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Sunday, December 1, 2013

"We Had Some Great Conversations. We Definitely Grew Up As A Team Last [Friday] Night..." - University of North Dakota's Stephane Pattyn getting his Kumbaya on after players-only meeting.

Monday, December 2, 2013

"Michael Mersch Had Obviously Been Crying. They Were Tears Of Anguish, The Kind That Flow When You Make A Mistake You Can’t Explain, Exposing Those Closest To You To Grave Consequence." - Madison.com's Andy Baggot on Mersch's 'ghastly' turnover with 30 seconds left Saturday night.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

"You Kind Of Lose Sight Sometimes Of These Different Milestones Throughout The Season. ...[The Games] Go By Slowly, So I Guess That's A Good Thing. I'm Thankful To Have Played Any Games At All. To Kind Of Get Up There, I Guess, Feels Good." - Winnipeg's Blake Wheeler aw-shucksing when asked about reaching the 400 game milestone.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

"Or [where's] The Scene Where Parise Picks Up The Milk Carton And Sees “DANY HEATLEY’S OFFENSE” On The Side Of It?" - Greg Wyshynski on one thing missing from Zach Parise Chocolate Milk commercial.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

"Or [where's] The Part Where He Enters The Team USA Locker Room, Finds Byfuglien Buried In Empty Bottles Before He Shrugs And Says, “Hey, Maybe Try Strawberry Dude”?" - Greg Wyshynski on another thing missing from Zach Parise Chocolate Milk commercial.

Friday, December 6, 2013

"My Lawyer’s The Best Person To Answer This Question, But To Tell The Truth, I’m Sure That Everything Will Be Fine, No One’s Heard My Version Yet Or Seen My Evidence. Everyone Gets A Turn." - Colorado Avs' Semyon Varlamov sounding sure of Acquittal in Domestic Abuse Case according to Russsian news organization.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

"This Is What The Puck Sees, A Lot Of What We Do Is From The Puck’s Point Of View. ...We Have So Many Kids Wanting To Be Goalies We Can’t Handle Them All." - Thomas Magnusson, Sweden's head of goaltending development at the national level.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

"...where Eye-for-an-eye Is Law Of The Land, Embraced By The Dinosaur Wing Of General Managers Who - Incredibly, Insanely, Barbarically - Think That Allowing People To Beat Each Other In The Heads With Fists Can Act As Some Sort Of Peacemaking Mechanism." - Pittsburgh Tribune columnist Dejan Kovacevic describing Gary Bettman's NHL in wake of Shawn Thornton's sucker-punching of Brooks Orpik last night.

Monday, December 9, 2013

"This Year, It's Wheeler Playing Like A Point Guard And Firing Up One Three-pointer After Another. The Crease? That's Something In Wheeler's Pants, Not An Area On The Ice With Which He's Familiar." - Winnipeg Free Press columnist Gary Lawless on Blake Wheeler's work ethic and will to win.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

"I Hope To God It All Pans Out Well And Maybe He Can Somehow Reach An Agreement With His Princess And Finally She’d Be Given A Green Card, Which She Really Wants." - Illya Kovalchuk revealing a sad 'win-win' - Avs' Semyon Varlamov might be able to help his abuse victim get a green card if she's willing to drop domestic abuse charges.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

"Toews: Who Drank More Beer Or Champagne Out Of The Cup In 2010 And 2013 Combined - Me Or You? Kane: Are You Trying To Make Me Look Worse Or Better Here? Toews: You Can Say Me. Kane: Well, As The Captain, You Had Two Days With The Cup." - Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

"Not Really,It's Not Like I've Been Waiting For The Day. But, Hopefully The Episodes Will Be Cool To Watch." - Wings' Justin Abdelkader when asked if he felt comfortable with "24/7" cameras & microphones surrounding him as he changed in and out of his gear - Note: First episode airs 12/14/2013.

Friday, December 13, 2013

"...Then She Cried After The First Year When We Said Good-bye To Our First Player, And She Said, 'Do We Want To Do This Again?,' And I Said, 'The Only Reason You Hate It Is Because You Like It So Much. You Hate The Leaving, But You Love The Time Together.'" - Kearney, Nebraska's Tom Andersen on his wife Deb after first year as an USHL billet family.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

"It Seems Unlikely That [Shanahan] Will Be Working Alone On This Suspension. ...This Incident Raises Complex Legal Issues And Will Be Considered With Care. Ultimately, The Suspension Is Less A Hockey Decision And More A Legal Decision." - TSN legal analyst Eric Macramalla on why is it taking the NHL so long to suspend Shawn Thornton.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

"That's A Character Win For Our Guys, There's Nothing More Than That. They Had To Dig Extremely Deep To Find Another Level In The Third Period, And That's What They Did." - Wild coach Mike Yeo on team's first road win in December last night.

