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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

"[The North Star Cup] Needs The Xcel Energy Center To Come Up With Better Promotions And Deals For Families To Attend. Ticket Packages Ranging Between $55-$81 For A Single Seat Are Too High, Especially If You Aren't Going To Toss In A Soda Or Snack." - The Duluth News Tribune's Matt Wellens commenting in a column titled "Don't blame fans for North Star College Cup burning out".

Thursday, February 2, 2017

"As Time Ticked Away In The Third Period, We Started Brainstorming In The Press Box. ...When Is The Last Time We Have Seen A Goalie Performance This Good Against UND?" - Grand Forks Herald sports reporter Brad Elliott Schlossman commenting on Colorado College's Alex Leclerc’s performance on Saturday night.

Friday, February 3, 2017

"[James] Fields Avails Himself 24/7. If A Player Is In Need Of Extra Coaching, He’s There. If Life’s Stresses Are Bringing A Player Down And He’s In Need Of A Trusting Ear, Fields Is There." - CityPages.com's Cory Zurowski talking about 'hockey preacher' James Fields - Fields is a Program Assistant with the DinoMights. He and others work with and mentor Minneapolis kids from neighborhoods known for gangs and low test scores..

Saturday, February 4, 2017

"I Think It’s A Little Scary For Goalies, I Know When We’re In The Garage Working, I’m Watching Her Shot The Whole Time Because If One Comes Off The Pipe Back At Me, I Might Not Be Around The Next Day." - Former Gophers standout and NHL veteran Scott Bjugstad on Breck School forward Grace Zumwinkle's 80-mph slapper.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

"Give Them A Ton Of Credit, They Finished. They Had Some Beautiful Goals. You Can't Fault Peyton Jones At All Because They Finished And Made Some Great Plays. That's Why They're Minnesota." - Penn State coach Guy Gadowsky talking to reporters after his highly rated Nittany Lions were swept by the Gophers.

Monday, February 6, 2017

"He’s A Hidden Secret That’s Probably Not Too Hidden Anymore, He’s As Good A Playmaker As I’ve Seen For A Winger." - Wild coach Bruce Boudreau on Mikael Granlund seven hours before the Wild played the Canucks Saturday - Granlund's hat trick led the Wild to a 6-3 bounce back victory.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

"I'm Tired Of Looking At Good Numbers And Not Winning Games. ...There Are Good Numbers, But The Numbers Don't Describe The Real Bad Plays You Make In The Game. The Numbers Don't Mean Anything If You Make A Real Bad Play That Costs You The Game." - Lindy Ruff, head coach of the Dallas Stars after a 5-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

"A Ot Of The Top Players [have] Left, I Had Pressure To Leave... I Thought About It. But I Love Hockey And We’ve Worked Hard Together. I Couldn’t Leave The Team….I Wanted To Be Loyal." - Jin Woo Lee - Lee leads the Pacific Junior Hockey League’s Surrey Knights with 21 points in 39 games. The Knights are 0-40-3, last in the 10-team league.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

"Claude Julien Will Be Unemployed As Long As He Wants To Be Unemployed. ...To Be Honest, It’s Better For Everyone That This March Of Uncertainty Is Over. The Firing Ends What Was An Unusually Awkward Dance With The Organization Considering His Success." - Elliotte Friedman writing for Sprotsnet.ca.

Friday, February 10, 2017

"Based On The Large Increase In The Fiscal 2016 Management Fees, It Appears That A Significant Portion Of Those Management Fees May Be A Distribution Of Profit." - Forensic accountant Ronald Smith on the WHL's Red Deer Rebels finances - which appear to smell funny to Smith.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

"It’s Amazing Honor To Work Down There Every Day, It Really Is A Position Where You Say You Are Truly In Somebody Else’s Work Space And You Better Respect It." - NBC's Pierre McGuire on broadcasting between the benches.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

"His Dad Coached Him Every Day, Always, After The Practice, They Were Doing Something [extra]. He’s A Hardworking Guy… He’s A Huge Guy. Like, ...if Nature Give It To You, [you’re Lucky]. He Was Born Like That. He’s Big, And He’s Comfortable With It." - Leafs defenceman Nikita Zaitsev on Vladimir Tarasenko.

