Archive for April, 2012

Dale Tallon named finalist for NHL GM of the Year

April 27, 2012

ImageBlue Sky client Dale Tallon, GM of the Florida Panthers, we recently named a finalist for the NHL’s General Manager of the Year Award.  Dale signed on with the Panthers in 2010, and with an increased budget, has been able to remake the team’s roster.  The team made it to Game 7 of the first round of the NHL playoffs this year.  The GM of the Year will be announced at the NHL Awards Show on June 20th in Las Vegas.  We wish Dale the best of luck!

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Red Sox Legends greet John Hancock employees to celebrate Fenway’s 100th

April 23, 2012

Carlton Fisk, Luis Tiant and Dwight Evans at John Hancock

Several Red Sox greats were on hand at two different John Hancock locations to greet employees as they arrive at work on Friday in celebration of Fenway Park’s 100th Anniversary.  Carlton Fisk, Luis Tiant and Dwight Evans were stationed at the Congress Street location, while Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley and Jim Lonborg appeared at the Clarendon Street location.  The John Hancock employees were excited to meet their favorite former Red Sox players!

Dustin dines with Salem Five contest winners

April 20, 2012

Four lucky families who bank at Salem Five Savings Bank won the once in a lifetime opportunity to have dinner with Red Sox star Dustin Pedroia.  The event took place at Legal Seafoods at Copley Place last weekend.  Each attendee was thrilled with the opportunity to ask Dustin questions and hear his personal stories.

See this event’s mention in the Boston Herald.

John Torchetti’s Houston Aeros begin playoffs

April 20, 2012

Blue Sky client and head coach of the Houston Aeros, John Torchetti, led his team into the first round of the AHL playoffs last night against the Oklahoma City Barons.  Unfortunately, the Barons won 5 – 0, but they meet again tonight for Game 2.  Good luck to John and the Aeros in their quest for the Calder Cup!

Jerod Mayo visits Boys & Girls Club

April 19, 2012

Taking a break from his off season workouts, Patriots Captain Jerod Mayo made an appearance on behalf of Verizon Wireless to greet kids at the Boys & Girls Club in Salisbury, MA.  Jerod held a question and answer session, signed autographs and even helped the some children with their homework.  He noted that he grew up going to a similar community center and enjoyed the opportunity to interact with the kids.

To read more about Jerod’s appearance, see this article from the Newburyport Daily News.

Wakefield and Varitek throw out emotional first pitch

April 18, 2012

Opening Day at Fenway Park was a special day for many, but especially for recently retired Red Sox players Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek.  The two hometown heroes had the honor of throwing out the first pitch to open Fenway Park’s 100th season.  Wakefield and Varitek surprised fans when they walked out of the Green Monster and onto the field where they received a standing ovation from the energized crowd.  Red Sox greats Dwight Evans and Jim Rice then appeared from the dugout to catch these special first pitches and greet the new retirees.  Patients from Childrens Hospital and the Franciscan Hospital for Children were on hand to deliver the balls to Wake and Varitek, representing the players’ charitable affiliations.  The Red Sox went on to win their home opener against the Rays with a score of 12-2.

Scott Gordon to coach 2012 U.S. Men’s National Team

April 17, 2012

One again, Blue Sky client Scott Gordon has been chosen as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Hockey Team.  Gordon held this position in 2010 and 2011.  The U.S. Men’s National Team will compete in the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation World Men’s Championship, which is being held May 4th through May 20th in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden.

The staff and players of the 2012 U.S. Men’s National Team are selected by the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group, led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey.  The group includes National Hockey League general managers Stan Bowman (Chicago), Brian Burke (Toronto), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles), David Poile (Nashville), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh), Dale Tallon (Florida); and Pittsburgh Penguins pro scout Don Waddell.

In addition to his previous stints as head coach of U.S. Men’s National Teams, Gordon was also an assistant coach on the silver medal-winning 2010 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team and served as an assistant coach of the 2009 U.S. Men’s National Team.  Gordon also represented the United States as a goaltender on both the 1991 U.S. Men’s National Team and the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team.

Gordon is currently an assistant coach for the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs.  He was the head coach of the NHL’s New York Islanders for parts of three seasons (2008-10).  From late in the 2002-03 campaign through 2007-08 he led the AHL’s Providence Bruins.  In his final season in Providence, Gordon received the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL’s Coach of the Year in recognition of posting the AHL’s best regular-season record at 55-18-3.  Gordon was an assistant coach for Providence from 2000-01 until his promotion to head coach in 2002-03.