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Friday, April 1, 2016

"I Feel Really Good About Where We’re At..." - Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis completely defying logic regarding the one-time powerhouse's dismall state of affairs.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

"It's A Question Of When, Not If." - Brian Burke noting that we'll see a female coach in the NHL at some point.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

"Twenty-two Of The KHL's 28 Teams Are Based In Russia. In 2014-15, Five Of That 22 Had Coaches Not From Russia Or A Country In The Former Soviet Bloc. All Five Coaches, Including Keenan, Were Replaced." - espn.com editor on Mike Keenan's comment that the KHL decided it only wanted Russian coaches to coach Russian teams..

Monday, April 4, 2016

"[The] Coyotes Are The Reason I Started Playing Hockey, We're Pretty Fortunate To Have Them In The Valley." - Arizona native and a lock as the No. 1 pick in this summer's NHL draft, Auston Matthews.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

"The Thing I Have A Bit Of A Hard Time Is The Reaction Of Dutchy After He Scored, It’s A 4-0 Goal. Big Cheer…are You Kidding Me? What Is That!" - Avs coach Patrick Roy - who had ‘a bit of a hard time’ with Matt Duchene’s celebration in 5-1 loss.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

"We Never Wanted Him To Leave, He’s Just A Great Person, A Great Mentor, A Great Coach. He’s The Perfect Person For This Job." - Grand Rapids, MN H.S. athletic director Anne Campbell on former NHLer Trent Klatt whose debut season coaching culminated with a strong third place effort at the Class AA state tourney.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

"It’s About Keeping Things Simple And Boring, Really. Simple And Boring Work Well In Sports. Through My Playing Career... I Usually Had Really Good Games; When I Worried About The Big Things Like Results, I Played Nervous And Didn’t Play Well." - NCAA Frozen Four semi-finalist Denver University's head coach Jim Montgomery.

Friday, April 8, 2016

"Apologies To The Masses Who Expect (and Want) The Wild To Trade Dumba This Summer... Dumba Is A Lot Of Things, But He Isn’t Afraid. Expect Him To Get Made In The Playoffs." - Hair expert John King.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

"It’s A Tragedy And A Poor Reflection On A System That Is Supposed To Catch Them And Help Them," - McMaster University kinesiology professor Stuart Phillips on Derek Boogaard failing many doping tests without any consequences from the NHL and NHLPA.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

"In The [second] Intermission, We Talked About Keeping The Foot On The Gas, And We Came Out And Put The Gas Full-throttle There," - NCAA Frozen Four MOP Drake Caggiula talking about North Dakota turning a tight championship game against Quinnipiac into a bit of a laugher.

Monday, April 11, 2016

"It Was A Very Tearful Moment, If National Anthem Didn’t Start Playing When It Did, I Would Have Visible Tears In My Eyes. It Was Very Difficult. I Really Appreciate Fans Very Much." - Pavel Datsyuk says he will leave the Red Wings after playoffs.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

"Tantalizing As The Prospect May Sound To Rangers Fans — And Penguins Fans And Devils Fans And Islanders Fans And On And On — Without Snider There Would Probably Have Been No Flyers, No Legacy Of The Broad Street Bullies, No Hockey." - Jeff Z. Klein, a New York Times hockey reporter.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

"Now How Do We Get Barney And Jaromir Jagr On The Ice At The Same Time?" - Puck Daddy's Sean Leahy on 45-year-old Jeff Barney who made his ECHL debut in the nets for the Alaska Aces.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

"Guys That Age Also Don't Go For Midnight Skates While Carrying 45-pound Weight Vests. And They Don't Walk Around The Dressing Room Wearing Ankle Weights. Jagr Is An Alien. Then There's Roberto Luongo. A Relative Spring Chicken At 37..." - CBC sports' Jesse Campigotto on Jaromir Jagr.

