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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

"On Monday At The Air Canada Centre, Garret Sparks Become The 579th Player To Make The Unlikely Journey From Near The Bottom Of The North American Pro Hockey Ladder To The Top When He Started For The Toronto Maple Leafs. ...And He Won. Big." - The Globe and Mail's James Mirtle on Garret Sparks 'long road from ECHL oblivion to NHL glory'.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

"OK, No More Drama, Guys." - Ryan Suter, in humorous fashion, ended his press scrum after today's morning skate.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

"A Scout From The (Toronto) Maple Leafs Called The Other Day And Asked When We’re Playing Duluth East. So Right Away We’re Going To Definitely Be Exposed To More Interest." - Duluth Marshall head coach Brendan Flaherty, in his 20th season, touting the merits of competing among class 'AA' high school teams Minnesota.

Friday, December 4, 2015

"Obviously Having A Degree Creates More Options In A Life [after] Hockey. It’s Not Even A Question... It’s A Question Of, ‘What Is The Quality Of My Life And What Do I Make Myself Into As A Man?’ People Play Hockey, But That’s Not Who They Are" - University of Maine head coach Dennis ‘Red’ Gendron who also notes that the schedule of a NCAA player allows for more in-season development than major junior might, which he calls “an incredible advantage to the development model.”.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

"Through The Recruiting Process, I Got To See These Games With The Crowds, The Bands, And The Students, Some Of My Best Memories Were Playing In Those Games." - AHL leading scorer and former University of Maine Black Bear Devin Shore on his NCAA ockey experience.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

"I'm Extremely Happy With The Job He's Doing With Our Team, I Like The Way Our Team Plays; I Like The Systems That We Play; And I Think He's An Outstanding Coach. I'm Looking Forward To Working With Him For Many More Years." - Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman after signing head coach Jon Cooper to multiyear extension.

Monday, December 7, 2015

"My Old Teammate Basically Wrote, ‘Hey, We’re Playing Hockey Tomorrow At The Top Of A Mountain, Are You In?’. There Was No Other Explanation." - Federico Angel, 28, a former goaltender at the University of Victoria in British Columbia..

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

"Best Money I've Ever Spent." - Vancouver Canucks forward Brandon Prust after being fined $5,000 US by the NHL on Sunday for spearing Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand on Saturday night..

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

"We Never Stopped Tonight, From The Cage Out... I Am Really Proud Of How This Team Is Playing. Winning Cures A Lot Of Things. Our Guys Went Through A Tough Stretch, But Now Realize How To Win Games. They Believe In Each Other." - Colorado College coach Mike Haviland - After starting 0-13 his Tigers are now on a 3 game winning streak after sweeping No. 26 Miami.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

"...We'll See How The Final Roster Shakes Out, But This Group Is A Helluva Lot Less Exciting Than The One I Projected. Either The Top Two Lines Are Going To Have To Score A Lot Or The Bottom Two Lines Will Have To Greatly Out-perform Expectations." - Chris Dilks noting that goals may be in shortsupply for the U.S. at the WJC - and he's none too excited about the defensemen..

Friday, December 11, 2015

"We Were Pregnant. But We Were Not Treated As A Partner." - Original Vancouver Grizzlies owner Arthur Griffiths remembers getting his NBA franchise - Then, he was told of the restrictions..

Saturday, December 12, 2015

"These Markets Need To Be Competitive. You Must Keep The Enthusiasm Past The Initial Enthusiasm." - NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on expansion.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

"Having A 12-year-old Kid Run Six Miles After Practice Isn’t Going To Turn Them Into Jonathan Toews." - Retired NHLer Patrick O'Sullivan commenting on one of the very least painful punhsiments meted out by his abusive 6-foot-2, 250 pound father.

Monday, December 14, 2015

"...As The Game Becomes Puck Chess, I'm Left Wondering. Hockey Has To Figure Out How It Can Still Remain Unique And Wild In Fighting's Absence. These Days, We're Paying Hundreds Of Dollars To Watch Players Not Only Not Score, But Not Fight, Either." - David Bidini writing for VICE.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

"It Was Certainly Entertaining, [He'd Let An Expletive Fly] If He Saw A Breakout Going The Wrong Way. ...He Kept Things Lively And Was A Real Joy To Work With." - University of Minnesota play-by-play voice Wally Shaver on fomer partner Glen Sonmor. Sonmor, a former coach of both the North Stars and Gophers, passed away Monday at age 86.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

"This Might Seem A Little Weird, But The Recycling Here Is Intense. I Mean, Like, Intense." - 18-year-old Arizona prodigy Auston Matthews, who is spending a year playing pro hockey in Switzerland on the most substantial challenge he faces in Zurich.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

"On A Team With 15 Skaters, What I've Seen Is About Four Of Them Will Sustain A Concussion Over The Course Of The Season, Where They'll Be Taken Out Of Play For At Least A Week. On Some Teams, It Can Be Higher." - Kim McCullough, a junior coach in Toronto and founder of Total Female Hockey.

