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Sunday, April 1, 2018

"Boy, You Are Going To Live To Regret This. I Thought You Were A Smart Guy, And That’s The Stupidest Thing I’ve Ever Seen." - Then-NBA Commissioner David Stern talking to Ted Leonsis after Leonis signed Alexander Ovechkin a decade ago.

Monday, April 2, 2018

"Everyone Knows What Ryan Means To This Team, But I Think What Everyone Doesn’t Know Is That We’ve Got A Group Of Young Defensemen In Here That Are Willing To Step Up & Are Going To. ...It’s Moments Like These That You Need Elevation In Everyone’s Game." - Wild defenseman Matt Dumba in wake of Ryan Suter leg injury Saturday.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

"No Question; If The @NJDevils Make The Playoffs, #TaylorHall Should Win The Hart Trophy. What A Comeback; What A Season; What A Leader; What A Clutch Performer. And What A Trade #RayShero Pulled Off With @#Oilers." - Stan Fischler on Twitter.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

"I Did A Little Celebratory Thing In My Head By Myself And Then Went To Bed. It Was A Good Feeling. It’s A Long Year, It’s A Tough Grind, It’s Not Easy." - The Wild's Eric Staal after watching the Kings defeat The Avalanche two nights ago while his family slept.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

"...to Me, If You Have The Passion And Compete, You’re Going To Give Yourself A Chance." - Ohio State men's hockey coach Steve Rohlik - his Buckeyes are headed to the Frozen Four.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Saturday, April 7, 2018

"A Minnesota-based Team Has Won The Frozen Four Every Year It Has Been Held In Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota Won It In 2002 And Minnesota Duluth Won It In 2011." - The Grand Forks Herald's Brad Elliott Schlossman.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

"We Had A Big Question Mark About Who Was Going To Jump Up And Be Our Goalie And How Were Those (defensemen) Going To Do. … But The Job That The Young Group Back There Did, Obviously It Really Started To Move Forward When Shep Grabbed The Net..." - UMD coach Scott Sandelin said in his postgame news conference last night after his Bulldogs beat Notre Dame for the NCAA title.

Monday, April 9, 2018

"Minnesota Does The Best Job In The Country Of Developing Young Players. Their System, The Youth Level, In High School, They Do A Tremendous Job In Their Development And Skill." - Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

"It Took Me A Long Time To Figure Out What To Say As News Of The Humboldt Broncos’ Bus Accident On The Highways Of Rural Saskatchewan Began To Drip Out Late Friday Night. ...I Was Glued To The NHL Playoff Race. And Suddenly, None Of It Mattered." - Kelvin Cech of thecoachessite.com, Kelvin is also an assistant coach of the UBC Thunderbirds Men's varsity.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

"All Of A Sudden The Bus Driver Screamed ‘whoa’ And I Looked Up And The Semi Driver Was Crossing Our Path." - Humboldt survivor Ryan Straschnitzki.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

"...It Has Been One Year, Two Months And Seven Days Since Any Of Our Big League Athletic Clubs Has Won A Championship. One Year, Two Months, Seven Days. Our Long Boston Sports Nightmare Continues." - Boston Herlad columnist tongue-in-cheeking about Boston sports teams' 'drought'.

Friday, April 13, 2018

"The Winner Of The MJHL Championship Will Meet The SJHL Champ, Either The Estevan Bruins Or Nipawin Hawks, In The ANAVET Cup Series. The SJHL Final Opens Saturday In Nipawin." - Canadian Junior hockey writer Gregg Drinnan talking about both hockey in a post that focuses on the Humboldt Broncos.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

"They Cut Me Back Quite A Bit This Year, So I Just Lived With It And Kept Going. But I Was Never Told That Once That Playoffs Start, I Wouldn’t Be Working. I’m Not Going To Be Part Of It All. That’s Kind Of Tough, But You Have To Live With It." - 50 year hockey broadcasting veteran Bob Cole about not calling this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

"Unfortunately, I Feel Like We Always Find Ourselves Down 0-2.It’s Beginning To Be A Bad Habit Of Ours. We Want To Have A Great Start. We Know The Crowd Is Going To Be Very Good. At The Same Time, We Have To Give Them Something To Cheer About." - The Wild's Zach Parise lamenting yesterday.

