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Saturday, November 1, 2014

"Our Current And Ultimately Future State Of High School Hockey Is Outstanding. A Player Can Live At Home, Go To School With Childhood Friends, Play At A Highly Competitive Level, And Gain Personal And Leadership Experiences." - John Hamre, ex-head coach of Blake School's boys hockey team on the state of high school hockey in Minnesota.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

"Put It This Way, I Was A Little Surprised When I Heard In The News That Mister Vanek Was Claiming Complete Innocence With Respect To This Entire [illegal Gambling] Operation." - Jim Wolford, attorney for Mark Ruff - Ruff pleaded guilty Thursdy on charges of illegal gambling.

Monday, November 3, 2014

"The Vast Majority Of Minnesota Players Who Make It To The NHL Or AHL Stay Home Through Their Senior Year Of High School. I Beg Any Scout, Coach, Team Executive, Owner Or League In The World To Prove To Me Differently When It Comes To The Minnesota Player." - Agent Neiy Sheehy, retired player and Harvard University graduate.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

"Malmquist's Best Asset Is The Quick Release On His Heavy Snap Shot. He Has The Ability To Make Offensive Plays In Tight Spaces. He's A Pure Scorer That Has Been One Of The Best High School Players In The State Over The Past Two Years," - SBNCollegeHockey.com's Chris Dilks on Edina, Minnesota high school forward Dylan Malmquist.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

"I Apologize For My Unacceptable Private Comments That Were Recently Publicized -they Do Not Reflect My True Values Or Views." - Boilerplate-sounding apology uttered by OHL's Petes' forward Greg Betzold after calling a woman something awful on a dating app.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

"Maybe That's What Made It So Perfect. So Splendid. The UConn Huskies Beat The Yankees Of College Hockey Wednesday Night, Shaking The XL Center To Its Core. UConn 1, Boston College 0. A Program Is Born. Hockey Has Returned." - theday.com's Mike DiMauro enthusing about UConn's shutout of BC last night - on a goal from a former BC player no less.

Friday, November 7, 2014

"They Were Deer In Headlights, They Were Thrown Into A Brand New League Against Great Teams And A Tough Schedule And We Let Them Play Through Some Of That. We Were Hoping That This Year We Would Reap Some Of Those Benefits." - UMD head coach Scott Sandelin on sophomores Carson's and Raskob's first years as NCAA D1 players.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

"Excuse Me A Minute, I Gotta Watch My Kid. Being Physical Is His Game. He's Not Some Pansy-Nancy Out There. I Want Him To Hit Guys. But Nothing Dirty. I Love Him To Knock The Crap Out Of Somebody As Long As It's Not Dirty." - Amy Iverson, mother of New Ranger draft pick and current WHLer Keegan Iverson.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

"I Started To Feel Like Myself Tonight, Kind Of Back To Where I Was Last Year, I Think I Just Kind Of Needed To Get A Little More Balance, A Little More Calm And I Was Working On That In Practice And Had A Good Week In Practice." - Last Years' Big Ten PLayer of the Year, University of Minnesota junior goaltender Adam Wilcox, after shutting out Notre Dame Friday night.

Monday, November 10, 2014

"We Started Off Like We Were Sleeping, The First Shift Of The Game And They Score" - Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson commenting on his team's Sunday loss at the University of Minnesota.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"I Guess My First Comment Is I Want To Make It Loud And Clear That What Their Coach Did...was A F*cking Classless *sshole." - Cornell Coach Mike Schafer showing that Union's Rick Bennett is not the only role model contrarian coaching in the ECAC.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

"The NHL Has A Multimillion-dollar, State-of-the-art Situation Room ...Yet Night After Night, Unreviewable “incidental Contact” Rulings By Referees Are Wiping Out Goals In A League That’s Always Searching For More Offense." - The Star Tribune's Michael Russo.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

"There’s Little Use For What You Learned In The KHL." - Caps' rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Friday, November 14, 2014

"Their Training Borrowed From Dance, Chess, Literature, Circus, Painting, Art. It Was Not Just About Winning And Losing; It Was Artistry, A Beautiful Religious Experience. That’s What I Was So Passionate About." - Gabe Polsky, creator of 'Red Army' documentary film.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

"We Felt Each Other In Our Cells," - former Russian defenseman Vyacheslav Fetisov remembering the spiritual sensation of being in perfect sync with his teammates.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

"From 1975 To 1991, Soviet Club Teams Compiled A 58-40-10 Record Against NHL Clubs, Even Though 92 Of Those 108 Games Were Played In North America." - The New York Times' Jeff Klein recounting the Red Army reign.

