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Thursday, March 01, 2012

"I Don't Think People Understand The Nerves And The Kind Of Mind-set That Fighters Go Through, I've Stayed Up Nights Not Sleeping A Wink Because I Know I'm Going To Fight Someone The Next Day. It's Not Natural To Go Out And Fight Every Day." - New Ranger enforcer and close friend of Derek Boogaard, John.Scott.

Friday, March 02, 2012

"...a Lot Of Guys Who Maybe Feel Undervalued And Underappreciated After Giving So Much Of Their Bodies And Their Minds To The Game, And At The Relatively Tender Age Of 35 Or 40 Suddenly Find Themselves Without A Team, Without A Game And Without Fans." - Actor Liev Schreiber of Goon, the movie, on enforcers.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

"...fighting Could Be Essentially Outlawed Throughout All Of Canadian And U.S. Amateur And Junior Hockey, Leaving Only The NHL And Its Minor Pro League Affiliates To Prop Up The Big Lie, The Monstrous Yet Enduring Fib That The Game Needs Fighting." - Toronto Star columnist Damien Cox.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

"It Took A While Before I Could Even Watch TV." - Avs' Peter Mueller on recovering from pair of concussions.

Monday, March 05, 2012

"I've Never Had This Before. I've Never Had A Team Fall Of A Cliff Like This Before In My Life. I've Had Dips. I've Had Slumps. I've Had Rough Patches. But This Is Akin To An 18-wheeler Going Right Off A Cliff, ...I Don't Know What Happened." - Leafs' Brin Burke on Toronto's recent struggles.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

"...And Patterson Freezes It And Hoists It Into The Air Like It's A Trophy Walleye!" - Voice of the Minnesota Gophers, Wally Shaver, describing a Kent Patterson save in first place clinching win Saturday (audio).

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

"Jack Said He Will Be There To Support His Team, As Ken Pauly Said, 'The Team Is Complete When He's There.' I Think He's Inspired These Guys, And They've Inspired Him." - Leslie Jablonski on Jack's plans to be with the Benilde team as much as possible during the week of the Minnesota state tournament.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

"This Is A Bitter Loss, No One Wants To Lose 7-0 At The State Tournament. We Don't Want To Go 0-2 Down Here, That's Not Anybody's Goal. We're Going To Rebound (today) And We're Going To Win It." - Duluth Marshall's Judd Peterson on Minnesota State Tourney loss to Breck Mustangs and consolation round.

Friday, March 09, 2012

"I Was The Last One To Walk Into The Locker Room And The Guys Were Cheering For Me And Everything. And He Came Into The Locker Room About Two Minutes Later, And It Was Probably 10 Times Louder, Just Because Of The Fact He Came In, It Was Good To Hear." - Benilde's Christian Horn on post game locker room after upset of Edina in first round action of 2012 Minnesota State High School Tourney.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

"When I Was 13 Or 14, I Never Missed A Game When Sherbrooke Was In Town. I Tried To Duplicate What Herbie Was Doing At Faceoffs And Making Passes Onto The Blade, Not Behind The Wingman." - Jean Beliveau, the Hall of Fame forward, on black trailblazer Herb Carnegie, who passed away Friday.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

"As Defensemen, That's A Rule That's Got To Be Different" - Rangers' Michael Del Zotto on icing.

Monday, March 12, 2012

"(Babcock) Thinks It Takes Away From The Incentive To Forecheck Because You Are Scared They Are Going To Whip It Past You, If You Have The Red Line, It Takes Away The Tip And Chase Play." - Wings' GM Ken Holland on WIngs Head Coach Mike Babcock.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

"If A Defenceman Blows An Edge, He Still Has A Chance To Protect Himself, It Makes Sense. It's Safer For The Players." - Carolina GM Jim Rutherford, who was part of a seven-GM group that studied 'hybrid' icing.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

"I Understand It From Nashville's Perspective, That They Didn't Initiate This,The Difficult Part Is From Radulov's Perspective [is] He Did. He Gets His Cake And Eats It, Too. ...From Radulov's Point Of View, He Wins On All Fronts." - Blues GM Doug Armstrong on Alexander Radulov leaving KHL for Preds right about now.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

"It's Always Fun To Go Up Against The Best Player, We Just Have To Make Sure All Our Emotion Is In The Right Place And It Doesn't Lead To Us Taking Penalties. We Have To Treat Every Guy Like We Treat Everyone Else." - Rangers' outstanding rookie Carl Hagelin on playing agaisnt Sidney Crosby tonight.

