Empty Netter Assists - Ten deep - 12-24-15

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-The Post-Gazette's annual look at the Penguins' top ten prospects.

-The Penguins are largely against larger nets.

-Happy 86th birthday to former Penguins coach George "Red" Sullivan. The franchise's first coach, he led the team to a 27-34-13 record during its inaugural season of 1967-68. In 1968-69, the team went 20-45-11. He was replaced in the 1969 offseason by Red Kelly. In 150 games with the Penguins, Sullivan had a 47-79-24 record for 118 points.

-Happy 30th birthday to former Penguins right winger Nick Johnson (right). A third-round pick in 2004, Johnson spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 2009-10, he saw action in six games and collected two points. During 2010-11, he appeared in four games and scored three points. In the 2011-12 preseason, he was claimed off waivers from the Wild. In 10 regular season games with the Penguins, Johnson scored five points. He is currently a member of Brynäs IF in Sweden's SHL.

-Happy 42nd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Shawn Heins. Acquired midway through the 2002-03 season in a trade which sent a draft pick to the Sharks, Heins' Penguins career amounted to 27 games and two points that campaign. In the 2003 offseason, Heins joined the Thrashers as a free agent.

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-With defensemen Kevin Klein (oblique), Dan Girardi (knee) and goaltender Antti Raanta (head) each on the verge of returning from injuries, the Rangers assigned goaltender Magnus Hellberg and defenseman Chris Summers to Hartford of the AHL.

-The Capitals assigned defenseman Connor Carrick to Hershey of the AHL.

Atlantic Division

-The Red Wings assigned defenseman Xavier Ouellet to Grand Rapids of the AHL.

-The Sabres have seen a slip in attendance figures this season.

Central Division

-The Blues assigned forward Jordan Caron to Chicago of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Oilers forward Connor McDavid (right) has resumed skating for the first time since suffering a broken clavicle Nov. 3.

-The Kings assigned forward Michael Mersch to Ontario of the AHL.

-The Coyotes signed forward Conor Garland, a fifth-round pick in this year's draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.

IIHF World Junior Championship

-The United States' roster for the IIHF World Junior championship was announced. Erie Otters forward Alex DeBrincat was included.

-Canada's roster for the tournament was announced. Erie Otters forward Dylan Strome was included.

Adams Division

-Canada's roster for the Spengler Cup was announced. Former Penguins forward Matt D'Agostini and defenseman Alexandre Picard are on the team.

-Former Canadiens/Canucks/Rangers/Flames defenseman Raphael Diaz has joined Zug in Switzerland's NLA.

-Former Flames/Coyotes/Senators forward Oleg Saprykin has joined Salavat Yulaev Ufa of Russia's KHL.

-Former Predators/Panthers defenseman Ville Koistinen has joined the SCL TIgers of the NLA.

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Complete all-state football teams

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Here are the Pennsylvania Football Writers All-State Teams for all four classifications. The teams were released over the past two days.

WPIAL and City League players are in bold.


Quarterback — Devante Cross, Parkland, 6-2, 190 Sr.; Phil Jurkovec, Pine-Richland, 6-4, 190 So.; Erik Benjamin, Manheim Township., 6-0, 210 Sr.; Brandon McIlwain, Council Rock North, 6-1, 195 Sr.Miles Sanders running
Running Back — Kyle Boney, Emmaus, 6-2, 222 Sr.; Miles Sanders, Woodland Hills, 5-11, 205 Sr. (PICTURED); Ronnie Jones, Central Catholic, 6-1, 190 Sr.; Will Blair, Landisville-Hempfield, 6-0, 195 Sr.; Isaiah Bruce, Upper Darby, 5-7, 182 Sr.
Wide Receiver — Kenny Yeboah, Parkland, 6-6, 220 Sr.; Jahan Dotson, Nazareth, 6-0, 154 So.; Tim Vecchio, Penn-Trafford, 5-10, 175 Sr.
Tight End — L.J. Wesneski, Wyoming Valley West, 6-3, 240 Sr.; Cary Angeline, Downingtown East, 6-7, 235 Sr.
Offensive Linemen — Noel Brouse, Parkland, 6-5, 265 Sr.; Michal Menet, Exeter Township., 6-5, 275 Sr.; Matt Hampson, Pine-Richland, 6-4, 245 Sr.; Shannon Dolan, Cumberland Valley, 5-11, 232 Sr.; Mike Clark, Downingtown East, 6-8, 280 Sr.
Athlete — Dante Dawson, DuBois, 6-2, 205 Sr.; Sean Judge, Wyoming Valley West, 5-8, 165 Jr.
Specialist — Connor Long, Cumberland Valley, 5-10, 175 Sr.

