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Saturday, December 1, 2012

"Canadians Are Turning To Other Sports Leagues, Like The Canadian Football League, Canadian University Football (how About Them Laval Rouge Et Or!?) And Attending A Lot More Curling Briers Than Is Healthy." - AnnArbor.com's Richard Retyi on the plight of Canadian NHL fans.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

"...the Revenue And Profit Numbers Published By Forbes Get Treated By The Media As Being About A Half Step Below Gospel. There Is A Problem With This: There Is Absolutely No Reason To Think That Their Numbers Are Any Good." - Tyler Dellow.

Monday, December 3, 2012

"It All Got Started Because You Had Plenty Of Jealousy Of The Quality Of Recruits They've Been Able To Scout, Develop And Get [NHL] Drafted. Go To Any Bantam Game And You'll See Those Guys Are There... They Basically Outworked And Outplanned People." - Agent Kurt Overhardt on the WHL's Portland Winterhawks and the root of their unpopularity elsehwhere in the league.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

"It's Gone Great, I'm Really Comfortable With The Way I'm Playing Right Now. The Team Has Made Me Feel Like I've Been Here A Couple Years, And This Is Just My First Year. So It's Been Awesome." - Possible No. 1 draft pick Seth Jones on his time with Portland Winterhawks thus far.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

"You Have To Build A Team That Can, No.1, Survive That Type Of Schedule; And Secondly, Drive At The End To Get Where We Want To Get To. And You Better Be Big And Strong ...because At The End, That’s What You’re Going To Play Against." - Wolrd Junior ChampionshipTeam USA general manager Jim Johansson.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012

"Pasha Does An Absolutely Crazy Amount Of Work. He Is Certainly The Best Central Forward In The World. In General, It Is Very Good For The KHL To Get These Players" - Legendary net minder and Russian Hockey Federation head Vladislav Tretyak praising Pavel Datsyuk.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

"He Was One Seething Heap Of New York Lawyer" - The National Post's Cam Cole on Gary Bettman when Gary arrived for his moment in front of the microphones Thursday night.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

"I Get That The Winterhawks Broke Rules. ...I Get That The Winterhawks Were Gloriously Defiant Afterwards, And They Have A Swagger That Infuriates. ...I Still Think The Winterhawks Deserve A Chance To Be Heard And Say Why They Think Things Are Too Harsh." - The Province's Steve Ewen.

Monday, December 10, 2012

"Goodenow Was A Stern-faced Doctor No. ...the Players Aren’t In Any Position To Ask For Fairness. Their Union Forefathers, Those Who Claimed They Were Looking Out For The Next Generation, Established The Standards For Mercy In This Relationship." - The Star's Damien Cox.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

"There's A Lot Of Guys Going To This Camp That Probably Would Be With Their NHL Clubs Already Right Now, It's One Of Those Unique Situations That Doesn't Happen Too Often. I'm Excited To Take Advantage Of It." - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

"It Has Not Been A Good Couple Of Weeks For The Exercise In Performance Art That Is The National Hockey League Lockout." - Grantland.com's Charles Pierce.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

"Shane Gersich ...is Considered One Of The Best '96-born Forwards In The United States. Of Course, With Any Player That Young, There's Going To Be A Lot Of Ups And Downs Along The Road ...He Really Struggled Going Up Against A Big, Physical Team." - Chris Dilks.

Friday, December 14, 2012

"When You Have All Your Southern Franchises Basically Sucking Wind, There's A Message There That You Have To Fix It. I Mean, You Have Two Different Worlds; The North And The South." - Widly successful Dallas Mavs' owner Mark Cuban.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

"Until They Face Their Reckoning At The Hands Of A Member Of The New WCHA, Just Remember This: North Dakota Changed Its Nickname, But It's Still All About The Green. And Please, Do Not Throw Objects On The Ice. Seriously, Just Don't. This Is Not Marquette." - By Brandon Veale, Sports Editor of The Daily Mining Gazette.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

"The First Thing You Need To Do Is Not Assume, The Way You Finished The Previous Season, The Roles Players Played When You Finished, All Of That Stuff Goes Out The Window." - Blues coach Ken Hitchcock on what to expect IF there is an NHL season.

