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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

"This Is Great. First Practice ...I See Ovi And My Legs Are Shaking. I’m So Nervous. He’s Legend In Russia. He Called Me Right Away When I Was Drafted By Capitals. Every Summer He Text Me: When You Coming To Washington? I Feel Like I’m 16-year-old Kid." - Washington Capitals' Chelyabinsk native Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

"This Has The Makings Of A Trainwreck And 1500 References To Bemidji And Grand Rapids Being Next To Canada." - Journalist Nate Wells noting the 'Fred Willard/Best In Show' vibe that Barry Melrose will bring to the booth covering the Minnesota High Scholl Hockey Tournament Thursday night.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

"He Always Has A Good Game, He Always Has A Good Practice, I’ve Never Seen A Guy That Consistent For Four Years." - Breck School (Golden Valley, MN) coach Les Larson commenting on senior Chase Ellingson’s dominating performance in yesterday's state tourney quarterfinal.

Friday, March 4, 2016

"Watch Casey Mittelstadt And Appreciate The Privilege Of It. Players Like Him Don't Come Around Very Often." - sbncollegehockey.com's Chris Dilks on the outstanding Eden Prairie, MN junior and likely NHLer.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

"As He Says - The Straw That Stirs The Drink." - Tyler Scott - somewhat sheepishly - trying to describe his role on Breck School's (Golden Valley, MN) top line while glancing at Mustangs coach Les Larson.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

"We Had Some Bullets In The Meat." - Narrator of the '2016 All Hockey Hair Team' video describing the field of teams in the Minnesota high school hockey tournament.

Monday, March 7, 2016

"A Lot Of These Guys Aren’t Double-A Bantams [before They Play For Breck]. Tyler Was On The Second Bantam Team For Burnsville, And Then He Came To Us. ...Hockey Is Best Known For The Character Of Its Players, You Are Looking At One Of Them, Great Kid." - Breck School (Golden Valley, MN) head coach Les Larson disccusing third-year varsity player and Hobey Baker High School Character Award winner Tyler Scott..

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

"She Is Like No Other Girls Hockey Player I've Seen In All My Years Of Officiating. ...her Skating Ability And Shooting Is Amazing." - MN H.S. referee admiring Breck's Grace Zumwinkle's skills.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

"Ahhh Shoot, Next Time I'll Elevate It For Sure. Maybe You Can Teach Me, You Seem Like An Expert?" - Golden Gophers' Amanda Kessel's tweet to a Penguins fan who apparently mistakens her for someone else.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

"I’m Going To Give Myself About A Week Then Sit Down With My Family To See What’s Best, The Gophers Said They Want Me To Do What’s Best For Me." - Casey Mittelstadt - The 17-year-old junior could remain with Eden Prairie high school as a senior, skate for the USHL's Gamblers, or play for the University of Minnesota in 2016-17..

Friday, March 11, 2016

"Conventional MRIs Also Detected A Reduction In Brain Volume — Equivalent To Three Sugar Cubes — Both In Players That Suffered Concussions And In Players Who Had Not Suffered A Concussion Scanned After The Grind Of A Normal Hockey Season." - The Vancouver Sun's Rnady Shore who also noted that extreme-long-distance runners suffer in a similar manner. The runners’ brains recover over time, but it is not known if hockey players fully recover brain volume in the break between seasons.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

"After Games, For A Good Hour Or More, Depending On The Traffic, I Would Sit And Get My Ear Chomped Off. My Dad’s The Most Honest Person You’ll Ever Meet. He Gave It To Me Straight. And I Listened And Got Better," - Max Domi on growing up as Tie's son.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

"We’ve Definitely Moved Up The Food Chain In Access To Athletes, Talent-wise, We Need Kids With The Right Type Of Talent. We Need Kids With The Right Type Of Character. Draft Picks Aren’t Everything, But We Do A Good Job Of Taking Some Players Passed Over." - Quinnipiac coach Randy Pecknold - His Bobcats are rated No.1 in two major NCAA D1 polls.

