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Saturday, February 1, 2014

"Canadians Are Predisposed To Not Like The Outdoor Concept In The First Place... Outdoor Games Are New. We Don’t Do New. In Our Ideal NHL, Nothing Changes, Ever. Not The Teams, Not The Uniforms, Not The Rules. Hockey Was Just Fine Before Gary Bettman..." - DownGoesBrown.com's Sean McIndoe.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

"I'm Happy For Him To Get Rewarded Tonight, He Was Phenomenal Right From The Start." - Wild head coach Mike Yeo on Zach Parise.

Monday, February 3, 2014

"I Think I Might’ve Enjoyed Myself Watching The State Of The Union More. No, Probably Not." - Tim Thomas, after giving up a season-high six goals to the Bruins on the same night President Barack Obama was planning his State of the Union Address.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

"There Has Been A Work Ethic, A Never Quit, A Determination, And Abrasiveness About A Hard To Play Against Type Of Player, ...Regardless Of The Score, Regardless Of The Situation Our Respective Teams Might Be In, ...that's What You Get Every Time." - U.S. head coach Dan Bylsma on his freshly minted captain Zach Parise.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

"Gigi Got The Best Of It, I Still Tease T. J. About It." - Warroad, MN's Henry Boucha, who won silver at the 1972 Sapporo Olympics, remembering scuffle between current Warroad Olympians Gigi Marvin and T.J. Oshie.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

"We Would Do Things Like Play Cards And Hang Out By The Pools Throughout The Summers. He Came To A Lot Of My Hockey Games, But I Think More Importantly For Him He Was More Worried About Grades And Being A Good Kid. It’s A Tough Day For Sure." - Patrick Kane speaking Monday about how close he was to his late grandfather.

Friday, February 7, 2014

"So We Shouldn’t Say It’s Definitely Going To Be A Canada-U.S. Final. But It Will." - Sean McIndoe on the Olympic women's hockey in Sochi.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

"My First Was Lake Placid, And We Drove Up From Long Island, Where I Worked For Newsday. My Boss, The Late Dick Sandler, Told Me I'd Cover Figure Skating And Some Hockey. When The Underdog American Hockey Team Was Eliminated, He Said, We Would Ignore It." - The LA Times' Helene Elliott on a boss's assumption that did not pan out during her Lake Placid Olympic coverage.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

"The Toilets." - Roberto Luongo's answer when asked what he was most looking forward to in Russia.

Monday, February 10, 2014

"I’m Not Worried About Post-Olympics Like Some People Talk About, When You’re There, You Get A Lot Of Rest. You Don’t Travel At All To The Games; It’s A Five-minute Walk To The Rink. You’re In A Very Central, Localized Atmosphere." - Blues' Coach Ken Hitchcock, who has nine players in Winter Games in Sochi, Russia..

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

"Of The 35 Goals Team Canada Scored In 2010, 17 Of Them Were Scored By Players Who Have Either Retired Or Didn’t Make The Cut For This Year’s Team." - Daniel Wagner of the Vancouver Sun.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"Seven Or Eight Of The Players Gave Perfectly Friendly, Impromptu Interviews After The Morning Practice. Was It A Fluke? Most Of The Gathered Reporters Had Missed That Chat-fest And Listened To Accounts Of It The Way You Would With A Bigfoot Sighting." - The New York Times' David Segal talking about how shocking it was Sunday to see the usually passive-aggressively silent Russian players interact with the media.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

"It Means Gold [medal] Only Costs $50 Billion." - In Cheeky Nod to Sochi Costs, Alex Ovechkin Values Hockey Gold at $50 Billion.

Friday, February 14, 2014

"He Will Make A Fool Of Himself" - Nicklas Backstrom's grandmother leveling some pretty harsh criticism at a grandson who has amassed 45 assists in teh NHL this year.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

"Leo Komarov Is In The KHL Now, But He Misses Being A Leaf. That's Right: The KHL Makes You Want To Play For The Toronto Maple Leafs. Just One More Knock Against That League." - Puck Daddy'd Harrison Mooney.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

"Gaudreau Has A Shot At Being The First College Hockey Player To Tally 2 Points Per Game For A Season Since UNH's Jason Krog In 1998-99. [Back Then] Scoring Was Significantly Higher Than It Is These Days, Which Makes Gaudreau’s Season Even More Impressive." - The Grand Forks Herald's Brad Elliott Schlossman on Boston College phenom Johnny Gaudreau.

Monday, February 17, 2014

"He Said As A Child There Were Three Horror Films He Knew From The West, One Was ‘Nightmare On Elm Street,’ The Second One Was ‘Friday The 13th,’ And The Third One Was 'Miracle On Ice'." - Mark Adams of the International Olympic Committee quoting from a speech given by Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the Sochi Olympics Organizing Committee.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

"Yes, He Needs To Be Scratched Among Other Things," - Russian coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov (through a Olympics-supplied translator) discussing Alexander Radulov's pair of penalties that produced power play goals in loss to U.S..

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

"You And I Shouldn't Forget That Sport Isn't Only About Skill But Also About The Athletes' Courage, And Even A Good Slice Of Luck." - Russian President Vladimir Putin - preparing his country to feel good about men's hockey team even if they don't win gold?.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

"They Have A Really Really Good Team, They Are Really Unselfish. From The First To The Fourth Line, They Are All Contributing. I Think They Have A Really Good Shot To Win The Whole Thing." - 1980 Olympian Phil Verchota on this year's U.S. men's team.

Friday, February 21, 2014

"Russia, You Are Breaking Our Heart. Or Cutting It Out With A Dull Spoon. Or Something Equally Horrific. #hockey" - Example of the Moscow News' live-tweetage near the end of the Russia/Finland Olympic quarterfinals match.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

"They Did A Good Job Of Keeping Us To The Outside, Limiting Our Chances And Traffic In Front Of The Net." - U.S. center David Backes on 1-0 semi final loss to Canada.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

"'I'm Not Proud At All Right Now. I Don't Think Anyone Is. We Were Playing For A Medal And Didn't Show Up." - Team USA's Max Pacioretty after Finland blanked U.S. 5-0.

Monday, February 24, 2014

"I Wanted To Play For A Good Coaching Staff, And I Knew That The Guys Coming In Here Would Make A Great Hockey Team." - Forward James Polk on what led him to UNO.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

"Oshie’s Solo Effort In A Shootout Against Russia Was Great Theater. Now Let’s All Agree To Never Say Anything Nice About The Shootout Ever Again." - Sean McIndoe.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

"Well, Eat Me Now. You'll Eat Me, And I'll Be Gone," - Russian head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov to Russian reporters at his last press conference in Sochi.

Friday, February 28, 2014

"He's Fairly Normal." - Defenseman Keith Ballard possibly noting how unusual Wild rookie goalie Darcy Kuemper is by goalie standards.