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Friday, February 1, 2013

"I’m Worried About Our Play. I’m Worried About The Process We’re Going Through As A Team And Some Of The Challenges We’re Going Through Right Now." - UND coach Dave Hakstol likely alluding to recent drinking-related charges against five of his players.


Saturday, February 2, 2013

"It Was A Clown Move By Julien. His Team Had Just Been Embarrassed On Its Own Ice By A Club That Had Lost Four Straight. He Wanted To Send One Last Message And He Got Called On It. Can’t Blame Ruff For Protecting His Players." - SI.com's Allan Muir commenting on Ruff's reaction to the Bruins' Julien sending out Lane MacDermid with 14 seconds left in blowout loss to Buffalo.


Sunday, February 3, 2013

"Too Many Games Too Close Together" - Montreal scalper with fistful of tickets.


Monday, February 4, 2013




Tuesday, February 5, 2013

"I Was A Hockey Guy And I Still Think That I Am. Hockey Players Aren’t Smart And I Don’t Say That In A Bad Way. We Are Just Repetition Guys, We Are Instinct Guys, And We Are Quick Thinking, Reaction Guys." - Hall of Fame defenceman Paul Coffey.


Wednesday, February 6, 2013




Thursday, February 7, 2013

"Right Now, I Have Nothing Bad To Say About Rene. It's Only Positive Because He Deserves It." - Canadiens' Head coach Michel Therrien on Rene Bourque.


Friday, February 8, 2013

"I Guess The Most Exciting Things In Life Are Pretty Nerve-racking At First, ...You Do What You Can And Sometimes Some Things Just Aren’t Up To You. I’m Just Happy I’ve Got This Opportunity. It’s Been Something I’ve Been Working For." - Oilers' undrafted undersized overachieving forward Mark Arcobello.


Saturday, February 9, 2013

"He Was An Absolute Prick." - Craig Heisinger, director of hockey operations for the post-Phoenix Jets, offers description of Randy Carlyle during his Winnipeg days.


Sunday, February 10, 2013

"We're Good On Paper - That's For Sure. We Know What We've Got Here. It's Just Of Matter Of Putting It Together At The End Of The Season. We're Hoping To Do So." - Nick Bjugstad, Florida draft pick and top line center for the No. 1 rated University of Minnesota.


Monday, February 11, 2013

"Talk About Pressure, After Having A Couple Of Down Years, And With Everybody Calling For His Head, (Don) Came Back Strong. He’s Done A Tremendous Job With That Group." - University of Minnesota women's hockey coach Brad Frost, a friend of Don Lucia's whose team is also ranked No. 1.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

"It Was A Stunningly Clumsy Decision By A Man Who Should Understand That He Makes Bettman Look Like A Powerless Fool At His Own Peril." - Sports Illustrated's Allan Muir on IIHF president Rene Fasel's comments regarding NHL palyer participation in Sochi.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

"First Off, Just So Fans Of The Flames And The Wild Know, I’m Going To Take This Seriously. That Said, I Am Live-blogging A Flames/Wild Game In The Middle Of February, So Not That Seriously." - Start of Backhand Shelf's Justin Bourne 'Live Blog' entry the other night.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

"I Basically Told Him I Have A Lot Of Pride In What I Do, I Came Here For A Reason. It Wasn't Just Because Of The Money. [He Had More Lucrative Offers.] I Came Here Because I Wanted To Win A Stanley Cup." - Pittsburgh Penguins' Paul Martin on why he refused trade offer fromPittsburgh GM Ray Shero.


Friday, February 15, 2013

"Well, A General Manager Would Probably Be Able To Spend More Time At Home, Seriously, At That Point, I Would Get The Power To Really Build A Team. Yes, It Would Be A High-pressure Job, But I Always Try To Turn The Pressure Into Something More Positive" - Jarmo Kekalainen in 2006 interview on the possibility of becoming the first European NHL GM.


Saturday, February 16, 2013

"We’re The Most Isolated Of All The Teams In Hockey East, So It’s A Challenge To Get The [nonleague] Games." - University of Maine's Tim Whitehead.


Sunday, February 17, 2013

"They're All Like Starting Quarterbacks. ...Bjugstad's Got That Thing You Don't Teach." - Wisconsin Badgers' head coach Mike Eaves on Minnesota Gophers' depth.


Monday, February 18, 2013

"Obviously, I’m Sorry That Mr. Melnyk Feels That Way. But I Understand The Position That He’s In. It’s Not Easy, I Obviously Felt Bad About The Cut And Just Hope That He Has A Fast Recovery. I Know It’s Not Fast, But As Fast As Possible." - Matt Cooke responding to Senators owner Eugene Melnyk calling him a “five-time suspended goon”.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

"First Guy On The Ice For Practice, Last Guy Off, He Just Loves It. He's Like Those Doctors Who Can't Leave The Hospital For 18 Hours. He Is Honing His Skills Like A Top Surgeon." - Erie Otters managing partner/general manager Sherry Bassin on 16-year-old sensation Connor McDavid.


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

"Oh My God. ...Who’s That?" - Bobby Orr when he first saw Connor McDavid two and a half years ago.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

"In H.S.hockey, Power Can Change Hands Fast. Section 2A Is Not One Of These Cases. ...Another Year, Another Dangerous And Entertaining Squad For The Mustangs. ...Expect The Mustangs To Ride Through The Section Playoffs." - MN Hockey Hub's Walker Orenstein on the ongoing success of the Breck Mustangs.


Friday, February 22, 2013

"(He Had The Look Of) A Guy Trying To Hurt Someone" - Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo on Taylor Hall after his knee-on-knee hit to Cal Clutterbuck.


Saturday, February 23, 2013

"The Big Guys, Malkin And Crosby. They’re Like Crack Addicts. They Can’t Get Enough Of This Offensive Stuff. They Want To Go Coast To Coast And Score Goals, But It Leads To Some Trouble." - NBC Sports Network's Mike Milbury analogizing eloquently.


Sunday, February 24, 2013

"The Wild Are About To Become A Very Good Team, Partly Due To Two High Profile Free Agents, But Mostly Due To A Talented Group Of Incoming Prospects." - The Edmonton Journal's David Staples.


Monday, February 25, 2013

"Playing Goal Is Not Fun, It Is A Grim, Humorless Position, Largely Uncreative, Requiring Little Physical Movement, Giving Little Physical Pleasure In Return." - From memior of Ken Dryden, the Hall of Fame goalie for the Montreal Canadiens.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

"Is It Wrong Of Me To Think My Hubby Looks Especially Hot Sitting In The Penalty Box? #badboy" - Carrie Underwood.


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

"Some Nights You Didn’t Even Know If He Was Gonna Come To The Rink, It’s Tough To Play Alongside Guys Like Those Because You Don’t Know What You’re Gonna Get Out Of ‘em." - Troy Brouwer rips ex-Capitals teammate Alex Semin.


Thursday, February 28, 2013

"Wayzata Plays Tough But Our Top Line Was Just Off A Click. When Things Didn't Fall Their Way Early They Began To Press A Little. It Was A Bad Time To Get Snake Bit." - Benilde's coach Ken Pauly going easy on the credit after MN H.S. Section 2A Finals.