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Danielle Birriel and Jason Blake - New York Times
Danielle Marisol Birriel and Jason Reynolds Blake were married Saturday at Castle on the Hudson, an inn in Tarrytown, NY The Rev. John P. Duffell, a Roman Catholic priest, led the ceremony. The couple met in 2002 at Columbia, from which they both...
Dodgers show singular purpose in 16-6 rout of Rockies - Los Angeles Times
David Zalubowski / AP Dodgers second baseman Orlando Hudson is congratulated by center fielder Matt Kemp after scoring on a double by Casey Blake in the seventh inning Monday at Colorado. They peck Rockies to distraction with a 19-hit attack that...
Legendary Toronto Maple Leaf Trios - Bleacher Report
The first was the Jason Blake, Dominic Moore, Lee Stempniak line which finally had Blake earning his money. The second line consisted of Nikolai Kulemin, Mikhail Grabovski, and Alexei Ponikarovsky. This line made us witness Ponikarovsky becoming a...
Play by play - USA Today
Runners on first and second with two outs and Casey Blake due up. Substitution: Jason Bulger enters the game for the Angels with runners on first and second and two out. Out: Casey Blake flied out to center to end the inning. Walk: Chone Figgins walked...
First aid for Clippers - Boston Globe
By Marc J. Spears With the ship finally turning in the right direction with Blake Griffin soon to be aboard, Marcus Camby hopes to stay a Clipper. The Clippers, riddled with bad news, finally got some great news last Tuesday as they landed the top pick...
Baseball roundup: Monday's action on the diamonds - The Canadian Press
Orlando Hudson, Casey Blake, Kemp and Loney opened the inning with consecutive singles, and Jamie Hoffman hit a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. After Castro singled home Loney, pitcher Eric Stults walked and Pierre followed with a triple into the...
Police Log - Morning Sentinel
An Eastern Maine Medical Center spokeswoman said at 3:15 pm Monday that Jason Bushey, 38, remained in critical condition. Game warden Rick Clowry said Sunday that Bushey was in a coma following the accident on Old Lake Road, an extension of Frank...
Jordan Hill to Have Better Rookie Year Than Blake Griffin - Bleacher Report
In my mind, Jordan can easily fend off Jason Thompson on the depth chart. He would get plenty of playing time here and have the opportunity to be very successful. Washington Wizards: If Hill lands in the nation's capital, then the Wizards will more...
Jason Blake, reviewer - Brisbane Times
IT TAKES only 120 minutes for this fast-paced studio-style production to relate the rise and fall of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, but you feel every one of them. With six actors, shadows and light, and a dozen chairs for a set, director Kate Gaul's...

Jason Blake (ice hockey)

Jason Blake (born September 2, 1973 in Moorhead, Minnesota, U.S.) is a professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the National Hockey League's Toronto Maple Leafs.

He played for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League (USHL).

He was signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Kings in 1999. He was acquired by the New York Islanders in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings in January 2001. The Islanders sent a conditional pick in 2002 to the Kings for Blake. Jason set career highs in goals and points during the 2005–06 season with 28 and 57, respectively. The following season he topped both totals, scoring 40 goals and 69 points. The 40th goal was scored against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 5, 2007.

Along with New York Islanders teammates Rick DiPietro and Mark Parrish, Blake was part of Team U.S. at the Winter Olympics held in Turin, Italy in February 2006. Team USA was led by Peter Laviolette, his former coach with the Islanders.

Blake scored his 99th and 100th career NHL goals against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 31, 2006. The milestone 100th goal came on the power play late in the 3rd period.

Blake was named an all-star for the first time in his career during the 2006–07 NHL season. He went on to record 2 assists in the 2007 NHL All-Star Game.

At the end of the 2006–07 season Blake became an unrestricted free agent. He was quoted in Newsday in February 2007 that he would probably test the free agent market if not re-signed by the Islanders prior to the NHL trading deadline. Blake was neither traded nor re-signed before the deadline and on July 1, 2007, Blake signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-year contract worth US $20 million.

On October 8, 2007 Jason Blake announced that he had been diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia a rare, but highly treatable form of cancer. The doctors said he should plan to live a long, healthy life. Jason continued to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs for the rest of the season.

In Jason Blake's first season as a Toronto Maple Leaf, he played in all 82 regular season games. He scored 15 goals and added 37 assists for a total of 52 points. While he managed a considerable number of points, he struggled to score goals all season, having over 300 shots on goal, easily a career high, but only 15 goals. He won the Bill Masterton Trophy at the end of the season.

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Jason Blake (footballer)

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Jason Blake (born 15 March 1981) is an Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League.

