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Monday, December 1, 2014

"I Expect There To Be A Healthy Rise In The Salary Cap For Next Season, The Canadian Dollar Would Have To Continue To Fall In A Material Way For That To Change." - NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly last week regarding the trajectory of the 'Loonie'.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

"It Seems Like That's The Second Time That's Happened In A Matter Of What Three Shifts That I've Been In Minnesota? So I Don't Know, It Seems A Little Targeted But ... Either Way, Got Away With The Two Points, So We'll Take That." - T.J. Oshie - who has a history of concussions - expressing concern that Wild players are targeting his head.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

"Only 13 Times Has BU Scored Without Eichel On The Ice." - CollegeHockeyNews.com's Joe Meloni noting that, although Boston University has scored 44 goals in its 13 games, the team only averages one goal a game when Jack Eichel is not on the ice.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

"Danny Decided To Leave So He Has A Chance To Play, I Wish Him Nothing But The Best." - Colorado College coach Mike Haviland on freshman Dan Labosky who left the college - the forward from Edina, MN appeared in two games and did not record a point.

Friday, December 5, 2014

"The Biggest Hockey Fear In Canada Isn't Losing A Tourney To Russia, Sweden Or Finland... It's The U.S. Surpassing Us As A Hockey Nation. That – And A Return To The 65-cent Dollar – Keeps More Than A Few People North Of The Borders Up At Night." - Ryan Pyette of the London Free Press.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

"The Americans Are Entering What Appears To Be A Golden Age Of Up-and-coming Talent Ready To Dominate The International Scene. Their Youngsters Are Not Just Jack Eichel And A Bunch Of Nobodies." - Ryan Pyette of the London Free Press on a possible WJC golden age for Team USA.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

"Go Ahead And Look At The Rosters Of The Top NCAA Schools, Not Div. I As A Whole, But The Real Established Programs Everyone Knows. There Aren't That Many Canadian Names Anymore." - Ryan Pyette of the London Free Press on the impressive progress in the quality of U.S. players.

Monday, December 8, 2014

"I Sat Right Beside Him. His Arms Were As Big As My Legs And I Thought To Myself ‘I Can’t Let This Guy See Me Naked Or He’ll Beat The Shit Out Of Me Some Day,'" - Dale Tallon remembering Gordie Howe at Tallon's first all-star game - Tallon finished that thought by noting "So I got to game, the all-star game, at three in the afternoon to put my gear on early so he wouldn’t see me naked.".

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"I Have No Problem Saying, It’s Been Public Knowledge, But This Stuff That He’s Trying To Deal With, I Don’t Want To Say It’s A Huge Distraction, But It’s Got To Be Weighing On Him. There’s No About That." - Mike Yeo on Thomas Vanek and his gambling issues.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

"To Me, He's A Better Person Than He Is A Hockey Player And That's A Good Thing, Go Ahead And Talk To People He's Dealt With In High School And College And Now Pro, They'd Probably Tell You The Same Thing." - Panthers' Nick Bjugstad's uncle, Scott Bjugstad, who played in the NHL from 1984 to 1992..

Friday, December 12, 2014

"Backstrom Doesn’t Look Like The Same Goalie As The Past Few Years. He Just Looks More Confident And Healthier In Net Because He Is Healthy. He Does His Rehab Work Daily And It’s To The Point He’s Not Thinking About Being In Pain On The Ice." - The Star Tribune's Michael Russo on the Wild's Niklas Backstrom.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

"...a Tremendous Athlete, ...he’s Definitely One Of The Athletes I Watched Growing Up As Well." - Toronto Maple Leafs' goalie Jonathan Bernier experiencing an alleged case of the 'Red Carpet Flusters' at NBA Toronto Raptors event celebrating Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

"Within The Context Of His Sport’s Culture, [P.K. Subban] Is More Like A Gaudy Mansion, With A Waterslide Out Back And A Cigarette Boat Parked In The Driveway Leaking Gas." - Ben McGrath writing for the New Yorker.

