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Saturday, March 1, 2014

"Can You Feel The Excitement? Who’s Pumped For Even More Outdoor Hockey? [Crickets Chirp.] Right. Let’s Move On." - Sean McIndoe on the now novelty-free outdoor NHL games this weekend.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

"We Didn't Cope With The Task, We Haven't Coped For A Long Time, ...The Reasons Of Course, Lie In The Development Of Hockey. We Have 21 (Russian) Teams (out Of 28 In The KHL) And 14 Foreign Coaches. We Need To Solve These More Serious Problems." - Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko on home team's Olympic flop.

Monday, March 3, 2014

"If Someone Comes Up With This Analysis, Which I Haven’t Seen Yet, That Makes Us Better Predictors, We’ll Buy It, And We’ll Make Sure No One Else Can Buy It. ...But It Hasn’t Materialized, In My Mind, Yet In Hockey As An Analytics Tool." - Brian Burke on Hockey Analytics.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

"We Aren’t Different Just Because We Live In The Desert, We Love Hockey And We Are Going To Build The Game In This Country." - Mohammed Al-Amer, the 20-year-old captain of Qatar's national ice hockey team.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

"With All The Kids That Are Leaving, You Could Have Trouble Down The Road," - Former Bloomington Jefferson, MN coach Tom Saterdalen on the impact on the state tournament due to top MN high school players opting to leave for Junior hockey.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

"You Don’t Expand Just For Symmetry, The Three Things You Look At When You Expand Are - Market, Arena, And, Most Importantly, Ownership." - NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

Friday, March 7, 2014

"I’ve Noticed A Big Difference In Him This Year From Last Year, He’s Much More Confident And Has Played Really Well On Our Third Line. And At The Start Of The Year He Got Some Time On The First Power Play And Did Well With Those Opportunities." - Portland GM-head coach Mike Johnston on NHL draft-eligble Winterhawks center Keegan Iverson.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

"I’m Not Going To Be Able To Go Out In Public Again If We Lose, At Least In Hermantown." - Hermantown, MN H.S. coach Bruce Plante, who likely already has a tought time in public in some communitites....

Sunday, March 9, 2014

"It Gets To Be A Pretty Big Sack Of Rocks On Your Back After A While, It Gets Heavy." - Hermantown (MN) Hawks H.S. coach Bruce Plante on being a runner-up for the fifth straight time in the SingleA state tourney.

Monday, March 10, 2014

"He Had Gotten Into Trouble For Partying On A Road Trip And They Were Sending Him Home For Good, He Was Devastated. ...He Texted Me And Told Me His Life Was Over And That He Didn't Want To Do It Anymore." - Skye Cieszlak, girlfriend of missing Saginaw Spirit player Terry Trafford.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"The Event Is So Spectacular, The Intensity Of It For The Fans And For The Players Is Even More Than What I Thought It Would Be. It’s A Big Deal. For Me, It’s An Opportunity To Broadcast A Really Good Sporting Event," - Play-by-play announcer Gary Thorne commenting on his first Minnesota State High School Tourney.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

"I Hated It At First, It Was Definitely Not An Instant Love. I Remember My First Couple Practices; I Was Just Miserable." - Gophers freshman and inevitable NHLer Hudson Fasching on his initail interest level in hockey.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

"They Did Not Have A Father; They Had Coaches - Role Models Of Men, Men’s Behavior, Fathers, Husbands, Friends, Everything, It Was One Of The Best Decisions I’ve Made In My Life For The Boys." - Divorced Ukrainian native Alevtyna Gjessing on her two boys and the coaches from the Duluth, MN nonprofit youth organization they play for.

Friday, March 14, 2014

"...You Are Taking On The Responsibility Of Caring For A Minor & Should Shoulder The Responsibility To Help Develop & Mentor Each Kid From The First Season To The Last & Do Everything In Your Power To Help Them Develop As Well-rounded, Healthy Individuals." - Jamie McKiniven, author of "So You Want Your Kid to Play Pro Hockey?" on an important aspect of Junior franchisees who inherently deal with 16 & 17 year-olds pursuing their dreams.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

"We Have A Lot Of Players On Our Team Who Are 23 Years Old And Younger, And Those Players Are Gaining Experience And Maturing And Are Improving, Clearly How Good We Get Will Probably Depend In Some Part On How Quickly Those Kids Mature And Gain Experience." - Wild GM Chuck Fletcher.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

"Until You’ve Ever Been In That Position, It’s Really Hard To Put In Words The Pressure That Comes With Joining A New Team As A First-rounder, Living With A Different Family, And Going To A New High School." - Former OHLer Gregg Sutch on joining the Sarnia Sting at age 16.

