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Hockey Quotes by Shawn Burr, Georges St-Pierre, Connor McDavid, Andrew Flintoff, Mike Milbury, Tom Glavine and many others.

Ah, my sister used to hit me harder.
Shawn Burr
If you lose a race or game in hockey, you lose a game. That’s it. If you lose a fight you might lose part of your brain because of the damage.
Georges St-Pierre
It’s more fun to be playing hockey than doing anything else.
Connor McDavid
I am not a big fan of hockey.
Andrew Flintoff
Screw the Rangers, and screw the Devils; I work for the Islanders now, and I could care less about them!
Mike Milbury
That was my pride and joy – that I made it through all those years of minor hockey without losing any of my teeth; then, I ended up losing them in a car accident in New York when I was riding in a taxi. So, I end up losing my teeth, but not in the glamorous fashion I envisioned.
Tom Glavine
That hockey game will haunt me until the day I die.
Joffrey Lupul
I think as women on the national team, you start your hockey career and you also are starting to plan what you’re going to do when it’s over, because we don’t make the millions of dollars and you have to have a life after.
Hayley Wickenheiser
Canadian hockey fans… They boo me every time I go anywhere. Because I play for Team USA.
Brett Hull
My dad was always at work running a business, so our mom really took care of us. She’d bring us all to our practices, and we all basically played four sports: baseball, hockey, football, and basketball.
Dan Gronkowski
After I started to understand the spiritual dimension of life, I understood the responsibilities you have as a husband, a father, a friend and a hockey player.
Paul Henderson
I know I’m not very popular on Long Island. I don’t know who’s less popular, me or Joey Buttafuoco.
Don Maloney
Growing up, I played about every sport imaginable except soccer and hockey. I’ve always had a passion for basketball. I remember actually playing basketball when I was two or three years old. The time I knew that I could really take my game to the next level.
Dwight Howard
Like I said, a 30-year-old hockey player, even when I came to New York when I was 30, I was on the downside of my career, pretty much the end of my career.
Mark Messier
It’s not a sport you get famous at. If I wanted to be famous, I would have stuck with hockey.
Eric Heiden
I didn’t know that I’d like it this much, coaching both boys and… seeing how excited they are to play hockey. It reminds you of when you were that age and you wanted to be out on the ice.
Joe Sakic
Guys, I don’t want to tell you half-truths, unless they’re completely accurate.
Alain Vigneault
It wasn’t until I was at 39 that I joined my first real hockey team. Which was great. I scored a couple of goals here and there, but I wasn’t the most graceful thing you’ve ever seen.
Aden Young
The atmosphere was even greater than in Winnipeg last year. The place was almost packed for warm-ups, which was fun for us. You look at the group and you get your salute and you get the standing ovation and that means a lot to us.
Jennifer Botterill
I love hockey, and I don’t love it for any other reason than when I get out there and play, I enjoy it.
Brendan Fehr
I ain’t got time to bleed.
Jesse Ventura
The thing about hockey for me is I’m really competitive and I like to have fun.
Martin Brodeur
I think part of what people are responding to with Lambeau Field is that it’s a solid culture. There’s so much committed to what hockey means and that’s how we feel about football. It’s just a great connection between the culture of football and the culture of hockey.
Jon Jones
Despite the fact that every sport this side of badminton worries about concussions that result in brain damage, CTE, the National Hockey League refuses to accept the overwhelming medical science. Good grief – the NHL still permits fights.
Frank Deford
Some things cannont possibly happen, because they are both too improbable and too perfect. The U.S. hockey team cannot beat the Russians in the 1980 Olympics. Jack Nicklaus cannot shoot 65 to win the Masters at age forty-six. Nothing else comes immediately to mind.
Thomas Boswell
I used to practice at the hockey ground on synthetic surface while I was in the sports hostel, so Test cricket is certainly going to be a challenge for me.
Suresh Raina
I just enjoy playing hockey obviously.
Alexander Ovechkin
I am going to go out a winner if I have to find a high school race to win my last race.
Johnny Gray
There are rough players and there are dirty players. I’m rough and dirty.
Stan Mikita
Since the beginning, I always loved the game.
Mario Lemieux
Talent is a gift, but you can only succeed with hard work.
Jean Beliveau
I don’t like being mediocre. I won’t be.
Mike Milbury
Obviously, different people identify me as the face of women’s hockey and whatnot, but like my teammates, I’m just there to perform and compete.
Hilary Knight
If you don’t know how to play hockey, learn. If you quit, get back out there.
David Walton
When he gets mad, it’s like he’s in another world. He’ll look at you with those big eyes and they’ll be going around in circles.
Barry Beck
People who wave digital cameras at shows are the same people who sit in front of you at hockey games and wear those giant foam-rubber fingers that say, We’re number one!’
Rob Sheffield
Great moments are born from great opportunities.
Herb Brooks
My job is to suggest and ratify and use any expertise that I might have gained over the 23 years in professional hockey to make our game a better game.
Bobby Hull
Seriously, I faced a lot of anti-Semitism playing hockey as a kid. It motivated me to play well and to punch everyone who was anti-Semitic. I was taunted and called names. I’d either beat them with a goal or with my fists.
Harley Pasternak
The quintessential bad – luck position. Pucks can go off bodies, skates, bounce into the net.
Mike Liut
When you think of hockey, when you think of Canada, you think of Wayne Gretzky.
