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Sunday, January 1, 2017

"No Human Being Who Ever Lived Had A More Positive Attitude Than Bob Johnson." - Steve Alley, a freshman forward on the 1973 title team at Wisconsin, said the secret to Bob Johnson’s coaching success was “one big thing — a tremendously positive attitude.

Monday, January 2, 2017

"Team USA’s Depth And How They Use It Has Been The Story Of The Tournament So Far For USA And It Should Only Continue In The Medal Round. Having Won The Group, They’re Getting A Swiss Team That Avoided The Relegation Round By Just One Point." - Chris Peters commenting on the 2017 World Juniors tournament.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

"It's Quite Clear That The KHL Is The Second-best [after The NHL] ...it’s Clear At This Point That [the NLA] Is Not As Strong As The Swedish League And We Are Not Better Than The Finnish League Although They Have To Deal With Significantly Lower Budgets." - Thomas Roost, NHL-scout for Central Scouting Europe, answering the question 'How good is the Swiss Hockey League?'.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

"The Ice Was Really Good, Probably Better Than That Last Game In Carolina." - Blackhawks' Niklas Hjalmarsson throwing shade at Hurricanes ice crew by noting that outdoor ice at Busch Stadium - on a warm damp day - was better than the indoor ice at PNC Arena..

Thursday, January 5, 2017

"The Poise Of Terry In This Situation Is Going To Stick With Me From This Game. He Knew Exactly What He Wanted To Do Every Time & He Just Nailed It. He Was Excellent Throughout The Game, But Was Particularly Great In The Biggest Moment Of His Young Career." - UnitedStatesOfHockey.com's Chris Peters talking about the memorable performance of Team USA's Troy Terry in the semi-final shootout win over Russia.

Friday, January 6, 2017

"The United States (7-0) Ran The Table In The 2017 World Junior Tournament. They Have Now Beaten Canada In Three Consecutive Gold Medal Matchups (2004, 2010 & 2017). The U.S. Completed The Rare Feat Of Beating Canada & Russia Twice In A Single Tournament." - Frank Seravalli writing for tsn.ca.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

"There's A 17-year-old In The WHL Who Has Fought 11 Times So Far This Season. Nobody In NHL Fought More Than 12 Times Last Season." - College hockey writer Brad E. Schlossman on Twitter.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

"In The World Juniors, Coaches Can Be A Huge Factor. They Set The Lineup, They Set The Systems And They Make A Lot Of The Adjustments In Game. Bob Motzko And His Staff Tinkered Without Micromanaging And They Made A Lot Of The Right Decisions." - UnitedStatesOfHockey.com's Chris Peters praising Team USA's 2017 WJC head coach Bob Motzko.

Monday, January 9, 2017

"Green And Yellow Aren’t My Colors, I’m A Big Respect Guy. And Just Everything That Minneapolis Has Done For Me, I Can’t Turn My Back On Them Like That." - Jake Hale, the first Minneapolis D-I Hockey commit since 1990, noting that although his family moved to hockey hotbed Edina, MN, he's staying put on his Minneapolis Southwest High team.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

"...Leave It To The American Squad To Always Have That One Kid—be It T.J. Oshie In Sochi Or World Junior Hero Troy Terry Who Can Turn The Shootout Into A Guitar Solo That'll Make Your Face Melt." - Gameonmn.com's John King (of 'All Hockey Hair Team' fame) noting how awesome American hockey is right now.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

"Tyler Parsons Turned Aside All Five Canadian Shooters And Troy Terry Did What Troy Terry Does As The U.S. Beat Canada 5-4 In One Of The Best World Junior Championship Finals Ever" - UnitedStatesOfHockey.com's Chris Peters talking about the memorable performance of Team USA's performance in the team's World Junior Championship's Semi-Final and Final victories.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

"Honestly, Not Really, I Know What I’m Capable Of. ...So Far This Season, We Have A Lot Of Rookies On This Team — A Lot Of Guys Are Going Through The Same Thing And We Lean On Each Other Quite A Bit." - Auston Matthews on a conference call when asked if he was surprised at the immediate impact he’s made.

Friday, January 13, 2017

"The Wild Play 19 Games In 34 Or 35 Days At The End Of The Season. Other Teams Have Similar Schedules. That Is Hard On Players. There Will Be Injuries. People Pay Good Money To See This 'product' And It Is Going To Hurt The Product." - Former Wild Captain and Pre-Post game analyst for FoxSportsNorth Wes Walz commenting on the poorly thought out NHL bye week to a group of fans last night.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

"You’re A Dad, You’re Supposed To Be Looking After Your Kids. In Hindsight It Is Always, 'Well, Maybe I Should Have Done This, Maybe I Should Have Done That.’ When I Was Taking Him To Saskatoon For Boxing Lessons At 15, It’s Like, ‘What Was I Thinking?" - Derek Boogard's father Len second-guessing his decisions decades ago.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

"The Islanders Didn’t Bring Back Frans Nielsen Or Kyle Okposo, Who Left As Unrestricted Free Agents Last Summer. Both Are Representatives For Their New Teams In The NHL All-star Game This Month And That’s One Reason Why GM Garth Snow’s Job Is On The Line." - Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.

