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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

"It Sucks, At The Upper Levels, You Have To Hunch Over To See. There’s Hardly Any Room In Between The Rows. They Say This Place Is Built For Basketball. It Isn’t Built For Anything." - Nassau, NY Islander fan Paul Tuszynski commenting on the Barclays Center.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

"All Is Chaos And Tumult At Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, Who Are Now On Their Third Coach Of The Season, And Indeed Their Third Coach Of The Month Of October." - Patrick Conway noting the revolving door aspect of KHL team based in Nizhnekamsk, in the Republic of Tatarstan.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

"The Second-best? The Big Ten. At .618, The Big Ten Leads Hockey East (.571), And Has A Significant Lead On The Other Leagues. Perhaps This Season Can Help The Big Ten Move Toward Kicking Its Reputation As A Weak League." - Grand Forks Herald sports reporter Brad Elliott Schlossman on the top leagues in the NCAA.

Friday, November 4, 2016

"It’s One Of The Best Rivalries In College Hockey," - Minnesota senior captain Connor Reilly, probably understating the Gophers' rivalry with the University of North Dakota.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

"It Would Be Far Better If Minnesota And UND Were Still In The Same Conference – There’s No Big Ten Game The Gophers Can Play That Will Come Close To What Fans Saw Friday." - Juss Zulgad for 1500espn.com reacts to first game between the historic rivals in 938 days.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

"Cliches Like "Boys Being Boys" And "Locker Room Talk" Were Never Valid Defences... I’m Telling My Story To Start A Dialogue. If You Are Gay, Lesbian Or Trans And Playing Hockey, Know That You Are Not Alone. Know That You Are Not The Only One." - Former OHL, CIS and semi-professional hockey player Brock McGillis.

Monday, November 7, 2016

"UND Needs To Try To Tread Water Through The Next Two Weeks. The Fighting Hawks Can’t Bury Themselves Early In The Season." - Grand Forks Herald sports reporter Brad Elliott Schlossman.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

"The Easiest Way To Get Through A Wall Is To Build A Door And A Group Of Junior Hockey Players May Have Done Just That." - Morris Dalla Costa (The London Free Press) commenting thaat CHL teams will have a hard time convincing people their players are not employees when their books are opened.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

"People Asked Me If I Thought It Was The Same. I’m Not Sure If The Downright Hatred Was Present Like It Has Been In The Past. When None Of These Guys Have Played Against Each Other, It’s Hard To Have That. You Can’t Fake It." - Brad Elliott Schlossman on the resumption of the Minnesota - North Dakota rivalry.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

"Casey Is Electric; We Had Nick Schmaltz Here A Couple Of Years Ago & Casey Has A Very Similar Skill Set, And Probably Plays At A Faster Pace Than Nick Did, Casey's Offensive Attack Is Extremely Impressive, And His Small Area Skills Are At An Elite Level." - Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) coach Pat Mikesch on likely 2017 First Round NHL pick Casey Mittelstadt.

Friday, November 11, 2016

"The Quartet Makes Up One Of The More Anticipated Recruiting Classes Minnesota Has Had In Recent Years." - sbncollegehockey.com's Nathan Wells talking about future Gophers Casey Mittelstadt, Brannon McManus, Scott Reedy and Nate Knoepke.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

"I Wanted To Go To A Good School And I Wanted To Go Somewhere Different. So When West Point Brought Me On A Visit, I Was Instantly Like ‘I Gotta Try This Place, It’s Unique, It’s All About Leadership." - Army assistant coach and Minnesota native Zach McKelive on being recruited by West Point as a player - he's now an assistant coach with the Black Knights.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

"[Brayden Burke] Was Distracted A Lot From Day 1. ...I Just Really Sensed That He Was A Distraction To Our Team In A Lot Of Ways. We Want Players To Understand, We Will Give You Every Opportunity You Can Have To Be A Player Here, Within Reason." - The comments made by Lethbridge Hurricanes GM Peter Anholt about leading scorer Brayden Burke that got Anholt fined for $1,000 on Friday by the WHL..