Defensive Linemen — Tucker Garner, Governor Mifflin, 6-2, 240 Sr.; Ross Stebbins, Williamsport, 5-10, 210 Jr.; Jaohne Duggan, Liberty, 6-3, 250 Jr.; Rashad Wheeler, Central Catholic, 6-3, 280 Sr.; Micah Parsons, Central Dauphin, 6-3, 235 So.
Linebacker — David Adams, Central Catholic, 6-2, 225 Jr.; Forrest Rhyne, Waynesboro, 6-1, 220 Jr.; Ike Schannauer, Wilson-West Lawn, 6-1, 250 Sr.; Jo-El Shaw, Woodland Hills, 6-2, 235 Sr.; Jack Lamb, Central Bucks East, 6-1, 220 Sr.
Defensive Back — Damar Hamlin, Central Catholic, 6-2, 190 Sr.; Therran Coleman, Brashear, 6-1, 180 Sr.; Jon Fox, Wilson-West Lawn, 6-0, 200 Sr.; Bricen Garner, Central Catholic, 6-2, 185 Sr.
Athlete — Khaleke Hudson, McKeesport, 6-0, 210 Sr.; Jahad Neibauer, Central Dauphin East, 5-11, 175 Sr.
Player of the Year — Brandon McIlwain, Council Rock North.
Coach of the Year — Terry Totten, Central Catholic.


Quarterbacks — Hunter Merritt, Conneaut, 6-1, 190, Sr.; Ben Moser, Susquehanna Township, 5-10, 180, Sr.; Anthony Russo, Archbishop Wood, 6-4, 225, Sr.; Tayvon Bowers, Bishop McDevitt, 6-2, 215, Jr.
Running Backs — Evan Culver, Saucon Valley, 5-10, 180, Sr.; Juvon Batts, Selinsgrove, 5-9, 184, Sr.; Levi Lorson, Jersey Shore, 5-9, 193, Sr.; Zane Dudek, Armstrong, 5-10, 180, Jr. (PICTURED); Mike Waters, Imhotep Charter, 5-10, 192, Sr.; Terence Stephens, West Allegheny, 6-1, 200, Sr.
Wide Receivers — Kobay White, Bishop McDevitt, 6-1, 195, Sr.; Henry Litwin, Conneaut, 6-1, 200, Sr.; Mark Webb, Archbishop Wood, 6-3, 190, Jr.; Bryce Hall, Bishop McDevitt, 6-3, 195, Sr.
Tight End — Naseir Upshur, Imhotep Charter, 6-4, 235, Sr.
Linemen — Ryan Solt, Wilkes-Barre Coughlin, 6-3, 285, Jr.; Yasir Durant, Imhotep Charter, 6-7, 330, Sr.; Johncarlo Valentin, Imhotep Charter, 6-5, 338, Sr.; Aaron Seigle, Susquehanna Township, 6-3, 280, Sr.; Kurt Stengel, Archbishop Wood, 6-4, 265, Sr.
Athletes — Collin Shank, Lampeter-Strasburg, 6-1, 215, Sr.; Alvin Pacheco, Allentown Central Catholic, 6-0, 190, Sr.

Linemen — Thor Balavage, Scranton Prep, 6-2, 240, Sr.; Dominick Covatto, Erie Cathedral Prep, 6-1, 283, Jr.; Shaka Toney, Imhotep Charter, 6-4, 220, Sr.; Bryce Charles, Jersey Shore, 6-0, 250, Sr.; Andre Mintze, Imhotep Charter, 6-4, 227, Sr.
Linebackers — Tyler Starfursky, Scranton Prep, 6-2, 230, Sr.; Matthew Bauer, Erie Cathedral Prep, 6-2, 205, So.; Matt Collins, Clearfield, 6-0, 205, Jr.; Wyatt Clements, Lehighton, 6-1, 210, Sr.; Christian Carvis, Saucon Valley, 6-0, 185, Sr.; Jerry Roberts, Erie Cathedral Prep, 5-11, 215, Jr.
Defensive Backs — Shawn Turber, Shikellamy, 6-0, 185, Sr.; Ryan Lezzer, Clearfield, 5-11, 180, Jr.; Exree Loe, Johnstown, 5-11, 195, Jr.
Athlete — Ta'Nauz Gregory, Erie Cathedral Prep, 5-7, 150, Sr.
Specialist — Derek Adams, Manheim Central, 5-11, 180, Sr.
Player of the Year — Mike Waters, Imhotep Charter.
Coach of the Year — Albie Crosby, Imhotep Charter.


