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Thursday, June 1, 2017

"Players, They Want To Play. There’s No Question About It. When You Get This Far In The Playoffs And You Have A Chance To Win The Cup, Unless You’ve Got A Broken Leg Or Something, You’re Playing." - Boston Bruins' two-time Stanley Cup-winning goalie Ed Johnston, who was the last goalie to play every minute of a full season, in 1963-64.

Friday, June 2, 2017

"He’s Been Given A Lot Of Responsibility And He’s Done A Great Job Of Just Continuing To Improve And Compete," - Sidney Crosby, the Penguins’ captain, talking about 22-year-old rookie Jake Guentzel - whose five game-winning playoff game goals so far are tops among first-year players in a league that dates back a century..

Saturday, June 3, 2017

"Before We Starting Broadcasting The NHL Four Years Ago, There Were Only 200 Players Playing In Beijing, Right Now, The Number Has Increased To 12,000. ...We Have A Lot Of People, Viewership Is Not A Problem." - Chinese TV play-by-play announcer Wei Wu.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

"I’m No Longer Mike Guentzel; I’m Now Jake’s Dad, It’s Been That Way For A Couple Months." - Jake's dad - University of Minnesota Associate Head Coach Mike Guenzel.

Monday, June 5, 2017

"I’ve Had The Same Teammates Since I Was Four Or Five Years Old, Growing Up In Minnesota, You Go To The State Tournament Every Year And It’s Fun To Try And Win A State Title. I Definitely Have No Regrets." - Likely Top 10 NHL draft pick Casey Mittelstadt on why he didn't skip his senior year in high school to play in the USHL full-time or for the University of Minnesota.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

"China Is A Powerhouse And The CWHL Wants To Be Part Of The Powerhouse," - CWHL commissioner Brenda Andress discussing Shenzen's Kunlun Red Star womens team joining the Canada-based womens league.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

"Phil Kessel Was A Giant On The Way To The Pens' Last Cup. This Series, He Has Been Invisible Off The Ice, Almost Invisible On It. He Has One Assist In The Cup Final & Just One Goal In His Last Nine Playoff Games. He Has Nine Shots On Goal In This Series." - Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

"I'm Really Excited To Get Dressed Up...I Have Little Minnesota Logos On My Socks, So I'll Be Representing Home." - Lakevill, MN's Jake Oettinger, who's tabbed the top North American goalie prospect for the 2017 NHL draft.

Friday, June 9, 2017

"We’ve Got To Focus On That Game, We’ve Got To Be Better For Our Goaltenders, No Question. Look At The Shots, They’re Even, But It’s Scoring Chances, Quality Chances, We’ve Got To Be Better. It’s Not Our Goaltender’s Fault." - Nashville Predators captain Mike Fisher on Pekke Rinne having another disastrous outing in Pittsburgh.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

"Among 16 Sports, The NHL’s 16-year Rise In Median Age Between 2000 And 2016 Is The Second-largest After Pro Wrestling (26 Years). In Comparison, The NFL Rose From 44 To 50 Over The Same Period." - Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe commenting that TV, not just in sports, is experiencing a decline. Customers are cutting the cable cord..

Sunday, June 11, 2017

"I Always Know The People Who Know My Father Because They Never Talk About Him As A Hockey Player, The Thing They Always Talk About Is How He Makes People Feel." - Gordie Howe’s son and former teammate, Mark.

Monday, June 12, 2017

"Eight Of Chicago’s 18 Players That Season Were Americans... Who Had Learned Their Hockey In Minnesota Towns Called Aurora, Minneapolis And White Bear Lake. No NHL Champion Would Count More Americans Until Last Year, When The Penguins Had 10." - The New York Times' Stephen Smith writing about the fascinating story of the man behind the 1937-38 Blackhawks.