He was recruited as the number 24 draft pick in the 1999 AFL Draft from Beaumaris. He made his debut for St. Kilda in Round 9, 2000 against the Western Bulldogs. He played his 100th match for the Saints in round 9 of 2007 against Fremantle at Subiaco.

Blake is a versatile footballer, having spent much of the period between 2003 and 2006 as a ruckman for St Kilda, but also able to play forward, back and tag in the midfield. Whilst he is at times maligned by St Kilda fans, Blake capped off an improved 2007 season by finish 9th in the club's Best and Fairest award.

Blake's nickname at the club is "Space Cadet".

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Orlando Solar Bears

Orlando Solar Bears

The Orlando Solar Bears were a professional ice hockey team based out of Orlando, Florida that played their home games at the TD Waterhouse Centre (now the Amway Arena).

The Solar Bears started in 1995 and played in the International Hockey League until the league folded in 2001. They were owned by the DeVos family, who also owned the Grand Rapids Griffins of the IHL and the Orlando Magic of the NBA. During their time in the IHL, the team made it to three Turner Cup finals, being swept by the Utah Grizzlies in 1996, losing in game seven to the Houston Aeros in 1999 and defeating the Chicago Wolves in five games in 2001.

Several IHL teams were taken into the American Hockey League, but the Solar Bears were not among them. The DeVos family could only bring one team into the AHL, and chose the Griffins because the Solar Bears had never drawn well despite their on-ice success. However, the IHL's prestigious "Turner Cup" resides in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario with the Orlando Solar Bears team name inscribed for all posterity as the last team to win it. A handful of Solar Bears went on to play for the team they defeated for the cup, the Chicago Wolves, (AHL), most notably goalie, Norm Maracle, the IHL MVP. of that deciding playoff series 1999–2001. That Wolves team went on the win the Calder Cup in their first AHL season.

During its inaugural season, the Solar Bears starred center Alfie Turcotte, former first round pick of the Montreal Canadiens. Other notable team members included: Hubie McDonough (New York Islanders), C.; Pat Neaton, D.; Barry Dreger, D.; Todd Richards, D.; Curtis Murphy, D.; Allan Bester, G.; Dave Barr. C.; Mark Beaufait, F.; Todd Krygier (Washington Capitals), F.; Kirby Law, F.; Mike Hartman, F.; Jason Blake, F.; Zac Boyer, F.; Grigori Panteleev, F; Herbert Vasiljevs, F.; and Dan Snyder (Atlanta Thrashers), F.

Historic comeback from 0–3 deficit: In the 1999 Turner Cup Conference Finals, the Solar Bears completed the only successful comeback from a 0–3 deficit in the 56-year history of the International Hockey League. It came at the expense of the Detroit Vipers. In a thrilling Game 7, rookie Jason Blake scored twice in regulation and winger Todd Krygier got the game-winner 25 seconds into the second overtime, giving Orlando a 5–4 victory. Unfortunately for the Solar Bears, they lost in the finals, 4 games to 3, to the Houston Aeros.

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Rick DiPietro


Rick DiPietro, Jr. (born September 19, 1981, in Winthrop, Massachusetts) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender with the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League.

DiPietro studied at Saint Sebastian's School but left after his sophomore year to play junior hockey in Michigan. He played one season (1999-2000) with Boston University in the NCAA's Hockey East. In that one year, DiPietro was named to the All-Rookie Team, named Second Team All-Hockey East, awarded the team's Co-MVP and was named Hockey East's Rookie of the Year. In addition, DiPietro nearly set the NCAA record for most saves in a game when he stopped 77 out of 80 shots in a 3-2 quadruple overtime loss to St. Lawrence University during the NCAA regional final (record is 78 and held by Dick Greenlaw). In his one and only Beanpot Tournament, DiPietro was named MVP and won the Eberly Trophy awarded to the tournament's top goaltender.

He was drafted first overall by the New York Islanders in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, out of Boston University, prompting them to trade Roberto Luongo. Islander GM Mike Milbury traded Luongo, so that he could draft the highly-touted goalie known for his mobility and puck handling skills. DiPietro was the fourth American to occupy the top draft position in the NHL Entry Draft. Though his NHL debut was widely anticipated, and he played 20 games in the 2000-2001 season, he managed to post just 3 wins against 15 losses for a subpar New York team and was sent to the minors for additional seasoning. He played for the Chicago Wolves of the IHL and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL. He played 10 games the next season (as well as one playoff game) before being called up for good in the 2003-2004 season. His goals-against average decreased from 3.49 in the 00-01 season to 2.36 in the 03-04 season.