Friday, April 15, 2016

"US Kids Blow Out Russians, 8-2. The Motherland's Tears Will Be Tested By WADA Later." - Russian sportswriter @SlavaMalamud on Twitter.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

"That Kid, It’s A Joke. When I Was In Camp With St. Louis, I Kept Doing Double Takes. Tank Makes Sid’s Legs Look Like My Legs. It’s Crazy." - Ryan Whitney on Vladimir Tarasenko.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

"The Real Storyline Here Is Whether Or Not The Guys Have The Mental Discipline To Stay In Their Hotel Rooms In Nashville In The Spring. That’s A Real Challenge Staying Out Of The Bar. Stay Off Broadway, Fellas!" - Mike Rupp on the Anaheim Ducks.

Monday, April 18, 2016

"One Thing I Like About This Series Is The Dislike. I Don’t Think The Average Fan Realizes How Much These Teams Hate Each Other." - Mike Rupp on the Kings - Sharks series.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

"The Stars Are So Fun To Watch This Year. Great Crowd — Underrated Crowd. The City Will Be Buzzing For Them. I Think They’ll Crush Minnesota Because Of Their Speed, But There’s Not A Ton Of Grit To Their Game." - Ryan Whitney on Dallas.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

"I Would Get Nervous Watching On The Couch When I Was A Kid, And Now I'm Involved In A Game, Starting My First Playoff Game. It Was A Pretty Crazy Moment, The Butterflies Were Definitely Going Before The Game." - Pens' 21-year-old goalie Matt Murray.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

"A Canadian Team, Our Kids Playing Our Game In Our University, That Is A Compelling Story," - Vancouver lawyer Jon Festinger talking about Simon Fraser University possibly starting a D1 hockey program - SFU is the only non-U.S. school within the NCAA.

Friday, April 22, 2016

"It's Hard To Turn It On." - When the Washington Capitals were coasting down the stretch, defenseman Matt Niskanen had this to say about playoff time..

Saturday, April 23, 2016

"When I Got To Arizona State As A Freshman In ’95, The Goal When We Played Against Arizona Was To Avoid Getting Whataburgered." - Arizona State University's head coach Greg Powers.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

"...The Capitals Had Better Slay This Thing In Game 6. Not Even Mr. Game 7 Will Want To Experience The Stress Bucket That Verizon Center Will Be If It Must Host A Seventh Game With Historically Disastrous Implications." - Washington Post columnist Jerry Brewer.

Monday, April 25, 2016

"Finland, U20 And Now U18 World Champions. Proud To Be A Finn... Little, BIG Hockey Country! Well Done Boys, Congratulations!" - Gneral manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets Jarmo Kekalainen on Twitter.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

"Walter [Gretzky] Is Just A Wonderful Human Being All Around. Loves People, Loves Telling Stories, And Loves To Make People Laugh. Also, Wayne Is Really Hard To Get Hold Of." - Danny Nash, director of Wally's World on Wayne's father.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

"These Are Tough Games, No Doubt About It, Momentum Goes One Way, Then The Other Way. We Definitely Feel Good About Being On This Side Of It, But We Know There’s Going To Be Another Tough Game Tomorrow." - Seattle Thunderbirds coach Steve Konowalchuk talking about WHL semi-fial series with Kelowna - his 'Birds are up 3-0.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

"For A Guy Who Never Played, Hitchcock’s Hockey IQ Is Impressive. When We Had Video Sessions, Hitchcock Made Points That I Had Never Heard Before. He Had A Way Of Breaking Down The Subtle Details That Made Sense To Me." - ex-NHLer and current ONtario Reign player Paul Bissonnette on Blues coach Ken Hitchcock.

Friday, April 29, 2016

"It’s A Finnish Thing, There’s No Better Country To Party In." - Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario's Nick Plastino, who had just won the Finnish league championship with Tappara Tampere, which kicked off a crazy night of partying on the ice, in the dressing room, with thousands of fans in the city square and thrn more partying.