive four days of on-field instruction, a half-day visit to Progressive Field on FOX Sports charter bus, a meet and greet with a current Indians player, pizza from Papa John’s, an Indians hat and dri-fit shirt and a voucher for two (2) tickets to an Indians game.

All camps and Coaching Series once again will be led by Cleveland native and former Major League Baseball player, Matt Kata and are designed to focus on developing basic fundamental skills and knowledge of the game, positive character traits, and strengthening the love for the game and the Cleveland Indians.

For more information, visit www.indians.com/youthbaseball.

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY INDIANS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

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