Friday, December 18, 2015

"Since We’re Changing The Pronunciation Of My Name, Just Start Calling Me Denzel." - Canadiens star P.K. Subban after a 'French-language rights group' complained about the way hockey announcers were pronouncing the defenseman’s first name during French-language broadcasts..

Saturday, December 19, 2015

"Many In My Gopher Alumni Circles... Were Privately Voicing Various Levels Of Apprehension & Dissatisfaction With The Direction Of The Program. These Voices Became Numerous And Still Are. You Might Think Gopher Alums Carry A Lot Of Weight. You'd Be Wrong." - Kevin Hartzell, who had the good fortune of playing Gopher hockey and becoming a captain during Paul Giel’s tenure as athletic director at The University of Minnesota.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

"I Think As A Group Of Alums, To Some Degree We Have Become Apathetic. I Know Many Feel Their Voices Are Not And Would Not Be Heard. That Said However, We Alums Are A Big Part Of The Problem. We Don’t Speak Up To The Level That Is Needed." - Kevin Hartzell, who had the good fortune of playing Gopher hockey and becoming a captain during Paul Giel’s tenure as athletic director at The University of Minnesota.

Monday, December 21, 2015

"At One Point Not That Long Ago, A Couple Of Esteemed Alums Did Speak Up... The Response From Our Program To Their Speaking Up, In My Opinion, Was Closer To “vindictiveness” Than It Was To Trying To Understand And Move Forward In More Positive Directions." - Past Minnesota captain Kevin Hartzell, lamenting the state of the Golden Gopher Athletic Department and Golden Gopher hockey in particular.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

"I Had Seen NHL Shots Before, And I Knew If I Got On The Ice, They Weren’t Going To Score On Me Every Shot. ...I Always Say That When I Get To Skate With The Wild, It’s Like Living The Dream Without The Money." - Santino Vasquez, Minnesota's emergency NHL goalie.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

"He's Up To 8-15-23 In Just 16 Games And Takes More Than 3.5 Shots Per Night. He's Really, Really Good. But He's Not Going To Win The Hobey Because The Voters Really Don't Like Giving It To Freshmen If They Can Avoid It." - PuckDaddy.com's Ryan Lambert on Boston University's Colin White.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

"This Is Big In Terms Of College Hockey, But For The [NCAA] People Voting On This Council, This Is Not A Big Deal. They’re Going To Look At This, See That It Was Proposed By The Big 10, And I’m Expecting It Will Be Passed In A Matter Of Minutes." - Anonymous NCAA coach discussing the proposed Big 10 legislation to limit the recruiting of 21-year-old freshmen.

Friday, December 25, 2015

"No, Nothing. We’re All Good Over Here." - BU athletic director, Drew Marrochello when asked about Nick Roberto gambling rumors last week.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

"So, I Think The Hawk Logo Should Have A Smile. A Scowling Hawk - All Beak And Talons - Is Very Menacing. But A Hawk With A Smile, A Twinkle In His Eye, Still Can Be Very Aggressive In An Animated Way But Is Less Threatening To The Young." - Grand Forks, ND architectural designer Joe Sando going all 'safe space' with his Fighting Hawks logo suggestion..

Sunday, December 27, 2015

"[Jason Zucker And Matt Dumba] Are Still Young Players Trying To Find Their Role, Trying To Find Their Niche On The Team, Trying To Establish Their Game, We’ll Just See. It May Take A Little Bit More Time." - Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher.

Monday, December 28, 2015

"They're Expected To Win. Here, They've Lost Their First Game And The World's Ready To End. I'm Always Saying Make Sure The Flags Are Always Flying At Half-staff In Canada." - Team USA coach Ron Wilson criticizing TSN at the world juniors for putting "an unconscionable amount of pressure” on Team Canada..

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

"For Critics That Might Say, “Why Isn’t The NHL Doing Anything To Support The Women’s Game?” I Want To Dispute That Through A Variety Of Things..." - Susan Cohig - who has worked for the NHL for almost 20 years, and is the senior vice president of business affairs.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

"...watch How Much Chicago Holds Onto The Puck In The Playoffs. They Don’t Have Many Russians, But They Play The Russian Style. I’m Happy To See It Working In NHL. To Me, That’s The Best Way To Play Hockey. That’s Amazing." - Washington Capitals' Chelyabinsk native Evgeny Kuznetsov on puck possession.

Thursday, December 31, 2015