Joe Sakic
The one thing I’d always wanted to do in my career is push myself out of my comfort zone – I think I’m really comfortable with being uncomfortable. So that’s why I played pro men’s hockey, that’s why I played softball and hockey at the same time, that’s why I’m not afraid to speak up – that’s just who I am.
Hayley Wickenheiser
It’s a big game tomorrow, obviously, quarter finals. I think that whenever you play the Russians you always get up for it, and tomorrow is going to be even that much bigger, the quarter finals.
Michael Richards
I believe that the Greater Phoenix Area is a terrific sports market; it’s a terrific hockey market.
Gary Bettman
Sometimes people ask, ‘Are hockey fights real?’ I say, ‘If they weren’t, I’d get in more of them.
Wayne Gretzky
I never look at myself as a black player. I think of myself as a hockey player that wants to be the best player in the league.
P.K. Subban
My message to the kids and our fans is hockey’s a great game. There’s a lot of hockey being played at all levels. Get involved, do it. We will be back and we will be back better than ever and hopefully as soon as possible. Don’t give up on the game. It’s too good.
Gary Bettman
Playoff hockey is the best way to market your team. It’s the best way to grow your fan base and give hope to your players and for them to develop.
Steve Yzerman
You have Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan… and Mario Lemieux. He’s the best in hockey, in my opinion.
Kordell Stewart
I played hockey, as most girls who go to convent schools in Ireland do, as well as table tennis and badminton – all the rock ‘n’ roll sports.
Laura Whitmore
Hockey s a funny game. You have to prove yourself every shift, every game. It’s not up to anybody else. You have to take pride in yourself.
Paul Coffey
I always wanted to play ice hockey back in Australia, I’m not sure why, but we didn’t have any ice where I lived. It was very hot – a coastal town.
Margot Robbie
The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.
Tony Robbins
Fifty percent of the game is mental and the other 50 percent is being mental. I’ve got that part down, no problem.
Basil McRae
Hullie’s a lot like a garbage can. You step on the pedal with your foot and the top opens up.
Wayne Gretzky
As a kid growing up in Montreal, I wanted to become either a hockey player or a wrestler. Since my family didn’t have a lot of money, my parents never put me in a hockey league because it was so expensive.
Sami Zayn
I saw a hockey game where they threw the puck aside and just started fighting. I saw that, and I’m like, ‘So I’m the thug?’
Richard Sherman
The kids just aren’t the same today.
Doug Gilmour
Most kids start playing hockey at the age of five, I was an earlier bloomer. My parents laced up my first pair of skates and put me on the ice at the young age of 2 ВЅ, basically right after I mastered walking.
P. K. Subban
There’s nobody you’d rather beat than your good friend.
Charles Barkley
When I’m able to see the ice ahead of time when I get the puck, I’m able to make some pretty good plays.
Mario Lemieux
It’s going to be intense. This is what we played the whole tournament for, we had to play an extra game but I think that’s a good thing, we got some line combinations working together fairly well now.
Corey Perry
To measure the man, measure his heart.
Malcolm Forbes
Where I grew up, hockey was the sport that 90 per cent of black kids at school played.
Jarome Iginla
Call them pros, call them mercenaries – but in fact they are just grown – up kids who have learned on the frozen creek or flooded corner lot that hockey is the greatest thrill of all.
Lester Patrick
I’m a big hockey fan.
Rob Ford
Sports are my passion and I really enjoy connecting with others who share my love of the game
Tessa Bonhomme
He was so dominant. Bobby was the greatest defenseman who ever played the game as far as I’m concerned. I believe in my heart he changed the face of the game.
Phil Esposito
My father played hockey until he was 18.
Jemele Hill
Maybe’s he’s just jealous I have hair.
Alexander Ovechkin
If people see North American hockey and they see violence and brutality and it’s not so interesting, that sends a message too about your culture.
Gabe Polsky
I love to play for Pittsburgh. If they can’t afford me, then I’d love to play in L.A. or New York.
Jaromir Jagr
There are some guys you definitely would not want dating your sister – especially hockey players.
Patrick Kane
Cournoyer has it on that wing. Here’s a shot – Henderson made a wild stab for it and fell. Here’s another shot! Right in front – THEY SCORE!!! Henderson has scored for Canada!
Foster Hewitt
I played pretty darn competitive-level hockey. Then the good old knee injury. Obviously, it’s a blessing in disguise, but growing up Canadian, that’s our religion, that’s our football.
Taylor Kitsch
Rocket had that mean look on, every game we played. He was 100 percent hockey. He could hate with the best of them.
Gordie Howe
I grew up in a hockey town.
Pat Connaughton
That’s the awesome part. Little girls now have a chance to look up and see women playing soccer, basketball, softball and now hockey – and know they can win a gold medal, too.
Angela Ruggiero
L.A. will never be a hockey town. I’m a huge hockey fan, and people out here do not appreciate hockey as much as they should. I’ve always been into it. I’m Canadian; that’s my sport for sure.
Jean-Luc Bilodeau
Eight days ago, we were the toast of the town. Eight days later we’re Thanksgiving turkeys.
Wayne Gretzky
Put the kids in with a few old pappy guys who still like to win and the combination is unbeatable.
Conn Smythe
I think for me, personally, I’m a guy who has watched ESPN ever since I’ve been growing up. You turn it on, and it’s one of the first stories – the Blackhawks and hockey, which you don’t really see on that station. That’s cool to see.
Patrick Kane
Hockey has changed. The game has changed. You just have to be ready for that.
