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Sunday, November 1, 2015

"I Think He Really Stepped Up His Game And Played Really, Really Well, Especially Friday [10.23.2015] Night." - Univeristy of Minnesota defenseman Jake Bischoff commenting on the young team's one blatant bright spot, the netminding of freshman Eric Schierhorn.

Monday, November 2, 2015

"After At Least Three Decades Of Debate, Much Of It Precipitated By The Bluster And Blather Of Don Cherry And His Ilk, It Would Appear [NHL] Fighting Is On Its Way Out. ...the Role Of The Enforcer Didn’t Really Disappear Until Speed Became Indispensable." - Jack Todd writing for the Montreal Gazette.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

"The College Hockey Community Was So Open To Arizona State, So Happy And Excited, People Were Saying, ‘How Can We Help?’ And The General Answer Was, ‘You Can Play Us.’" - Arizona State Coach Greg Powers - His Sun Devils are a new NCAA D1 team and hundreds of miles away from the others.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

"One UND Nickname Vote - $20. Willing To Trade For Old Or Broken Electronics As Well, Especially Broken Computers." - One of several people offering to sell his/her UND nickname ballot on Craigslist.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

"When This Leaf Team Loses The Puck, For Example, It Now Chases It Down Like A Group Of Irritated Worker Bees. And Everyone Does It. Nobody’s On A Special Program, Allowed To Leave The Difficult Chores To Others." - Damien Cox for the Toronto Star on the improving Maple Leafs.

Friday, November 6, 2015

"[The ECAC, The NCHC And Hockey East] Hold The Top Winning Percentages ...probably Fittingly Comprise The Top 12 Spots In The Most Recent USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll. There Are 5 NCHC Teams, 4 Hockey East Teams And 3 From The ECAC In The Top 12." - USCHO.com's Jim Connelly and Paula C. Weston commenting on the top conferences in college after one month of play.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

"They Outworked Us. It Came Down To That. We Talk Every Day About Playing With Pride And Playing With Heart. ...I Don't Think We Had That. It Was Really Disappointing Coming Home And Letting Our Fans Down Like That And Having A Poor Performance." - University of North Dakota's Troy Stecher commenting on his team's lack of effort against a Wisconsin team that has had very few wins during the last two seasons.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

"Let’s Not Say It’s Up To The Canadiens To Save The Hockey Season. Even Though It May Be True. After All, They Live With Enough Pressure Every Year In La Belle Province As It Is. But Let’s Face It — The NHL Has Driven Into A Bit Of A Ditch This Fall." - Damien Cox for the Toronto Star.

Monday, November 9, 2015

"The Firing Apparently Stemmed From Team Owner Rolf Nilsen's Displeasure Regarding The Amount Of Ice Time His Son, A 17-year-old Rookie Defenceman On The Team, Had Been Receiving." - Brendan Porter in the The Toronto Sun reporitng on entire Flint OHL team - including owner's son - walking out after being informed that coaching staff was fired yesterday.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

"There Is Also The Tertiary Benefit Of Emphasizing North Dakota's Connection To Las Vegas By Way Of A Former Vegas Casino Magnate Whose Name Graces North Dakota's Arena & Was Also An Alleged Nazi Sympathizer." - A portion of westerncollegehockeyblog.com's Chris Dilk's sardonic list of why a Gophers vs. (stlll) nameless squad game in Las Vegas stinks.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

"They Want To Talk To You About Your Move, Tommy." - A grinning Wild captain Mikko Koivu alluding to reporters in locker room in wake of Thomas Vanek's second goal Tuesday night.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

"Those Days Of The Deterrents And Those Days Of The Enforcers Tapping A Guy On The Shoulder (are Over). The League Has Changed. That's The Reality. Players Are Quite Often Smart Enough To Know That They Can Say No To A Fight." - Wild head caoach Mike Yeo while commenting on James Neal's hit from behind that will keep Zach Parise on shelf for 8+ games..

Friday, November 13, 2015

"But There Is A Much Simpler Solution Than Inflating Net Size Or Shrinking Goalie Pads, In Fact It Doesn’t Require Any Changes To The Game As It Exists Today: Just Call More Penalties." - Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post on how to bump up scoring in the NHL.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

"...I Won’t Miss The Crutches, I Won’t Miss The Guillotine, And I Definitely Won’t Miss Being Woken Up On The Bone-rattler Bus At 5 a.m. Because I’m Choking On Jeremy Morin’s Heinous Farts. I Always Knew It Was You, Mo. You’re Gross." - recently retired NHL/AHL hockey player Brad Mills.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

"I Don't Know What This League's Turning Into" - Ryan Miller - baffled by disallowed goals.