Monday, February 13, 2017

"Any Given Night In A High School Game I’ve Got Two Or Three Guys On Me, It Actually Was Kind Of Nice In The USHL To Get Out There And Have Only One Guy On Me." - Eden Priaire, MN senior Casey Mittelstadt - Mittelstadt played 16 games with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers this fall prior to the start of the Minnesota High School hockey seaon and did so as the league’s leading scorer with eight goals and 13 assists.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

"Barry Sanders Could Run As Fast Laterally As He Could Forward, Casey Can Do That With The Puck, Plus See His Teammates And Make Plays." - Eden Prairie high school (Minnesota) hockey coach Lee Smith referencing Detroit’s Hall of Fame running back while describing the abilities of senior forward Casey Mittelstadt.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

"Mario Would Come Out For Practice When He Wanted And He Would Leave When He Wanted And Then Jaromir Started To Get Into That. They Didn’t Wear Their Helmet. They Didn’t Wear Their Shoulder Pads. They Just Went Out There And Went Through The Motions..." - Tim Hunter, a former assistant coach with the Capitals, on Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr 'ruling the rosst' in Pittsburgh.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

"...And While You Got Some Onions Grilling In The Pan, It Doesn’t Hurt To Practice Your Face Offs In The Kitchen With Some Brooms And Empty Beer Cans." - Worldwide hockey traveler Chucky Slick nuancing his advice for younger hockey players.

Friday, February 17, 2017

"I’m Sorry, But I Still Have To Pay For My Sticks." - Eden Prairie, MN's Casey Mittelstadt - Minnesota high school hockey’s best NHL prospect in 10 years or more - replying to a young fan who asked him for a souvenir stick.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

""Official" Shots Tonight? PSU 43 - MN 31 The Numbers From An Expert I Know That Tracked It? PSU 32 - MN 32" - @GopherPuckLive twitter account alluding to why Penn State leads the nation in Shots On Goal.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

"The Long-term Outlook For Major Junior Hockey Under Its Present Financial Model Is, To Say The Least, Cloudy, Thanks To Litigation, Spiralling Costs And Ever-increasing Competition For The Entertainment Dollar." - Neate Sager writing about the CHL for Sportsnet.ca.

Monday, February 20, 2017

"It Was The Biggest Thing In The World For Us, You Felt Like You Won The Stanley Cup. It’s So Much Fun. You Either Come Out Of Your Shell There, Or You Go Into One." - The Caps' T.J. Oshie talking about his three trips ot the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament - his Warroad Warriors won the tourney in 2003 & 2004.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

"I Think It's 100% Wrong For Player Safety. You've Got So Many Games In Such A Short Period Of Time And You're Jamming In More. To Me, The More Days Rest You Can Have By Not Playing Back-to-backs And Jamming It In, The Healthier You Have A Chance To Be."\" - Leafs coach Mike Babcock said of this year's schedule compression due to the NHL bye week.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

"The Skill In [the KHL] Has Been A Lot Of Fun To [experience First Hand]. There Are Always Some Unknowns When You Join A New Team, But I Thought This Was A Really Exciting Opportunity To Play Hockey, Live In China And See Different Parts Of The World." - Eden Prairie, MN native and Kunlun Red Star Leading scorer Chad Rau - his Beijing team heads to Magnitogorsk for the start of its first-round series against defending champion Metallurg.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

"Mike Milbury Is A Dinosaur Who Should Have Been Kicked To The Curb A Long Time Ago. Former NHLers Scott Gomez And Jeremy Roenick Completely Embarrassed Themselves On Thursday's Pregame Show Prior To Sabres-Avs." - Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News opining that "The NHL's version on NBC is by far the worst of the four major sports.".

Friday, February 24, 2017

"If There's A Red Flag, To Me, It's The Guy I Respected So Much Here For Seven Years Plans On Retiring, That, To Me, Is Not Good For Me And My Future. John Christensen Was Very Supportive Of Hockey." - University of Nebraska-Omaha head coach Dean Blais hinting at his possible retirement and possibly less support for the school's D1 hockey program in the wake of UNO's Chancellor, John Christensen's retirement.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

"They’ve Got Four Lines That Can Make Plays, And They’re All Dangerous And Fast, Their Defense Is Mobile. And They Have The Puck A Lot. They Make You Defend More." - Chicago Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville, whose team is in second place behind Minnesota in the Central Division, talking about the Wild's strengths.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

"Give New [Wisconsin Badgers] Head Coach Tony Granato And Staff A Lot Of Credit For Having This Team On The Bubble Of The NCAA Tournament, Because Wisconsin Has The Worst Group Of Defensemen I’ve Seen This Season." - SB Nation's Chris Dilks going bar down with a backhanded compliment - In case he's beating around the bush too much for your liking, he adds "There really isn’t a single defenseman out of the bunch that would play for Minnesota, or a lot of other teams.".

Monday, February 27, 2017

"We’re Just Putting Our Chips In The Middle Of The Table For This Year, We Think Our Players Deserve The Best Chance Possible To Compete [for The Stanley Cup]." - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher after Wild sent three draft picks and a minor leaguer to Arizona for Martin Hanzal, Ryan White, and a 2017 fourth-round pick.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

"We’ve Had Fewer Practices Than Any Time I’ve Ever Been A Coach In This League, We Finished Nine Games In 15 Days And We Never Practiced The Other Six Days Because You Can’t Kill The Guys, Especially Your Better Players." - Minnesota boss Bruce Boudreau talking about the NHL's bye week during the All-Star Game in Los Angeles.