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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

"The Combined Attendance Of The Big Ten, WCHA And NCHC Was 20,000 Less Than The “old” WCHA Averaged For The Final Five Years Of Its Postseason Tournament Is Simply Astounding. I Texted That To One Of My Buddies And His Response Was Simply, “holy Crap.”" - USCHO.com's Drew Claussen.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

"...No One Is Going To Be Happy With 4-26-5 - Not Even Huntsville Would Be Pleased To Have A Record That Bad - Nor A Minus-70 Goal Differential. Things Went Just About As Badly As Things Could Go." - PuckDaddy's Ryan Lambert on the Wisconsin Badgers' beyond dismal season.

Friday, April 3, 2015

"Try As The NCHC Might--and They Do Try Very Hard To Put On A Great Event--Target Center Just Isn't A Hockey Building, And It Really Takes Away From The Experience Of The Event." - Chris Dilks writing for sbncollegehockey.com.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

"The First Big Ten Tournament Held At Joe Louis Arena Appeared To Be An Absolute Flop. The Tournament Had Thursday All To Itself In The College Hockey World, Which Means People From Around The Country Were Able To Tune In And See An Absolutely Empty Arena." - Chris Dilks writing for sbncollegehockey.com.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

"After Being Here For A While I Loved It (on Long Island). The One Thing I Didn't Like Was The Move To Brooklyn. I Think If The Rink Would Have Been Built Here, It Should Be Here On The Island. There Was Probably A Good Chance I Still Would Be Here." - Wild's Thomas Vanek expressing his lack of love for Brooklyn.

Monday, April 6, 2015

"Don't Nag Me Then." - 'Hockey Wives' husband (and Dallas Stars player) Ray Whitney replying to wife Brijet's comment "I feel like you’re going to get sick of me nagging at you".

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

"...It Is An Honour, But In The Big Picture I'd Have To Agree With The Food Bank. If We Can Curtail This Into A Good Cause I'm All For It. I've Seen The Toy Hamburgers Get Thrown And If People Want To Do That At The End Of The Game I'm For That." - Senators goalie Andrew 'The Hamburglar' Hammond appreciating the support of fans, but thinking they shouldn't be throwing food onto the ice.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

"It's A Respectful Rivalry. I Like Their Coaches. I Like Their Players. UMD Does Have A Lot Of Minnesota Kids, More Than St. Cloud, Or Mankato, Or Bemidji Does." - Golden Gophers Head coach Don Lucia on his team's rivalry with UM-Duluth.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

"I’d Be Lying To You If I Didn’t Say It Was A Little Bit Extra Special [with The Frozen Four] Being In The City Of Boston, We’ve Got A Lot Of Local Guys, And It Gives Our Fans An Opportunity To Come Support Us." - Boston University coach David Quinn.

Friday, April 10, 2015

"Before North Dakota Teams Were The Fighting Sioux, They Were Known As The Flickertails, A Ground Suirrel That Resembles A Smaller Version Of A Gopher." - The Wall Street Journal's Mathew Futterman.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

"The Hockey Prodigy From North Chelmsford On Friday Became Only The Second Freshman To Ever Win College Hockey's Highest Individual Honor, The Hobey Baker Memorial Award" - David Pevear writing for the Lowell Sun, who goes on to reference 1993 when freshman Hobey winner Paul Kariya led the Black Bears to their first national title.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

"The Document Is Heart-breaking & Raises All Kinds Of Questions. More Than Anything, Though, It Shows How The NHL, A Couple Of NHL Teams, The NHLPA And Various Doctors - A Couple Of Whom All But Run From The Fifth Estate’s Camera - Failed Derek Boogaard." - Paul Carson award-winning writer Gregg Drinnan commenting on 23 page doucment put together by Len Boogaard regarding his son Derek's excesive drug use that ultimately resulted in Derek's death.

Monday, April 13, 2015

"I Think It’s Pretty Clear To Me, And In Talking To People Who Have Been Team Doctors, That Ethically [doctors] Want To Say, 'We’re There For The Player And Health Is First,' But That’s Not The Reality Of Pro Sports, The Reality Is ... Money [comes] First." - Arthur Caplan, a professor at the Sports and Society Program at New York University quoted in article regarding Derek Boogaard.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

"I Was Kind Of Pretty Close To Going Back To [Boston College]... I Had Such A Good Season And I Had A Great Time With My Teammates There And My Brother Was There, Honestly, I Didn't Know What I Was Doing." - Rookie Johnny Gaudreau reflects on decision to turn pro.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

"When You Attend A University Of Alabama Hockey Game, You Would Think You Were At A Major Collegiate Hockey Game, We Believe You Are, And We Want To Continue To Bring That To The Alabama Community." - Buddy Damare, general manager of the University of Alabama's club team - the Frozen Tide.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

"[Places Like Minnesota And Boston Are] Always Well-attended, And They’re Great Hockey Towns, So, Having [Boston And Minnesota] In The Regular Rotation While Trying To Explore Other Great Venues Is Great For College Hockey." - University of Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon, a member of the NCAA committee (Hey Kev, can you do something about the regional tourneys?).

