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Friday, December 1, 2017

"They Hit One Post That Went In, And We Hit Three That Didn’t Go In. [Minnesota] Played A Good Game. It Was Two Teams I Thought Competed Real Hard, And They Got Some Bounces And I Thought That’s Why They Won The Game." - Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant explaining his team's loss last night on slightly missed shots.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

"[In Massachusetts,] What Once Was Town Teams Feeding Prep And High Schools Playing In Public Rinks Became Club Teams Feeding Junior Teams Playing In Private Rinks. Not Surprisingly, Far Fewer Young People Are Playing Hockey In Massachusetts Today" - Duluth, MN native and the Executive Director of College Hockey Inc., Mike Snee commenting on community involvement in Minnesota relative to other states.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

"Did You Have Fun Watching 1980? Did You Have Fun Watching 1988? It’s Going To Be A Phenomenal Tournament. There’s A Lot To It That Makes This Just As Exciting And Different." - U.S. men's coach Tony Granato commenting on the upcoming Olympics.

Monday, December 4, 2017

"I Expect Him To Be One Of The Best Players In The Entire [WCHA]. Not In A Pressure Way; I Believe In Him That Much." - Minnesota State head coach Mike Hastings on the team's 2017-18 captain, C. J. Suess.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

"The Lady Was Trying To Give Me Some Advice On What Size I Should Go With, I Went With It. I Wasn't Going To Argue With Her." - Connor McDavid after being told he wears wrong skate size - The captain went skating with his brother Cam and a friend? at the Boston Common Frog Pond while the team was in town for a Bruins matchup.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

"Had A Chat With A Couple Of KHL Players That Would Represent Canada Or USA. Few Guys Stated That They Would Have No Problem Terminating Their Contracts Just To Go To The Olympics." - KHL 'Insider' Aivis Kalninš.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

"“It’s Disgusting. Our Ice-hockey Team Is The Strongest In The World.”" - Martha, 23, a Russian architect when asked "What do you think of the IOC’s Olympic Doping Ban?".

Friday, December 8, 2017

"Bettman’s Expansion Announcement Can Be Summarized As Follows: We Got $500M From Vegas, We’re Getting $650M From Seattle, The Players Will Continue Subsidizing Money Losing Franchises And Get Ready For Lockout 2020 Where We Seek To Grab An Even Bigger..." - Lawyer/Agent Allan Walsh on Twitter.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

"I’m Talking (Pavel) Bure, Or Any Name You Can Put Out There." - New York Islanders head coach Doug Weight talking about defenseman Nick Leddy - Weight said the Eden Prairie, MN native skates like no one he has ever seen.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

"There Are Guys Who Make You Want To Leave The Rink And Go Put Your Skates On And Be Like Them. Bure Was One Of Those Guys." - The Flyers' Shayne Gostisbehere.

Monday, December 11, 2017

"Women's Hockey Is Now Deservedly A Major Attraction. The Skill Levels Since Nagano Have Risen Dramatically And An Olympic Match Between The Canadians And The Americans Is Invariably A Highlight Of The Games." - Roy MacGregor for the The Globe and Mail.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

"It Will Unite The Country. All Clean Athletes Must Go." - Ilya Kovalchuk - The four-time Olympian and three-time NHL All-Star, hopes to compete in Pyeongchang as a 'neutral' athlete.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

"I’m Really Good At Conquering The World, It’s A Gift." - On an early-December afternoon at the Capitals’ facility, Jay Beagle talks about the board game 'Risk' while sipping a protein shake.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

"It's Tough Because I Think Management Did Want To Sign Me, But I Think That The Owner Didn't. And That Was His Decision." - Kyle Turris says Senators owner Melnyk paved his road out of Ottawa.

Friday, December 15, 2017

"Never In His NHL Career Has Goalie Alex Stalock Been On The Brink Of Regular, Uninterrupted Action Like This, A Shuffle Of The Hierarchy Caused By An Injury To No. 1 Devan Dubnyk. But The Influx Of Playing Time Hasn’t Changed Stalock’s Outlook." - The Minneapolis Star Tribune's Sarah McLellan commenting on Wild goalie Alex Stalock prior to his shutout win over Toronto last night.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

"The Daily Star Confidently Predicted The Hometown Torontos, As The Team Was Known, “should Win In A Walk” Over The Wanderers, Though The Paper Later Acknowledged The Montreal Roster Was “not As Weak” As Player-coach Art Ross “would Have It Believed."" - Jim Bronskill writing for the Canadian Press regarding what the newborn NHL looked like 100 years ago.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

"It's Hard To Always Do Things The Right Way, Especially When You Want It To Be Easy. We Have Too Many Of Us That Want It To Be Easy." - Denver University coach Jim Montgomery talking about his defending NCAA champs' loss to a struggling Dartmouth team.

