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Empty Netter Assists - Bishop questionable for Game 5 - 06-13-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Happy 59th birthday to former Penguins forward Blair Chapman (right). The team's first-round pick in 1976, Chapman spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. Appearing in all 80 of the team's games in 1976-77, Chapman recorded 37 points as a rookie. During that spring's postseason, he contributed two points in three games. In 1977-78, he hit the 20-goal mark for the first time by scoring 24 goals and 44 points in 76 games. After recording 18 points in 71 games during the 1978-79 regular season, he scored one goal in seven postseason games that spring. Chapman was traded after one game in 1979-80 to the Blues in exchange for Bob Stewart. In 227 games with the Penguins, Chapman scored 99 points, 87th-most in franchise history. In 10 postseason games, he recorded four points.

-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins forward Randy Gilhen. Acquired in the 1989 offseason in a deal along with Jim Kyte and Andrew McBain in a deal which sent Randy Cunneyworth, Rick Tabaracci and Dave McLlwain to the Jets, Gilhen spent two seasons in Pittsburgh. The 1989-90 season saw him play in 61 games and record 16 points. In 1990-91, Gilhen appeared in 72 games and set career highs in goals (15) and points (25). Gilhen played in 16 games that postseason, scored one goal and helped the franchise earn its first Stanley Cup title. In the 1991 offseason, he was claimed by the North Stars through the expansion draft. In 133 regular season games with the Penguins, Gilhen scored 41 points.

-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins forward Dave Roche. A third-round pick in 1993, Roche spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1995-96, Roche appeared in 71 games and recorded 14 points. In the 1996 postseason, Roche appeared in 16 games and contributed nine points. The 1996-97 season saw Roche appear in 61 games and record 10 points as well as a team-high 155 penalty minutes. After spending the entire 1997-98 campaign with Syracuse of the AHL, Roche was traded in the 1998 offseason to the Flames along with Ken Wregget in exchange for German Titov and Todd Hlushko. In 132 regular season games with the Penguins, Roche recorded 24 points.

-Happy 37th birthday to former Penguins forward Matt Bradley. Acquired at the 2003 trade deadline in a deal which sent Wayne Primeau to the Sharks, Bradley missed the rest of 2002-03 due to a broken wrist. In 2003-04, he appeared in all 82 games and scored 16 points. Following the 2004-05 lockout, he signed with the Capitals.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Lightning - Blackhawks

-Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop skipped Friday's practice due to an undisclosed injury.

-“It’s called home-ice advantage for a reason. And in these big games, we love to play them in front of our home fans.” - Lightning captain/forward Steven Stamkos on tonight's Game 5.

-“Everyone’s banged up. When you play this long — I think it’s 104 games, already — you’re going to be bumped up a little bit. But it doesn’t matter right now. It’s the Stanley Cup. There’s a maximum of three games left, and then you’ve got all summer to rest.” - Lightning forward Tyler Johnson.

Atlantic Division

-Maple Leafs defenseman Petter Granberg will be sidelined at least four months following surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon.

Central Division

-The Stars hired NBC broadcaster Dave Strader as their television play-b-play broadcaster.

Pacific Division

-The Coyotes were granted a restraining order against the city of Glendale, Ariz. in regards to the dispute over the lease at Gila River Arena.

(Photo: Penguins Hockey Cards)

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Eleven West Virginia players get preseason recognition from Athlon

Written by Craig Meyer on .

As the opening kickoff to the 2015 college football season slowly rolls closer, more and more publications are releasing preseason rankings and award recipients. The latest to do so is Athlon Sports, which included 11 West Virginia players among its preseason all-Big 12 honorees.

Highlighting the group are three Mountaineers -- linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, cornerback Daryl Worley and safety Karl Joseph -- who made the first team defense. Kicker Josh Lambert and punter Nick O'Toole were first-team specialists. No West Virginia player made the first team offense, but center Tyler Orlosky was a second-team honoree.

Below is a full list of Mountaineers who were honored:

First-Team Defense

LB Nick Kwiatkoski
CB Daryl Worley
S Karl Joseph

First-Team Specialists

K Josh Lambert
P Nick O’Toole

Second-Team Offense

C Tyler Orlosky

Third-Team Offense

RB Rushel Shell
WR Jordan Thompson
OG Adam Pankey

Fourth-Team Offense

RB Wendell Smallwood

Fourth-Team Defense

S Dravon Henry

 

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John Plante to head search committee for new AD

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Duquesne vice president for advancement John Plante will head the university’s search committee for a new athletic director, a school spokeswoman confirmed Friday.