Monday, December 17, 2012

"He Is As Impervious To Media Criticism As Anyone I've Ever Met," - Dodger President Stan Kasten (a friend of both Donald Fehr and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman) talking about Fehr.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

"Shall We Say I Was Expecting A Little More, Especially In Offense. They Have Not Scored And I Think They Could Have Played Better." - Russian head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov on Ovechkin's line after First Channel Cup.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

"Will A Leafs Fan Still Be Passionately Engaged If, Say, Luongo Comes To Town & Backstops The Team Into The Conference Semifinals? Of Course; Much Like You Might Spend The Night With An Ex If You're Ravenous Enough. Doesn't Mean The Engagement's Back On." - Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski on NHL's 'emotional neutrality problem' with hockey fans thanks to lockout.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

"The Preseason Player Of The Year, (he) Racked Up 1.38 Points Per Game During The First 16 League Games Of Last Season. In His Last 23 League Games, Bjugstad Is Averaging Just 0.61. He’s Currently 64th In The Race For The League Scoring Title." - The Grand Forks Herald's Brad Elliott Schlossman on The University of Minnesota's Nick Bjugstad.

Friday, December 21, 2012

"I Don’t Think He Knew Who I Was, But I Knew Who Joe Was, And I Stopped Him And Introduced Myself And Said, ‘My Kids Want To Play Hockey, And I Really Don’t Know Anything About It, He Looked At How Big I Was And Said: ‘Make Sure They Know How To Skate.'" - Seth Jones' father and 11-year NBAer Popeye talking about bumping into Joe Sakic at Denver's Pepsi Center thirteen years ago.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

"I Really, Really Wanted To Play For That Coaching Staff - That’s What It Came Down To." - Shane Gersich, the top sophomore in Minnesota high school hockey (and nephew of Neal, Aaron and Paul Broten) on why he chose UND over the Gophers.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

"I'm Not Hating On Canada Right Now, But Tbh, Canadians Do Play Really Ugly. Sure, You Got? Some Talented Players, I Grant You That. But F*ck, Stop Playing So Dirty." - YouTube Commenter 'SwedishDelighter' after watching Canada's Chippy Boone Jenner's 'exceedingly late hit on Sweden's Jesper Petterrson in pre-WJC game.

Monday, December 24, 2012

"I Saw No Problem Whatsoever With The Officiating. There Were Missed Calls Both Ways, But That’s Always The Case. If The Head Coach Is Going To Sanction Their Indisciplined Play, Team Canada Is Going To Be On An Early Plane Home From Ufa." - The Montreal Gazette's Jack Todd on Team Canada's chippy play in WJC pre-tournament action.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

"We’re Not That Kind Of League, While We Might Have Arguments With The Players Unions, We Always Think About The Hockey First Of All, And About Everything Else Later." - Alexander Medvedev, the president of the KHL, takes a moment to fluff up his league while commenting on the financial bickering between the NHL and its players.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

"I Will Have To Keep A Cool Head And Ignore Provocations, Especially Against The Canadians. These Guys Play Dirty." - Russia's Nail Yakupov.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

"If They Want To Get Into That Kind Of Stuff With Us, That’s Fine, We Will Let Our Play Do The Talking And We Are Looking Forward To That Game Against Russia, Especially On Russian Soil. It’s Going To Be A Fun Game." - Team Canada's Ty Rattie commenting on Nail Yakupov's description of the Canadians as 'dirty' players.

Friday, December 28, 2012

"One Of The Big Reasons Housley Was Selected To Lead This Team Was Because Of His Experience Playing In And Against Russia. He’ll Be Put To The Test Against This Highly-skilled Group And We Could Learn A Lot More About Housley’s Abilities Behind The Bench." - United States of Hockey blog's Chris Peters on WJC Team USA Head Coach Phil Housley.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

"I Feel Like Making Those Saves Obviously Helps A Lot And Making Them A Little Fancy Gives The Team A Little Confidence." - Team Canada's goalie Malcom Subban, possibly putting form ahead of function in a somewhat self-delusional manner.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

"I've Always Been About The Team, When I Was A Player, I Was Like That. Since I've Been A Coach, I've Been Like That. I've Never Really Sought Individual Goals." - BC's Jerry York on breaking NCAA hockey win record with 925.

Monday, December 31, 2012

"We’re Just Trying To Look For The Right Chemistry, I’m Sure We’ll See Him (UND's Roco Grimaldi) In Some Action In The Future, But We Just Wanted To Keep Our Four Lines Rolling." - Team USA's World Juniors Coach Phil Housley, allegedly unhappy with play of the North Dakota sophomore.