Alexander Ovechkin
We have always been taught that hockey is our national game, but it is only in general knowledge books and not on official papers.
Sandeep Singh
It’s not the case that carbon dioxide drives temperatures. When you leave Ice Ages, it’s the other way around: The temperatures go up first, and then carbon dioxide levels go up.
Piers Corbyn
I grew up such a fan. It was my life. Everything I did was hockey related and everything I have is because of hockey and the NHL.
Wayne Gretzky
What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a mass turkey-murdering machine? Looks like about 15 feet.
Keith Olbermann
Old people, don’t watch it because you might die just watching it.
Jaromir Jagr
At this time, my work on the SPS power supplies had just come to an end; I joined a study group on the pp project and an experimental team studying cooling in a small ring (ICE).
Simon van der Meer
The wrestling is real, all the injuries are real, so much so that in no other sports, whether soccer or cricket or hockey, players get so many injuries as in WWE.
The Great Khali
Without ice cream there would be darkness and chaos.
Don Kardong
When you’re in the hockey team, you’re treated like a VIP. There are people around you looking after you, making sure you get 7-8 hours of undisturbed sleep every day.
P. R. Sreejesh
You’ll never catch me bragging about goals, but I’ll talk all you want about my assists.
Wayne Gretzky
Boxing is a more sophisticated form of hockey.
George Carlin
Wayne came over to the bench one day after seeing (Zdeno) Chara, and said ‘That’s why I’m quitting.’
John Muckler
I don’t care what people say about me and what they think about me. I care about my team and I care about myself. Lots of people watch hockey, and I think everybody has different thinking.
Alexander Ovechkin
My wife tells me one day, ‘I think you love baseball more than me.’ I say, ‘Well, I guess that’s true, but hey, I love you more than football and hockey.’
Tommy Lasorda
Listen, everything I have in my life is because of the NHL and because of hockey, and I love the game and I loved every minute of being a player, I loved coaching, I loved being involved in the NHL.
Wayne Gretzky
On Sergei Fedorov’s breaking three sticks on Dallas players: I don’t know if Anna (Kournikova) told him to get tougher or what.
Mike Modano
We believe in the wisdom once expressed by the hockey star Wayne Gretzky, who explained his success by saying, ‘I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.’
Norman Ralph Augustine
After my grandmother finished watching ‘Lawrence Welk,’ my dad would race to the TV and put on the weekly hockey game. He loved watching Henri Richard, Gordie Howe and Terry Sawchuk. My dad’s seven brothers and sisters weren’t particularly thrilled with his viewing choices.
Jemele Hill
Some of us love hockey not just for its ferocity and skill but for its underlying code of civility off the ice.
George Vecsey
I had a set schedule since I was 15, since I started playing junior hockey. When you don’t have that sometimes you try to find something new and it’s difficult.
Chris Pronger
There is a lot of instinct that comes with playing hockey and playing a number of games and playing all the way up; you kind of get a feel for what’s gonna happen and make plays off that.
Connor McDavid
Canada is a country whose main exports are hockey players and cold fronts. Our main imports are baseball players and acid rain.
Pierre Trudeau
Hockey is my life and money is money. If you think about money, you stop playing hockey.
Alexander Ovechkin
A nontraditional hockey market is turning into more of a traditional market. We’re now a fabric of Nashville.
Barry Trotz
Luc Robitaille is a great kid and good player, but ask anybody on the street and they’d probably think Luc Robitaille is a type of salad dressing.
Bruce McNall
I’ll keep battling for that No. 1 spot.
Shannon Szabados
Drama is played at the pace of chess… or billiards… or poker. Engrossing? Sure. But comedy is played at the jubilant, high-octane speed of sports like basketball or hockey.
Mark Waters
I think the game has gotten better. (The two-ref system) keeps players from taking cheap shots behind the play. I never thought I’d like it, considering the way I like to hack.
Brian Skrudland
If you want to do something for the rest of your life, it’s not going to be easy, especially being a pro hockey player, so you need to work at it.
Connor McDavid
Baseball and American football and hockey are all ahead because they have a history. The MLS is kind of new. So hopefully, in time, and with players coming and trying to develop the game, and the U.S. team also doing well – at the last World Cup, they finished above England and created some buzz.
Thierry Henry
Nobody wanted to win more than I did. Nobody !
Eddie Giacomin
My goal was to play in the NHL, because that is the best hockey in the world.
Jaromir Jagr
One of my friends called me up and said kids in our village are playing hockey with PVC pipes. This is the change I wanted to see. Hopefully, we will be able to inspire the next generation.
P. R. Sreejesh
It’s odd, that’s why I don’t like telling people I played field hockey. It’s real big in Australia for guys. But I say I played in America, and everybody goes, ‘Oh, you girl!’
Heath Ledger
Oh man, nobody is as tough as Mr T. Ice T is pretty tough though as well.
Ice T
A complacent player is a lazy player, and a lazy player is a loser.
Darryl Sutter
Black people dominate sports in the United States. 20% of the population and 90% of the final four.
Chris Rock
Hockey is our big sport, and if you fight in hockey you get five minutes for it, that’s it. So in Canada, everyone is fighting.
Jeremy Hotz
My opinion is there should NOT be an MVP award [in hockey]. The Olympic teams sports shouldn’t acknowledge individuality. And if there is going to be such an award a player on the losing team who lets in the losing goal shouldn’t get it.