No other members of the committee have been determined yet, but the university’s Board of Directors will be involved in the search throughout. It is not yet known whether school president Charles Dougherty, who will be retiring in June 2016, will be involved in the search, the spokeswoman said.

There is no timetable yet as to when the university would like to make an official hire.

Plante, who has been at Duquesne for over eight years, oversees all university fundraising – including capital campaigns -- alumni relations, public affairs and government relations.

The school has said that it will conduct a national search to replace Greg Amodio, who announced Wednesday that he would become the new athletic director at Quinnipiac University after nearly 10 full years at Duquesne. Amodio’s last day will be July 2.

Associate athletic director Phil Racicot was named the interim athletic director Wednesday.

 

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#SettingTheSEEN: Explore the Three Rivers Arts Festival

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

I absolutely love the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. I have been going for years and I am so amazed at how much it has changed and grown over time. This week on Setting the SEEN, Sara and I explore all the "unseen, unheard" artists and vendors. Be sure to stop by and soak up all the fun! Thank you to Boutique La Passerelle for dressing us in our "art festival chic" attire!

And until next time...we'll be seeing you!

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Empty Netter Assists - Dupuis given clearance - 06-12-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Penguins right winger Pascal Dupuis (above) has been given medical clearance to resume full contact practices. He has been sidelined since November due to a blood clot.

-Former Penguins defenseman Ric Jackman has joined the Braehead Clan of the United Kingdom's EIHL.

-Happy 51st birthday to former Penguins forward Doug Brown. A free agent signing in the 1993 offseason, Brown's only season in Pittsburgh saw him appear in 77 games and scored 55 points for 1993-94 Northeast Division champions. Early in the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season, he was claimed off waivers by the Red Wings.

Playoff Stuff
Lightning - Blackhawks

-Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop's (undisclosed injury) status is still up in the air.

-“I think we know we haven’t scored on the power play at the clip that we wanted to in this finals. Sometimes when you’re pressing, you’re not confident in taking a shot, make that extra pass, trying to get a nice goal. The old cliché, but when things aren’t going well, try to get more pucks to the net. I think we’re guilty of just trying to make that pretty pass.” - Lightning captain/forward Steven Stamkos (right) on the team's power-play which is only 1 for 11 this series.

-The Blackhawks' success in recent seasons has led to an increase in black hockey fans in Chicago.

-Lightning coach Jon Cooper played lacrosse at Duke.

-The NBA Final has outdrawn the Stanley Cup Final in local television ratings.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Hurricanes signed forward Lucas Wallmark, a fourth-round pick in 2014, to a three-year, entry-level contract.

-Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello is scheduled to participate in a charity game in Norway June 19. He has been sidelined due to a brain contusion he suffered April 24 after being struck in the head with a puck.

Atlantic Division

-What is Red Wings forward Dan Cleary's future as a pending unrestricted free agent?

Central Division

-The Blues do not plan on re-signing pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Barret Jackman. A first-round pick in 1999, Jackman (right) has played for the Blues since 2002.

-The Jets signed forward Chase De Leo, a fourth-round pick in 2014, to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Pacific Division

-What is the immediate future of the Coyotes after their lease agreement with Gila River Arena was canceled?

-The Coyotes' budget for hockey operations won't be impacted by the lease dispute.

-The Ducks revealed captain/forward Ryan Getzlaf played a portion of the postseason with a sports hernia. Additionally, forward Nate Thompson underwent shoulder surgery.

Patrick Division

-The NHL settled a lawsuit with fans over online video packages. As part of the settlement, fans will be permitted to purchase specialized packages for one team instead of the entire league. The Penguins were listed as a defendant in the lawsuit.

-The NHL and NHLPA are finalizing plans for a program which will help players plan life after their careers.

-Former Canadiens/Thrashers/Jets/Ducks forward Ben Maxwell has joined HK Sochi in Russia's KHL.

-Former Flyers/Oilers/Senators forward Ryan Potulny has joined Pelicans of Finland's Liiga.

(Photos: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images, Brian Blanco/Getty Images and Harry How/Getty Images)

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