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Thursday, December 1, 2016

"[New Blake Head Coach Greg May] Said Blake Has Discussed The Possibility Of Moving To Class AA For Boys Hockey, But Nothing Is Imminent." - Mike Shaughnessy writing about high school hockey for the Twin Cities area's SunThisWeek.com.

Friday, December 2, 2016

"It's A Way To Identify And Establish And Grow The College Hockey Game With A Couple Of Programs That Have Played Each Other In The Past With Rich Tradition And History," - UND second year coach Brad Berry on tomorrow night's Boston College - UND game at MSG.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

"Oh Look, Yet Another League Can Get A Deal Done Without Wiping Out Half A Season Or More." - Sen McIndoe noting in Vice.com that MLB and their players' union reached an agreement on a new CBA on Wednesday night, avoiding a potential lockout and preserving the league's streak of no work stoppages since 1994.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

"I Felt Really Comfortable On My Visit, As The Coaches Were Great To Me And I Fell In Love With The City; Being A Toronto Kid, I Wanted To Go To A Big School. ...Walking Around The Campus You Can Tell How Much Hockey Means And How Big Of A Deal It Is." - Penticton Vees' goaltender Mat Robson, who committed Friday to the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers for the 2017-18 season.

Monday, December 5, 2016

"We’re Very Grateful To Be Here. It Was A Great Experience For Our Student Athletes, It’s Been An Achilles Heel Trying To Win A Game Against Such A Great Program." - UND head coach Brad Berry after the Fighitng Hawks topped Boston College at Madison Square Garden Saturday.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

"Schierhorn Has Had Some Of His Best Outings On The Second Night Of The Weekend After Usually Abysmal Fridays, But He Turned The Tables Saturday. He Allowed Four Goals On Nine Shots, And Sophomore Nick Lehr Replaced Him. The Switch Was No Help..." - The Pioneer Press's Emily Polglaze noting the University of Minnesota's lackluster goaltending - the inconsistent play of sophomore Eric Schierhorn in particular.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

"The Forwards Will Need To Carry This Team Because The Defense Looks Very Weak, But This Is A Team That Should Be In Contention For A Medal If They Play Up To Their Capabilities." - Chris Dilks of sbncollegehockey.com commenting on the U.S. World Juniors Preliminary Roster.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

"I've Never Believed I Couldn't Do Something, Somebody Has To Be The Starting Goalie Of The Calgary Flames And It Comes Down To Who Wants It More And Who's Going To Put The Work Into Doing It." - Chad Johnson on his long-awaited NHL 'dream job'.

Friday, December 9, 2016

"There Is Just Such A Pressure To Get There [to The Next Lext Level - Junior Hockey]. No One Wants To Take The Time Anymore To Get There; They Want It Right Away." - Benilde H.S. (MN) head coach Ken Pauly commenting on players leaving high school early to play junior hockey. Pauly critics will likely note that players leave their community H.S. teams to play on Pauly's team - to get to the next level..

Saturday, December 10, 2016

"You Don’t Have To Leave Early To Get Where You Want To Go, That’s The Bottom Line... There Is Nothing To Show That Leaving Early Gets You Anywhere Any Quicker And Is A Better Avenue Than Staying With Your H. S. Program." - Fred Bandel - who is entering his 23rd year as an NHL scout with the Florida Panthers - commenting on whether high school players should leave school early.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

"It’s Quite Phenomenal, It’s Unlike Hockey Is Anywhere Else In The United States." - Former NHL player and executive Brian Lawton commenting on high school hockey in Minnesota.

Monday, December 12, 2016

"He's 18-years-old & He Feels Terrible. These Things Happen. I've Done It Many Times, It's Just A Bad Bounce, He's Done A Hell Of A Job For Us This Year. He's Obviously A Huge Part Of Our Team And You Hate To See A Guy Have To Feel That Way After The Game." - Jets captain Blake Wheeler after rookie sniper Patrik Laine tried to fire the loose puck out of trouble but ended up ripping it into his own net..

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

"The Minnesota High School Hockey Tournament, Which Is Held In St. Paul At The Nearly 18,000-seat Xcel Energy Center, Is One Of The Region’s Most Popular Sporting Events. Winning Teams Are Celebrated Like Stanley Cup Champions In Their Hometowns." - The New York Times' Tim Casey.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

"...Maybe Newcomer Penn State Or ...Ohio State Will Stun The College Hockey World.The Mantra For College Hockey Teams In The Second Half Should Be To Get In The Tournament. Any Team That Does That Has A Shot At Taking Home The Big Prize This Season." - UND beat writer Brad Elliott Schlossman noting that during the first half of the college hockey season that no team or group of teams have looked particularly overwhelming, which could leave the national crown up for grabs in April..

Thursday, December 15, 2016

"By This Point, Everybody Knows About Casey Mittelstadt. This Will Likely Be The Three Toughest Games Mittelstadt Plays During The High School Season—even More Than The State Tournament—so Every NHL Team Will Likely Be There To Scout Him." - Sbncollegehockey.com's Chris Dilks writing about this weekend's Edina Holidaye Classic tourney that will feature Mittelstadt and four of the top six high school teams in Minnesota.