Monday, December 16, 2013

"I Can’t See The Kings Holding On To Winger Matt Frattin ...who Keeps Getting Scratched. ...on A Team That’s Solidly On The Plus Side, The Former Toronto Maple Leafs Forward Is Minus 7, Worst On The Team. And He Has Two Goals In 25 Games." - The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

"I Have No Reason Left To Try And Defend My City, And The People Of My City. I’m Done Trying To Defend The City I’m From. I’m Disgusted And Outraged That It Had To Come To That." - Milan Lucic is done trying to defend his hometown, Vancouver, BC.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

"The Continuing Human Tragedy That Surrounds Long-term Fighting In Hockey Needs To End. It’s Not About The Game, Or Policing The Rats, Or Staged Fights Or Combustion Fights Or Any Of The Usual Arguments... It’s Beyond The Game, Now. It’s About People." - The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

"...It Is Home. While The Actions Of A Few Individuals Have Deeply Upset Me And Will Impact The Time I Spend Downtown Going Forward, I Will Not Let Those Incidents Diminish The Love And Pride I Have For The City As A Whole." - His emotions set aside, Milan Lucic walks back from his anti-Vancouver outburst.

Friday, December 20, 2013

"We’re Trying To Get Indian Families Proud Of Who They Are, We Want To Use It As A Teaching Tool. I’m Interested In Issues Facing Reservations Now: Suicide Prevention, Obesity, Better Lifestyles, Making Better Choices And Things Like That. You Want To." - Ojibwa and former Wing, North Star and Olympic silver medalist Henry Boucha.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

"I Remember Thinking, This Is Where I Want To Be And This Is What I Want To Do, So If I Can Do That For Someone Else And Our Team Can Be An Inspiration For Some Of These Little Girls That Came Out Here Tonight, Then That's Pretty Cool." - Grand Forks, ND native Jocelyne Lamoureux after her illegal check and fighting resulted in young girls in the crowd cheering wildly.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

"If Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned, What Does Hell Have When The Scorned Are Two Angry Women's Hockey Teams? Now We Know." - Puck Daddy's Jen Neale on Line brawl that erupted in Friday tuneup between USA, Canada women's teams.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

"I Talked To Him That Night And I Talked To Him The Day After, He Was Really Apologetic. My Record Is Far From Perfect In This League And Far From Being Completely Clean. ...He's Always Been A Pretty Good Friend Of Mine." - Brooks Orpik on Shawn Thornton.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

"I Think Their Playing Together So Much Will Help, You Talk About Suter & Parise Being Teammates, That Just Brings More Comfortability To The Room, When You’ve Got Groups Of Guys That Have Played Together. ...I Think Suter And Parise Are Absolute Locks.”" - Dustin Brown on Zach Parise's and Ryan Suter's likely presence on the U.S. team in Sochi.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

"Do I Think That They’re Eventually Going To Take Fighting Out Of The Game? Maybe ...I Think It Will End Up Going Down To, If You Fight Once, You’re Out Of The Game. And If It Comes To That, There’s Really No Point In Having [an 'enforcer'] In The Lineup" - Coyotes' Paul Bissonnette.

Friday, December 27, 2013

"For A Team That Lacks Confidence And Has 22 Goals In The Past 15 Games And Must Dig Deep And Figure Out A Way To Stop The Bleeding And Climb Back Into The Top-8, Parise's Absence Comes Out A Bad Time." - The Star Tribune's Michael Russo on the fact that Zach Parise's nagging foot injury will keep him out of the line up for a while.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

"...I Wouldn’t Say He’s Overly Dirty. He Finishes His Checks. ...I Don’t Go Around Looking To See Who’s A Dirty Player. I Don’t Really Put Much Thought Or Stock Into It. If He Hasn’t Been Suspended A Whole Lot, I Suppose He’s Not A Dirty Player." - Ray Whitney gets his diplomat on while weighing in on the dirtiness of Dustin Brown.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

"This Season Is Disintegrating Right In Front Of Our Eyes. The Wild Better Find A Gargantuan Band-Aid Or Tourniquet For That Matter And Stop The Bleeding ASAP." - Star Tribune's Michael Russo.

Monday, December 30, 2013

"You Can Do Your Job Without Me, I Can Do Mine Without You." - Brian Burke to Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons after Simmons disagreed with Burke's decision to go to Afghanistan and visit the troops at the busiest time on the 2011 hockey calendar.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

"Stefan Matteau, Andrew Copp And Hudson Fasching Have Consistently Been Team USA’s Best Line In All Zones. ...They’re Very Difficult To Play Against & Are Responsible For Setting The Pace Team USA Wants To Play At & Being The Team’s Most Physical Line." - UnitedStatesOfHockey.com's Chris Peters.