Monday, December 15, 2014

"Hockey, Like The Country Of Its Birth, Has Long Valued Understatement - Sometimes Comic Understatement - And Shunned Salesmanship. The General Lack Of Celebrity Taint Is, To Some Traditionalists, One Of The Sport’s Great Appeals," - Ben McGrath writing for the New Yorker.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"In The U.S. ...fans Grow Up Memorizing The Names Of Canadian Towns They’ll Never Visit In The Vain Hope That It Might Better Acquaint Them With The Soul Of Something Pure, Unsullied By Kardashians And Halftime Shows." - Ben McGrath writing for the New Yorker.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

"See, The Way Hockey Is, You’re Supposed To Carry Yourself A Certain Way, And Behave A Certain Way,” Maria Subban Told Me. “It’s Kind Of Like The Military, And Partly Like Being The Queen." - P.K. Subban's mother, Maria.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

"Section 7AA Is Looking Like It Could Be The Toughest Section In The State This Year. ...Andover Has Shown They Can Be Pesky--female Goalie Maddie Rooney Made 41 Saves In A 2-2 Against Duluth East Last Weekend." - sbncollegehockey.com's Chris Dilks commenting on Minnesota high school hockey.

Friday, December 19, 2014

"I Just Want To Do It Right, I Don't Want To Look Back And Say We Were Wrong." - Sue Jeno, choking back tears, started to cry when she was asked whether she thought the University of North Dakota should pick a new nickname..

Saturday, December 20, 2014

"I'd Like 50 Teams Because That Would Mean Another 18 Coaches Get Jobs." - Ken Hitchcock on NHL expansion.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

"The One Thing That We Are Talking About Is Maintaining Possession Of The Puck And Being Very Creative In The Offensive Zone. Our Best Defense Is Probably Going To Be Having The Puck, And That Is Still Evolving." - U.S. World Juniors head coach Mark Osiecki sounding as though he is dumping any notion of a dump & chase approach as he prepares for the tornament.

Monday, December 22, 2014

"...You Never Know What’s Going To Happen In This League." - American KHLer Tim Stapleton.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

"My Job Is To Make Decisions. I Don't Have To Explain Everything To You. Your Job Is You Can Second-guess. That's Your Priority And That's The Way It Is. ... Let Me Put It This Way: It's Called Coaching." - Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins to the gathered media in Boston after the 12.21.2014 morning skate.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

"We Generated Some Offense And That Was Certainly Great To See, We Have Some Things To Work On, But I Like Our Group As We Head Into The World Juniors." - World Juniord tourney Team USA coach Mark Osiecki.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

"The One Thing This Group Has Brought And Has Been Consistent, The Compete Level Is So High, To Be Able To Be On The Ice With Those Guys Is So Much Fun. You Don’t Have To Say Much. You Point Them In The Right Direction And Away They Go." - Mark Osiecki, Team USA head coach for the 2015 World Junior Championship tournament starting tomorrow.

Friday, December 26, 2014

"We Are Very Comfortable With The Choices We Made, We Tried To Have A Balance Between Skill, Speed, Strength And Size. When You Look At The Roster, We Have That." - Team Canada World Juniors coach Benoit Groulx - who has the unenviable task of bringing to an end the country's five-year gold-medal drought.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

"Today Was The Embodiment Of Concerns I've Had About This Team Since Day One. When Offensive-minded Players Like Kyle Connor And Jeremy Bracco Were Cut, I Had Reservations, But Said I'd Wait To See How It Played It Out. Today, It Played Out Like I Feared." - sbncollegehockey.com's Chris Dilks Thoughts last night on Team USA's First Game SO Win Over Finland.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

"I Remember Coming Onto The Bench And Looking Up. You Couldn’t See Anything But People Hanging From Everywhere, “You Can’t Replace An Environment Like That. ...I Remember Things Were Falling Off The Rafters." - One time Michigan State coach Ron Mason reminisching about the Great Lakes Invitational tournament at the Joe Louis Arena in the eighties.

Monday, December 29, 2014

"Montreal Is Not Canada, Montreal Is Not Even Quebec, Montreal Is Montreal ...[Junior Hockey] Is A Small Town Ontario Thing, It’s A Western Canada Thing, It’s A Get Up At 6 a.m. And Drive To Tim Horton’s And Go To The Arena Thing." - Jay Farrar, producer and radio personality on a number of TSN 690 shows, on Junior hockey in Canada.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

"We're Still Trying To Find A Little Bit More Chemistry, But Overall I Thought We Were Able To Play The 13 Forwards, Use The Seven Defensemen, I Think Some Things Have Really Come Through That We've Been Talking About." - Team USA coach Mark Osiecki after his team's victory over Slovakia at the World Juniors Championship in Montreal.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

"My Ultimate Goal Is Making Lifelong Memories For Our Fans, And No Other Business Delivers That But Sports." - Ted Leonsis talking Caps, Winter Classic and the Stanley Cup.