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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

"Teams Are At Different Stages, Your Hockey Team Crawls, Then It Walks, Then It Runs, Then It Sprints. There's Four Stages. The Last Two Are The Hardest To Attain." - Leafs GM Brian Burke.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

"Ross (Luedtke) Was There To Make It 3-2, That Was Just A Great Individual Effort By A Great Player. He's The Complete Player And He Made A Special Play There To Win The Game For Us. Kid That Deserves Everything He's Got, He's Just A Hell Of A Kid." - Orono MN H.S. Coach Aaron Johnson on Ross Luedtke's 'early & late' hat trick for 3-2 upset playoff win.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

"How Much Is The Hockey And How Much Is The Fighting, We Don't Really Know" - Dr. Robert Cantu on Bob Probert's degenerative brain tissue disease.

Friday, March 04, 2011

"I'm Not Taking On The NHL And I'm Not Wanting To Talk About Eliminating Fighting From The League,"" - Widow Dani Probert.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

"He's Kind Of A Game-breaker. When He's On A Roll Like This, You Just Look To Get Him The Puck, Even If It's In Your Own End Or In The Neutral Zone. He Can Make Something Out Of Nothing. So That's Kind Of What Bozie And I Are Trying To Do Right Now." - Leafs' Joffrey Lupul on the recent play of Phil Kessel.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

"They Have To Be. I Don't Know Any Other Way To Do Things. I Don't Care What Happened In The Past. I Know How To Do It One Way, And It Worked." - GM Dale Tallon when asked if Panthers fans have the patience for another rebuilding effort.

Monday, March 07, 2011

"While (Taylor) Hall Fighting Is Seen In Some Circles As A Rite Of NHL Passage, It Seems More Like It's Kind Of Stupid." - National Post wrtier Bruce Arthur.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

"The Sheriff Is Back." - Northeastern coach Greg Cronin attempts humor after returning from 6 game NCAA recruiting violation suspension..

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

"They Called Me [Brett] Favre For A Month," He Said. "But I Deserved It." - Eden Prairie's Kyle Rau - Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

"I Believe He Was Trying To Guide My Head Into The Turnbuckle. We All Know Where The Turnbuckle Is." - Max Pacioretty on Zdeno Chara's hit Tuesdy night.

Friday, March 11, 2011

"There's Just Something About Boston And The Disciplinary [decisions] Are On Their Side. I'm Not Sure Why That Is Or Anything. I'm Not Assuming That Colin's Kid Being On The Team, That's Why." - Cauncks' Captain Henrik Sedin.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

"Some People Just Don't Learn." - Chris Pronger chewing out Flyers' 23-year-old all-star Claude Giroux.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

"I Play Golf Like The Sutters Play Hockey. I Slash And Whack." - Brian Trottier.

Monday, March 14, 2011

"I Expect Lucia To Be Back" - Joel Maturi, the University of Minnesota's athletic director, regarding head coach Don Lucia.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

"I Go To College Games, I Don't Go To A College Game And Say, 'hey, There's Not Enough Hitting'." - Penguins G.M. Ray Shero pointing out that other leagues (including the N.C.A.A., I.I.H.F. and O.H.L) have outlawed ALL head shots.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"...And We Found That Certain Groups Were More Vulnerable, The Group That Had Bodychecking First Introduced, That Is, The Atom Group, They Had The Highest Odds Of Sustaining A Bodychecking Related Injury Compared To The Other Groups." - Dr. Michael Cusimano of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

"I Think His Spirits Were Up. He Knows He's Got Better Days Ahead Of Him, Of Course. I Just Wanted To Reach Out To Him And Let Him Know I Was Thinking About Him And Ask Him How He Was Doing." - Sabers' defenceman Jordan Leoplod after talking with Sidney Crosby.

Friday, March 18, 2011

"Bulldogs Play A Strong Game" - Carey Price's opening line after the Canadiens, held together by duct tape and baling wire, posted a 3-2 shootout win over the Lightning.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

"We Really Thought We Were Going To Win This Game. After Two Periods We Felt Really Good But The Bottom Line Was The Cream Rose To The Top And That's Denver." - Bemidji State Beavers coach Tom Serratore.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

"For Me, The Goal Is To Eliminate Concussions. I Could Say, 'Reduce Those 100 To 20, Or To 10,' But The Goal Should Be To Eliminate Entirely. I Think Ultimately We Have To Take A 360 Approach [full Protection From All Sides] To Protect The Head." - Sabres' GM Darcy Regier.

Monday, March 21, 2011

"I Guess You Could Say He's Due [to Lose]." - Former NHL coach turned TV analyst Barry Melrose on BC keeper John Muse and his 8-0 NCAA tourney record.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

"Intimidation Has Always Been Part Of Hockey. But This Is Intimidation Of A Kind That Promises Career-ending Injuries To Those With No Means To Defend Themselves." - A Globe and Mail Editorial Opinion concerning Matt Cooke.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

"To Be Honest, My First Thought Was, 'Why Do I Want To Do That Again? But It Was Just So Much Fun Two Years Ago, Not Only Winning The Gold Medal, But Just Being In That Situation. And It Does Help Put UNO Hockey On The Map A Little Bit, Too." - UNO Coach Dean Blais on returning to coach USA Juniors next winter.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

"It's Turned Into A Galvanizing Effect On Our Team, When We Get To The Rink, Not A Lot Of It Is Talked About. At The Rink It's All Hockey, All The Time." - Phoenix head caoch Dave Tippett on Coyotes' ownership situation.

Friday, March 25, 2011

"Atlanta's A Great City, I Like Being Part Of Something That Is Growing And Helping Bring Hockey To People Who Have Never Seen It Before." - Thrashers' third leading scorer Evander Kane.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

"I Feel Good." - Sidney Crosby.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

"For Those Of You Ready To Write Us Off, You Should Know Better." - DU Pioneer coach George Gwozdecky.

Monday, March 28, 2011

"We Need To Play Our Best Hockey Game. That's What I Said Coming Into Today. We Needed To Play Our Best Game Of The Year Against Denver. And I'll Be Honest With You. I Think We Did That. This Was A Complete Hockey Game By Our Team." - UND coach Dave Hakstol after his Fighting Sioux Clobbered Denver 6-1 to advance to NCAA Frozen Four.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"Personally You Just Want To Get Into A Game. I Don't Know If You'd Say It's Part Of Being An Athlete But If You're Healthy You Want To Play," - Zach Parise.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"He Was [ticked] Too. He Didn't Know Who It Was Either. He Actually Yelled At Their Bench. I Appreciate It. Those Guys On Their Team Chirp A Lot. I Don't Know If It Is Right When Someone's Face Is Half Across The Other Side Of Their Face" - Shawn Thornton with fresh 40-stitches-to-close gash after Blackhawks' bench chirped at him.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

"He (Davey Keon) Took The Puck Away From My Dad In A Game And Was Warned By His Teammates When He Got Back To The Bench To Be Careful About Doing That Again. He Went Out There, Did It Again And Woke Up The Next Day In The Hospital." - Mark Howe, one of Gordie & Collen Howe's four children.