Michael Wilbon
I still have my teeth. I don’t want to lose them at age 61 in some hockey game.
Jim Flaherty
I am addicted to hockey now. I’ve seen it on TV, but to be there? I had no idea that white people were having so much fun without me.
J. B. Smoove
One road trip we were stuck on the runway for seven hours. The plane kept driving and driving until we arrived at the rink and I realized we were on a bus.
Glenn Healy
Hockey is a tough, physical game, and it always should be.
Mario Lemieux
Hockey is my first love, and I devote most of my time to hockey only. But if I get time, I won’t mind working in films, too.
Sandeep Singh
Hockey is just a game.
Martin Brodeur
The Canadian franchises and Canada as a market for NHL hockey has always been a priority for us.
Gary Bettman
I started ice-skating when I was about 12 or 13 and I was selected in the Australian team for ice hockey. I met my wife at St Moritz Ice Skating about 1955.
Lindsay Fox
We talk about mental toughness all the time. That’s the biggest thing good teams have, that they can overcome adversity.
Bryan Murray
I love the game of hockey. I love being part of it. I think I know a lot about the game.
Patrick Kane
He’s a gutless puke, that’s what Travis Green is. That’s why he doesn’t wear an Islander uniform any more.
Mike Milbury
Nobody gives a crap about hockey down here – nobody. I coach kids’ hockey down here and you can start to see the disinterest in the game here with the kids
Bobby Hull
First of all, it’s a curse. Voodoo. As soon as a guy gets put on the cover of The Hockey News, it’s like Sports Illustrated. He goes right into the tank.
Dean Lombardi
I am like the Jack Nicholson of the Kings – every single game. If there was a game tonight I wouldn’t be here. I used to play hockey. That was my original thing. My first thing, I wanted to play professional hockey
Rob Zombie
For me, baseball is more comparable to chess than it is to hockey.
Jeff Garlin
Of course, my family has been a big reason for me to come back, especially my son who loves the game of hockey – he was a big reason for me coming back.
Mario Lemieux
It was quite a challenge to make people eat crab ice cream.
Heston Blumenthal
I belong to an improv group, I play cello, I have these phases – fencing, tae kwon do, baseball, ice hockey, boogie boarding in the summer, snowboarding in the winter.
Ty Simpkins
Detroit is still seen as the tough city, a city that has a reputation for high crime, … The tough city thing is fine. Its always had a reputation as that. … You know, Gordie Howe, when I was watching hockey, was the toughest guy in the league playing for the Red Wings. He represented that tough aura.
Eugene Levy
Well, I’ve got something to tell you, In my last life I was a Spanish Count and one of the things I loved to do when I was a count in Spain was take all the commoners, line them up against a wall and throw rocks at them, being a professional hockey goalie is punishment for my bad habits in past lives.
Gilles Gratton
My sports were team sports: ice hockey and baseball. The whole team dynamic is similar in business. Leadership is earned – the captain earns that role; it’s not because he’s the coach’s son. These are all things we know, but in today’s world, it’s not a bad idea to remind ourselves.
James McNerney
I don’t mind a little blood on the ice when it’s a hockey rink, but I hate seeing blood on the ice when it’s from baby seals.
Pamela Anderson
We’re not only hockey players. A lot of guys have families and girlfriends. You can’t just think about hockey 24-7.
Mike Comrie
The only way a kid is going to practise is if it’s total fun for him… and it was for me.
Wayne Gretzky
As a hockey player, playing for an Original Six team at Madison Square Garden, where it’s packed every night, there’s nothing like it.
Carl Hagelin
I told her they must all be sold out.
Wade Belak
Many times I had to dig deep and perform. All of that adversity helped me and drove me to want to be the best.
Hayley Wickenheiser
Matt Cooke may be the worst fighter in the history of the National Hockey League.
Dave Nonis
I grew up watching North American sport – basketball, hockey – so I like it when it’s a little bit more energetic, rowdier, heckling either for you or against you. I think it’s fun to have that in sport.
Milos Raonic
I grew up playing hockey and some football, and I always think about the first time you walk into the locker room on a new team. The cliques are looking at you funny, and you make one friend, but then they’re trying to stab you in the back.
Aaron Douglas
When I’m not acting, I try to be normal, play golf, play hockey. It’s funny because you’re in this little bubble when you’re working – you don’t read books, you don’t really keep up with the news, you’re just living that life.
Taylor Kitsch
Baseball was popular in the summer, but hockey was big most of the time. With five brothers, you never escaped it. We had an indoor rink in our town, and all the boys would play on it right through high school.
Anne Murray
When I stopped playing hockey and started acting, the last person I was going to ask for help was my dad. He’s the king of being like, ‘I don’t know. It’s good work if you can get it. Good luck.’
Wyatt Russell
We can’t score goals, we can’t stop goals, we aren’t hitting, we can’t play on special teams… we all stink. We can try to improve but to do so we will need to make trades. And who would want our players that are underachieving?
Ted Leonsis
We grew up very poor, and I hated being poor. I was the oldest of five kids, and I never got a pair of skates until I was nine. It was very difficult to get an education back then and play junior hockey.
Paul Henderson
I was kind of smart enough when I was young, 14 or 15 years old, to realize that if you’re ever going to do anything and step out of the shadow of your own dad – not only in hockey, but in life itself – you’re going to have to learn you’re Brett and not ‘Bobby’s son.’