Quarterback — Tre Jordan, Notre Dame-Green Pond, 6-1, 190 Sr.; Noah Benton, Martinsburg Central, 6-4, 169 Sr.; Nick Becker, Southern Columbia, 6-3, 190 Sr.; Andrew Tomko, Sharon, 6-4, 210 Sr.
Running Back — Hunter Hayes, South Fayette, 6-1, 195 Sr.; Kaezon Pugh, Aliquippa, 6-3, 217 Sr. (PICTURED); Garrett Murray, Dunmore, 6-0, 195 Sr.; Keith Batkowski, Montoursville, 5-8, 160 Sr.; Hunter Thomas, Southern Columbia, 5-10, 185 Jr.; Chuck Carr, Hickory, 5-8, 190 Jr.
Wide Receiver — Jassir Jordan, Aliquippa, 5-10, 165 Sr.; Zach Fry, Hughesville, 5-11, 175 Sr.; Ziyon Strickland, Sharon, 5-10, 170 So.
Offensive Linemen — Connor McGovern, Lake-Lehman, 6-5, 310 Sr.; Trevor Miller, Martinsburg Central, 6-1, 225 Jr.; Josh Yoder, Southern Columbia, 6-2, 250 Sr.; Dan Harrison, Loyalsock Township., 6-3, 318 Sr.; Anthony Nardone, Hickory, 6-1, 275 Sr.
Athlete — Isaac Lutz, Berks Catholic, 5-11, 187 Sr.; Garrett Owens, North East, 6-3, 200 Sr.; Chantz Swartz, Juniata, 6-1, 195 Sr.
Kicker — Ethan Lazorka, Montoursville, 5-8, 150 Jr.

Defensive Linemen — Donovan Jeter, Beaver Falls, 6-5, 268 Jr.; Ben Cerney, Montoursville, 5-11, 240 Sr.; Karamo Dioubate, Prep Charter, 6-4, 275 Sr.; Tymir Oliver, West Catholic, 6-3, 265 Sr.
Linebacker — Darnell Gardner, Aliquippa, 5-11, 215 Sr.; Christian Martir, Wyomissing, 5-11, 182 Sr.; Matt Bell, Southern Columbia, 6-1, 190 Sr.; Elijah Parrish, Ligonier Valley, 5-9, 206 Jr.; Major Jordan, North Schuylkill, 6-1, 212 Jr.; Logan Thimons, Freeport, 6-2, 220 Sr.; Amir Postley, West Catholic, 6-2, 210 Sr.
Defensive Back — Cameron Young, Southern Columbia, 5-7, 135 Jr.; Sheldon Jeter, Aliquippa, 5-9, 165 Sr.; Andrew Pryts, Hickory, 6-3, 200 Sr.; Craig Jones, West Catholic, 6-0, 193 Sr.
Athlete — Derek Boben, Moniteau, 6-0, 200 Sr.; Mason Donaldson, Salisbury, 6-3, 200 Sr.; Collin Smith, Ligonier Valley, 6-0, 194 Jr.
Player of the Year — Kaezon Pugh, Aliquippa.
Coach of the Year — Jim Roth, Southern Columbia.