DiPietro chooses to play the puck aggressively. In contrast to many goaltenders who prefer to either let the puck go around the boards or stop it so that a teammate can pick it up, DiPietro often chooses to make a pass into the neutral zone. In certain situations, particularly on the powerplay, the pass can reach open forwards and create odd-man rushes or breakaways.

Along with former Islanders teammates Jason Blake and Mark Parrish, DiPietro was named to the United States national hockey team at the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics, held in February 2006. DiPietro was Team USA's No. 1 goalie for the tournament, starting 4 of the team's 6 games. DiPietro played well, sporting a 2.28 goals against average, but went 1-3 during the Olympics.

On September 12, 2006, DiPietro signed a 15-year, $67.5 million contract with the Islanders. It is the longest official NHL contract ever to be signed, topping former teammate Alexei Yashin's contract signed before the start of the 2001-2002 season of 10 years. Newsday reported that the team offered him a 15-year contract in September 2005, but the league discouraged this; instead, he signed a one-year offer.

On March 5, 2007, DiPietro broke an Islanders franchise record by making 56 saves in a 2-1 shootout loss to the New York Rangers. The previous record was 55 saves, held by both Félix Potvin and Billy Smith.

On March 13, 2007, DiPietro suffered a concussion after a collision with Montreal Canadiens forward Steve Bégin when DiPietro raced out to poke check a puck at the blueline at 15:41 of the first period. DiPietro returned for four games but then missed the rest of the regular season after he sustained another concussion in game against the New York Rangers. DiPietro returned to play games two through five of the Islanders' first round playoff series against the Buffalo Sabres.

Rick's concussion was the start of an unfortunate string of injuries. DiPietro underwent surgery in the 2007 off season to fix a torn labrum in his hip.

On November 19, 2007, DiPietro got his 100th NHL career win when the Islanders beat the New York Rangers 2-1.

DiPietro was selected to appear in his first NHL all star game in 2008 as a reserve, but he was named the starter because Martin Brodeur dropped out. Rick played outstandingly well, but did not get the win for the game because goaltender Tim Thomas gave up and subsequently regained the lead in the game. The most unfortunate aspect of Rick's appearance in the all-star game is that he hurt his hip during the game. He was heard to state "Ow, my (expletive) hip" while wearing the mic during the game. Although he was hurt, he continued to play until the Islanders no longer had a chance to make the playoffs. On March 19, 2008, it was announced that DiPietro would miss the remainder of the 07-08 season because of surgery on his hip.

On June 3, 2008, DiPietro went on a Sirius satellite radio show being hosted by "Bubba the Love Sponge," where he told Bubba he would be undergoing knee surgery later that day. The surgery was done on the meniscus in his left knee.

DiPietro sat out the first four games of the 2008-09 season (or, controversially, was on the bench as the backup) before starting the team's fifth game in Florida. He played two games after that, but left after the first period his third game back. After that, he was placed on injured reserve for an "undisclosed lower body injury." On November 1st, it was announced DiPietro had undergone another knee surgery after injuring his meniscus. It is unknown whether it is the same knee that was operated on in June. DiPietro returned to the team on December 26, 2008. He won his first game back and broke Billy Smith's record for points for an Islanders goaltender when he assisted Kyle Okposo for the first goal of the game. He has been practicing consistently but has been in and out of the lineup since then, due to minor swelling in his surgically repaired knee. Islanders coach Scott Gordon has specifically stated that Rick is still medically cleared to play, leading to the speculation that the team is being extra cautious with their franchise netminder.

On January 20, 2009, Islanders General Manager Garth Snow announced that DiPietro would miss the rest of the 2008-2009 NHL regular season due to post-arthroscopic surgical swelling in his right knee. DiPietro had only played in five games prior to the swelling and had three operations over the course of one year, including hip and left knee surgery.

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Waterloo Black Hawks

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The Waterloo Black Hawks are a Tier 1 junior ice hockey team playing in the East Division of the United States Hockey League (USHL). The Blackhawks' home ice is the Young Arena located in Waterloo, Iowa.

The Waterloo Black Hawks began as a semi-professional team in the USHL in 1962, the league having started only a season before. The team's home ice was the McElroy Auditorium. The team started strong, winning the USHL championship every season from 1964 to 1968. After the 1968-69 season, the Black Hawks went on a one-year hiatus to become the Minnesota North Stars' top farm team, the Iowa Stars. The team finished 35-26-11 in 1969-70, one point behind league champion Omaha (whom the Stars would later lose to in the Central Professional Hockey League final series). The Stars reverted back to the Black Hawks and the USHL the very next year, amid financial losses topping $150,000 and a Stars move to Cleveland.