Brett Hull
He ran over a few people, nothing major. Mess runs over people. Sometimes, people don’t get up. That’s life.
Grant Fuhr
I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.
Wayne Gretzky
When I look at the net I don’t see a goalie.
Pavel Bure
The three important elements in hockey are: the forecheck, the backcheck and the paycheck.
Gilbert Perreault
Before I was 14, I wanted to be a singer, an actor, or a hockey player. By 15, I knew I was going to be a singer.
I could not hear what they say about me, my 2 Stanley Cup rings were stuffed in my ears.
Patrick Roy
In an individual sport, yes, you have to win titles. Baseball’s different. But basketball, hockey? One person can control the tempo of a game, can completely alter the momentum of a series. There’s a lot of great individual talent.
Kobe Bryant
I’m extremely well recognized in Korea just because of what I do on the ice, and there is a lack of that in Canada because hockey is our sport and it will be for eternity.
Patrick Chan
I got into a car accident and couldn’t play baseball, hockey, and basketball. We stuck with golf for a little while, and it’s panned out. I think it was a blessing in disguise.
Brooks Koepka
Chunking makes our brains more efficient. The more you can chunk something, the faster and easier you can process it. Wayne Gretzky had chunked hockey like no one before or since. Talented people have supremely chunked whatever they become talented at doing.
Kevin Maney
There’s no reason why a player is done at 33, 34. They train better, they eat better, they drink better. This isn’t the old days when everybody sat around and drank beer.
Bobby Clarke
It’s true that in Canada, we pride ourselves on the game, and we like to think we’re the dominant hockey nation in the world.
Steve Yzerman
Like all teenagers in the early ’60s, I put down my hockey stick when the Beatles got big and picked up a guitar. We all thought we’d be rock stars. Then I got into comedy, but I’d always find a way to use my guitar, such as writing songs and doing musical parodies.
Rick Moranis
Hockey players are given as much respect as any other sportsperson in our country.
Sandeep Singh
My teeth weren’t that good to begin with, so hopefully I can get some better ones.
Duncan Keith
No man is entirely worthless, he can always serve as a bad example.
Brian Oldfield
I was always a decent hockey player, but I’d have never made the NHL.
Graham DeLaet
I can’t control what people say or anything like that. I have to focus on what I can control and that’s what I’m going to do.
Patrick Marleau
I really did love hockey. It was one of my favorite things to do.
Sam Bradford
None of us is as smart as all of us.
Ken Blanchard
My life was going to school, having a snack and going outside to play hockey until dinner time. I would then do my homework and go back out to play, but only if the Canadiens weren’t playing that night. That’s what I did every day, whether it was street hockey or pond hockey.
Martin Brodeur
Growing up, I ate, slept and breathed hockey. I got home from school, I shot pucks, played outdoor hockey, road hockey, go home for dinner… Remember this is pre-Internet, barely any video games, I had a Commodore Vic-20. If you weren’t doing your homework, you were outside playing hockey, most likely.
Chris Pronger
The fact is I’ve been the kind of parent who has been there at every single sports day, my kids are achievers at school, scoring fantastic grades, they’re part of the football and hockey team. In that aspect, people always saw me as a parent whose children have always gone from strength to strength.
Pooja Bedi
It is pretty tough for a goalie when you look at it. You’re always the last line of defense. If you let a goal in, you can’t go to the bench and hide between the guys or anything
Kirk McLean
I played basketball in high school, and I love watching sports – I’ll watch everything except maybe hockey.
Andy Roddick
Doing a good impression of a backup goalie the last few weeks.
Roberto Luongo
I grew up in Michigan, so I played hockey, football and basketball. I played a little bit of lacrosse, too. My brother played more lacrosse and ran track.
Steven Yeun
In a weird way, [hockey] is like church and therapy and exercise all rolled up into one.
Michael Vartan
It is a huge honor for me to be an ambassador for the entire Washington Capitals organization and the National Hockey League for this special trip to China.
Alexander Ovechkin
I don’t know what I was thinking when I was starting out. I was hoping I’d get paid to draw realistic pictures of hockey players. I still hold that hope alive.
Barry Blitt
Always keep your composure. You can’t score from the penalty box; and to win, you have to score.
Bobby Hull
When you lose the shootout, you feel like you lost the hockey game, … But we didn’t lose the hockey game. We lost a point and they gained a point. That’s the reality of it.
Randy Carlyle
I remember my first year, I hit him with three good punches and couldn’t believe he was still standing. He hit me with one and cracked my helmet. My head hurt for a week.
Georges Laraque
Whether you’re trying to learn in hockey or trying to learn in life, I’ve always tried to be observant and tried to learn more, tried to evolve, whether it’s as a hockey player or as a person. With each year, I try to do that.
Sidney Crosby
I was young and stupid then. Now I’m not young anymore.
Jyrki Lumme
Being a ballet dancer isn’t cool. Football, boxing, hockey… they’re cool. And you make more money.
Sergei Polunin
The excitement of the fans in Montreal, especially in the playoffs, I don’t think you can get that anywhere else. For a hockey player, I kind of wish everyone could go through that and experience what it is to play there. It’s very unique.
Saku Koivu
By the age of 18, the average American has witnessed 200,000 acts of violence on television, most of them occurring during Game 1 of an NHL playoff series.
Steve Rushin
It is so important to me to have my time away from hockey. Obviously, hockey is my passion; I love it. But definitely for me, time away from the rink and time when my mind isn’t thinking about hockey is important.