Monday, November 16, 2015

"I Could Have Played A Couple More Years If I Wore Those Things, Compared To What They Wear Now, I Wore Daisy Dukes. Pants Now Are Like Swimming In A Barrel." - Former goalie Mike Greenlay, the Wild’s TV analyst on the pants worn by today's goalies.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

"Anytime Three Guys Go Into The Boards At That Kind Of Speed, Something Bad Is Bound To Happen, I Guess I Kind Of Had The Brunt Of It, I Guess I Was The Guy Falling Into The Boards And I Got The Worst Of It Obviously. That Stuff Happens." - Oilers' Connor McDavid discussing the hit that broke his collarbone on 11.3.2015.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

"Cam Talbot Was Brought In From The New York Rangers At Significant Cost Over The Summer With The Idea That He Would Establish Himself As The Oilers’ Starting Goaltender. Instead, He’s Fallen Into A Tandem Situation With Nominal Backup Anders Nilsson..." - Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal,.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

"And I Was Sure It Was Going To Be The Suckerpunchers." - Commentor DRJSK commenting on the new UND nickname 'Fighting Hawks'.

Friday, November 20, 2015

"As Part Of NHLPA Signing Off On All-star Format, Players Scored A ``five-day Bye Week'' For Next Season For All 30 Teams. The League Will Fit The 5-day Bye Break Into Schedules For Each Team Between Jan. 1 And Feb. 28 Next Season" - A Pierre LeBrun tweet yesterday.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

"As Much As Players Admit The Game Needs A Fresh Coat Of Paint, They’re Not Sure This Is The Proper Colour." - Elliotte Friedman after talking with some NHLers about the new All-Star game format.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

"More Than A Quarter Of The Way Into Their First Season At Barclays Center In Brooklyn, The Islanders Are 28th In Attendance In The 30-team League, With An Average Of 12,408 Tickets Sold Through 12 Games, Less Than Four-fifths Of Capacity." - Allan Kreda for the New York Times.

Monday, November 23, 2015

"I’s All Over But The Squawking, WIthich Will Go On For Years Among Mulish Fans Of The Retired University Of North Dakota Nickname." - FIrst sentence from Grand Forks Herald editorial yesterday.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

"Men’s Ice Hockey Is Slightly More Important To The Big Ten Network’s Revenue Stream Than Women’s Field Hockey, Yet The Conference Was Willing To Blow Up College Hockey For A Few Hours Of Auxiliary Programming." - The Star Tribune's Patrick Reusse on the creation of the Big Ten's three-year-old (six-team) men's hockey conference.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

"The Ultimate Pest: Someone Who Not Only Baits You Into Taking A Foolish Penalty, But Then Skates By With A Smile On His Face After Scoring On The Ensuing Power Play." - Michael Traikos in the National Post.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

"There’s A Lot Of Distractions This Time Being Home. You’ve Got Family, You’ve Got Whatever, But We’re Professionals And You’ve Got To Find A Way To Make Sure You’re Prepared Mentally." - Wild head coach Mike Yeo on the Wild being perennially abysmal around Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 27, 2015

"It's Been Great To Have Mom And My Sister Alex Here, When I Was In Ann Arbor With USA Hockey's National Team Development Program The Past Two Years, I Didn't Get To See Mom Much So It's Nice To Be Able To Spend Time With Her." - Arizona native and likely No.1 2015 NHL draft pick Auston Matthews. Matthews is playing for the Zurch Lions in the top Swiss professional league this season..

Saturday, November 28, 2015

"There's Been A Great Build Up Over The Last Number Of Months... First Time Ever They Are Playing For Points Outside Of America, So It’s A Big Deal For Them To Be Here Over Thanksgiving &a Big Deal For Belfast To Be Holding The Friendship Four Competition." - Belfast Lord Mayor, Arder Carson on the four team NCAA tourney being played in Belfast this weekend by Umass Lowell, Northeastern, Brown, and Colgate universities..

Sunday, November 29, 2015

"The NHL And Its Fans Need To Realize That Not Every Hard Hit Is Dirty. ...The League Can Heal Itself And Fix Its Product. As Ever, Though, The Million Dollar Question Is, “does It Want To?” My Guess Is The Same As It Has Been For A Long Time." - Chris Mueller of Pittsburgh's KDKA-FM.

Monday, November 30, 2015