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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

"Longtime Vladimir Petrov Team-mate, The Great USSR Goalie Vladislav Tretyak, Described The Line Of Petrov, Boris Mikhailov And Valery Kharlamov.m Thus In His Autobiography, Petrov Passed Away Yesterday" - Their style was to stun, to crush, to confuse the opponent in a crazy roundabout way, to make them panic, and then to score a beautiful goal, taking advantage of the opportunity… They melted the ice with their speed and pressure.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

"While Section Coaches Straddled A Line Of Diplomacy And Said It's On Them To Alter The Script, Others Around [the State] Aren't So Generous. They Are Adamant Hermantown Belongs In Class AA. The Vitriol Becomes Especially Pronounced This Time Of Year." - DuluthNewsTribune.com's Louie St. George commenting on the Hermantown high school coach Bruce Plante, who is notorious in the Duluth area for 'recruiting' top bantams from other schools to attend Hermantown via the state's Open Enrollemnt policy.

Friday, March 3, 2017

"Throwing His Head Back As If Somebody Just Shot A Bullet And Hit Him In The Head. I Mean, That's Freaking Awful." - A displeased Bruce Boudreau commenting on the embellishment-worthy acting job by Coliumbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky on Martin Hanzal elbowing penalty.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

"That Achievement (pause) Was So Special." - 83 year-old John Mayasich, the Gophers' all-time leading scorer with 144 goals and 154 assists in 111 games played. The Eveleth, MN native averaged over a goal per game (1.3) as a Gopher. His jersey #8 is the only number that the program has retired..

Sunday, March 5, 2017

"We’ve Not Going To Have A 50-goal Scorer, But We’ve Got Guys Contributing Every Night, That’s How You Win. Teams Can’t Focus On Checking One Line." - Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau.

Monday, March 6, 2017

"It’s The Only Thing I Ever Dreamed Of. I Never Really Dreamed Of Playing College Or Playing Professionally. I Always Wanted To Play In The State High School Tournament." - The Penguins Matt Cullen talking about the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament - the 2017 tourney begins Wednesday in St Paul.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

"The Reality Is We Took A Program That Was Real Down, We Brought It Back To National Prominence, We Got Back To The NCAA Tournament, We Had Real Good Six- Or Seven-year, And Unfortunately Two Of The Last Three Years Have Been Below Standards." - Seth Appert, who was removed as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute head coach yesterday.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

"It Speaks To The Importance Of The Tournament, And How Important It Is To The Culture. And Hockey Hair Is Part Of The Culture. What’s Wrong With Fun These Days? It’s Not About Someone Making A Million Dollars. These Days I Think We Need More Of That." - Mike McMillan(Executive director of boys hockey at the Minnesota High School Coaches Association) commenting on the growing interest in the annual 'All Hockey Hair Team' videos that surface on youtube a few hours after the Minnesota State H.S. tournament.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

"Ex-NHLer Mark Parrish" - Growing up in Bloomington with the Met Center and the Minnesota North Stars practically in my own backyard, I was an NHL fan, no doubt. But to me, the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament was and is bigger than that. It’s beyond it..

Friday, March 10, 2017

"Highest Attendance In An NHL Arena [last Night] Was Recorded By A MN State High School Hockey Tournament Quarterfinal. Let That Sink In." - Tweet from University of Minnesota distance runner Christian Conrad.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

"The Tournament Holds The Biggest Single-day Attendance Record At The Xcel Energy Center In St. Paul, MN, With 21,609 People Watching The Two 2015 Semifinal Games. That Beat Out The 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff Game And A 2003 Shania Twain Concert." - The Wall Street Journal's Will Connors wiritng about 'The juggernaut that is the Minnesota high-school boys’ hockey tournament'.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

"Back Then, The Game Of Hockey Was Played In Straight Lines – Up And Down The Ice, No Veering Out Of Your Lane. Shifts Could Last Two Minutes Or More, With Players Catching Their Breath On The Ice When The Play Went The Other Way." - The Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek talking about coaching in the pre-expansion NHL.

Monday, March 13, 2017

"I Have Really Cut Back On How Much Information I Give To My Team... I’ve Gone Full Circle – From Being At It Every Day With The Tape And Telling Them ‘this Is Where You Need To Be In This Situation Or That Situation.’" - Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella, Tortella's new approach appears to be working with the Blue Jackets.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

"Right Now We Have A Very Fast, High-skilled Game. We Have Guys In The Game That Can Fight And Can Play Also, But We’ve Got To The Point Where The Intimidators, The Staged Fights, Are Now A Thing Of The Past." - Penguins GM Jim Rutherford, commenting in a TSN piece on the decline of fighintg - which aired not long after Rutherford signed off on the decision to call up pure goon Tom Sestito from the AHL for a game against the Winnipeg Jets Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

"Thanks To The NHL’s Wild Rush To Embrace Advanced Analytics, No Current Hockey Term Enjoys Wider Use Than “puck Possession” – Which, To Older Coaches, Is Simply Restating A Basic, Timeless Truth: It’s Better To Have The Puck Than Not." - The Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

"His Ability To Get Up Ice, His Ability To Skate, He’s Done A Really Good Job. So, Yeah, We Do Have A Bit Of An Interesting Scenario Here. That’s Good. He’s Stepped In And Is Making Our Decisions Tougher. I Think That’s An Outstanding Thing." - Capitals Coach Barry Trotz on defenseman Nate Schmidt after Caps' win over the Minnesota Wild Tuesday night.

