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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

"If Bristedt Can Hit The Ground Running As An Undersized Forward In The Gophers System, There May Be Quite A Few Similarly Undersized Top Swedish Prospects (read: 4 Year Stars?) Looking To Ply Their Trade In The State Of Hockey." - OverTheBoards.Net's Jasper Kozak-Miller on pint-sized Swedish Gopher freshman Leon Bristedt.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

"We Just Couldn’t Get Him Out Of Our Head. It Was . . . You Know What? If You Like That Kind Of Stuff, It Was Impressive, Really Impressive What He Did, How Strong He Was. And You Thought, ‘Maybe This Guy Could Be An Animal One Day.’" - Todd Ripplinger, current Head Scout of WHL's Vancouver Giants remembering seeing 15-year-old Derek Boogaard club one foe to the ice, shrug off the refs and storm the opposing team’s bench to inflict further damage.

Friday, October 3, 2014

"“Boy On Ice” Is A Startling Indictment Of The Groupthink That Prevails Within America’s Vast Athletic Industrial Complex, Those Bright Arenas In Which Any Pleas For Mercy Or Morality Are Drowned Out By The Roar Of Our Own Barbarism." - From the New York TImes' Steve Almond's review of 'BOY ON ICE - The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard' by John Branch.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

"Boogaard And His Ilk, For All Their Courage, Are Essentially Unskilled Laborers Whose Careers Might End With One Punch. They Put Their Bodies, Egos And Livelihood At Risk Every Night And Are Expected To Sign Autographs For The Kiddies In The Morning." - The New York TImes' Steve Almond's reviewing 'BOY ON ICE - The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard' by John Branch.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

"...Make No Mistake. As Carey Price And P.K. Subban Go, So Go The Habs. This Is Their Team." - The QMI Agency's Mike Zeisberger.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

"I Spent A Lot Of Time With Players Coming Back From Major Junior And Most Of My Time Was Spent Talking Them Out Of Hating Themselves, At That Stage In Their Careers, The Kids Are Pretty Depressed And Dejected. They Feel Like Failures." - James McKinven, author of 'So You Want your Kid to Play Pro Hockey' on his mentoring of kids released from CHL clubs.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

"Hundreds Of Former Junior Athletes Benefit From The CHL’s Scholarship Fund Each Year. In 2013, The League Paid Out $5 Million In Tuition Fees To Its Alumni." - The Montreal Gazette's Christopher Curtis.

Friday, October 10, 2014

"There Is A Huge Incentive For These Kids To Carry The Torch And Keep Playing, If You Have To Choose Between Quitting Hockey To Go To School And Giving The Game One More Chance, That’s Not An Easy Decision. Especially For A Starry-eyed 18-year-old." - Former CHL player from the Owen Sound Attack, James, who spoke on condition that his name not be published.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

"The Majority Of These Young Men Forfeited Their Scholarship Rights Because They Chose To Pursue A Career In Pro Hockey, Earning Low 5 Figures In The [minors] In The Hopes Of Being Called Up To The NHL. Meanwhile, The Deadline On Their Scholarships Expired" - The Montreal Gazette's Christopher Curtis on decisions made by freshly-minted CHL alumns.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

"I Played With A Lot Of Guys Who Had Drinking Problems, I Didn’t Realize That I Had An Issue Until I Finished Playing. … But When I Was With My Teammates, It Was Just Normal." - Former CHL player from the Owen Sound Attack, James, who spoke on condition that his name not be published.

Monday, October 13, 2014

"Charles Barkley Sent Me A Text And Said, `what Does It Feel Like Sleeping With A Grandma?' I Said, `pretty Good.'" - The Great one on daughter Paulina's pregnancy.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"The Gophers Have No Weaknesses." - CollegeHockeyNews.com Staff Writer Jashvina Shah.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

"It Was The Better Part Of A Century Ago That Canadians Were Introduced To The Hockey Broadcast. We Fell For It Quickly And We Still Like It." - Michael Grange writing for SportsNet.ca.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

"Let’s Grow Up And Get Rid Of [fighting]. ...The Only Reason We Have Fighting In The Game Is Because We Like It. Don’t Tell Me [it Polices The Game]... That’s Logical Hogwash." - NBC analyst Mike Milbury (who fought over 70 times in his day as a player).

Friday, October 17, 2014

"I Was Like Bambi. ...I Want To Get To The Olympic Games, That's My Dream. I'm Not Living In Mexico City For Work. I'm Here For Hockey" - 30-year-old forward ClaudiTellez - who uprooted her life in Guadalajara to move to the Mexican capital - reflecting on her main focus and on her inability to skate two years ago.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

"Cherry Came Out Spewing Fire, Delivering An Epic Rant Aimed At The Leafs For Picking William Nylander In This Year’s Draft Instead Of A Good Canadian Boy. He ...mispronounced Simple Words, And Yelled At Ron MacLean For Trying To Touch His Hamster." - Sean McIndoe on Don Cherry's HNIC debut this year.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

"Who Do You Want: Dryden Or Patrick Roy? ...I’ll Take Dryden." - New York Post's Larry Brooks comparing legendary Habs Netminders.

Monday, October 20, 2014

"We Were Playing Against Team Ontario, Against Connor McDavid. ...I Had A Pretty Good Game, I Realized To Myself, If These Are The Best Players, And I Played Pretty Well Against Them, Maybe I’m Better Than I Think I Am. Maybe I’m Pretty Good At This Game." - BU freshman Jack Eichel recollecting his two goal effort in 6-5 win during 2012-13 World Under-17 Challenge.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"He Looked Lonely Sitting Over There, He Looked Like He Could Use A Friend." - North Dakota goalie Zane McIntyre - exuding that UND charm - after finding a moth on the ice and giving it to pulled Colorado College goalie who had let in four first period goals.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"No." - Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock when asked "Last year, every time the Wings were playing on the road, you were forced to answer questions regarding Canadian teams. Are you afraid that this year is going to be the same with your contract negotiations?”.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

"So Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before, But The Edmonton Oilers Seem Like They Might Be Terrible This Year." - DownGoesBrown.com's Sean McIndoe.

Friday, October 24, 2014

"The Land - It’s A Sense Of Peace, You Respect The Land; It Respects You. For Us, Hunting And Fishing Is Survival Up North. You Take Nothing For Granted Because You Don’t Know The Next Time You’re Going To See Another Caribou Or Seal." - Jordin Tootoo - The sole Inuit to ever play big time hockey.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

"In The Forces They Have A Saying: Don’t Cry In Front Of The Troops; A Soldier Cries Alone. Not This Saturday Night. Not On Hockey Night." - Sportsnet/ca's Michael Grange in wake of Canadien soldiers' deaths at hands of terrorists.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

"Brooks Orpik Is Paid To Hit Dudes, And He Hits Dudes Well." - russianmachineneverbreaks.com's Peter Hassett after Caps win last night over flyers.

Monday, October 27, 2014

"Over The Last 5 Seasons, Darling Saw 13 Different Logos On His Jersey From IceGators To Everblades To Nailers To IceHogs. When He Looked Down Sunday Night, He Was Wearing One Of The Most Famous Logos In All Of Sports." - Chris Peters commenting on the journey of Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling, who grew up in a Chicago suburb.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"The High School System We Have Serves 98 Percent Of Its Participants Beautifully. I Would However Suggest That Those In The H.S. System Collectively Embrace More Warmly Even Those Few Players Who Want To Leave High School Early For Juniors Or Midget." - Columnist Kevin Hartzell on Minnesota High School hockey.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Friday, October 31, 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.