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Friday, January 1, 2016

"Have Fun With The Puck This New Year. Try Anything. Teach Your Coaches About Creativity. Surprise Them... We Are Victimized By Propaganda That Says [youth] Hockey Is Mostly About Winning, Avoiding Mistakes, About Trophies, Division Titles, Or Rankings." - Jack Blatherwick on players having FUN & developing skills and passion in youth hockey programs.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

"...My Father Teach Me, Too. First Thing, You Never Look At Puck. Eyes Always Up. Look Left, Right, Forward. You Look Down, It’s Over. Even Now, If I Look Down At Puck In A Game, My Dad Let Me Know About It. He Texts Me." - Washington Capitals' Chelyabinsk native Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

"...most Schools Are Doing What’s Best For Them And What Will Help Them Compete The Best Next Year And The Year After. It’s Hard To Pick Out Whether Schools Are Making Decisions Based On What’s Best For The Sport Of College Hockey." - The Grand Fork Herald's Brad Elliott Schlossman discussing probably the sorriest aspect of NCAA hockey today.

Monday, January 4, 2016

"Everybody Know Ovi From His Stats. But I Tell You, When You Get On The Ice With Him And You See His Shot For The First Time, It’s Crazy. It’s So, So Hard. When I Shoot, I Can See My Puck. When He Shoots … Oh, Come On. Where’s The Puck?" - Washington Capitals' Chelyabinsk native Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

"I Think There Are Some Flaws In Where We're At In College Hockey And The Kids Are Getting The Short End Of The Stick, ...If We Were Dealing With Our Own Sons, We'd Be Looking At This In A Completely Different Light." - University of Minnesota head coach Don Lucia.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

"He Was Really Laid Back. He Was Really Honest With Everybody. He Doesn’t Yell A Lot. It Was Different From What Most People Kind Of Expected, It Was Really Nice To Have Him As A Coach." - American WJC star Auston Matthews noting he and his teammates appreciated Ron Wilson’s style of guidance.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

"I Have No Idea Why He Was So Taken With Hockey... Hockey Is His Heaven... I’m Happy Doing It; He’s Living His Dream, He’s My Only Son, So Naturally I’d Do Anything For Him." - Timothy Moore commenting on his move from Raleigh, NC to Forest Lake, MN so that his son Sean can play Minnesota high school hockey.

Friday, January 8, 2016

"We Skate, Skate, Skate. As A Kid, That Was The Focus Of The Coaches — To Make Sure You Were Skating The Proper Way. No Hitting, No Dump In Corner. Practice Was About Playing Hockey — Scrimmage, One-on-one, Lots Of Skills. This Is The Russian Style" - Washington Capitals' Chelyabinsk native Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

"What If A School Offers A Kid A 25 Percent Scholarship At Age 16 And He Accepts. Later, Another School May Be Willing To Offer A Full Ride, But They Can’t Talk To Him And Tell Him, Because He’s Already Committed. So, He’s Locked In." - The Grand Fork Herald's Brad Elliott Schlossman on one of the many issues with college hockey's Gentleman’s Agreement.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

"If You Poll The Parents, How Many Of Them Want Their Kid To Wait Three Years Before Going To College? I Have People Coming Up To Me Asking: Why Does Hockey Even Allow Juniors? ...Why Not Make All Kids Go Play College After High School Like Other Sports?" - University of Minnesota head coach Don Lucia.

Monday, January 11, 2016

"He Is A Pure Pro. He Has An Idea Of What His Game Is Supposed To Look Like Every Night And He Goes Out And Just Does The Same Things Over And Over." - Jets coach Paul Maurice, on Blake Wheeler.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

"There’s No Secret, There’s A Great Divide In College Hockey Right Now. Every Time An Issue Arises, Lines Are Drawn In The Sand, & It’s Predictable Where Everyone's Going To Land. The “power” Schools Are On One Side. The “smaller” Schools Are On The Other." - The Grand Fork Herald's Brad Elliott Schlossman.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

"You Love It & You Hate It. The Grind Becomes Mind-numbing. Everybody Bitches. Even The Superstars. Even The Guys Who You Think Eat And Breathe Hockey, They Bitch. Some Of The Best Times You Have Are Sitting Around A Locker Room, Complaining With The Boys." - ex-NHLer Ryan Whitney on the 'fantasy world' of the NHL.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

"Seven O'clock [WCHA] Puck Drops In Grand Forks And Duluth Were Swapped For [Big Ten] Yawners With Penn State And Ohio State." - City Page's Cory Zurowski on the pain college hockey's recent conference realignment has caused midwest NCAA D1 fans..