Monday, November 14, 2016

"At Age 31, Ovechkin Has Joined Some Very Exclusive Company. Only Bobby Hull Has Led The NHL In Goals More Times (seven). Like Ovechkin, Phil Esposito Did It Six Times. Richard, Gordie Howe, Charlie Conacher, And Wayne Gretzky Turned The Trick Five Times." - Lucas Aykroyd writing for iihf.com.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

"It's Those Lapses In Games, Where You Give Up One Or Two Goals, Whether It's Having The Lead Or Chasing A Game, There Are Lapses In Our Game Where We Are Leaving Cam (Johnson) Stranded Back There, Having To Make Good Saves, And We Can't Do That." - UND coach Brad Berry after game six of recent winless streak.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

"The Players Are Better Than Ever. There Is No Argument To Be Made Otherwise. But The Game... Well, The Game As Entertainment Isn’t Necessarily Better Than It Was When There Was An Indelicate Enforced Balance Between Talent And Toughness." - Larry Brooks opining in the New York Post.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

"What Stands Out To Me About This Current Skid Is That UND Has Been In Almost Every Game And Found A Way To Lose Or Tie Them. They’ve Allowed An Opponent A Quick Response After Almost Every Goal In The Last Two Weeks." - The Grand Forks Herald sports reporter Brad Elliott Schlossman, who also notes the athe reigning NCAA champs haven’t gone into any intermission with a lead in the last three weeks.

Friday, November 18, 2016

"I'm Not Looking For The NHL To Write Me A Cheque For Anything. I'm Not Looking For A Single Penny Out Of This." - ex-NHLer Steve Payne, one of the dozens of players who've joined the ongoing concussion lawsuit against the NHL..

Saturday, November 19, 2016

"It Was Kind Of His Dying Wish To My Dad To Get That Going." - Herb Brooks’ son Dan, commenting on Minnesota hockey icon John Mariucci's idea to develop NCAA D1 programs at more than one Minnesota universities. (Mariucci died of prostate cancer in 1987.).

Sunday, November 20, 2016

"At That Time, I Remember There Was Talk Of A Five-year Plan. Five Years? No Way. He Did It In One. Only Herb Could Do That, With His Connections And His Power." - St. Cloud State University head coach (and '86-87 SCSU student assistant to Herb Brooks) Bob Motzko, on Brooks' effort to grow NCAA D1 hockey in Minnesota.

Monday, November 21, 2016

"It's Designed For Players Who Want To Continue On Playing High-calibre Hockey While Getting An Education, Education Is Number One, Playing Hockey Is Number Two." - Newly formed VIU Hockey's board chair Myles Parsons.on establishing a B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) franchise under the banner of Vancouver Island University athletics.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

"The News Hit Fast And It Hit Hard And Feelings Ran Deep Because Craig Is Some Kind Of Special." - TSN's Bob McKenzie writing about 26-year-old Roadrunner captain Craig Cunningham who collapsed on the ice Saturday night at the start of the game in Tuscon, AZ..

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

"I Promised My Parents I Would (finish) So I'm Going To Try To Look Into It Again This Summer, Try To See If I Can Go Back, Chip Away At It, I'm Only Six Classes Away [from Graduating]." - Rookie Utica Coments goalie - and likely part time Boston College student - Thatcher Demko talks about completing his Psychology major/Philosophy minor degree.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

"The Expectations Will Be High Like They Are Always At Blake." - First year (The) Blake School, Hopkins, MN coach Greg May - who will no doubt be trying to get his Bears (14-13-0) to play more than a game above .500 this season.

Friday, November 25, 2016

"Our Goals For This Year Will Be To Compete For The Conference, Section, And State Titles." - Breck School, Golden Valley, MN (26-4-1) head coach Les Larson.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

"It Still Gives Me Shivers To Walk Through The Lobby And Think That Hobey Baker Walked Through There Almost A Century Ago." - Hockey fan and historian, Stephen Hardy on Boston, MA's Matthews Arena - the world’s oldest indoor hockey arena still in use.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

"It’s Not Really Toronto We Hate. It’s Huge And Bland, But Toronto Is Only A Place And It’s More Colourful Than It Used To Be. And It’s Not The Fans. ...No, The Toronto Problem Lies Almost Entirely With The National Media." - Jack Todd wirting for the Montreal Gazette.

Monday, November 28, 2016

"It’s A Tough Decision, Obviously. I Talked To A Lot Of The Guys Who Stayed In The Past, Like Mike Graham, Riley Tufte, And Luc Snuggerud. And They All Told Me The Same Thing, “best Year Of Your Life.”." - Likely NHL first-rounder Casey Mittelstadt on his decision to play Minnesota high school hockey during his senior year, rather than play for the University of Minnesota or a USHL team.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"We’re Pretty Clean-cut, But I Think It’d Be Andrew Erwin. I Don’t Think He’d Make The Team For Good Flow; I Think He’d Make It For A Little Bit Of Gross." - Casey Mittelstadt, when asked who on the Eden Prairie, MN H.S. team is the front runner for making the 2017 All Hockey Hair team.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

"You’re On The First Line, The Power Play, Getting 25-30 Minutes A Night [in High School]. Isn’t That Better Than Playing Fourth Line And Getting Six Minutes A Night In Juniors?" - Grand Rapids, MN high school coach and ex-NHLer Trent Klatt pointing out that playing Minnesota high school hockey may spur player development more than playing in a junior hockey league does.