Sidney Crosby
To succeed in hockey, you need teamwork.
Henry Samueli
Don’t feel sorry because my life is over. Be happy that it happened.
Pat Burns
We can’t play stupid hockey, dumb hockey, greedy hockey, selfish hockey. We have to put the team ahead of our personal feelings.
Terry Crisp
My focus was always first and foremost to stop the puck. I never let the other players on the other team get to me.
Andy Moog
The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.
Joe Paterno
Biologically, I’m 10. Chronologically, I’m 33. In hockey years, I’m 66.
Mark Messier
The skill set for hockey is so specific to skating and if you haven’t been skating as a kid it’s impossible to play – and I wasn’t a skater.
Liev Schreiber
Street hockey is great for kids. It’s energetic, competitive, and skilful. And best of all, it keeps them off the street.
Gus Kyle
Being surrounded by hockey, I got forced into it as a kid. I started skating when I was 4 and had a rink only 10 minutes from my home. In my town, we had one outdoor rink and one indoor rink, so you could skate all year long. I lived by a lake, too, so we did a lot of skating on the lake.
Carl Hagelin
No one in Montreal learns how to skate. You’re just born that way.
Martin Brodeur
I grew up here in St. Albert, which is a city just north of Edmonton, and I went to Grade 10 here at Paul Kane High School. But then I went to junior in the WHL, Western Hockey League, at age 16. So I left and went to finish school at Norkam High School in Kamloops for grades 11 and 12.
Jarome Iginla
I’m tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok.
Shaquille O’Neal
I’ve announced every kind of sporting event except hockey and demolition derby, and to be frank about it, I don’t really care to ever do those.
Keith Jackson
Wrestling isn’t looked upon like the other sports of football, baseball, basketball and hockey.
Bruno Sammartino
Oh, yes, I love sleepless nights.
Larry Robinson
I’ve lived and breathed hockey my entire life.
Joe Thornton
The worst part about the job is the travel, which takes you away from family and friends and important dates and hockey games and tournaments that your kids are in and things like that.
Joe Bowen
I love hockey. Hockey is my go-to sport. It’s my jam.
Alexa Bliss
Hockey is a fast, body-contact game played by men with clubs in their hands and knives laced to their feet.
Paul Gallico
Before the injury hockey was everything in my life. Now I know even if I am out of hockey, there are other important things in life. I am confident, calmer and wiser now.
P. R. Sreejesh
Football can stand parity better than any of the other sports, I think. Baseball, basketball and hockey need a defining team, in essence to frame the season. Football? Not so much.
Michael Wilbon
A lot of guys are missing teeth and don’t get them fixed until they’re done. I think that’s pretty much the hockey trademark… guys figure, well, we’re going to lose our teeth anyway, so we’ll get them fixed when we’re done.
Chris Pronger
I used to coach a lot of hockey. I’d love to be a hockey coach, a bit more of a dramatic role and not comedic. I would go back to my hockey roots, that would be fun.
Gerry Dee
HIL is a boon for Indian hockey.
Sandeep Singh
We should not have to push you to work hard, you should work hard because you want to be a great player.
Bobby Knight
It doesn’t take long to play with those guys. They’re so good, they really help you out in all areas of the game and make it easy on you.
Shea Weber
You can have all the talent in the world, but if the pumper’s not there, it doesn’t matter.
Glen Sather
Hockey is my life, you know. If I do not play hockey, I do not know what I do.
Alexander Ovechkin
With superstars like Aamirji and Salmanji playing real-life wrestlers, the sport will get some positive attention. Just like hockey did when Shah Rukhji played a hockey player in ‘Chak De.’
Sangram Singh
I stickhandle a lot at practice. I watch a lot of hockey, so I try to either pick up something from other players or watch some video and see what kind of move would work in the same situation.
Patrick Kane
I would love to do another hockey movie. There are a lot of people in Hollywood looking for the right hockey script.
D. B. Sweeney
They were checking us so closely, I could tell what brand of deodorant they were using.
Gary Dornhoefer
But inside of me I knew that the Olympics were still there. I was still young enough. I knew that once I transitioned out of hockey, it would be really hard to go back.
Angela Ruggiero
I think the big thing is you really have one chance to do this… to play hockey for a living, you have one chance at your career, and you have to take full advantage of it.
Patrick Kane
Whoever said, ‘It’s not whether you win or lose that counts,’ probably lost.
Martina Navratilova
That was awesome. I wasn’t expecting it and when I got the call I got nervous for a second. But I was just really excited.
Charline Labonte
I love hockey, and I go to a lot of the games.
Jeff Hanneman
I’m probably the only guy in hockey who can win a scoring title and everybody is saying I had a bad year. I don’t worry about it.
Wayne Gretzky
Everything went well, we had a good first period. We wanted to win, and we did. We have a big game in two days, and it will be fun. We worked hard, and it is our ultimate goal. We are ready. There is always a big rivalry between Canada and the United States; it’s always fun, and we are really motivated.
Marie-Philip Poulin
My wife likes the hockey smell because its the smell of a warrior.
David Walton
The only way you can check Gretzky is to hit him when he is standing still singing the national anthem.
Harry Sinden
The Ice Storm, because of the movie, has had, or is to have, a vigorous life in other cultures.
Rick Moody
I wake up every morning and say, ‘I get to go play hockey.’ It really is that cool for me.
Joe Thornton
We’ve made a final offer. We hope Ziggy Palffy will come to his senses. We have NO hope his agent will.
