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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

"As With Every Other Announcement From The League, The Gains Are Underwhelming At Best." - WCHBlog author's comment on NCHC TV deal.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

"He's A Little Bit Worse Than Last Year, But Pretty Close To About The Same, He Just Loses A Little Bit More, Grasping For Words. The Worst Part Of This Disease Is There's Nothing You Can Do About It" - Marty Howe on his father's dementia.

Friday, February 03, 2012

"I Missed 8 Months Of Hockey, 8 Months Of My Life Was Gone, Right? (That's) The Reality Of It, 8 Months Of Your Life Is Gone. You're Living In Pain Every Day, You Have A Headache, Headache Is Pain. Whether It's Small, Medium, Or Large Headache, It's Pain." - Willie Mitchell discussing his 2010 concussion.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

"I Think 3 Games Healthy Scratch, It's More Than Just Like A Healthy Scratch. ...It's Not Easy For Me. It's Good For Team Probably Because The Guys Played Pretty Well The Last Two Games, But For Me, I Did Everything What He Wants Me To Do." - Wilds' Marek Zidlicky on being a healthy scratch - three times in a row.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

"I Like The Chemistry That Things Like That Build In The Dressing Room, I Think When Those Things Are Always Within The Group, They're A Fun Thing To Have, And They Bond The Group Together." - Head Coach Dave Tippett on Coyotes' wrestling belt ritual.

Monday, February 06, 2012

"Just Honesty And Someone Who's Very Positive. I Think Positive People Rub Off On Other People, It Makes Things A Lot Easier For Everybody." - Bolts' winger Ryan Malone on his Personality Qualities Most Admired.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

"You Have To Learn To Deal With It And Forget About It And Focus On The Game. He's Been Able To Maintain His Confidence Level Pretty Good Throughout All This, But It's Tough When A Lot Of People Are Doubting You, And When You're That Young." - Ex-NHLer Dave Gagner on advice on adversity for 22-year-old son Sam.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

"Yeah, It's A Problem, But It's A Good Problem To Have." - Bolts' Guy Boucher on his 'excess of defensemen'.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

"If The NHL Should Lose Part Or All Of Next Season To Another Labor War With The NHLPA, The KHL Will Become The Prime Destination For Many Of The League's Best Players Looking To Supplement Their Income During Another Lengthy Work Stoppage." - Puckin' Around With Spector's Lyle Richardson.

Friday, February 10, 2012

"We Flat-out Stink The Last Two Months. We Stink." - Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo finding no bushes to beat around.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

"I've Covered Them All, And Hands Down, They're The Best, That's One Of The Reasons To Stick With Hockey Full Time." - Kathryn Tappen on hockey players.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

"Since Learning Of The Terrible Accusations Against My Former Coach, All My Thoughts And Concerns Have Been For The Children, I Have Reached Out To The Children, And Assured Them That I Am, And Will Continue To Be, There For Them." - Dainius Zubrus on former coach Ivan Pravilov.

Monday, February 13, 2012

"I Reckon That The Players Now In The National Team Are Gathering Exactly The Experience That They Need. We Probably Have The Youngest Team Here." - Russian Euro Hockey Tour coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

"Raise [sport] To The Level Of An Art." - Quote from former U.S. president Calvin Coolidge posted by Tim Thomas on Facebook.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

"Someone Should Pull Shanahan Aside And Remind Him Of His Title And The Name Of The Department He Leads. His Job Is To Be Concerned With Player Safety, Not Rationalizing Miscreant Behavior By Putting A Ridiculous Spin On It." - THN's Ken Campbell on Brendan Shanahan.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

"Look At Leah Skate. ...She's Darling!" - Comment heard in stands at recent Minnesota girls' high school playoff game.

Friday, February 17, 2012

"It's Fine. Whaddya Going To Do? I'm A Hockey Freak, And This Is Hockey. It's The Only Thing In Town." - Atlanta Thrashers' fan Mark Greenbaum who now follows the Gwinnett Gladiators.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

"Six Shades Of Sexy... Round The House ...pull It In ...pull Its Pants Down And SPANK It Home ...There's The Manipulation Up Top; Here Comes The Stimulation - KABANG!" - Stars commentator Daryl "Razor" Reaugh's unconventional description of Mike Ribeiro OT goal.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

"You Never Want To Forget, But Everybody Deserves A Second Chance And A Right To Rectify Their Mistakes. ...I'm Not Going To Hold It Against A Whole Country For What Happened Long Ago. You're Never Going To Move Forward If You Keep Doing That." - Jewish-American German hockey Star Evan Kaufmann.

Monday, February 20, 2012

"We Are Currently Negotiating With Interested Parties In North America. ...There Is Interest In The KHL In North America. I Think A True Hockey Fan Is Always Interested To See How Hockey Is Played On Different Rinks, Different Styles." - KHL President Alexander Medvedev on plans to broadcast regular season and playoff games in North America.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

"The HCA Would Like To Thank Paul For His Service To CHI And Wish Him The Best In His Future Endeavors" - College Hockey Inc.'s President Steve Hagwell commenting on Paul Kelly resignation.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

"On A Per Capita Basis, If New York City Had Created As Many NHL Players As Roseau And Warroad, Minnesota, There Would Be 27,693 NHLers From NYC" - Paraphrased Fact displayed during NBC Sports Roseau - Warroad Rivalry video.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

"I Think That BU Even Has Fueled The Fire - How They Treat Them, How They're Featured, How Their Academic Expectations Are Lowered And Watered Down Compared To Other Students Because They Have Hockey," - Boston University sophomore Sarah Mercurio reacting to news of rape charges against Terriers' Max Nicastro.

Friday, February 24, 2012

"Baseball Is Slow, Basketball Is Slow. Football Is Better On TV, But Hockey Never Stops, Just Like Rock N' Roll. It's Very Similar. It's Relentless." - Rocker Alice Cooper.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

"I'm Scared To Check My Phone." - Lightning's Guy Boucher endures coach's hell.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

"When Hockey Was Split Into National 'territories' In North America And Here In Europe, Without The Possibility Of Testing Its Strength In Inter-continental Competition, It Started To Lose Its Position Compared To Other Sports." - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin recollecting the unrecollectable on multiple levels.

Monday, February 27, 2012

"I Am Too Sick To My Stomach Whenever I Leave The Hospital After Seeing Jabby. I Get To My Van And Weep Like A F---ing Baby. But Then I Get Fired Up And Lie Awake, Trying To Clarify The Direction We Must Take To Change This Game" - Trainer and Sports Psychologist Jack Blatherwick.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

"We're Not That Bad Of A Team" - Colorado College head coach Scott Owens on CC's continued woes.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

"Players Started To Really Pay Attention And It Really Did Have A Bit Of A Cultural Shift In Terms Of That Macho Nature In Scrums In Front Of The Net And Scrums In The Corner, We Have Seen A Real Positive Shift." - Paul Carson, Hockey Canada's VP of hockey development noting positve results of zero-tolerance policy for hits to the head.