After another decade of success in the 1970s, including more league titles in 1975, '78, and '79, the Black Hawks reverted to junior hockey with the rest of the USHL in 1979. They immediately won the Southern Division title in 1979-80 before head coach Jack Barzee moved the team to Dubuque the next season, becoming the Fighting Saints in the process. Waterloo was not without a team for long, however, as the USHL champion Hennepin Nordiques opted to move the team to Waterloo before the 1980-81 campaign.

The new Black Hawks, unlike the Black Hawks of old, struggled. From 1980 to 1992, when new head coach Scott Mikesch stepped behind the bench, the team went through eight different head coaches. Five of them coached between 1980 and 1982. After the team's Southern Division title in 1980, the Black Hawks would not celebrate a winning season again until 1993-94, winning 20 games (in a 48-game season) only four times during that span.

Despite bad records and a decaying arena, the Black Hawks managed to turn out several future NHLers in the early 1990s. Twin star forwards Chris Ferraro and Peter Ferraro came over in 1991 from Dubuque and scored a combined 200 points in the 1991-92 season, and just two seasons later, Jason Blake notched 50 goals and 50 assists, the first 50-goal, 50-assist player in the USHL since Thunder Bay's Terry Menard seven years prior.

In 1995, the Black Hawks moved out of the old McElroy Auditorium into the brand-new Young Arena in downtown Waterloo. With that move and new owner Butch Johnson's purchase of the team almost simultaneously, things began to look up for the Black Hawks. Unfortunately, the records did not improve, and the team failed to finish above .500 again until 1999-2000. New head coach Scott Pionk brought a glimmer of hope to the Cedar Valley in 1997-98 with a 25-29-2 record, but a 16-37-3 record the next season led to his departure. Scott Koberinski's 28-26-4 record in 1999-2000, followed by a 25-29-2 record the next year, brought even higher hopes, but a 21-38-2 record led to yet another coaching change.

New coach P.K. O'Handley brought immediate changes to the Black Hawks landscape in 2002-03, hauling in Waterloo's first division championship in 23 years with a 38-17-5 record and finishing only two points behind the Lincoln Stars in the Anderson Cup race. The next season brought the Hawks' first USHL Clark Cup championship ever (referenced below), and the first league title of any kind since 1979, despite finishing 4th in the Eastern Division. Once again, O'Handley's leadership brought a title in 2007, this time the Anderson Cup, the first-ever regular season title for the Black Hawks in the junior era. The Black Hawks also found themselves one game away from winning the 2007 Clark Cup, before they were downed 3-0 by the Sioux Falls Stampede in the championship game, and they found themselves in the same state in the 2008 Clark Cup Finals, losing 4-3 to the Omaha Lancers in overtime in the final game of the series. Since the 1993-94 season, the Black Hawks have sent 103 players to the college ranks and have sent 73 alumni to the pro ranks in their 28-year junior history, including 8 current NHL players.

Under the leadership of O'Handley and General Manager of Business Operations Doug Miller, the Black Hawks won the USHL Organization of the Year award for the 2002-03, 2004-05, and 2006-07 seasons. The USHL said of the Black Hawks in 2007, "Once a franchise in a state of disarray, the Waterloo Black Hawks are now among the teams that sets the standard for how a team should be run." O'Handley also won Coach of the Year honors for the 2002-03 and 2006-07 seasons and the General Manager of Year award for the 2002-03 season.

The Black Hawks have had some memorable rivalries with other USHL teams, most notably the current "Corridor Cup" rivalry with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Other rivalries include a former rivalry with the old Dubuque Fighting Saints (which were the Black Hawks prior to 1980), a rivalry with the Sioux City Musketeers (the only teams left from the 1979 USHL transformation; the Des Moines Buccaneers were added to the league a year later), and the Buccaneers themselves (because of the rich hockey heritage both teams share, and because travel between the two cities has been streamlined with four-lane retrofits of U.S. Highway 20 and Iowa Highway 330. During the 1990s, the Black Hawks - Buccaneers rivalry was not nearly as active as it is now, due to the Buccaneers' usual stance at the top of the league and the Black Hawks' perennial place in the USHL's basement. Since the Buccaneers' fall from domination at the end of the 1990s and the Black Hawks' recent rise, the teams have found themselves on much more equal footing lately, and the rivalry is as alive as ever.

Black Hawks games are often loud and crowded; the Black Hawks have grown their home attendance each season for the past seven years, a feat the team claims has never been accomplished in organized hockey. Most of those fans have cowbells, adding to the noise in the arena. Also contributing to the arena's noise level is the low ceiling, which bounces noise right back to the fans, and a portable train horn, which sounds with every Black Hawks goal.

Glenn Frey's "Partytown" is played after every home goal, while Billy Idol's "Mony Mony" is played to start every period.

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