Friday, December 16, 2016

"The Hardest Part For A Kid When You Come To The National Hockey League Is You Never Get The Puck." - Maple Leafs' head coach Mike Babcock speaking to the press last month during Auston Matthews’s drought.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

"You Know, Everyone Wants To Play The Run-and-gun Hockey, And All The Coaches Want You To Play Without The Puck, So That’s One Of The Things You’ve Got To Learn," - Zach Parise, a 32-year-old veteran with the Minnesota Wild, noting that playing without the puck was the first, and hardest, lesson a young player needed to learn..

Sunday, December 18, 2016

"It Would Be Bad “if You Were Up Or Down By A Goal In The Last Few Minutes And They Tell You To Get Off The Ice - But I Understand Why They’re Doing It." - Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty on the role of the NHL's concussion spotters.

Monday, December 19, 2016

"It’s Going To Be Interesting When A Guy Takes One Off The Mask In Game 7 Of Overtime And He’s A Goalie, Now What Are We Going To Do?" - Carolina Hurricanes Coach Bill Peters, who supports the NHL's concussion spotting protocol.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

"The NHL Has In Some Measure Addressed The Dumping Issue Associated With The Entry Draft By Expanding The Lottery. It Should Now Address The Playoff-seed Issue While Simultaneously Enhancing The Meaning Of Divisional Races And The Rewards Of Winning Them." - The New York Post's Larry Brooks.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

"They're Doing It With A Team-wide Effort. Sure, Devan Dubnyk ...would Probably Get Plenty Of Vezina Love If We Held The Vote Today. ...And In What Stands As A Nice Change For The Wild, They've Been Getting Production From Some Of Their Younger Players." - Sean McIndoe writing for Sportsnet.ca - Why the Wild are winning.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

"It’s Just Like My First Game, I’ll Tell You, I’m Not Relaxed. I’m Just Waiting To Get On That Bench." - 87 year-old Mount Saint Charles Academy (Woonsocket, R.I) hockey coach and recent U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Bill Belisle.

Friday, December 23, 2016

"The Search For The Yao Ming Of Hockey Began In Beijing, On Makeshift Rinks Tucked In The Basement Of A Shopping Mall Or On The Sectioned-off Corners Of A Speed Skating Oval." - The PostMedia Network's Michael Traikos, who adds ' It’s as unlikely an origin story as you will ever hear, with players learning to toe-drag on figure skates while wearing equipment inside out.'.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

"To Do It The Way We Had To Do It, Winning Games Nine And 10 In Montreal And New York, I Think Was Pretty Special." - Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau - The first coach in NHL history to coach three teams to win streaks of 10 or more games.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

"I Say: ‘You Dummy. What’d You Do That For?’ Everybody’s A Dummy In My Book. I Know All Their Names, But It’s Always, Dummy, Dummy, Dummy. That’s Why I Don’t Have The Parents In There." - 87 year-old Mount Saint Charles Academy (Woonsocket, R.I) hockey coach Bill Belisle who adds "I sit on the bench, and I yell, And if they don’t hear me, I stand on the boards and I yell louder.".

Monday, December 26, 2016

"There Were Five-gallon Pail Buckets On Four Of The Dots In Each End Zone, His Big Thing Was, ‘No One’s Allowed To Puke On My Ice.’" - Islanders GM Garth Snow commenting on his Mount Saint Charles Academy high school hockey coach Bill Belisle and Belisle's long, tough slkating drills after a loss.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

"Hockey Is Catching Up To Bob Johnson, 25 Years After His Death - If There Is Such A Thing As A Hockey Gene, Johnson Surely Had It. ..." - Twenty-five years after his death, Johnson’s influence extends from the NHL, where he helped pave the way for American college players and coaches in a league then dominated by Canadians, to NCAA hockey, which he endlessly promoted..

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

"There Has Been One Game That We've Lost By More Than One Goal. It's Not Hard To Be Proud Of Them" - Wild head coach Brude Boudreau noting that his club's 10.23.2016 loss to the Islanders is the only game Minnesota has los by more than a sinlge goal.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

"Best Goaltending We’ve Had, And There’s Not Another Team In The NHL That I Would Trade Our Defense For. This Is A Great Team." - Minnesota Wild Owner Craig Leipold, enjoying the ride with his high-flying team.

Friday, December 30, 2016

"WHL Commish Ron Robison Said Before Season That 'fighting Is Almost Nonexistent In Many Ways Today.' [Yet] WHL At 371 Fighting Majors This Year." - College hockey writer Brad E. Schlossman on Twitter.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

"I Don’t Know If I Even Want To Come To The Rink... It’s Not The Super Bowl. It’s Not The Stanley Cup. It’s Game 36, It’s Got A Good Little Story Line, But That’s All It Is." - First-year Wild coach Bruce Boudreau on the media hype surrounding tonight's game with Columbus - Minnesota has won 12 in a row and Columbus has won 14 in a row.