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Friday, March 1, 2013

Saturday, March 2, 2013

"They Ripped My Heart Out, Stabbed It, Set It On Fire And Flushed It Down The Toilet." - Rick DiPietro after being waved by Islanders.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

"You Can’t Fault Him For His Effort, His Attitude Or His Work Ethic, He’s Always Been One Of The Best Guys In The Room. We’re Proud Of Ricky." - John Tavares on Rick DiPietro.

Monday, March 4, 2013

"The Seattle Metropolitans Rose To Hockey Supremacy In 1917, Only Two Years After The Team’s Creation. And They Did It Against The Legendary Montreal Canadiens, Who Had Been So Confident Of Victory They Refused To Bring The Coveted Cup With Them" - The Seattle Time's Craig Bowlsby in story about the first U.S. Team to win the Stanley Cup.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

"That's The Most Nervous I've Been Before A Game Since The Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament" - Team USA's Mike Ramsey after tying Sweden in opening game on February 12, 1980.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

"We Paused To Watch The Action. Having Seen Two Of The Best Teams In The NHL The Night Before, I Was Prepared For A Shambles. I Didn't Get One. The Kids Were Very Fast, The Passing Occasionally Errant But Never Sloppy, The Pace Relentless." - Author E.M. Swift, in 1982, after getting his first glimpse of the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

"About 15,000 People Were Ready To Go Over The Boards And Lynch The Entire Edina Team." - Observer commenting on 'non-call' of vicious hit by Edina defenseman on Warroad's Henry Boucha in 1969 Minnesota State Tourney Final. Boucha is a Chippewa Native American.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Saturday, March 9, 2013

"[St. Thomas Academy Is] Not Classless Because They Kept Chasing Class A Hardware When They Had Long Since Proven They Had No Business In Class A. Classless Because Of The Unnecessary Two-man Forecheck They Were Employing In A 12-0 Game" - Bruce Ciskie on St. Thomas Academy's approach late in 12-0 thumping of St. Cloud Apollo.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

"My Whole Beef Is The Philosophy Of It, When You Get Kids From Everywhere. It’s Tough On Everybody Else." - Hermantown, Minnesota H.S. coach Bruce Plante talking about private schools' ability to attract top players from large geographic areas.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

"There Are Far More Important Issues That Occur In A Game Beyond Eliminating A Player Who Points His Finger At The Score Clock; Unless Of Course The Cavalry Take Offense And Mount An Attack" - Former NHL referee Terry Fraser disagreeing with on-ice call pertaining to Rule 74.5's key word 'persist' and Vinny Prospal's10 minute misconduct.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

"The Biggest Thing I Learned Was That All The People I Wrote About And Talked About Are Normal, Rational Human Beings Who Want What Is Best For Their Kids. But..." - Author Ken Campbell on parents of youth hockey payers today.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

"I See A Stanley Cup Championship. My Hope Is That It Happens Soon, It May Not Be This Year. It May Not Be Next Year. But The Beautiful Thing Is We Have A Window Now That's Not Going To Close In Two Or Three Years." - Wild Owner Craig Leopold.

Friday, March 15, 2013

"To Experience In The Area Of 100 [brain Injuries] In A Season, As Happens In The WHL, Is Ludicrous. ...there Are Too Many Players And Families Out There Who Are Suffering From Something That Could Have Been Avoided." - Gregg Drinnan, sports editor of The Daily News.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

"I Think He’s Ready For The NHL, From What I See In The AHL, He Sticks Out Like A Sore Thumb." - Bob McGill, analyst of both the Marlies and Leafs on Jake Gardiner.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

"Your Job Is Not To Be Bobby Orr. Your Job Is To Fight!" - ome-time WHLer David Dotan recalling with disappointment his coach's words after he had scored a goal.

