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Monday, January 1, 2018

"You Grow Up Wanting To Be A Gopher When You Are From Minny, So For Me That Was My Dream. As You Get Older You Start Watching Team USA And That Becomes A Dream Of Yours Too." - University of Minnesota freshman and Team USA World Junior forward Casey Mittelstadt.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

"...he Could Help Right Now. And The SickMitts Kid Should Be Playing For Real In Buffalo Come October. You Could Easily Make The Case He Should Be In Blue & Gold Come March, As Soon As His Freshman Season Ends At The University Of Minnesota." - The Buffalo News' Mike Harrington wondering how soon Casey Mittelstadt can come to Buffalo and suit up for the Sabres.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

"The Beauty Of Our Team Is That Every Game Means More To At Least One Guy That Had Been Picked Off Those Teams Or Traded From Those Teams. Each Game We Get So Excited About What We're Going To Do And How We're Going To Get One For The Guy That Came From There." - St. Cloud, MN native and Vegas Golden Knight Nate Schmidt.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

"A Lot Of Credit For The US Defensive Performance Belongs To The US Blue Line. They’ve Been As Strong As Any Group I Can Remember The US Fielding In This Tournament, With Nobody Standing Out As A Weak Link." - sbncollegehockey.com's Chris Dilks talking about Team USA at the World Junior Championship in Buffalo, NY.

Friday, January 5, 2018

"He Gave Us Everything He Had In This Tournament. We Failed Him Tonight. He Didn’t Fail Us." - Team USA Head Coach Bob Motzko on goalie Joe Woll after the U.S. lost to Sweden in the first World Junior Championship semi-final yesterday.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

"That Guy In The Stands Wanted It More Than Me." - Sweden's Lias Andersson explains why he threw his 2018 WJC silver medal into crowd yesterday - The 2017 seventh-overall NHL pick explains that he won silver at the U18s in 2016 and his medal from that tournament just sits in a box and he never looks at it.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

"The Best Team We've Seen This Year." - University of Minnesota head coach Don Lucia talking about St. Cloud State - High praise given the #Gophers have already played Clarkson and Notre Dame.

Monday, January 8, 2018

"It Was All-in For The Team. The Culmination Of It All Was At The End There, You Got Five Guys On A Knee Blocking Shots, Just Eating Them In Chest, And They Don’t Have On The Equipment That I Have, So That Takes Balls On Their Part." - University of Minnesota Goalie Mat Robson reflecting on the fortitude showed by his teammates' 20 blocked shots in last night's shutout win over St. Cloud State.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

"Lindgren Was A Huge Injection Into Their Lineup Tonight. He Was The Defensemen They Needed To Battle Us Down Low, And I Thought He Was A Big Difference For Them. They Came To Play, I’ll Tell You That." - St. Cloud State Head Coach Bob Motzko, who also was at the helm for Team USA for the WJC commenting on the Gophers' Ryan Lindgren in Minnesota's 2-0 win over his No.1 Huskies Sunday.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

"[Winnipeg] Is A Cold Dark Place — When You Lose." - Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman responding to San Jose Sharks players who stated that Winnipeg is the worst NHL town to play in.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

"It’s Kind Of Childish And Immature But It’s What You Get Following A Defeat. All Athletes Reveal Themselves More After They’ve Lost Than They Do After They Win. ...I’d Just Tell Them, ‘Come Back Soon, And Get Ready To Be Pouty Again After Your Next Loss.’" - Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister drops the verbal gloves as Sharks players name Winnipeg worst NHL city.

Friday, January 12, 2018

"It's The First-ever Men's College Game From The Host City. First Ever Women's College Game During Hockey Day Outside. The NHL Network Is Coming From New York To Be Here All Day Friday And Saturday To Be A Part Of The Ambiance Of Hockey In Minnesota." - Hockey Day Minnesota Organizer Brian Schoenborn on Saturday's rendition in St. Cloud.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

"Every Day Some Of The Best Defencemen In The Country Have To Practice Against Some Of The Best Forwards In The Country. We Get Competitive Kids. No One Is Guaranteed Anything. Everyone Earns His Place And They Earn It In Practice, In Games, In The..." - USNTDP director Scott Monaghan.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

"Believe Me, I Have No Idea What’s Coming Out Of My Mouth (in Those Situations). I Just Know I’m Not Happy." - Wild coach Bruce Boudreau - so mad during the first intermission of Wednesday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks that not even he knew what he wanted to say as he barged into the locker room to address his team.