Mike Milbury
We encourage the growth of women’s hockey.
Gary Bettman
You cannot make money with a hockey team. You cannot make money with a hotel, either, and you cannot make money with a golf club. I have all three of them. When you have a certain amount of money, you do silly things – because it’s pretty to have a golf course and it’s interesting to have a hockey team.
Hasso Plattner
My dad had this thing – everyone in Canada wants to play hockey; that’s all they want to do. So when I was a kid, whenever we skated my dad would not let us on the ice without hockey sticks, because of this insane fear we would become figure skaters!
Norm MacDonald
I was captain of the netball team, captain of the hockey team and I did my sprinting, but I would push myself. That’s why yoga is really good for me because it actually slows me down and finds some sort of space for me.
Jayne Middlemiss
The NHL’s opinion of itself is so high…. Let them get drunk on their greatness. We’ll see how many Euros look our way.
Alexander Medvedev
In Canada, it’s beer, hockey, and then everything else.
I’m gonna catch you with your head down tonight. I’m gonna take it off.
Zac Rinaldo
You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.
Jerry West
It’s life, it’s hockey. You just can’t worry about it.
Barry Trotz
You get a pretty good read by watching the play, and knowing what you would have done – having done most of the things that these guys are accused of doing. I put myself in their shoes: Would I have been wanting to send a message? Is it a hockey play that went a little sideways?
Chris Pronger
If you make one mistake, it can result in vasectomy.
John G. Rowland
I’m not looking for anything more than any other guy. I like a good smile. Pretty eyes. She has to be active, like not play-sports active, but she’ll play air hockey, do some pool, go for rides on the Santa Monica Pier. I would much rather have fun with her than do the cool thing.
Mitchel Musso
Hockey fascinates me more than anything else in life.
Sandeep Singh
He had better get married soon, because he’s getting uglier every day!
Mark Recchi
A huge part of my passion for the sport comes from being Canadian and growing up watching Hockey Night in Canada on CBC with my parents and siblings.
P. K. Subban
Back in the NBA’s pre-mask era, ballers with busted noses or orbital bones had two unappealing options: Sit out and heal, or strap on a Michael Myers-looking opaque face shield closely related to that worn by hockey goalies.
Brendan I. Koerner
There is only one way a boy can be sure to learn to play hockey – on the pond, on the creek, on a flooded lot. The foundation of hockey isn’t really hockey at all. It’s shinny, a wild melee of kids batting a puck around, with no rules, no organization – nothing but individual effort to grab and hold the puck.
Lester Patrick
Many managers feel, somewhat cynically, that people are being paid to do their jobs and that’s that. This attitude reflects an insensitivity to people that is a trademark of many hockey-style managers.
Phil Crosby
I’m into hiking and mountains and I follow hockey and basketball pretty avidly.
Hikaru Nakamura
Choosing hockey to make a sports movie was a bit tough but I wanted to show people the hard work a hockey player puts in while going through his practice.
Ammy Virk
It’s the attitude of the players, not their skills, that is the biggest factor in determining whether you win or lose.
Harry Sinden
I always love the smell of a bat and a glove, or a hockey puck in the winter time.
Tiny Tim
In any other context, ‘icing’ is a great and exciting word: The proverbial icing on the cake, for instance, is a bonus – a wonderful thing on top of another wonderful thing. But in hockey, icing merely results in the referee’s raising his right hand, as if swearing an oath to the deity of downtime.
Steve Rushin
I happened to be in a position in Superior where I could play three sports, and when I came to Minnesota, I had the understanding they would allow me to play three sports. Kids now don’t have the same amount of time. You have coaches that think baseball is 10 months a year. Hockey is 11 or 12 months a year.
Bud Grant
Hockey was my favorite sport my whole life until I played football.
Davis Webb
I know there are sort of misnomers that women’s hockey isn’t as physical or fast as the guys, but women’s hockey is very dynamic and tactful in its own ways. It’s just as respectable of a sport as any male counterpart.
Hilary Knight
The goalie is like the guy on the minefield. He discovers the mines and destroys them. If you make a mistake, somebody gets blown up.
Arturs Irbe
There are two types of forwards. Scorers and bangers. Scorers score and bangers bang.
Ken Dryden
We profoundly regret the suffering this has caused our fans, our business partners and the thousands of people who depend on our industry for their livelihoods.
Gary Bettman
We only have one person to blame, and that’s each other.
Barry Beck
How’s the game changed in my 15 years in the league? Well, we used to be called hard-working players. Now we’re overpaid crybabies.
Brett Hull
You want to win hockey games, and it doesn’t really matter how you do it.
Connor McDavid
Amitabh Bachchan and SRK are great actors, but I like the way Suniel Shetty has handled his work. He’s doing so many things at one time. He’s a sincere actor, he has his own production company, other businesses and he’s even the brand ambassador for hockey.
Gautam Rode
I started as a fourth-line fighter, went to being a third-line centre, then a second-line winger and a first-line centre. I’ve played every role there is, and the only thing that matters is helping the team win.
Mark Messier
There’s a time and a place when it needs to be all about hockey. I don’t think that’s 24 hours a day, seven days a week. How you choose to spend that time when it’s not all about hockey is completely up to you.
P.K. Subban
I’m proud to have a small part in the growth of hockey in D.C., but our organization does so much every day to get young kids to play hockey and I’m always appreciative of that.
