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Sunday, April 01, 2012

"He's Wound Tight And He Wants To Win, But It's All Inside, He Does A Tremendous Job Of Not Showing It, But Inside He .has A Fire Burning More Than Anyone I Know." - BC Athletic Director Gene DeFillipo on Eagles' coach Jerry York.

Monday, April 02, 2012

"...For Saskatoon - Or Whoever Wants To Get A Team Quebec, Seattle, Kansas City - My Advice Is Be Patient. I'm Not Saying It's Likely To Happen, But If You Go Out There Shooting Your Mouth Off And Start Throwing Your Weight Around, It Doesn't Work." - former NHLer Mike Keane.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

"I'm 100 Percent Finnish. If I Had A Time Machine, I Would Go Back And Relive The Moment When Finland Won Its First World Championship. It Was A Huge Moment For Finland." - Minnesota Gophers' winger Erik Haula.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

"You Grow Up Watching The Gophers. You See All The Names Come Through, And The Captains. When You Look Down The List, It's Unbelievable To Be Part Of That. I Just Try To Lead This Team The Best I Can, Both On The Ice And Off The Ice." - Minnesota Gophers' Taylor Matson on being captain.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

"For Me It Really Wasn't A Choice Because I Grew Up In The Boston Area &d Grew Up Watching The Beanpot & All These Boston-area Colleges, So That Was Something I Always Wanted To Do. At The Same Time From A Developmental Standpoint It Was Also A No-brainer." - Boston College's Chris Kreider on going the college route versus playing junior hockey in Canada.

Friday, April 06, 2012

"He Was Always Outside On The Rollerblades, Always Shooting Around, We Had Pucks All Over The Yard. The Lawnmower Chewed Up A Thousand Pucks Over The Course Of His Upbringing. Other Kids, They Play Video Games Or Whatever. He Had No Interest In That." - ex-Kansas City Chiefs' tackle John Alt on three-sport high school athlete and son, the Gophers' Mark Alt.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

"I Like The Fact That He Is Passionate About The Players On This Team, I Think It Goes A Long Way In This Room." - Rangers' veteran Mike Rupp.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

"[Adam] Is The Main Reason We Are In The Playoff Hunt And Should Make It, Before We Acquired Him In A Trade [in Late November], We Were Pretty Much Dead In The Water. ... [Adam] Fights For Every Puck And Never Quits. He Is Very Quick Side To Side." - USHL's Tri-City Storm coach Josh Hauge on Goalie Adam Wilcox who enrolls at the University of Minnesota next year.

Monday, April 09, 2012

"I First Saw [Gaudreau], And I Was Like, 'There Is No Way This 140-pound, 5-4 Kid Is Going To Make An Impact In College Hockey,' He's Been Unbelievable. He's Become An Unbelievable Hockey Player." - BC's Pat Mullane on linemate Johnny Gaudreau.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"I Think There's A Lot That You Have To Sacrifice ...if You Want To Be Part Of A Winning Team, Individually. And We've Got Guys That Do That, Sacrifice In Individual Stats And Individual Awards To Be Part Of Something Bigger And Get A Trophy." - Boston College senior captain Tommy Cross.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

"The Fight Only Matters For The More National Buzz, If The Fight Didn't Occur, You'd Still Have This Hatred And This Bad Blood Because They're Intrastate Rivals And Don't Like Each Other For Many Years." - former Flyers captain and a Stanley Cup champion with the Penguins Rick Tocchet.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

"Give Him Something To Thrive In And He Thrives." - Flyers coach Peter Laviolette on Danny Briere.

Friday, April 13, 2012

"If Brent Wants To Coach In The National Hockey League, He'll Coach In The National Hockey League." - Darryl Sutter backing brother Brent.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

"There's About Five Great Things You Can Do In A Season And That's Win Your League, You Can Win Your Playoff, You Can Get In The NCAA's, You Can Get To The Frozen Four And You Can Win A National Title — And You Know What, We Did Three Of Them," - Univeristy of Minnesota Head Coach Don Lucia whose Gophers won the WCHA regular season, as well as getting to the NCAA's regional and Frozen Four tournaments.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

"We've Got To Be Better. That's Not Lip-service, Either. There Are Things We Need To Do To Get Better And Continue To Push Forward Here." - Flyers' coach Peter Laviolette.