Monday, November 17, 2014

"Tarasov Was Smart, A Practitioner And A Critic At The Same Time, He Was A Philosopher, And As A Speaker He Was Unbelievable. I Never Heard Anyone Close To Him, How He Could Put Into Words What He Wanted To See And Hear From You." - Former Russian defenseman Vyacheslav Fetisov on Anatoly Tarasov, who Nytimes.com's Jeff Klein charactrizes a 'coach, author and Renaissance man'.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"I Watched It Religiously, It Was Amazing. The Soviets Would Possess The Puck 70 Percent Of The Time. They Wouldn’t Dump It In. If They Were Stopped At The Blue Line, They’d Just Go Back, Start Again And Put Together Another Amazing Passing Sequence." - Creator of 'Red Army' documentary film, Gabe Polsky, commenting on the 1987 Canada Cup three-game finals between Canada and the Soviet team.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"It Was Embarrassing. Like, I Don’t Want My Girlfriend To See, Because I Want To Show Her The Beautiful Hockey That I Appreciated, The Sport That I Love. And It’s A Shame, Because A Lot Of People Are Turned Off To Hockey Because Of That." - Gabe Polsky, creator of the documentary 'Red Army', after watching 15 minutes of the errant passing and the dumping it in during a Kings-Rangers Stanley Cup game last spring with his girlfriend.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

"It's Kind Of Nice Because You Don't Have To Think About Too Much Else When A Lot Of Rubber's Getting Thrown At You, ...I Felt Like I Was Seeing Everything When They Would Go In There And Try And Screen Me." - Sharks' goalie Troy Grosenick after recording shutout win and stopping 45 pucks in first NHL start.

Friday, November 21, 2014

"Players Are A Disposable Commodity. The League Has A Social Responsibility To Look After These Kids, But A Lot Of [former CHL Players] Haven’t Even Finished Grade 12. Then What Happens? Minimum Wage Jobs." - Former OHL owner Mario Forgione noting that the OHL washes their hands of players when 'done with them'.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

"It Will Hopefully Tip The Dominos In The Northern Schools In Washington And Oregon And Our Folks In California, Who Have Many Programs, And Probably Don’t Want To See Arizona State Competing When They Are Not." - Arizona State athletic director Ray Anderson after noting that the Pac-12 is supportive of ASU's DI hockey program.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

"There Are Similarities Between Penn State And Arizona State — Both Situations Involved A Concept That Was Made Possible By A Large Donation." - USCHO.com's Todd Milewski.

Monday, November 24, 2014

"For Me As A Player, It Didn’t Matter What Kind Of Political System There Was. I Had My Games, I Had My Practices. I Wasn’t Thinking About A F*cking Politburo Guy During Those Years. I Didn’t Give A Sh*t." - Slava Fetisov - Current upper house of the Russian Federal Assembly member and former outstanding Soviet defenseman - on the Cold War rooting interests and political significance that infused international competition in his playing days.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

"Because We're Arizona State" - Common refrain from Confident (or beyond) ASU coach Greg Powers and others when asked about ASU's future in D1 hockey.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

"With An Enrollment Of 77,000, Arizona State Is The Largest Public University In The Country, And Almost 200,000 Alumni Live Within 20 Minutes Of The Campus, So Fan Support Should Not Be A Problem." - NYTimes.com's Gary Santaniello commenting on ASU's move to D1 hockey next season.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

"Your People Can Build The World’s Tallest Buildings. You Can Make Forty-nine Different Kinds Of Mayonnaise. You Can Teach Dolphins To Do The Most Complex Tasks. Why Can’t You Teach Your Hockey Players To Pass The Puck More Than Two Metres?" - Anatoli Tarasov (the self-made hockey mastermind who was tasked by Stalin with creating an ice-hockey program where none had existed before) on U. S. hockey in the mid-1900s.

Friday, November 28, 2014

"[Duluth] Went In And Swept St. Cloud And They Swept The No. 1 Team In The Country. They’re A Good Team. They’re Probably Better Than Minnesota. I Don’t Think It’s Going To Be Too Long Before Duluth Takes Over That No. 1 Ranking." - UNO Head Coach Dean Blais.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

"There Are Still Some Great Young Russian Hockey Players, But Their Way Of Playing Isn’t Really Distinguishable From That Of The Elites Of North America Or, Say, Sweden. With Cross-pollination Came Homogenization." - The New Yorker's Nick Paumgarten.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

"[The MInnesota Golden Gophers] May Indeed Be Our Best Hope To Ward Off The Eichelpocalypse." - BC Interruption's Joseph Gravellese hoping, like every good BC fan, that if BC is not the champ in April that anybody but BU hoists the NCAA trophy.