Monday, March 18, 2013

"I’d Rather See It When We’re Playing Against The Opponents Than Taking It Out On Each Other, But, The Fact That We Worked And Committed To Working Was A Good Thing. The Lesson In It Is If We Can Transform It Into An Opponent, Instead Of Ourselves." - Sharks' coach Todd McLellan on the effort in team's 'working practice' after 5-2 loss to Kings Saturday night.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

"As A Player, It’s Awesome, But As A Friend, It Puts A Lump In Your Throat. He’s Been One Of The Best Teammates The Last Four Years. His Work Ethic Is Second To None. It Gave Us All Goosebumps. We Know What It Means To Him And It Means A Lot To Us." - UND player Corban Knight's reaction to seeing senior 3rd-string goalie Tate Maris - who had never played during the regular season in his career - put in at end of playoff game.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

"He’s Not The Saviour. ...He’s A Very Good Player That We Saw Last Year, That Could Do A Lot Of Different Things For Us When He’s On Top Of His Game. ...and To Expect Too Much Out Of Him Would Be Unfair To Him." - Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis on called-up defenceman Jake Gardiner.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

"You Don’t Even Know How To Relate To It Unless You’ve Been In Both Scenarios, Playing On A West Coast Team ...or Playing On An East Coast Team, There Really Is An Advantage To Playing On The East Coast As Far As Travel Goes." - Wayne Gretzky praising NHL realignment plans.

Friday, March 22, 2013

"You Obviously Can’t Go 0-for-6 On The Power Play At This Time Of Year." - UND's Kristo on team's nonexistent powerplay effort in Final Five loss to Colorado College.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

"I Think Visors Should Be Mandatory, And Right Away, Why Wait To Grandfather Them In? If You Do That And It Takes 10 Years Until Everyone Is Wearing Them, How Many Serious Eye Injuries Will There Be - Three, Four? Is It Worth It?" - Greg Neeld, who lost his left eye to a high stick as an 18-year-old junior defenseman in 1973 and later developed the first helmet visor.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

"This Is Big For Us. It Gives Us New Life & New Energy. It’s A Huge Sigh Of Relief. I’m Going To Get To Play At Least One More Game In A St .Cloud Jersey & Hopefully, 4 More If Everything Goes Right. If We Had Been Out, It Would’ve Been Tough To Swallow." - St. Cloud State's Ben Hanowski, captain of WCHA co-championship team who was at the mercy of Lowell-Mass and a poorly designed algorithm to get a berth in the NCAA tourney.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

"The Lightning Already Have $62 Million Devoted To Salaries Next Season With Virtually No Impact Free Agents On The Docket. Usually That’s A Good Thing. In This Case, It’s Not. It’s An Indictment Of The GM." - The Hockey News' Ken Campbell calling the job Steve Yzerman is doing into question.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

"We're Not Sure What Age The Kids On The Ice Are, But We Can Assume That They Are Old Enough To Have Suffered Plenty Of Emotional Damage At The Sight Of Their Parents Turning Into Goons. Hurray For Youth Sports!" - Deadspin editor commenting on parent fight that broke out in stands of Ontario Minor Hockey Association game this past weekend.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

"I Just Try To Do My Best. Right Now I’m Scoring Goals And I’m The King Of The World. And A Couple Weeks Ago I Was Almost In The Toilet. So Maybe You Just Forget To Flush Me." - Alex Ovechkin.

Friday, March 29, 2013

"When The NCAA Placed The 2013 Men’s Hockey West Regional In Grand Rapids, Mich., The Organization Probably Didn’t Envision The Season Unfolding This Way." - GrandForksHerald.com's Tom Miller noting that for the first time since 1979, the NCAA tournament doesn’t include at least one school from Michigan.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

"(He) Put Four Shots On Goal And Finished A Plus-2 Against The No. 2 Team In The Nation. Just A Massive Game, And Anyone Wondering Who He Was In The Immediate Wake Of The Iginla Trade Probably Knows Full Well Now. You Know For Sure Minnesota Does." - Puck Daddy's Ryan Lambert on Yale's Kenny Agostino.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

"I Thought We Had A Pretty Good Third Period Going, But We Got Ourselves Back On Our Heels With A Couple Of Penalties." - UND coach Dave Hakstol alluding to the two penalties that his team took deep in the offensive zone with under ten minutes to go that cost his team a trip to the Frozen Four.