Monday, January 15, 2018

"The Only Team That’s Ever Won The Big Ten Regular Season Title (four Titles In Four Years) Is Now Really Struggling In Conference. Minnesota Was Swept By Michigan And Now Is 1-8-1 In Its Last 10 Conference Games." - The Grand Forks Herald's Brad Elliott Schlossman commenting on the downward trend in Dinkytown.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

"The Time Is Now And The Time Is Right, I Don’t Think We’re Asking For The World. We Want The Kids To Be In Their Home Schools, Their Home Communities And We Want Them To Be Able To Flourish." - Mike MacMillan, executive director of the Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association, the associaiton is asking for longer season, periods proposed to keep top Minnesota prep hockey players from leaving state.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018

"It Is The Government’s Basic Stance That We Will Make Sure There Is No Negative Impact On Our Athletes." - South Korea’s Unification Ministry spokesperson Baik Tae-hyun telling a regular briefing Wednesday that the government will try to make sure the joint [North & South Korea] team’s formation doesn’t cause any negative effects on South Korean players.

Friday, January 19, 2018

"We Have To Be Realistic, If We're Not Going To Make The Playoffs We're Going To Have To Make Changes. We're Going To Be Really Smart About How We Go About Things. We Have A Plan For Whatever Situation We're In And At That Point And Time We'll Test That..." - Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion - He's insisted he won't trade Erik Karlsson or Mark Stone - Dorion finally acknowledged on Thursday that his team might miss the playoffs and that he's had conversations with rival GMs.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

"We Are Excited To Host This Great Event In Our Community. St. Cloud Has A Really Rich Heritage With Hockey. You Can Go Back To 1889 To The St. Cloud Teachers College And All The Teachers Playing Hockey Here At Lake George." - St. Cloud, MN Mayor Dave Kleis says this is a great day for his city - St. Clouds hosts the annual Hockey Day Minnesota event today.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

"[UND Is]staying Together. I Think That's The First Thing That Comes To Mind. Not In Our Program, But People Outside Of The Program Are Going To Say This Team Isn't Playing Very Well Right Now Or A Few Other Things." - University of North Dakota coach Brad Berry - His Fighting Hawks are struggling on special teams.

Monday, January 22, 2018

"Jim Johannson Had A Sharp Eye For Talent, A Strong Sense Of Chemistry And A Relentless Pursuit Of Excellence,As We Mourn His Loss, We Will Remember The Positive Outlook Jim Brought To His Tireless Efforts To Advance USA Hockey." - NHL commissioner Gary Bettman commenting on the unexpected passing of USA Hockey's Jim Johannson - Johannson built teams that achieved a great deal of success for USA Hockey,.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

"I’ve Learned From High School, I Used To Get So Frustrated, USHL Was A Little Bit Like That. Then Last Year At North Dakota Was A Pretty Frustrating Season; I Think I Really Learned A Lot From Last Year." - The Vancouver Canucks' sensational rookie Brock Boesser.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

"In The First Half, We Had A Lot Of Learning To Do." - Minnesota-Duluth senior forward Karson Kuhlman - the Bulldogs are the College Hockey News' Team of the Week.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

"We're Going To Have To Play With Some Skill And Be Harder On Pucks. One Of The Main Things We've Been Struggling With Was Just Getting Some Consistent Offensive Zone Time." - University of Minnesota forward Casey Mittelstadt, the Gophers offense is looking for consistency.

Friday, January 26, 2018

"After Scoring 54 Goals During An 11-game Unbeaten Streak, Penn State Has Scored Only Three Goals In Its Past Three Games, All Losses." - Madison.com's Todd D. Milewski previewing the Penn State at Wisconsin series this weekend.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

"Mat Robson May Wind Up Being Minnesota’s Go-to Goalie Down The Stretch. After Minnesota’s 1-0 Overtime Win Over No. 1 Notre Dame On Friday Night, Robson Is Now 4-1 With A 1.30 Goals-against Average And A .949 Save Percentage" - The Grand Forks Herald's Brad Elliott Schlossman.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

"The Extended Review Of Goaltender Interference Yields No Clarity As One Subjective Opinion Is Merely Layered Onto Another Without Any Guarantee The Final Call Will Correct An Original Error In Judgement." - Larry Brooks of the New York Post writing about NHL off-sides and goalie interference reviews.

Monday, January 29, 2018

"The Minnesota Offense Mustered Two Goals In Two Games This Weekend, Which Continued The Trend Of Offensive Struggles." - The Minnesota Daily's Drew Cove commenting on the Gophers' lack of scoring production.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

"He’s Hitting His Bonuses Pretty Well." - Brock Boeser’s father Duke after his NHL rookie son earned the following bonuses last week: $212,500 for ASG invite, $212,500 for ASG MVP, $100K for winning ASG, $25K for winning accuracy, $10K all ASG players get, and a new Honda.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

"It’s Not As Malicious And Physical As It Once Was. Some Teams Push Back. And Some Teams, When The Bear Comes In The Woods, Play Dead." - Retired NHLer Shawn Thorton, he of the 1,103 penalty minutes.