Friday, January 15, 2016

"I Was At [the] Postgame Presser That Night... Tone Matters, & I Never Felt, In Listening To Lucia That Night, That He Was Throwing A Freshman Under The Bus And Blaming A Young Kid For The Loss. Rather, I Thought He Was Explaining ...exactly What Happened," - Mankato Free Press beat writer Shane Frederick sharing his take on one of the questionable aspects of City Page's recent harsh article about the Gophers in general and head coach Don Lucia in particular.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

"I Went To The University Of Minnesota Pretty Raw ...a Lot Of Bad Habits, A Lot Of Things In My Game That Needed Refinement. ...They Prepared Me To Hit The Ground Running In The NHL. Without That Development, Who Knows Where I’d Be." - Gopher Alum and Top 10 NHL scorer Blake Wheeler on his development at the University of Minnesota under Don Lucia.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

"1. Gopher Hockey Hasn't Been That Bad Past Few Years. 2. Interest In Program Has Undeniably Waned Recently. *That* Should Be The Story." - Managing Editor of SBN College Hockey Chris Dilks responding to January 13, 2016 City Pages article.

Monday, January 18, 2016

"I'm Comfortable With How We've Conducted Ourselves With Integrity... I Guess The Hard Part Was There's A Lot Of Anonymous And Just Going After The Players Is Out Of Bounds For Me. So I'll Defend Our Players All Day Long. They're Great Kids." - Gophers head coach Don Lucia responding to anonymous alums quoted in January 13, 2016 City Pages article.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

"There Are Some [alums] That - I'm Not An Alum - And They Weren't Happy I Was Hired That I'm Not An Alum. That's...nothing's Changed. I'm Not An Alum And Nothing's Changed For Them Because They're Not Happy I'm Not An Alum." - Gophers head coach Don Lucia responding to January 13, 2016 City Pages article.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

"There's Some Alums That Have Been Great. ...but There's Also A Group That 5 Years Ago Tried To Get Me Fired And Told Me, "I'm Not An Alum," So They Can't Support Me. Nothing I Can Do About That." - Gophers head coach Don Lucia responding to January 13, 2016 City Pages article.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

"The Problem Starts With Recruiting. More Teams Mean More Schools Are Plying The Rinks Of Minnesota. So Lucia Has Taken To Signing Players Before They're Old Enough To Drive." - City Pages' Cory Zurowski on the Univeristy of Minnesota's interaction very young players.

Friday, January 22, 2016

"If A Kid Is Going To Minnesota, Concerns Are Openly Discussed In Our Rooms About How It Might Affect His Development. If One Of Our Players Is Heading To Say, North Dakota Or UMD Or [Omaha], We Are Comfortable With Them Going To Any Of Those Places." - ANONYMOUS NHL scout.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

"In The First Year Under The New Realignment, 2013-14, The WCHA Lost More Than $1 Million, According To Tax Documents Obtained By The Herald." - The Grand Fork Herald's Brad Elliott Schlossman talking about college hockey's conference realignment.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

"The Chasm Deepened When Lucia Hosted A Notre Dame Fundraiser At His Home A Few Years Ago. Alumni Chafed. He'd Never Done That For Minnesota... They Further Seethed The Following Year When Lucia Courted Former Players Only After The Program Needed Money" - City Pages' Cory Zurowski noting the alleged acrimony that former University of Minnesota players have for current head coach Don Lucia.

Monday, January 25, 2016

"UND Can’t Use “Fighting Hawks” Nickname Because Everybody Boos It." - "North Dakota political observer. Some time radio host, full time writer" Rob Port.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

"It's On Him To Say To His Players, 'I Don't Care If You Don't Give A Shit To Bleed Maroon And Gold, But While You're Here, You're Going To Bleed Maroon And Gold.'." - ANONYMOUS former University of Minnesota players articulating disapproval of current head coach Don Lucia.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

"The KHL Season Ended At The Beginning Of March. I Landed Back In Boston At The Absolute Apex Of The Dark Winter Hell. All These College Kids Are Walking Around All Mopey And Depressed. And I’m Skipping Around Like I’m Stoned Out Of My Mind." - Ryan Whitney on his appreciation for the west after his KHL Sochi experience.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

"Aside From Just His On-ice Gifts, What He Brings To Our Room, To Our Guys Even Off The Ice Is, Believe It Or Not, Probably More Special Than What He Brings On The Ice, And What He Brings Every Night Is An NHL Talent." - Blaine, MN High School coach Chris Carroll on his team's likely round 1 NHL pick Ryan Tufte.

Friday, January 29, 2016

"You’re Sh*tting Me. ...Are You F*cking Kidding Me?" - John Scott upon hearing news he was traded from Arizona to Montreal.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

"I Think The Most Shocking Story In College Hockey Is How Bad The Big Ten Is, We All Assumed It Was Going To Be A Sort Of Elite Conference, And That The Other Schools Would Be Hurt By It. Instead, It's Been The Other Way Around." - Ryan Kennedy, who writes for the Hockey News.

Sunday, January 31, 2016