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Monday, February 1, 2016

"You Better Have Your Foot Hanging Off Your Body If You Want To Get Out Of Practice. The Days Your Import Buddies Managed To Get Out Of Practice With An Injury, You’d Be Looking At Them Like Jack Nicholson In The Shining." - Ryan Whitney on practicing in the KHL compared to the NHL.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

"Once He Touches The Puck In The Defensive Zone, You Know Your Team Will Be Out Of The Zone Soon." - The late Glen Sonmor's definition of a great defenseman (not a good D, but a great one).

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

"His Last Name Was Kravitz. I Couldn’t Pronounce His First Name, So I Would Just Call Him “Lenny.” ....I’d Mess Up A Drill And He’d Start Screaming, “What Dee Fuck Are You Doing, Obama?”" - Ryan Whitney talking about a 'crazy, hardass Red Army-era guy' KHL Sochi coach.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

"You Don't Know When You Have To [recruit A Player], ...and So That's Sometimes The Hard Part. Do We Have To Recruit This Kid In 11th Grade? Do We Have To Recruit Him In 10th Grade? Or Do We Have To Recruit Him In 9th Grade?" - Gophers head coach Don Lucia noting also that "Somebody else could come behind the scenes, bring in a kid and offer him and tell him he's got a week to decide.... All of a sudden he's gone.".

Friday, February 5, 2016

"Kravitz Was The Translator For The Imports... So Many Times, The Head Coach [would Be] Screaming In Russian For A Solid 10 Minutes. Every 30 Seconds, Kravitz Would Turn To Us And Just Say, “Wake Dee Fuck Up, You Guys Terrible.”" - Ryan Whitney talking about a 'crazy, hardass Red Army-era guy' KHL Sochi coach.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

"Are Most Schools Making The Decision Based On What’s Best For [NCAA D1] Hockey? ...I Think Most Are Doing What’s Best For Their Individual Program. And That’s Fine. I Get It. Coaches Are Under Tons Of Pressure To Win Or They Will Lose Their Job." - The Grand Fork Herald's Brad Elliott Schlossman.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

"I Just Think I'm One Of Those Late Bloomers, I'm Just One Of Those Guys That It Took A While To Turn Into A Man, Physically And Mentally. ...There's Really No Time For Reflection, But I've Been Very Fortunate." - Blake Wheeler exuding the same lack of showiness he displayed at Breck School (Minneapolis, MN) growing up.

Monday, February 8, 2016

"There’s So Much Excitement; It Feels Like Gretzky All Over Again, There’s A Special Quality About Him. You Can’t Take Your Eyes Off Him When He’s On The Ice." - Mike McHale, 40, of Philadelphia, who was at the Oilers-Rangers game last night with his wife, Wendy, and two prekindergarten sons, Bode and Breckin.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

"It Was Hell. I Loved It." - Ryan Whitney summarizing his KHL Sochi experience.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

"It's Awesome, I'm 6-5, And I Know There's A Couple Other Guys Out Here That Are My Size Too, But It's Just Such An Advantage To My Reach. It's Just An Advantage To Me." - 6' 5" Blaine, MN high schooler (and likely NHL first round pick this summer) Riley Tufte.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

"Coming From A Non-hockey Background, It’s Kind Of Hard For Me To Imagine A Fan In The State Of Minnesota Who Wouldn’t Be Excited To See A Michigan Or A Michigan State Come In To Play," - Big Ten Deputy Commissioner, CFO, & COO Brad Traviolia making it abundantly clear that he comes from a non-hockey background.

Friday, February 12, 2016

"It’s No Secret That Newspapers Have Suffered In Recent Years. ...No College Hockey Fans Have Been Hit As Hard As Those In The Big Ten And Other Big Cities." - The Grand Forks Herald's college hockey reporter Brad Elliott Schlossman.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

"Humble Off The Ice And A Beast On The Ice." - Luverne, MN H.S. coach Kullen Schroht describing sophomore Jaxon Nelson - who has tallied 15 hat tricks this season.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

"In Russia, We’d All Be Sitting On The Floor Of Some Guy’s Sparse Apartment Eating 10 Bags Of Gummy Bears And Watching Movies On Netflix, Talking Shit About How Miserable Practice Was Going To Be The Next Day." - Ryan Whitney on his KHL Sochi experience and how it differs from NHL which he notes is 'not real life'.

