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Thursday, January 1, 2015

"It Hasn’t Gotten Old, And If You Haven’t Experienced It At All, You Want To." - NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman deflecting criticism that the Winter Classic's sister property, the “Stadium Series,” has watered down the NHL's outdoor 'product'..

Friday, January 2, 2015

"At Start Of Game, Large Swaths Of Seats In Lower Bowl Are Empty. Any Way Hockey Canada Spins It, This Leg Of The Tournament Has Been A Disaster." - The Hockey News' Ken Campbell commenting on the crowd at the U.S. - Canada New Year's Eve World Juniors tournament game in Montreal.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

"Being Unable To Sell Out Tournament On NY Eve Against USA Akin To Failing To Peddle Cold Bottle Of Water To A Dehydrated Wanderer In Gobi Desert." - The Hockey News' Ken Campbell commenting on the crowd at the U.S. - Canada New Year's Eve World Juniors tournament game in Montreal.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Monday, January 5, 2015

"In Today’s NHL, Players Don’t So Much Enter The Game As Merge Onto It, Hopping Off The Bench For Shifts That Aren’t Supposed To Last A Minute. On Teams That Are In Sync, The Puck Is Like A Hand Grenade After The Pin’s Been Pulled. Get It, Get Rid Of It." - Paul Brownfield writing in Los Angeles Magazine.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

"Maybe Mix In A Couple Of Beers Before The Games. That Would Make Us Relax. That Might Be The Final Option, We Don’t See A Play And Don’t Make It, Then We Try To Force A Play And It’s A Turnover Where We Spend A Minute In Our Own End." - Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask joking for comic relief.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

"One Of The Most Amazing Things I Witnessed Tonight Was Wild Radio Analyst Tom Reid, J.P.’s Close, Close Friend, With Tears In His Eyes And Heartbreak In His Voice Soldier On Tonight And Somehow Call This Game." - The Star Tribune's Michael Russo on old NorthStar teammate of J.P. Parise's, Tom Reid.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

"Connor McDavid And Jack Eichel Find Themselves In The Same Place This Month As Last Month On "Craig's List" - In A Dead Heat At No. 1 [NHL Draft Pick This Summer]." - Craig Button, TSN Director of Scouting.

Friday, January 9, 2015

"If You Were Ever Going Through A Tough Time Or You Weren’t Playing Well Or You Were Having A Tough Time Being Away From Home, He Was Always Seem To Have A Way To Pick You Up." - Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews reminiscing about J.P. Parise who he knew well from his days at Shattuck-St. Mary’s where Parise was the hockey director.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

"The Nice Thing About Our Era Was That When Games Were Over We Usually Stayed In The City. So We’re In Montreal, New York, Boston, And We Were Usually Able To Find Some Of The Libraries And Make Our Presence Felt." - Former North Star Tom Reid looking back on his playing days with J. P. Parise.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

"I Can Remember My First Game At Michigan Was At Miami And We Won The Game, And Our Team Was So Surprised That We Won That They Were Celebrating Like We’d Won The Stanley Cup, And I Knew We Were In Trouble." - University of Michigan coach Red Berenson looking back 31 years after winning his 800th NCAA game..

Monday, January 12, 2015

"The Wild’s A Depressed, Broken, Absolutely Lost Team Right Now, And I Have No Clue How The Wild Fixes This. It’s Sloppy, Has Forgotten How To Play Defense, How To Compete For Anything Remotely Close To 60 Minutes." - The Star Tribune's Michael Russo.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

"It’s Not Good, It’s Not Fun To Be A Part Of. It’s Not Fun To Play. I Don’t Know What’s Going On." - Wild's Ryan Suter tellling it like it is at the half way point of 2-14-15 season.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

"The Wild Has A Gazillion Problems And ...there’s No Simple Fix. But There Was No Bigger Problem Tonight Than Goaltending And When Your Goalie Gives Up Bad Goals When You’re Fragile As It Is, It Deflates You As A Team And You Just Don’t Play The Same Way." - The Star Tribune's Michael Russo.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

"I Think Minnesota Isn’t Living Up To Its Potential At This Point. The Gophers Sputtered Into The Break And Have Just An Overtime Win Against Rochester Institute Of Technology Since Returning." - USCHO.com's Jim Connelly.