Friday, April 17, 2015

"I Go Back To The Bench And Guys Are Saying, ‘That Went In,’ I Don’t Even Know What To Say. I Was Stunned. The Second That Went In, I Knew We Had It." - Providence defenseman Tom Parisi after scoring on BU goalie Matt O'Connor's gaffe while trying to merely ice the puck in Friar's 2015 Frozen Four title game victory.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

"But [UND Head Coach Dave] Hakstol Continues To Underachieve With A Program That Is The Equivalent Of The Boston Red Sox In College Hockey" - KFGO radio's Mike McFeely making known his absurd expectations regarding a coach and team that get to the Frozen Four like clockwork.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

"We've Played Against Dumb-dumbs Before, We Know How To Handle Them. Regardless Of What People Talk About, We Got The Win." - Kevin Bieksa commenting on Canucks' 2015 first round playoff opponent the Calgary Flames.

Monday, April 20, 2015

"Who Doesn’t Want To Be First? You Have All The Options There. I’m Sure He May Be Disappointed But It’s A Very Deep Draft Class And There’s A Lot Of Good Players." - Hobey Baker winner Jack Eichel commenting on Sabres GM Tim Murray's reaction to not getting the top 2015 NHL draft pick.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

"They Played The Game At The Xcel Energy Center But It May As Well Have Been The Mayo Clinic About 80 Miles Away Because The Minnesota Wild Performed Surgery On The Blues On Monday Night." - The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jeremy Rutherford.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

"Wild Fans Will Want To Treat Steve Ott As A Villain. He’s Not. Villains Are Frightening. Ott Is More Like Junk Mail - Annoying But Meaningless, And Soon To Be Stuffed In The Proper Recycling Bin." - The Star Tribune's Jim Souhan.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

"We Did A Good Job Of Playing Our Game For 60 Minutes, ...When We Play The Right Way, It’s Wave After Wave. It’s Sharing The Load, And Someone Is Going To Get An Opportunity And Bury It. That’s What We Need To Continue To Do To Have Success." - Blues captain David Backes.

Friday, April 24, 2015

"Why Do NHL Players Struggle So Much With Moving On From The Game? Why Are So Many Former Players I Know Battling Depression? Why Does The Hockey Community Ignore Them When They’re Gone?" - The thoughts of Blackhawks' Daniel Carcillo after the death of his 'best friend in hockey' Steve Montador.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

"In Every Locker Room Across The NHL, There Are Guys Who Are Struggling With The Fear Of Everything — The Fear Of A Bad Shift, The Fear Of Pissing Off Their Coach, The Fear Of Getting Traded Or Cut And Letting Down Their Family." - Five-time Olympic medalist Hayley Wickenheiser.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

"...What Also Happens In Every Locker Room Is That There Are Teammates, Trainers And Staff Who Stay Silent Too Long When A Guy Struggles [with Fear And Depression]." - Five-time Olympic medalist Hayley Wickenheiser.

Monday, April 27, 2015

"...It’s Why Mike Yeo, And I'm Not Sure If He's In It, In My Mind Should Be A Frontrunner In There As Coach Of The Year. ...[That Run That He Went On] Was Spectacular. I Mean, That Was A Special Piece Of Coaching, From A Coach's Point Of View." - Jets' coach Paul Maurice raving on and on about Wild head coach Mike Yeo during his end of the year address in Winnipeg.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

"It Was Intense. It Was Physical. It Was Draining, It Took A Lot Each And Every Game, Which Makes It Difficult To Believe We’re Not Waking Up Tomorrow And Moving On." - Islanders' captain John Tavares after round one game 7 loss to Washington.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

"People Need To Wear Pants And Not Set Off Fireworks By The Gas Station." - Calgary Police Staff Sgt. Steve Ellefson says of arrests after Flames victory over Canucks.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

"These Last Days Are All About Details, There Were Some Things We Needed To Talk Through. It’s About Preparation. You Can’t Overemphasize How Important That Is. “Preparation And Details." - The Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist regarding on-ice meeting of defensemen and goaltenders following Wednesday’s practice.