Friday, March 17, 2017

"The Canadian Defencemen In That Series, These Guys Were All Pretty Good Offensive Defencemen. But If You Look At The Stats In That Series, Our Defencemen Literally Did Nothing – They Could Hardly Get A Point Because Of The Way The Russians Play" - Montreal Canadiens Legend Scotty Bowman talking about the eye-opening play of the USSR in the 1972 Summit Series.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

"What Hockey In Canada Missed In Its Evolution Was What Baseball, Basketball & Football Had, The Education Route. The Other Sports Had Coaches & Leaders Who Were Also Teachers & Wrote Books About Their Sports. That Was Not Part Of The Tradition Of Hockey." - George Kingston, the first coach of the San Jose Sharks and one of the founders of the NHL Coaches Association.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

"I’m Really Excited For Our Team. We Certainly Earned That; It Wasn’t Easy, This Group Has Shown That All Year Long-a Lot Of Character And Resiliency. It Was Certainly A Battle." - University of Minnesota-Duluth head coach Scott Sandelin after his Bulldogs defeated UND to take NCHC Title in Penalty-Filled Thriller.

Monday, March 20, 2017

"If [Colorado Decides] To Re-tool Next Season And Send Forward Matt Duchene Packing, They May Also Go In Search Of A New Goaltender Because Semyon Varlamov Hasn’t Gotten The Job Done. There Will Be Lots On The Market With The Expansion Draft In June." - Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

"Healey On His Own Has More Suspensions In 16 Months Than Every Minnesota Player In The Four Years Of @B1GHockey." - Freelance sports writer Nate Wells commenting on the dangerous play of Ohio State defenseman Josh Healey - Healey has been suspended by the BIG10 for the NCAA regional tournament.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"It Wasn't So Much Keeping DU Away From Fargo Because [it's A Neutral Site] I Understand There Will Be A Fair Amount Of Green Jerseys In The Building... Now, Had The Numbers Been Different And UND Been An 8 Or 9 Seed, Maybe We'd Go Down That Path" - NCAA Ice Hockey Committee Chair Tom McGinnis (who is also tthe associate AD at Minnesota) commenting on No. 1 seed Denver playing inthe Western regional in Fargo, ND this weekend.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

"UND’s Bracket Definitely Isn’t A Great Draw." - Grand Forks Herald sports reporter Brad Elliott Schlossman commenting on the Fighting Hawks' NCAA regional tournament seeding.

Friday, March 24, 2017

"The U.S. Census Bureau Estimates The Median Household Income In The U.S For '16 Was $53,889. Basically, The Players Want [to Be Paid] Nearly $15,000 More Than The Median Income, Plus Benefits, For A 9-day Tournament Once A Year Except For An Olympic Year." - The Philadelphia Inquirer's John Smallwood noting that 'women's national hockey team pay argument doesn't hold up'.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

"Minnesota Has Now Qualified For The NCAA Tournament A Record 37 Times —the Most Of Any School." - The Daily Gopher's Andy York.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

"It's Not An Oil Change, It Can't Be Fixed In 20 Minutes." - Vancouver Giants' rookie had coach Jason McKee - the Giants missed the Western Hockey League post-season for the third consecutive year.

Monday, March 27, 2017

"Jake Guentzel Still Finds Himself Staring. And Really, It's Kind Of Hard To Blame Him. A Year Ago He Was Fresh Out Of [college] Trying To Find His Legs With The Penguins' AHL Affiliate, All Speed And Youth And Talent Anxious At What The Future Might Hold." - The AP's Will Graves writing about the 22-year-old rookie who is playing on a line with his childhood idol, Sidney Crosby.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

"Many Of The Players Enter The [Minnesota Junior Gold League] With A Grudge. Minnesota Has A Surplus Of Lakes, Sub-zero Days, And High School Hockey Players – Too Many Skaters To Put Them All On The Varsity And Junior Varsity Teams." - Forbes' Rodd Wagner writing about Minnesota high school 'Varsity 5th liners'.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017

"Minnesota Sees Plenty Of Turnover. A Large Senior Class Departs For The Pros And Real Life. In Their Place, Head Coach Don Lucia Brings In His Best Recruiting Class On Paper Since 2010-11" - Freelance writer Nate Wells on the University of Minnesota's roster for 2017-18.

Friday, March 31, 2017

"Take Bobrovsky Off The C-bus And It’s Not Necessarily In The Ditch But It Isn’t Nipping At The Capitals For The League Lead. [John Tortorella's] Greatest Act Of Coaching Every Night Is Filling Out The Lineup Card With Bobrovsky As His Starter." - Gary Lawless commenting on why Bob is the guy for the Hart.