Monday, February 15, 2016

"The Best-kept Secret In High School Sports." - Benilde-St. Margaret’s coach Ken Pauly referring to the tournaments that seed the Minnesota state high school tourney.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

"The Soviet Bus Driver Was Trying To Conserve Gas," He Said. "Every Time We Went Downhill, He'd Turn Off The Ignition, So There Was No Heat In The Bus Either." - Sherbrooke Beavers centre George Guilbault, who remembers it was -20 C when his team of 15 slipped behind the Iron Curtain to meet the Central Red Army Sports Club in 1965..

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

"Violent Reactions Can Result From Imbalances Between The Cortex And Lower Brain Centers, Or Simply From Bad Habits Not Discouraged. ...The MSHSL Does Nothing About Habitual, Dangerous Major Penalty Violators. Even The NHL Disciplines Its Own Goons." - 'Lets Play Hockey' columnists Jack Blatherwick noting that Minnesota high school hockey needs to clean up its act to discourage mindless violence.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

"I Tend To Think The Characters Are Still There, It’s Just Harder To Get Them To Come Out (especially When Many Are Pressured To Be Bland And To Make Sure There’s Nothing Controversial About Them)." - The Grand Forks Herald's Brad Elliott SchlossmanIs wondering if college players aren’t fun anymore or if it is just harder to get to know the personalities.

Friday, February 19, 2016

"Call It Death By Demographics. Young Families Took Flight To The Suburbs, To Be Replaced By Kidless Professionals And Immigrants With No Affinity For The Game. The Number Of Players Declined, With The Best Leaving For Private Schools." - City Pages' Cory Zurowski commenting on some of changes over the decades in Minneapolis high school hockey.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

"In 1990, [Joe] Dziedzic Won A Full Scholarship To The University Of Minnesota. He Remains The Last Minneapolis Public School Player To Earn A Division I Hockey Scholarship." - City Pages' Cory Zurowski noting the dearth of top end talent in Minneapolis (and St. Paul).

Sunday, February 21, 2016

"I Hated The Name, I Was Like, 'It's For Pussies. It's A Chick Name.'" - Minneapolis Hockey coach Joe Dziedzic on the name he inherited with his high school team - the Novas..

Monday, February 22, 2016

"The Eagles Are The Best [Massachusetts High School] Team In The State By A Mile. If John Flaherty's Team Plays A Complete Game For 45 Minutes, It Is Unbeatable." - SB Bation College Hockey's Jeff Cox on the 15-0-3 Eagles.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

"When Calling Igor Larionov Through A Mobile App, One Can See The Following Written On His Avatar: Integrity Is Measured By The Distance Between Your Lips And Your Life." - Journalist Pavel Lysenkov.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

"[Netminder Alex] Schilling Is Good. Honestly Hard To Tell Though. Wayzata Blocks Sooooo Many Shots. They Are Such A Good Defensive Unit." - Dave Spehar commenting on Wayzata - The Trojans play upset-minded Cretin Derham-Hall in the Section 6AA final at Mariucci Arena this evening for a birth in the Class AA Minnesota State Tournament.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

"[H.S. Hockey In Massachusetts] Is Under Siege From The Influx Of Countless Junior And Pseudo-junior Programs In The Region. There Is No Question The Quality Of High School Hockey Is At A Low. ...for The Large Majority, Juniors Are A Waste Of Money." - Steve Kendall writing for Worcester, MA's telegram.com.

Friday, February 26, 2016

"As A Scout For The New York Islanders, I Traveled Around The World Watching Kids Play, And There Is Nothing Like Minnesota. You Can’t Go Any Place In The World And Watch 16-, 17-, 18-year-old Kids Playing For Their Communities Like This." - Grand Rapids, MN H.S. coach Trent Klatt.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

"Perhaps You've Heard That Minnesota High School Hockey Is Kind Of A Big Deal. When The State Tournament Is Involved, It's A Really Big Deal. The Play Starts With A Brilliant Stretch Pass Through The Air From Stillwater's Gavin Holland From His Own Zone..." - cbssports.com's Chris Peters on Stillwater, MN's Noah Cates amazing spin-o-rama OT goal that placed the Stillwater Ponies in next week's Minnesota high school hockey tournament.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

"Parity Was The Big Word This Season... Parity Showed Itself In The Section Tournaments Where Only Three Of The Eight Teams Seeded First--Stillwater, Grand Rapids, & Bemidji--survived To Advance To The Tournament. ...Anybody Has A Shot To Win This Thing." - sbnationcollegehockey.com's Chris Dilks talking about the Minnesota State High School Tournament's Class AA field - which features the larger schools in the state.

Monday, February 29, 2016