Monday, March 14, 2016

"I Think There's Challenges With The Challenge." - New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero commenting on a likely hot topic at the NHL general managers meeting this week in Boca Raton, FL.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

"There’s Physical Toughness And There’s Mental Toughness, Try To Stay Focused On What You Do Every Shift. Play As Hard As You Can. Do The Things That Are Hard In Hockey, Not The Easy Things. Develop Good Habits." - Scott Sandelin, head coach of the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

"I Think What The League Doesn’t Want -- And I Say This As An Employee Of The League -- Is A Situation Like Atlanta Where You Give Them An Expansion Franchise, They Put A Horse(bleep) Product On The Ice For A Decade, Then Say It’s Not A Hockey Market." - St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

"For Whatever Reason, I Think People Have Just Been Overlooking Him, ...But He’s Been The Player He Was In The State Tournament For Us All Yearlong. That’s Just Who He Was; That’s Who He Is." - Grand Rapids, MN H.S. coach Trent Klatt on speedy junior (and SCSU commit) Micah Miller.

Friday, March 18, 2016

"When Did The Token Crazy Parent Become The Mascot For Sports Teams? ...You Are Not Watching Practices. You Do Not Know The Systems The Coach Is Running. You Don’t Get An Opinion. It Is Not About You." - 'Hockey mom' Gina Boots talking about today's hockey parents - she goes on to note the impact of their good, bad, and ugly behavior on their children.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

"I Knew It From The Minute (Bristedt) Had The Puck That I Was Going To Go Backdoor And That He Was Going To Pass It To Me With His Back Turned. He Just Has Such Great Vision," - University of Minnesota's Vinni Lettieri talking about linemate Leon Bristedt - The Gophers exploded for four third period goals to keep their up and down season alive.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

"I'm At Work. I Can't Be Here." - Patron declining interview request at Carbone's Pizza in Farmington, MN two weeks ago where people were "skippin' work, comin' out, drinkin' lots of beers, eating lots of pizza." during state tourney.

Monday, March 21, 2016

"It’s Just Surreal. ...When This Eventually Ends, We’ll Be Able To Look Back On It And Say This Was One Heck Of A Run. To Get To Five National Championship Games In A Row Is Nuts. And To Win Four Of Them? That’s Where The Surreal Comes In." - University of MInnesota women's coach Brad Frost after his Gophers won their fourth NCAA championship in five years.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

"Honest To God, I’ve Coached In The National Hockey League, The American Hockey League, The OHL, International, WCHA, Hockey East, And That Was The Worst Officiating I’ve Ever Seen In My Life, All Three Of Them — Moe, Larry And Curly — Were Sniffing Glue." - Northeastern coach Greg Cronin commenting after his Huskies lost a 2-1 game on Oct. 15,2005 to UND. The two teams lock hornd this weekend in the NCAA tourney.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

"It’s A Team Sport. There’s A Lot Of Stalls In This Dressing Room, There’s A Lot Of Seats In The Office, ...Guys Share In The Joy Of That And When We’re On The Opposite End Of It, Where We Are Now, You’ve Got To Start By Start By [looking In The Mirror]." - Blake Wheeler deflecting reporter's suggestion that he's not part of the Jets 'problem'.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

"For The Love Of God, Add The Sioux Back In. That's The Matchup Everybody Wants To Watch. ...I'd Rather We Were Still The Old WCHA, But Since They Refuse To Listen To The MN Hockey Sports Fans, I'd Have To Pick Adding UND To The Mix For Hockey." - Post by 'morphman' on startribune.com that typifies the lament of many midwestern NCAA D1 hockey fans.

Friday, March 25, 2016

"Unless They Fire Me, I Plan On Being Here." - Grand Rapids, MN H.S. coach Trent Klatt speaking during the state tournament earlier this month. Klatt resigned yesterday....

Saturday, March 26, 2016

"276 Players Who Have Seen At Least One Regular Season NHL Game In 2015-16 Honed Their Skills In College Before Making The Leap To The Professional Ranks. That Number Represents 29 Percent Of All NHL Players From The Current Season." - Kevin Kurtt - LetsPlayHockey.com Editor.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

"After More Than Two Decades At The Helm, [Gary Bettman] Has Been True To His ['Grow The Game'] Promise. And That More Than Anything Explains Why Las Vegas And Quebec City Will Join His Fraternity." - Stan Fischler.

Monday, March 28, 2016

"Attendance In Worcester For The Eastern Regional NCAA Hockey Was A Bust And Does Not Speak Well To The Future Of Hockey In Worcester." - golocalworcester.com staff writer - The NCAA Regionals brought three New England teams to Worcester, MA.