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Friday, May 1, 2015

"This Is A Goalie Body, I Don’t Think Anybody’s Going To Look At Me And Buy My Recipe Book. I’ll Just Keep This Shirt On And Leave It At That." - Self-deprecating Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk when asked about how he hones his physique.


Saturday, May 2, 2015

"Yes. Jump Up. Jump, Jump." - Official from Rauma, Finland's team instructing street-clothed fresh-off-the-plane American player Chris Collins to work out on stairs 'for the fans' who had assembled prior to an exhibition game.


Sunday, May 3, 2015

"Then I Walked In On The First Day For Our Strength Tests And Witnessed The Life-changing Sight Of 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara Doing 33 Perfect Pull-ups In A Banana Hammock Speedo. ...He Jumped Down From The Bar, Turned And Walked Away Like It Was Nothing." - Chris Collins recounting his first training camp with the Boston Bruins.


Monday, May 4, 2015

"...I Can Also Tell You That There’s Hundreds Of Players Who Never Make It To The NHL, Who Struggle With The Same Complex Question: When Is It Time To Give Up The Dream?" - 2006 Hobey Baker finalist Chris Collins, who went on to play at nearly every professional level except the very top.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

"It Starts Out As A Kind Of Ferris Bueller Wish List - 'Oh Man, If We Didn’t Have To Go Out And Do The Same Stupid Drills For The 900th Time At This Practice, I’d Be At Coachella Or At The Beach With My Girlfriend.'" - Career minor leaguer Chris Collins commenting on typical locker room banter.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

"Jack [Eichel] Gave Me His Spiel But In The End Said It's What Will Make Me Happy And Where I Want To Play, Where I Believe I Fit In And Can Develop Most As A Player, I'll Sit Down With My Family And Figure It Out." - Arizona native uber-prospect Auston Matthews sounding like he'll play for the WHL's Everett Silvertips next year - 'spiel' being the give-away.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

"City Kids Had No Rinks, No Ice, But They Would Do Anything To Play Hockey," - Edward Moffett, former director of the Long Island City Y.M.C.A. Roller Hockey League, in Queens, NY whose games were played in city playgrounds going back to the 1940s.


Friday, May 8, 2015

"There’s A Moment That Happens In Every Minor Leaguer’s Life When... He Is Reading [of A Real-world Friends' Wedding Or Job Promotion] On Facebook From The Back Of A Smelly Bus In The Middle Of Nowhere, Thinking, Uh Oh. Am I Falling Behind?" - One time professional hockey player Chris Collins.


Saturday, May 9, 2015

"The Rangers Remained Within Their Structure Even After Glencross Scored. Alain Vigneault Remained True To His Principles Behind The Bench, Using All Of His Players, Entrusting All Of His Athletes When Another Coach Might Have Shortened The Bench." - nypost.com's Larry Brooks on late goal and OT win by Rangers last night that keeps their season alive.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

"Auston And His Family Are Currently Processing Every Option Between Everett, The NCAA And Most Recently Europe, It Should Be Resolved In A Short Matter Of Time." - Pat Brisson, family advisor of 1997 Arizona-born budding superstar Auston Matthews.


Monday, May 11, 2015

"I Don't Think I've Ever Seen Anyone Accelerate The Way He Can. You Think He's In Top Gear And Suddenly, He Puts It Into A Higher One. I've Skated With Him A Couple Of Time And I've Seen It First Hand." - John Tavares noting that Connor McDavid is worth the hype.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

"We're Going To Come Back, Win Series." - Alex Ovechkin.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

"The WHL’s Most Attractive Quality Is The Way It Prepares Players For The [pro] Game, With Top Coaches And Busy Schedules. But Matthews Knows North American Hockey, And After Playing 96 Games This Year Alone He Knows Something About Tough Schedules..." - The Edmonton Journal's Jonathan Willis discussing Arizona 11th-grader Auston Matthews' choices for next year.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

"When Rob Vollman Updated Those Translations For His Book, Hockey Abstract, He Found The Swiss League Comparable To The WCHA And Hockey East But Ahead Of Other College Hockey Conferences As Well As Clear Of Major Junior." - The Edmonton Journal's Jonathan Willis.