Friday, March 16, 2012

"I Thought It Was An Extremely Hard-fought Hockey Game, I Don't Know If There Were A Ton Of Plays Being Made." - St. Cloud's head coach Bob Motzko on the sloppy WCHA FInal Five quarter-final game between SCSU and UND.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

"I've Personally Never Seen It Before, I've Played On Teams That Have Played Way Better On The Road Than At Home. So I Don't Know." - Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler struggled for an answer on never having seen a team win so often at home and fare so badly on the road.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

"It Is A Great Lesson And I Congratulate North Dakota." - Gophers Head Coach Don Lucia after giving up 3-0 lead and losing to UND 6-3.

Monday, March 19, 2012

"Keegan Was Outstanding In Training Camp For Us Last Summer, And Went On To Have A Terrific Season At Breck. Signing Him Has Been A Big Priority For Us This Season, ...To Thrive As A 15-year-old In Minnesota High School Hockey Is Remarkable." - Mike Johnston, Portland's GM and coach on newest Winterhawk, Keegan Iverson.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"Any Fight That Begins With Jack Edwards Chuckling To Himself About The Expected Carnage Is Not Going To Go Well For The Person Who Isn't Wearing Black And Gold." - Greg Wyshynski on last night's Komisarek - Lucic bout.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

"What Gives Me The Biggest Confidence Is We Have Four Lines That Can Play, As I Said. That's Huge This Late In The Season When Teams Get Worn Out. If We Can Keep Rolling All Four Lines And All Lines Can Contribute, Then That's A Good Thing." - BC's Steve Whitney.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

"I Like The Physicality Game, I Like To Hit Guys, These Guys Were My Size, Though, So They Weren't Going Down Like In High School." - Newest Portland Winterhawk, 15-year-old ninth grader Keegan Iverson of Minnesota's Breck School.

Friday, March 23, 2012

"I Think Peter Needs To Jog His Memory As Far As The Starting Lineups That I Put In Over In Their Building And Really Basically Just Shut Up, And I Need To Also." - Rangers' John Tortorella regarding NJ Devils' Peter DeBoer comments pertaining to brawl at start of Monday's game.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

"For All The People Who Tout The CHL As A "faster Route" To The NHL, Only Two Players Drafted Behind (Colorado College's) Jaden Schwartz Scored An NHL Goal Before Him, And One Of Them, Justin Faulk, Played College Hockey As Well." - Chris Dilks from WesternCollegeHockeyBlog.com.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

"Three Of Minnesota's Top Four Scorers (Bjugstad, Haula, And Defenseman Nate Schmidt) Are Sophomores. The Other, Rau, Was A Freshman. They Combined For 162 Points." - Ryan Lambert for Puck Daddy.

Monday, March 26, 2012

"Four Teams Which Finished First In Their Conference Over The Long Haul (in The Regular-season Play) Have Qualified For The Frozen Four. ...The Gophers From The WCHA, Boston College From Hockey East, Ferris State From The CCHA And Union From The ECAC." - StarTribune.com's Roman Augustoviz NCAA Frozen Four field.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

"I'm Sure He's Going To Tell Me Not To Become A Hockey Bum In The Next Few Years And To Get A Real Job." - University of Michigan's Shawn Hunwick is considering playing overseas, but noting that coach Red Berenson doesn't want him to be a career minor leaguer.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

"Being A 16-year-old, I Have To Make A Statement About What I Can Do, If Coaches Have Confidence, It'll Only Raise Your Confidence. As Nerve-racking As It Can Be, It Can Only Bring Out The Best In Your Play." - Sam Studnicka of the OHL's Windsor Spitfires.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

"We Should Call These Wild The North Stars, Shouldn't We? I Remember Our Team Being A Bunch Of Guys Who Were Happy To Be There. ...Money Was Never An Issue Because We Never Made Any. Now It's Kind Of Changed. It's, 'After Me, You're First.'" - ex-North Star (and father of Zach) J.P. Parise.

Friday, March 30, 2012

"He's Going In The Right Direction ...feeling A Little Better Each Day," - Vancouver Canucks' GM Mike Gillis noting that Daniel Sedin should be ready for playoffs .

Saturday, March 31, 2012

"We Lost A Game, 3-2. He Came Down Afterwards, And He Said, 'Coach, I Don't Know If You Know This, During The Game, Someone Was Laughing On The Bench, And You Guys Were Down, 3-2. And I Said, 'No, Don't Worry About It, I Already Looked After That.'" - A favorite Gordie Howe story from Mike Babcock - laughing during a loss was unacceptable from those wearing the Winged Wheel.