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Hockey News From The Heart Of The Beast.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

"Stay Straight (to The Shooter). That's Why They Put The Pads In Front And Not On The Side." - Devil Coach Jacques Lemaire on David Clarkson positioning that resulted in fracture from Zdeno Chara's beefy slapshot.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009

"Pretty Reckless" - Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau on Alex Ovechkin's style of play.
Thursday, December 03, 2009

"It's Been Dismantled. It Doesn't Actually Work. So, We're Going To Need To Think Through Exactly What We're Going To Do With It." - Galen Weston, executive chairman of Loblaw, talking about the old scoreboard clock in Maple Leaf Gardens.
Friday, December 04, 2009

Saturday, December 05, 2009

"What The NHL Has Never Really Understood And Will Never Understand Is What The Fans Want Is To Interact With The Players. ...What Really Drives Numbers, Attendance, TV Ratings, Are The Personalities." - Twitter Aficionado (And Player Agent) Allan Walsh.
Sunday, December 06, 2009

"It's Important That You Don't Think Too Much When You Play, And Not Analyze The Game As You Play. It's Just Focusing On The Next Shot." - Defending Olympic Gold Medal (and Ranger) Goalie Henrik Lundqvis.
Monday, December 07, 2009

"I Don't Get Athletes Today - Some Of Them, A Clean Hit Is A Clean Hit And Needs No Retribution For That. That Is What This Game Has Been Built On Is The Speed And The Hitting That Has Made This Game So Fabulous. Now You Take The Hitting Out Of The Game Because Somebody Is Going To Jump You Then It Is Really Stupid" - Caps' Coach Bruce Boudreaud On Daniel Carcillo's Sucker Punching Of Matt Bradley.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009

"You Will Not Feel Like You're In A Tent. Hockey Is Religion, And We're Going To Build A Cathedral." - chief organizer Jordan Bitove discussing the Vancouver Olympics' Molson Canadian Hockey House.
Wednesday, December 09, 2009

"I'm OK. I've Got To Go Play Some Hockey. I'm A Hockey Player. I'm OK. No Big Deal" - New York Islanders defenseman Brendan Witt after being hit by an SUV early Tuesday.
Thursday, December 10, 2009

"I Sat Next To Him And Had A Long Conversation During The Hockey Game. I Questioned Him About The Possibility Of Getting A Team In Quebec City And I Found His Reaction Very Encouraging. He Seemed Very Open To Me" - Quebec Premier Jean Charest on recent conversation with Gary Bettman.
Friday, December 11, 2009

"Right Now, Unfortunately, There Is No Market For Hockey In Russia" - Former Russian and Red Wings Great Igor Larionov talks about the elephant in the room.
Saturday, December 12, 2009

"There Is A Body Of Evidence That Indicates He Does Play Reckless. But That Is What Makes Him A Great Hockey Player.He Is Fearless. I Think It's Great He Plays The Game Hard At Both Ends. He Is Physical And He Is Incredibly Gifted Offensively. I Would Say He Is Easily The Most Dominant Player In Our Game" - Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson on Alexander Ovechkin.
Sunday, December 13, 2009

"He's Been Our Best Guy From The Start Of The Season And He Keeps Hungry For It, Which Is What Good Athletes Do, Keep Hungry For That Success. We Hope He Keeps That Up." - Oiler Coach Pat Quinn Praising Dustin Penner.
Monday, December 14, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

"You Know, Just Walking In Here Today It's Unbelievable To Think That You're Going To Play A Hockey Game Here. I've Come Down To Watch A Lot Of Baseball Games, So I'm Excited And I Can't Wait For That Day." - Boston Bruin Marc Savard Discussing Fenway Park.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009

"(Brett Hull) Was Brash, He Was Hilarious, He Was Sarcastic, He Would Sometimes Push Your Buttons. But My Lasting Memory Of Him Is Just Him Coming Out And Playing Phenomenal Hockey, Just Capturing The Excitement Of The Entire NHL" - Brendan Shanahan.
Thursday, December 17, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