Quarterbacks — Jason Dambach, Riverside, 6-3, 190, Sr.; Michael Shuster, Camp Hill, 6-3, 200, Sr.; Brock Burleigh, North Penn-Mansfield, 6-3, 175, Jr.; Zach Chandler, Avonworth, 6-4, 235, Sr.
Running Backs — Tony Welsh, Beth-Center, 5-11, 193, Sr.; Evan Chadbourn, Bishop Guilfoyle, 5-11, 183, Jr.; Braden Fochtman, Berlin Brothersvalley, 5-8, 180, Sr.; Lamont Wade, Clairton, 5-11, 185, Jr.; Cooper Califano, Old Forge, 6-1, 188, Sr.
Wide Receivers — Jacob Dasher, Northern Bedford, 6-3, 200, Sr.; Joel Whitteker, North Penn-Mansfield, 6-2, 165, Jr.; Brady Himes, Clarion-Limestone, 5-10, 170, Sr.
Tight End — Zack Kuntz, Camp Hill, 6-7, 215, So.
Linemen — Joe Varischetti, Brockway, 6-3, 275, Sr.; Dakota Leamer, Bishop Guilfoyle, 6-1, 221, Sr.; Connor Rutan, South Williamsport, 6-4, 315, Jr.; Jake Shrub, Kane, 5-10, 215, Sr.; Jacob Jackson, Farrell, 6-5, 280, Sr.
Athletes — Eric Sherkel, Moshannon Valley, 5-11, 185, Sr.; Aaron Matthews, Clairton, 6-5, 190, Sr. (pictured).
Specialist — Jarrett Esposito, Brockway, 6-2, 180, Jr.


Linemen — Logan McGeary, Bishop Guilfoyle, 6-3, 315, Jr.; Luke Frederick, Bishop Guilfoyle, 6-5, 206, Jr.; Dante Paul, Berlin Brothersvalley, 6-2, 235, Sr.; Hunter Herb, Tri-Valley, 6-1, 225, Sr.; Bryce Carter, Steelton-Highspire, 6-2, 230, Sr.; Mitchell Swartz, Sharpsville, 6-2, 220, Sr.
Linebackers — Mando Sallavanti, Old Forge, 5-10, 200, Sr.; Aaron Yasulitis, Bishop Guilfoyle, 5-11, 196, Sr.; Nick Tremper, Wellsboro, 5-11, 160, Sr.; Austin Myers, Conemaugh Township, 5-11, 205, Sr.; Malachi Newell, Farrell, 6-0, 210, Sr.; Zach Stafford, Cambridge Springs, 6-2, 233, Sr.
Defensive Backs — Eli Jacobs, Curwensville, 5-10, 170, Jr.; Matt Yedsena, Mahanoy Area, 6-1, 180, Sr.; Shane Rolick, Kane, 6-0, 175, Sr.
Athletes — Joey Gutowski, Old Forge, 6-2, 175, Sr.; Alex Myers, Farrell, 5-9, 160, Sr.
Player of the Year — Evan Chadbourn, Bishop Guilfoyle.
Coach of the Year — Justin Wheeler, Bishop Guilfoyle.


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Present Danger

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You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I'm telling you why ... someone might shoot you, that's why! 

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Sony will allow NFL players and families to see Concussion for free

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Sony Pictures Entertainment is offering NFL players and their families free admission to “Concussion” while it plays in theaters. It opens on Christmas Day.
While they may be more curious about the story than any others, I wonder if they want to see the movie which spells out possible consequences for repeated blows to the head. Will Smith portrays Dr. Bennet Omalu who was working in the Allegheny County coroner’s office with Dr. Cyril Wecht (Albert Brooks on screen) when he performed the autopsy on retired Steelers center Mike Webster (David Morse on screen). 
Dr. Omalu asks the vital question:  “Why does an apparently healthy favorite son of this city become self-mutilating and homeless at 50? Cardiac arrest may be how he died but not why." He tries to figure out the "why."
Here is part of the press release Sony sent out: 
The studio has already engaged many current and former NFL players, holding private screenings in each team’s city in advance of its opening. By reaching out to the people who are most impacted by the film’s themes, the studio is engaging with the NFL players to join the national dialogue about the film.
Commenting on the announcement, Ridley Scott and producer Giannina Scott (who first brought the project to him and produced it with him), said, “This is a movie for the players, so we wanted to give them a chance to see it before its nationwide release and free admission during its run in theaters.  
“The movie is so inspiring – Will Smith gives one of the best performances of his career as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a man who shined a light on the truth.  The odds were stacked against him, but he had the truth on his side, and now, his discovery is all anyone’s talking about.  We think the players will enjoy watching this movie about Dr. Omalu’s incredible courage — courage that changed the game.”
Players will receive complimentary admission for themselves and one guest by presenting their NFLPA membership card at any Cinemark theater nationwide. In this area, they’re located in McCandless, Monroeville, Robinson and Frazer near Tarentum along with Center Township in Beaver County.
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The top photo above shows Mike O'Malley as a coroner's office worker, Albert Brooks as Dr. Cyril Wecht and Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu. Also pictured, Alec Baldwin as Dr. Julian Bailes, meeting with Dr. Omalu.

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