Monday, January 16, 2017

"You Get To The NHL And You Go To The Rink For Two Hours A Day, And Then You Have Downtime. I Think The Hardest Part For Me Is Finding Hobbies And Things To Do. You Want To Rest Whenever You Can, But At Some Point You Also Want To Do Things." - Outstanding Blue Jackets rookie and Michigan native Zach Werenski, who also notes that 'Going to college, where you have classes and a full day, then practice later and then homework, you’re pretty much busy six or seven days of the week.'.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"Actually, My Mother Was A Huge Fan Of The Eddie Bauer Clothing Brand. And When She Suggested The Name, My Dad Was A Hockey Fan, So He Liked It." - High scoring St. Louis Park, MN sniper Bauer Neudecker when asked 'So how extreme do your hockey parents need be to name their kid Bauer?'.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

"It Is Very Clear That This Generation Of American Players That Are Young -- Matthews, Eichel, That Group -- Probably Have A Chance To Attract More American Casual Sports Fans To Hockey Than Any Other American Hockey Generation." - Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

"Our Warmups Against New Westminster Were Unbelievable, They’d Steal Our Pucks, Shoot At Me, Then Take Our Nets. But He Could Play, Too." - Kelly Hrudley, reminiscing about the 1977-78 New Westminster Bruins (WHL) and their 16-year-old defenceman Boris Fistric - Fistric had 43 points and 414 PIMs in his rookie season, adding 19 points (16 of them assists) and 142 PIMs in 21 playoff game.

Friday, January 20, 2017

"The Capitals Have Now Had Four Shutouts In Their Past Six Games, A Key To Their Nine-game Winning Streak. Holtby’s Run Has Rightfully Been Garnering A Lot Of Attention, But Grubauer Has Quietly Put Together An Impressive Season." - The Washington Post's Isabelle Khurshudyan.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

"I Do Think It Makes A Difference When The NHL Ordains Something; The Rest Of The Hockey World Is Going To Listen, I Think It’s Coming To A Critical Mass With Women’s Hockey Very Quickly Now." - Minnesota Wild COO, Matt Majka, commenting at a time when one of the two professional womens leagues (NWHL) is experiencing serious financial issues.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

"The Older I Get, The Better I Was When I Played Back Then. But The Hockey That These Kids Are Playing Today Is Really Something. They're Fast, They're Big And It Makes America Proud." - 1980 Olympic champion Rob McClanahan quipping on the quality of the U.S.'s play at the recent World Junior Championship - Team USA was undefeated and beat both Russia and Canada twice during the tournament while winning the event.

Monday, January 23, 2017

"We’ve Watched Him Play In International Tournaments And Have Seen Him Play In The USHL And At Various Camps, And He Always Makes A Difference. It Doesn’t Really Matter Where He Plays Because You Get The Same Game From Him No Matter The Environment." - Dan Marr, director of Central Scouting in Eden Prairie, MN high schooler Casey Mittelstadt.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

"Hockey Is Becoming A Game Of Robots With Talents So Hidden We Never Get To See How Brilliant The Players Really Are. Why? Coaches Feel Comfortable When They’re In Control." - Jack Blatherwick - Let’s Play Hockey Columnist.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

"[Gary] Bettman’s Introduction Of Bill Foley And His Vegas Golden Knights To The Owners’ Club, And His Ability To Manage The Expectations In Quebec City Are Testimonies To His Diplomacy And Shrewd Acumen." - Sportsnet.ca's John Shannon talking about the man on top of his '2017 Top 25 NHL Power Brokers' list.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

"He Can Shoot The Puck. He Got That One Saturday, Just A Pure Shot, He's Playing Confident, He's Playing With A Lot Of Emotion And Passion. It's Fun To Watch." - University of Minnesota - Duluth junior wing Karson Kuhlman on linemate and true freshman, Riley Tufte.

Friday, January 27, 2017

"Sit At Home And Watch TV." - Bruce Boudreau on what he would like the Wild players to do during the NHL All Star break.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

"I'm Not Sure If We'll Ever See Another One [like Him]." - Bobby Orr talking about Gordie Howe ahead of the NHL's 100 greatest players ceremony — kicking off all-star weekend in Los Angeles.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

"All You Hear Is, “The Games Are Close,” Rather Than, “These Games Are Great!” Or, “Everyone Is Within Four Points Of The Final Playoff Spot,” Rather Than, “This Is The Greatest Team Since …”" - The New York Post's Larry Brooks commenting on what he refers to as the NHL’s misguided parity mission.

Monday, January 30, 2017

"[Alex] Leclerc Has Been Keeping Us In Games We've Had No Business Being In." - Minnetonka, MN native and Colorado College Junior Sam Rothstein commenting on the Tigers' athletic freshman goalie - whose latest coup de grace was shutting out UND Saturday night.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

"[The North Star Cup] Needs The Minnesota Wild To Buy In By Being More Flexible With Its Dates — Try Giving The Tournament Thanksgiving Weekend Or A Few Days Between Christmas And New Year's, When People Have Some Time Off To Attend A 4 p.m. Semifinal." - The Duluth News Tribune's Matt Wellens commenting in a column titled "Don't blame fans for North Star College Cup burning out".