Monday, March 17, 2014

"We're A Little Too Far Back To Have Statement Games, It Was A Good Step For Us. It Was A Good Start To Hopefully Something Good Here. We've Got To Rally And String A Bunch Together Now." - Jets' Blake Wheeler on Winnipeg's 7-2 win over Dallas.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

"Let’s Just Say That There Are Some Individuals That Pollute The [Junior Hockey] World With Shadiness And A Lack Of Respect. That’s The Nature Of The Business Though. It’s All About Business And That’s Where My Love For The Game Started To Fade Away." - Former OHLer Gregg Sutch on joining the Sarnia Sting at age 16.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

"[The DC Area Has] A Fan Base Who Will Tell You That It Is An Entitlement For Them. Because Nobody Knows Hockey Like People In Washington. You Know, What Do You Do With That? What Do You Do With These [people]?…" - American sportswriter and former columnist for The Washington Post Tony Kornheiser.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

"We're Tracking Everything, And We've Been Incredibly Pleased The Way The First Season Has Gone, Across The Board, We're Excited About The Tournament At The Best Hockey Arena In The Country In The Best City To Be Hosting College Hockey" - Associate Big Ten Commissioner Jennifer Heppel on the conference's first season of hockey.

Friday, March 21, 2014

"When You Lose A Game Like This, You Can’t Expect To Move Up." - Michigan coach Red Berenson doubting his team's chances of sneaking into the NCAA tourney after third loss to Penn State this season.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

"Boards Were Terrible, Bounces Off The Boards Were Terrible, Ice Was Terrible." - NCHC hockey fan 'Feff' lamenting the conditions at the Target Center for nascent league's tournament.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

"We Knew We Were Going To Play Next Weekend — Probably No Matter What — But That’s Not The Attitude We Had, The Attitude We Came In With Was We Wanted To Win. You Saw We Had No Quit In Our Game And Our Attitude Reflected Out There." - Badger Mark Zengerle after scoring BIG10 tourney game OT winner over Ohio State.

Monday, March 24, 2014

"Oh My God, What Is Going On At This Hotel Right Now?" - 'Purdue swimming girl' upon hearing Minneapolis Marriott Hotel lobby erupt - from elevator ten floors above it - with UND fan celebration/chaos.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"It’s A Great Challenge, Minnesota Has A Storied Hockey Tradition, It’s Going To Be An Unbelievable Environment For Our Student-athletes. These Are Lifetime Memories And I’m So Happy For Our Guys. I Imagine We’ll Be Playing The Entire State Of Minnesota..." - Robert Morris coach Derek Schooley on facing the University of Minnesota Saturday.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

"As Has Come To Be The Norm In The NHL, Emelin’s Clean Hit Drew A Retaliatory Assault From Chara. And Late In The Game, Lucic Speared Emelin From Behind, A Cheap Shot Described As A “love Tap” By The Cretinous P.J. Stock, Who's Ruining L’Antichambre For Me" - Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

"...Of Course, Emelin’s Refusal To “answer The Bell” Will Be Highlighted This Saturday On Coach’s Corner – The More So Because Bashing A Russian Will Take Cherry’s Increasingly Enfeebled Mind Off The Late-season Collapse Of His Beloved Leafs." - Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out describing likely interpretation of events following a Russian player's clean hit Monday night in Bruins - Habs tilt by primetime Canadian xenophobe.

Friday, March 28, 2014

"...this UND Team Has Also Shown Sides Of Very Poor Play. Good Examples Of This Is Their 6-3 Loss To UNO At The Ralph In February And Most Recently This Past Friday Against Miami." - NoDak blogger 'Goon' couching some of his enthusiasm while noting that UND has a 35% chance 'at most' of getting to and winning the Frozen Four.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

"Daddy! Daddy!" - Mario Lucia's Notre Dame teammates' high-pitched calls as the Irish's sophomore left winger talked about his dad, Gophers coach Don Luica..

Sunday, March 30, 2014

"College Players Deserve Just As Much Of A Spot On Pro Rosters As Anybody Else, And If A Current AHL Player Doesn't Want His Job Taken By A College Kid, He Could Always Get Better At Hockey." - Blogger Travis Hughes offering some simple logic in reaction to Don Cherry's anti-NCAA player ignorance.

Monday, March 31, 2014

"This Sunday’s Game Was More One-sided Than A Chubby Kid On A Teeter-totter." - Minnesota Daily's Samuel Gordon on the Gophers 4-0 drubbing of St. Cloud State.