Monday, December 18, 2017

"Joey Has Been Among The Leaders Of This Group Since This Summer And We Couldn't Be Happier Than To Have Him Leading This Locker Room." - WJC Team USA coach Bob Motzko in statement naming Joey Anderson captain of Team USA.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

"[If] You Don't Sell Out In The Playoffs You'll Never Sell Out." - Don Cherry says Sens will leave if fan attendance doesn't increase.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

"Hockey In The State Of Maine Is Really Hurting. It’s So Sad For That Area. You’re Seeing Some Of The Tradition Washed Away." - Scarborough, ME head coach Norm Gagne, a member of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame, on the growing trend of High school hockey co-ops are rising in Maine.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

"I’m Sure He’s Frustrated. He’s A Guy That, A, Has A Lot Of Pride, And, B, Is A Really Good Player. You Know, The Thing About Mikko Is Even If He’s Not Scoring He’s Defending And Competing Really Hard. So, I Mean, We All Want To See Him Succeed In Scoring." - Wild's Bruce Boudreau on captain Mikko Koivu - Koivu's trying to stay positive amid offensive struggles.

Friday, December 22, 2017

"He Is One Of Finest Captains That I've Ever Had. His Consistency On A Daily Basis, His Ability To Drive, The Impact He's Had On Our Young Players — Our Whole Team — Is Invaluable For Their Development For The Next 15 Years."" - Jets head coach Paul Maurice on Winnipeg captain Blake Wheeler.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

"It Was The Ninth Time This Season The Wild Hasn’t Secured A Win Despite Being Ahead Or Tied In The Third Period, A Surprising Trend For A Team That Skated Onto The Ice In The Final Frame Last Season Like An Ace Closer Trotting To The Mound In Baseball." - Sarah McLellan of the Star Tribune on the Wild's loss to the Panthers last night in Florida.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

"The Generation’s Greatest Player Scored 26 Goals In 1,111:18 Of Five-on-five Last Year In Leading The Penguins To Their Second Consecutive Stanley Cup — One For Every 42:45. But This Year, No. 87 Has Three Goals In 526:42, Equating To One Every 175:34." - The New York Post's Larry Brooks commenting on the decline of Sidney Crosby.

Monday, December 25, 2017

"Mittelstadt Could Stickhandle Is Way Out Of A Traffic Jam And Is One Of The Best Players At His Age At Playing A Two-way System." - Steven Ellis for EuroHockey.com.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

"Everyone On Television Knows More About Hockey Than Me, But They Don’t Know Hockey. There’s A Difference. They Know All The Stats, They Know All The Players, The Whole Deal. But I Can Pick Out Things No One Else Picks Out." - Don Cherry.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

"Nobody Ever, Anywhere In Sports, Had More Guts Than Bower." - Punch Imlach, coach of championship Maple Leafs teams, marvelling at the legendary Toronto goalie Johnny Bower's courage - Bower died yesterday at 93.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

"I Got A Couple Hundred Stitches In The Face. You Learn How To Duck." - Fearless and Legendary Maple Leafs goaltender Johnny Bower during a 2005 interview - Bower passed away Tuesday at 93.

Friday, December 29, 2017

"Another American Name To Keep An Eye On Is Casey Mittelstadt. Drafted Eighth Overall By The Buffalo Sabres This Past June, Mittelstadt Has Shown Incredible Skill With The Puck In His First Season At The University Of Minnesota." - Craig Hagerman in his USA-Canada WJC roster breakdown.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

"Casey Mittelstadt Has Used The WJC To Offer His Own Sort Of Breakout Performance In Front Of Sabres Fans Who Will Be Rooting For Him On NHL Ice In The Near Future." - Rory Boylen for SportsNet.ca.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

"Yes. It's A Pretty Incredible Feat In This Day And Age Where Talent Is Spread Out So Much. It's Not Like USA Is Missing A Ton Of Guys Who Are In The NHL Right Now." - Chris Peters responding on Twitter to @hockeybias question: "Are you surprised to see TEN MINNESOTANS [On Team USA's WJC roster]?.