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Sunday, February 1, 2015

"Only One [of The 35 Minnesotans Currently In The NHL], Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien, Became A Teen Pro In The WHL. He Didn't Have Much Choice After Being Declared Academically Ineligible In Roseau." - Cory Zurowski writing for City Pages.

Monday, February 2, 2015

"Antti Niemi Of The San Jose Sharks Wears No. 31. He Stopped 31 Shots In A 2-0 Victory Over The Visiting Chicago Blackhawks. It Was Niemmi’s 31st Career Shutout. He Is 31 Years Of Age. Saturday Was Jan. 31. . . . Seriously." - Gregg Drinnan of 'Taking Note with Gregg Drinnon'.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

"Harvard’s Last Triumph Was In 1993, The Same Month And Year That The Crimson’s Current Captain, Max Everson, Was Born" - The Boston Globe's Nancy Marrapese-Burrell while referencing the fact that from 1994-2014, the BEanpot championship trophies have resided on Commonwealth Avenue.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

"Minnesota Made Is A Nexus Where Personal Trainers And AAA Teams Thrive, Where Dreams And Middlemen Shake Hands, Where Hockey Greatness Isn't Some Impossible Pipe Dream. It's Advertised As There For The Taking." - Cory Zurowski writing for City Pages talking about the 75,000-square-foot 'Minnesota Made' hockey facility.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

"The Big Question Is Whether Kane Wore A Track Suit Or Sweats. Just Kidding: The Big Question Is Whether The Team Should Just Trade Him Already — Because Really, This Is Starting To Feel Like A Pissing Match." - SportingNews.com's Sean Gentille wondering Evander Kane and Jets have reached tipping point - over sweatpants.

Friday, February 6, 2015

"There's A Lot Of Fear-mongers Coming Into The [Minnesota High School] Market, Selling Fear That Says If Your Son Doesn't Do This Or Doesn't Do That, He Won't Be Successful. People Saying That Just Don't Understand Development." - Harvard-educated agent Neil Sheehy - who also notes that 'most of the people peddling fear are usually from outside of Minnesota'.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

"If I Was To Do It All Over Again, I Would Have Stayed At Shattuck And Gone To Play Hockey In College, I Left To Play In Seattle When I Was 16 Years Old. Even Though I Had Talked About It With My Parents, I Had No Business Making That Decision." - Aaron Bader, one time hockey player for the WHL's Seattle thunderbirds.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

"[The NHL] S A Good Product In Many Ways But It’s Currently Missing Two Essential Ingredients: Exceptional Scorers And A Supreme Team. ...There Is No Unquestionably Superior Club To Command Our Attention. Parity Is Tedious." - Lawrence Martin writing for the The Globe and Mail.

Monday, February 9, 2015

"Playing At UMass-Amherst Was One Of The Greatest Experiences I’ve Had In My Life. ...In My Mind, Hockey East Is The Greatest Conference In All Of College Hockey… The All Around Atmosphere That Surrounds The Entire Conference Is Unparalleled." - NBCSports' 'Edzo' Eddie Olczyk - Whose son Nick laces up for the Colorado College Tigers next season.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

"I’ve Seen Some Of These Parents In Edina, Who Are High Up In The Business World, Really Give It To Him, But Curt Is As Fair As The Day Is Long. If The Kids Produce, They’ll Play.”" - Bill Smith, Edina, MN 'Junior Gold' coach talking about ex-Northstar defenseman Curt Giles, who is in fifteenth year coaching the Edina varsity team.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

"Add [recent Calls That Notre Dame Coaches Disagree With] To The Growing List Of Referees’ Decisions That Have Baffled The Irish Coach Over The Past Two Seasons, And It’s Not Hard To See A Trend Developing." - ndsmobserver.com's Alex Carson noting that Notre Dame coaches feel that Hockey East referees are favoring everybody but the Irish.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

"...the Illusion That You Can Put Any Two(or Four) Teams Anywhere And Get A Bunch Of People To Show Up Just Because There's No Roof On The Building Is Gone." - sbncollegehockey.com's Chris Dilks crying Uncle when it comes to quantity and quality of outdoor games.

Friday, February 13, 2015

"I Don’t Know Where That Rumor Is Coming From. We’ve Enjoyed Being In Hockey East Even Though It’s Been Hard Getting A Foothold. As We Play More In The Conference, We’re Getting More Comfortable. We Just Have To Get Acclimated To The League." - Notre Dame Coach Jeff Jackson Denying Hockey East Exit Rumors.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

"We Want To Win The Big Ten Title And We’ve Got To Go Through Michigan. So We’re Still Not Where We Want To Be. We’ve Got To Beat Them Again." - Minnesota Gophers' Senior captain Kyle Rau.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

"I Just Kind Of Feel Like My Old Self Again, It Happens. It’s Hockey. In 3 Years You’re Going To Have [bad] Stretches Like That. It Trickles Down From Me To The Whole Team... I Think Everyone Just Said, ‘Enough Is Enough,’" - University of Minnesota's Junior netminder Alex Wilcox after shutting out Michigan 2-0.