Monday, April 16, 2018

"Didn't Love It." - Jets coach Paul Maurice regarding Marcus Foligno's hit on the Jets' Tyler Myers in Minnesota's lopsided win last night.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

"This Guy Has Never Played In The NHL Before. He’s Had Very Average Training Camps Here. … He’s Come Up Here And Hasn’t Played Like A Guy Who Hasn’t Played In The NHL Before. He’s Surprised Me, For Sure — In A Real Good Way." - Wild coach Bruce Boudreau on late season rookie defenselesman Nick Seeler.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

"“Winnipeg Is Lucky To Have Him. Blake Is Just A Fantastic Human Being And It Was An Honour To Coach Him Back In His High School Days But it Sure Has Been Fun Watching Him Develop Into A Fantastic NHL Player." - Blake Wheeler’s former Breck School (Golden Valley, MN) coach Wlly Chapman.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

"Let's Face It. No One Has Damaged Philadelphia's Collective Psyche This Much Since Clubber Lang Destroyed Rock Balboa At The Beginning Of Rocky III." - Tim Benz for TribLive.com, noting that Crosby and Malkin are turning in among their best playoff performances ever.

Friday, April 20, 2018

"What The Veteran Has Proven Is Just How Ageless He Really Is. Think About It This Way: Chara’s First Playoff Matchup Against The Toronto Maple Leafs Was Way Back In 2002, When He Was A Member Of The Ottawa Senators. He Was Good Then & He’s Still Good Now." - Ryan Kennedy talking about the ageless Zdeno Chara.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

"Late Last Month, Minnesota’s Most Obnoxious And Self-righteous Fan Base Finally Got What It Wanted: University Of Minnesota Men’s Hockey Coach Don Lucia Stepped Down After 19 Seasons." - Pat Borzi on why Gopher men’s hockey matters so much to Minnesota — and why it may never again be what it once was.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

"I'm Happy For Him, I'm Proud Of Him, He's Waited A Long Time This Year For This Opportunity." - Colorado coach Jared Bednar on third string goalie Andrew Hammond, who was instrumental in teh Avs game 5 win over the Preds.

Monday, April 23, 2018

"That Was Something Special. I've Never Seen Anything Like It, To Be Honest. He Was About As Hot As You Can Get, I Think." - Penguins goalie Matt Murray talking about 4 goal, 5 point performance by Jake Guentzel yesterday in Pens' series-clinching win over the Flyers.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

"In Our New Practice Facility, We Have A Motto... Good Is Not Good Enough. I Went Through The Practice Facility About Two Weeks Ago, And I Felt That Was A Signal For Me. My Feeling Is That The Last Couple Of Years We Just Have Not Been Good Enough." - Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold talking about why he dismissed GM Chuck Fletcher Monday.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

"The Pressure’s Kind Of Off Us. We’re Going To Go Into That Building, It’s Going To Be Rocking And We’re Going To Be Ready To Go. When We Were Down 3-1, I Don’t Think Anyone Expected Us To Come Back And Now That We’re Here It’s A Good Opportunity." - Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner on game 7 tonight in Boston.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

"Personally, I Got To Be Better. A Lot Of This Game Is On Me. It’s Just Not Good Enough, Especially In A Game Like This. It’s The Most Important Game Of The Season, And I Didn’t Show Up, So... There’s Not Much You Can Say Really." - Leafs' Jake Gardiner after painful Game 7 in which he was a -5.

Friday, April 27, 2018

"He Keeps Trying To Get Close To Me. So I Don't Know If He Has A Thing For Me Or What. But He's Cute." - After Game 1 of the Toronto series, Brad Marchand respondes to a reporter who asked "What is it about Komarov that makes you want to cuddle with him?''.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

"To Be Honest, What I Have Seen Of Him And What Goes On On The Ice He Is A Competitive You Know What, You’ve Got To Love That. Some Of The Greatest Comments You Can Give A Player Is ‘God I Hate That Kid But I Do Wish He Was On My Team.’ Some Guys Get That." - Lightning coach Jon Cooper liking the Little Ball of Hate.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

"As For Watching Hockey Indoors On A Weekend Afternoon... Spare Us, Please! There Should Be A Law Against That." - Roy MacGregor opining on the obvious: The NHL playoffs simply take too long.

Monday, April 30, 2018

"We're Trying To Figure That Out With All Of Our Coaches At Some Point. When You're Close To A Year Out, You're Thinking What Makes Sense At That Stage, So I Would Say, Stay Tuned." - UND AD Bill Chaves on possible new deal for hockey coach Brad Berry.