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Remembe when you listen to this that the time was 1963 -- 50 years ago -- and the parlance of the era was a little different.
That said, please do enjoy former President JFK express his displeasure about Team USA Hockey losing 17-2 to Sweden in the World Hockey Championships. It's part of some previously unreleased audio recordings from his presidency, and it is terrific.
And as usual, check your smoke detector batteries as the Wolves' season begins.
The NCHC, the new league formed after the creation of Big Ten hockey and featuring six former members of the WCHA, announced Thursday it will use shootouts to add an extra point to conference games tied after a five-minute OT session.
“The conference office and our member institutions are committed to engaging our fans in ways that provide them excitement in our home venues,” said NCHC Commissioner Josh Fenton. “The use of a shootout at the conclusion of our standard overtime to determine an extra point within conference standings will make for an exciting race to determine the NCHC regular season champion. We are confident our passionate fans will enjoy this aspect of the game in similar ways to how it is embraced in the National Hockey League.”
All NCHC regular-season conference match-ups will feature a shootout should the game end in a tie at the conclusion of a five-minute overtime period. Any game that uses a shootout will be officially recorded as a tie within the overall record of each team. The Pairwise ranking will be calculated knowing the game was officially recorded as a tie.
The shootout will feature three shooters pre-selected by each team following the conclusion of overtime. The team that scores the most goals among the three shooters will be declared the winner. Should the shootout be tied at the conclusion of the initial three shooters, a sudden- death round with one shooter from each team will commence until a winner is declared. Goaltenders will remain on the same ends of the ice for the shootout as they were for the five-minute overtime period.
The Division-III MIAC also recently adopted a shootout system.
If you thought you had seen the last of the Fitzgerald triplets during their star turn in "Baby Geniuses," you were wrong. Very wrong. Deadspin has connected the dots from a press release sent out by the Victoria Grizzlies of the BC Hockey League: The very same triplets are now heading to Bemidji State to play hockey.
The Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL) are proud to announce the commitments of forwards Myles Fitzgerald, Leo Fitzgerald and Gerry Fitzgerald to the Bemidji State University Beavers for the 2014-15 season. The Fitzgeralds finished top 3 in scoring for the Grizzlies and will finish their final year of Junior Hockey in Victoria next season before heading to Bemidji to join fellow teammate DJ Jones.
The Fitzgeralds commented, "we are so excited to know we have the opportunity to advance our play at the next level for 4 years! And to remain together is fantastic. We Thank Coach Bestwick and Coach Didmon for their unconditional support and efforts on our behalf.".
All three had the same quote? Uncanny!
And yes, there was apparently a sequel to Baby Geniuses.
Gophers hockey ... Gophers men's hoops ... Vikings ... Timberwolves ... Lynx ... Wild (if/when) ... Gophers football ... even Twins intrigue. And more. We figure 2013 has the potential to be fairly decent around here. Your question as we depart for the year: Which team are you most looking forward to watching in 2013?
Also: Which RandBall commenter is most likely to get arrested tonight?