Friday, May 15, 2015

"So, To Summarize, If Matthews Goes To Switzerland He Will: Play In A More Challenging League, Likely Play Under A Top Coach Who Knows NHL Hockey, Make Big Piles Of Money." - The Edmonton Journal's Jonathan Willis on Arizona 11th-grader Auston Matthews and the appeal of playing in the top Swiss league next year.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

"I Wonder Why More Guys Didn’t Do That? Obviously, There’s A Lot Of Good Leagues And A Lot Of Places To Develop Your Skills. But Every Path Is Different. I Think It’s Cool When Guys Do Something Different And Make Their Own Way. It’s Gutsy..." - New York Rangers defenceman Keith Yandle on the possibility of Auston Matthews playing in Swiss pro league instead of the NCAA or WHL.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

"Switzerland Is A Great Development Option For [Arizona 11th-grader Auston Matthews] The Player, A Great Financial Option For Matthews’ Bank Account And Will Probably Be A Great Experience For Matthews The Person." - The Edmonton Journal's Jonathan WillisD.


Monday, May 18, 2015

"For All The Mystique Ascribed To The “World’s Most Famous Arena,” Its Fans - Particularly The High-paying Ones Who Populate The Place During The Playoffs — Are Sometimes As Roundly Flat As The Garden’s Iconic Roof." - Katie Baker talking MSG, Rangers fans, and ticket prices.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

"There’s A Lot Of Variables That Go Into It. ...Hockey Is The Ultimate Beast, Man. It’s A Crazy Sport." - The Washington Capitals' Joel Ward.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

"There Is More Than One Net In A Rink." - Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper on sitting Jonathan Drouin during playoffs.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

"Whenever You Get A Guy From College Hockey That Goes Directly To Be A Head Coach In The NHL, That’s Something To Be Said," - New UND coach Brad Berry during his introductory news conference Monday.


Friday, May 22, 2015

"Underneath That Intense Stare Is Someone That Has A Huge Concern For The Welfare Of His Friends, Family, Colleagues & Players. It Is The Combination Of Being A Great Coach But Even A Better Human Being That Should Make Hakstol A Winner At The NHL Level." - CHN columnist Dave Starman on new Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

"The Stick Was There, So I Just Grabbed It And I Took One Or Two Steps Going Into The Dressing Room And He Was At The Door There Waiting For His Stick, He Told Me If I Wanted One Of His Sticks I Could Have Just Asked Him." - Derick Brassard sharing Steven Stamkos' comments after he was busted walking off with one of Stamkos' sticks.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

"The Irony In The Situation Is That Fetisov Was Part Of A Trailblazing Group Of Players Who Left The Soviet Union For The NHL During The Cold War... [he] Has Been A Warrior His Entire Life, But Is This A Fight He Can Win? Hard To See A Clear Victory..." - TheHockeyNews.com's Ryan Kennedy on Slava Fetisov's interest in having Russians play back home until they’re 28.


Monday, May 25, 2015

"When Are We Going To Learn? When Are We Going To Learn That These Blackhawks Don’t Go Away Easily, Regardless Of How Fast The Sky Seems To Be Falling?" - Rick Morrissey of The Chicago Sun-Times.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

"By The Time A Pedophile Gets Caught He Has Over 120 Victims, Not Surprised By The News Of Graham James. For All Of You Asking If I'm Ok, I Appreciate It And It Just Gives Me More Conviction To Keep Fighting. I Have A Great Life." - Former NHL star Theo Fleury on news that his former WHL coach and abuser, Graham James, faces additional sexual assault charges.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

"I Told Them That We Needed Them To Step Up And Be Difference-makers, And They Did, They Both Responded, They Both Came Through With What We Needed. Brass’ Line Was Great." - Rangers' head coach Alain Vigneault on his urging of centers Derick Brassard and Derek Stepan to lift their respective games.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

"Not Good. Doesn't Matter How You Spin It. When Lightning Goalie Ben Bishop Was Yanked Out Of Game 6 Of The Eastern Conference Final Tuesday Night, It Was An Alarming Sight." - Tampa Bay Times' columnist Tom Jones.


Friday, May 29, 2015

"Almost 100% Auston Matthews Is Headed To Europe, Not WHL Or NCAA.. News Is Teams From Sweden, Finland May Have Joined Zurich In The Bidding." - Sportsnet blogger Damien Cox.


Saturday, May 30, 2015

"I Never Saw It Until It Was Too Late" - Rangers' goalie Henrik Lundqvist - commenting on Tampa Bay's Alex Kilhorn and his Eastern Conference Final game 7 game-winning goal.


Sunday, May 31, 2015

"Is It Time For John Gibson? ...The Young Goalie Is The Future, Both Of The Ducks And American Hockey If You Believe The Raves. Why Not? He Has Been Spectacular At Times And Has Given The Ducks Many Reasons To Believe He Should Be Between The Pipes." - Orange County Register Sports Editor Todd Harmonson after Frederik Andersen's dropoff in goal since late in Ducks-Blackhawks game 5.