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Colorado Avalanche shakes up front office

(courtesy Colorado Avalanche)

The Colorado Avalanche has shaken up its front office, with Pierre Lacroix resigning as team president after 18 years on the job and two Stanley Cup titles.

Lacroix will stay on as an adviser.

Lacroix was pivotal in relocating the team from Quebec to Denver. He was the main architect of the 1996 and 2001 Stanley Cup Championship teams.

Replacing Lacroix will be Josh Kroenke.

Former Avalanche team captain Joe Sakic is also being promoted to executive vice president of hockey operations.

2012 NASCAR HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE: Richie Evans, National NASCAR modified champion

 

Richard Ernest Evans, known to his racing counterparts and friends as Richie Evans. He was an American race car driver who won nine NASCAR National Modified Championships, including eight in a row from 1978 to 1985. The International Motorsports Hall of Fame lists this achievement as “one of the supreme accomplishments in motorsports”. Evans won virtually every major race for asphalt modifieds, most of them more than once, including winning the Race of Champions three times.. Evans was elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame on June 14, 2011. As one of the Class of 2012, Richie will be one of the Hall’s first 15 inductees, and is the first Hall of Famer from outside NASCAR’s premier series.

Evans left his family’s farm at age 16 to work at a local garage in Rome, New York. After he found early success in street racing, then became a winner in drag racing, an associate suggested he try building a car to race at the nearby Utica-Rome Speedway. He ran his first oval-track car, a 1954 Ford Hobby Stock numbered PT-109 (after John F. Kennedy’s torpedo boat in World War II, in 1962. He advanced to the Modifieds, the premier division, in 1965, winning his first feature in the season’s final night.

 

In 1973, Evans became the NASCAR National Modified Champion. In 1978, the “Rapid Roman” won a second title and did not relinquish his crown during the next seven years. Evans took over four hundred feature race wins at racetracks from Quebec to Florida before he was killed in a crash at Martinsville Speedway in 1985 while practicing for the Winn-Dixie 500 tripleheader in late 1985 (three races in one day — a 200-lap Modified race, a 200-lap Busch Series race, and a 100-lap Late Model race). Before his fatal crash, Evans had clinched NASCAR’s inaugural Winston Modified Tour (now known as Whelen Modified Tour championship.

 

In 1982, NASCAR created the Whelen All-American Series, then known as the Winston Racing Series, to reward successful short-track racers and to provide incentives for them to support their local weekly short tracks, known now as NASCAR Home Tracks. A region-based series when Evans competed (now an international series, based on individual state and provincial champions), Evans won the Northeast Region championship all four years that he competed in it, from 1982 through 1985, but did not win the national championship.

 

Richie Evans won 28 championships at 11 different tracks in 4 states.

 

Evans was born July 23, 1941 and died October 24, 1985.

Richie Evans at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida in 1985 (photo by Kenny via wikipedia commons)

 

 

 

Info compiled from NASCAR, Radio, TV & Wikipedia

Former Jacket Beauchemin gets new contract with Ducks

 

Francois Beauchemin (NHL photo)

The Anaheim Ducks have signed former Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Francois Beauchemin to a three-year contract extension.

Beauchemin, who was in the Sergei Federov trade, signed a new deal worth $10.5 million.

The 31-year-old Beauchemin has six goals and 12 assists this season. he is in his seventh full NHL season, and played a few games with the Jackets in 2005.

The 6’0, 214-pounder has also played with Montreal and Toronto.

In 409 NHL games, the Quebec native has scored 31 goals with 102 assists for 133 points.

 

Info compiled from Anaheim Ducks, NHL, Radio & TV news

 

Hejduk agrees to one-year deal with Colorado

 

Milan Hejduk (file photo)

35-year-old Milan Hejduk and the Colorado Avalanche have agreed to a one-year contract for $2.6 million according to published reports.

The star forward is one of the top scorers in franchise history.

Hejduk scored 22 goals and had 56 points this season, his 12th with the Avalanche. He tied Joe Sakic’s franchise record by scoring 20 or more goals for the 11th straight season.

Hejduk was considering retirement but decided to come back after Colorado finished with its fewest wins (30) and points (68) since moving from Quebec in 1995.

 

compiled from staff, Radio, TV & Colorado Avalanche news

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR FRIDAY DECEMBER 31, 2010: Almanac & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Friday December 31, the 365th and final day of 2010.

2010 is gone! (By OCAL courtesy of Clker.com)

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS ON THIS DATE

* On December 31, 1775, during the Revolutionary War, the British repulsed an attack by Continental Army Generals Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold at Quebec; Montgomery was killed.

* In 1879, Thomas Edison first publicly demostrated his electric incandescent light in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

* In 1946, President Harry S. Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II.

* In 1970, Paul McCartney filed a lawsuit in London’s High Court against his fellow Beatles to officially dissolve their partnership.

* In 1985, singer Rick Nelson, actor from the TV show, Ozzie & Harriet, at age 45, and six other people were killed when fire broke out aboard a DC-3 that was taking the group to a New Year’s Eve performance in Dallas.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Donna Summer is 62 today (photo by Shawn Zehnder Lea via Wikipedia Commons)

73 ANTHONY HOPKINS, actor.

67 BEN KINGSLEY, actor.

62 DONNA SUMMER, born LaDonna Adrian Gaines, “Queen of Disco” & pop singer.

51 VAL KILMER, actor.

47 SCOTT IAN, rock musician.

45 NICHOLAS SPARKS, author.

38 JOE McINTYRE, pop singer from the group, New Kids on the Block.

31 BOB BRYAR, rock musician.




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