Friday, January 16, 2015

"We Need To Stop Turning Over The Puck. We Turned It Over Way Too Much Last Weekend, We Left Adam Out To Dry A Few Times And We Need To Be Much More Stronger Defensively And Can't Get Caught Up In The Play As Much." - University of Minnesota defenseman Brady Skjei on the Gophers' recent sloppy play.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

"It’s Just Natural, The Guys Have To Know That Colorado, At 0-8, Is Still A Good Hockey Team. They Found That Out Tonight. No Matter What You Tell Them, They Have To Get Into The Heat Of The Game." - UNO head coach Dean Blais after his eighth-rated Mavericks were beaten by Colorado College.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

"When They Do Something Good You Want To Scratch Them Behind The Ear, The Next Thing You Know They’re (soiling) On Your Carpet. We (soiled) On The Carpet Tonight." - Analogy-challenged Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves after his young club suffers 5-2 drubbing at the hands of rival Minnesota.

Monday, January 19, 2015

"He’s Great With Xs And Os. I Think He Gets 20 Phone Calls A Week From NHL Coaches Asking What He Would Do In This Or That Situation, The Thing That Makes Andy Such A Great Coach Is How He Treats People." - Western Michigan associate head coach Ben Barr on head coach Andy Murray.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

"Golf Claps To The Sinking SS Sabre For Showing Some Effort. And Let The Tank Crowd Hoist A Glass In Celebration. There’s A Stench All Around This Season, As Fascinating And Wacky As It Is." - The Buffalo News' Mike Harrington.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"The Words Junior Hockey Are In Quotations Because Half Of The Leagues And Teams That Call Themselves Junior Hockey Are An Absolute Joke. Not To Pick On The USPHL, But That League Having An Empire, Elite And Premier Divisions Is Just Complete Nonsense." - sbncollegehockey.com's Jeff Cox on the plethora of U.S. Junioe leagues below the USHL that are watered down and only viable due to the money they bring in for their organizers.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

"Minnesota's Celebrated High School System Is No Longer The Belle Of The Ball. It's Being Called Archaic And Backward, With Too Few Games, Too Lenient Competition To Polish Our Most Precious Gems." - Cory Zurowski writing for City Pages.

Friday, January 23, 2015

"Even As Recently As Maybe Four Years Ago, Most Of The Teams In The WHL Wouldn't Even Try To Recruit In Minnesota, Now It's Become Serious Business.... What You See Is The WHL Getting More And More Kids From Minnesota." - Agent Dean Grillo of O2K World Management Group.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

"Their Lead-in Lines Are All Pretty Much The Same, They'll Say Things Like, 'Wow! Your Son Is Very Special,' Or 'He's A Man Amongst Boys. It's Unbelievable,' Or 'He's Got First-round Draft Pick Written All Over Him.' The Word 'special' Comes Up A Lot." - Tim Poehling, father of three sons headed to the WCHA's St. Cloud State Huskies commenting on the over the top flattery WHL scouts use to seduce teens and their parents.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

"I Used To Be Disgusted By It, But Now I've Started To Watch Bantam Players." - Agent Dean Grillo of O2K World Management Group on scouting 13-year-olds.

Monday, January 26, 2015

"People Think [leaving High School Early] Is Going To Make You Better In The Long Run, That They'll Be Better At An Earlier Age, Then Be A Better College Player, And Get To The NHL. I Think It's A Shame That Kids Now Feel That Way..." - Mountain Iron, MN's Matt Niskanen, currently in first year of a $40 million contract with the Washington Capitals.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

"I Wanted To Go To The State Tournament With My Buddies, That Was Our Goal... Going To The State Tournament For The First Time In Our School's History. For Me And The Guys I Played With, We Will Always Share That, And That Means A Lot To Me." - First-round NHL pick from Mountain Iron, MN, Matt Niskanen.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"Why Do You Want To Travel 250 Miles, Stay In A Hotel For Two Nights, And Your Son Plays Three [peewee] Games? He Maybe Touches The Puck Three Minutes The Whole Weekend, And It Costs You Five Hundred Bucks? What's The Point?" - One time Virginia, MN varsity head coach Keith Hendrickson deriding the fast-track mindset that permeates youth hockey in Minnesota today.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

"A Few Years Back, The USHL Decided To Quantify Exactly How Many North American Kids Born Each Year Will Make The NHL. The Number: 40. Most Last But A Handful Of Morning Skates." - Cory Zurowski writing for City Pages.

Friday, January 30, 2015

"Of The 36,000 Boys Who Play High School Hockey In The U.S., Only 3 Percent Will Play Division I. Yet Such Inopportune Math Rarely Presents Itself When Recruiters And Agents Come To Call. Every Parent Is Hardwired To Believe That Little Johnny's Special." - Cory Zurowski writing for City Pages.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

"...The Emphasis In Athletics Has Gone From Participation To Selectivity. It's An Elitist Attitude Now. Everybody Is Striving To Be In An Elite Setting. It's A Strange Phenomenon, Isn't It? Hockey As A Means To An End?" - Former Bloomington Jefferson assistant high school coach (Minnesota) John Bianchi.