Monday, February 16, 2015

"Having The Last Change At Home Was A Huge Advantage For Minnesota...They Were Able To Match Up Their Second Line Of Warning-Boyd-Ambroz And The Defensive Pair Of Brady Skjei And Ryan Collins Against Michigan's Top Scoring Line Of Kile-Larkin-Hyman," - sbncollegehockey.com's Chris Dilks noting that the Gophers kept the Wolverine's high-scoring top line off the scorebaord during the Gophers' 2-game sweep.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"Entering Saturday Night's Game... The Wild Had Sold Out Each Of Their 27 Home Games. But In Order For The Wild To Guarantee A Profit This Season, The Team, Which Has Invested $196 Million In Parise & Suter, Probably Will Have To Make The Playoffs." - The Pioneer Press' Charley Walters.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"There Was A Time... When The Wild Seemed To Have No Former Collegiate Players Or Only A Handful. [On Saturday Night] All 5 Goal Scorers In Minnesota’s 6-3 Win Over Carolina And One Of The Chief Playmakers All Spent Time At Some Higher-level Institutions." - The Star Tribune's Michael Russo.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

"I Didn’t Know He Was Going To Dive Tonight The Way He Did, All Over The (expletive) Ice. That Part Of It’s A Little Embarrassing, Pardon My Language. He’s A Great Player. He’s Going To Score Goals And Make Plays. That Other Stuff’s Embarrassing." - Ryan Getzlaf On Alex Ovechkin's penchant for flopping Sunday.

Friday, February 20, 2015

"Maybe He’s Just Jealous. I Have Hair, He Don’t Have Hair. We Can Start Talking About It All Day Long. I Think It Was Comment Because He Was Disappointed They Lost. Again, It Is What It Is. I Don’t Think Somebody Can Call Me Diver In This League..." - Alex Ovechkin responding to Ryan Getzlaf calling him a diver.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

"We Are Members Of Both Hockey Canada And USA Hockey Which Are The Governing Bodies." - Russ Farwell, president and general manager of the CHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds apparently lying to Washington State lawmakers in early February, 2015.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

"We Have Had No Communication With Any CHL Teams Nor Do I Know Of Them Being Members, I Have No Idea (why They Would Say That)…I Don’t Know What Their View Of Being Members Are. But Their Team At The Junior Level Is Not Registered With USA Hockey." - John Vanbiesbrouck, junior hockey chair of USA Hockey for the past three years questioning Seattle Thunderbirds' Russ Farewell's claims to the contrary.

Monday, February 23, 2015

"According To Reports, NHL Players Are Five Times More Likely To Suffer A Concussion Than NFL Players, Which Is A Disturbing Statistic, Given That The NFL Has Admitted That Nearly 1 In 3 NFL Players Will Contract Debilitating Brain Disease." - Former Red Wing Reed Larson.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

"There Was A Lot Of Stuff Going On In The Corner That You Couldn’t Really See, After I Went In The Corner, Then It Really Got Pretty Vicious. I Like To Fight And Stuff Like That. I Think It’s A Big Part Of The Game." - Completely unimpressive comment from Eden Prairie junior goaltender Shaun Durocher after game-ending playoff brawl with MN H.S. rival Benilde.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

"It Was An Epic Upset To Be Sure Because The Soviets Were A Dominant Hockey Power. But The American Team Has Never Received Enough Credit For The Talent It Boasted. Twelve Players Off That Team Played More Than 6,000 NHL Games." - USA Today's Kevin Allen talking about the plethora of talent on the 1980 U.S. Olympic team.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

"As Difficult As This Is To Fathom, The 1980 U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey Players Have Never Received Enough Credit For Being As Talented As They Were." - USA Today's Kevin Allen.

Friday, February 27, 2015

"They Were Not A Lucky Team, A Hot Team Or A Team Of Destiny. They Weren't Miracle Workers Every Day For Two-plus Weeks. They Were An Extraordinary Team, With A Roster Full Of Impressive Players Who Would Prove That For Many Years To Come" - USA Today's Kevin Allen on how truly impressive the 1980 U.S. Olympic team was throughout the Olympic schedule.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

"Every Challenge The Americans Faced In That Tournament, They Met. There Was Nothing Miraculous About How Hard They Worked In That Tournament. The Under-publicized Written Story About The Americans Is That They Were A Gifted Bunch Of Players." - USA Today's Kevin Allen noting that the talented 1980 U.S. Olympic team 'didn't need miracles'.