Monday, April 16, 2012

"I'm Not Going To Answer Questions About Our Character, We Have 20 Guys In Here That Are Giving The Maximum Effort." - Pen's Brooks Orpik.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"The Newest Sport In Canada: Name That Suspension. Never Mind The Tune, The Hard Part Is Getting Inside The Head Of Both Shanahan And The Apparently Blood Thirsty People For Whom He Works." - The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

"First Off, I Hope He's All Right, But As Far As The Hit Goes, I Felt Like It Was A Hockey Play, Just Trying To Finish My Hit Out There." - Raffi Torres on his late, charging, contact-to-the-head, leave-your-feet hit that resulted in the brief hospitalization of Marian Hossa.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

"I'm Not Worried About Bryz, He Knows What He's Got To Do. He's A Lead Goaltender, And We've Got To Do A Better Job In Front Of Him. He'll Be Our Best Player In Game 5." - Flyers' center Claude Giroux.

Friday, April 20, 2012

"I Would Have Never Thought That In A Million Years, This Has Been Such A Graveyard For Most Teams In The Playoffs. We're Learning A Lot." - Blues' Coach Ken Hitchcock on winning three straight, including back-to-back games at the Shark Tank.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

"We've Had No Margin For Error For Months Now. Every Game Has Been A Playoff Game For How Long? Three Months?" - Phoenix captain Shane Doan.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

"As We Teach Our Kids, A Game Without Rules Isn't A Game; It's Just A Spectacle. Like The Kind Of Wrestling Practiced By Hulk Hogan. Either The NHL Is Going To End The Violence, Or The Violence Is Going To End The NHL." - The New Yorker's Adam Gropnik.

Monday, April 23, 2012

"I've Seen [Versteeg] Jump In Ahead Of Their 'D', This Guy Takes Pucks Away From Everybody. Marty Is An Excellent Puck-handler, To Strip A Puck Like That And Throw A Little Backhander Out, That's A Nice Little Feeling." - Panthers' Scottie Upshall on Kris Versteeg.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

"Good Evening, Hockey Fans ..." - The signature ice-breaker of the original voice of the University of Wisconsin Badgers, Phil Mendel, who passed away last week at 89.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

"This Is Fun. This Is What We're Hoping For. We're Still The Underdogs Here. We're Going Into Boston And I Know We Like That Energy In Our Dressing Room Right Now And We're Gonna Use That To Our Advantage." - Caps goalie Braden Holtby.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

"He Simply Said, 'This Is The Best Thing In The World When It Comes To Playoff Hockey,' He Almost Talked As If He Was A Player, Which Was Very Unique And Outstanding To Hear." - Matt Hendricks on Dale Hunter's comments before last night's OT win over Bruins.

Friday, April 27, 2012

"What Matters Most Is That ALL The Elements Of Rule 69.1 Were Violated And The Goal Should Have Been Waved Off." - Retired NHL Referee Kerry Fraser on the Joel Ward OT goal that ended the Bruins' season.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

"I Learned To Stay In The Moment, That's Something I've Battled With In The Past. I've Learned It's Important To Keep Your Emotions On The Same Level, No Matter What Happens Out There." - 22-year-old round 1 star goaltender Braden Holtby, who began the season with the Capitals' AHL affiliate.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

"It's A Battle I Think Will Always Be There" - Sad commentary by Joel Ward on racism in hockey.

Monday, April 30, 2012

"I'm Kind Of At A Loss For Words, I'm Just Trying To Keep My Head Down And Work Hard. Whether Or Not The Puck Goes In, I'm Just Trying To Play The Same Role I Play Every Night And Be Consistent And Be Defensively Reliable." - Newest Ranger Chris Kreider (who won NCAA title with Boston College earlier this month).