"The Changes In [Fleming's] Brain Were Very Similar To The Changes We've Found In [12] Football Players And [5] Boxers. This Case Also Points Out That Individuals Who Suffer From CTE Are Often Misdiagnosed During Life And May Be Told That They Are Suffering From A Psychiatric Disorder, Such As Bipolar Disease, Or Later In Life, From Alzheimer's Disease." - Dr. Ann McKee at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University.
Saturday, December 19, 2009

"How We Could Play With All New Equipment, Especially The Skates. We Spend Two Weeks Trying To Break-in Skates. I Mean, Even If We Didn't Play (tonight), We've Still Got A Game Monday And Another One Wednesday." - Wild winger Martin Havlat.
Sunday, December 20, 2009

"There Is A Culture That Exists In Professional Sports, Particularly Hockey, That Makes It Difficult For Athletes To Come Forward. The Most Powerful Drugs In Sports Are Not Steroids, They're Testosterone And Peer Pressure. There Are Certain People Out There Who Say, "You're A Pansy If You Wear [a Visor]." If You Notice, It's Not The 3rd- Or 4th-liners Who Are Wearing Them, It's The Skilled Players Or The Europeans Who Aren't Affected By The Same Peer Pressure." - Former NHL therapist Terry Kane.
Monday, December 21, 2009

"We Have A Lot Of Guys Who Are Underachieving Now, Or Who Overachieved Last Year." - Boston University coach Jack Parker.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009

"During Boston's Rookie Camp, Held At The Start Of September In Kitchener, Ontario, He Confided That His Choice Today, Some 30 Years Later, Likely Would Be To Play For A Top US College Program" -'s Kevin Paul Dupont recalling Bruins coach Claud Julien's comments.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009

"A Poll Of 730 Players Indicated 70 Percent Of Them Want Something Done To Curb Headshots" - ex-NHL Players Association leader Paul Kelly.
Thursday, December 24, 2009

"We Wanted To Pressure Them All Over The Ice And Force Them To Make Turnovers. We Executed Well And Paid Attention To The Little Things Because In The Big Picture It's The Little Things In Hockey." - Phoenix Coyotes' Ilya Bryzgalov on teammates' effort in 4-0 win over Ducks.
Friday, December 25, 2009

"I Can Tell You, I Won't Be Finishing Any Checks On Ovie" - Washington Capitals Player and likely Swedish Olympian Nicklas Backstrom.
Saturday, December 26, 2009

"Mike Richter Had Small Children But Couldn't Even Pick Up His Own Baby For The Longest Time Without Feeling Dizziness And Nausea. Jeff (Beukeboom) Suffered Depressions" - Mark Messier discussing former Ranger teammates that have suffered from concussions.
Sunday, December 27, 2009

"Our Pool May Not Have The Big-name Recognition Of, Say, The World Cup 1996 Team, But We Have A Deeper And Broader Pool Than Ever Before" - USA Olympic Team General Manager Brian Burke.
Monday, December 28, 2009

"The Payoff Has Come In The Form Of Ratings That Match Or Exceed Almost Anything Else In Canadian TV. This January, 3.7 Million Tuned In For The 2009 Canada-Sweden Final." - The Toronto Globe & Mail's Bruce Dowbiggin on TSN's wall-to-wall World Junior Championship coverage.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009

"It Feels Good To Get A Win, Finally. It's Been A Struggle. We've Been Trying To Find Our Game Here For A Long Period Of Time. This Is Definitely A Step In The Right Direction." - Blue Jackets Left Winger Fredrik Modin.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009

"I Pretty Much Have One Comment And Maybe I'll Regret It, But They Can Go ---- Themselves. That's What I Really Think." - Canuck Mikael Samuelsson on exclusion from Team Sweden.
Thursday, December 31, 2009

"These Guys Are Going To Represent Our Country With Pride, And I'll Be Their No. 1 Fan." - Ryan Smyth (not channeling Mikael Samuelsson) on being left off Team Canada.