Alexander Ovechkin
I Didn’t Drop My Gloves. They Were Pulled Off Me!
Mike Modano
The demographics of this country are changing. And the people coming to this country are soccer fans, not hockey fans.
Colin Cowherd
Hockey players are a different breed.
Joe Thornton
When you play hockey, you don’t realize how much it takes to put a team together and the business people around the team, what they do to get the franchise to the next level.
Martin Brodeur
Any sport that comes from Scotland is good!
Leslie Nielsen
Boxing should not let – we should not let – the people in business of boxing should not let a person to just walk right in and get the grand prize of boxing. You can’t do it in basketball, football, hockey.
Bernard Hopkins
If you’re a sports fan, it is really cool when you see the best-on-best for hockey at the Olympics.
Gary Bettman
My dream is to see athletes also getting the same recognition, fame, success and money as cricketers, footballers and hockey players get in India.
Dutee Chand
Why don’t they allow professional wrestling at the Olympics? They allow pro basketball players and hockey players. Olympic pro wrestling would be awesome. The team from Mexico could wear those Mr. X masks. The French wrestler could hit his opponent with a baguette. Or perhaps just surrender.
Craig Ferguson
Stop saying athletes do it for the love of the game. They do it for the love of their 32-room mansion with the live shark tank in the living room. If pro sports paid minimum wage, Shaquille O’Neal would be a bouncer at Scores, and Anna Kournikova would be a mail-order bride from Minsk.
Bill Maher
I would be trying to play hockey with my friends, but most of the time, the coach put me on the bench. Because I was too dreamy – I was dreaming all of the time. I was super bad on the ice because I was just thinking about something else.
Denis Villeneuve
I’ve been acting since I was 8 – I used to play hockey and there was a kids’ theatre down the street from my house and one day I just walked in and signed up for auditions for ‘The Wizard Of Oz.’
Nico Tortorella
I think that there’s more jealousy in sports than racism, really. I think racism exists in the works, but when I faced racism in hockey, a lot of times from jealousy, because when I was young, I was always one of the better players. And I think a lot of people were threatened by that.
P.K. Subban
I knew nothing about hockey when I came to Chicago and then became the biggest fan – went to every playoff game.
Christian Madsen
I’m okay. Russian machine never breaks.
Alexander Ovechkin
We all know that the great memories of our childhood are the little triumphs – it doesn’t really matter whether that was in writing, art, on the hockey field or on the football field. It’s something that makes you feel – ‘I can do this stuff’.
Michael Morpurgo
I believe Indian hockey itself is going through a major phase of transformation. We set our sight on winning the gold medal at the Asian Games. We have achieved that.
P. R. Sreejesh
I guess I’d be nervous to skate and do hockey. Growing up in Hawaii there’s not a lot of ice.
Marcus Mariota
I didn’t have any hair anywhere for almost seven months. So now finally I’ve got some hair, I’m gonna keep it.
Saku Koivu
You win with people, not with talent. So the quality of the people is very important in building your team. I always looked for people with a solid value system. Then I recruited kids from a cross-section of different personalities, talents and styles of play.
Herb Brooks
I’m leaving the game of hockey with nothing but great memories…
Joe Sakic
I don’t play hockey at all. I’m not comfortable on skates.
Ben Stiller
I was playing a relatively high level of hockey, and I thought that’s what I wanted to do. But I had my first movie audition, and I was hooked.
Robbie Amell
I’ll still run him on the ice tomorrow.
Tie Domi
If this ice melts in Greenland it can shut down the Gulf Current.
Jay Inslee
Sometimes it just feels like the only thing you do is play hockey and eat.
Henrik Lundqvist
It’s a great culture to be a part of: there are hockey players all over the world. It has taken me to an education, getting an education at Wisconsin. I’ve been able to travel the world.
Hilary Knight
No, I grew up admiring people who played ice hockey.
Liev Schreiber
Right now I like baseball, hockey and tennis players. And horseback riders.
Martina Hingis
If you’re skinny and you can’t play hockey in Canada, you aren’t left with a lot of options. I was left with running.
Malcolm Gladwell
But the truth is, growing up in California, we knew nothing about hockey.
Leigh Steinberg
When you pull on that jersey, you represent yourself and your teammates, and the name on the front is a hell of a lot more important than the one on the back. Get that through your head!
Herb Brooks
I loved curling and I loved the social aspect of it, the team. It’s like if you had the same golf foursome for a long time, or if you’re a bridge player, or a beer-league hockey team. You start to look forward to that time together and camaraderie, and having something that you do just for yourself.
Colleen Jones
Probably the biggest thing that surprises people is that I am obsessed with hockey. I grew up in the Boston area so I am obsessed with hockey since I was a little kid.
Rob Zombie
Nobody gives a crap about hockey down here – nobody. I coach kids’ hockey down here and you can start to see the disinterest in the game here with the kids.
Bobby Hull
I can’t wait for the crowd, the noise, the energy in the building. I can’t wait to take that all away from them.
P. K. Subban
You try to squeeze a little more Charmin in the pads when you face him.
Kevin Hodson
I don’t know where the loyalty lies in baseball. You really don’t have to protect each other much, unless there’s like a bench-clearing brawl. In hockey, it’s important that they look out for each other.
Seann William Scott
I applied a lot of the same principles I used in hockey into my acting. I might have had some naive ambitions of making the NHL, but thank God, playing hockey gave me a good foundation for everything else.
Vincent Piazza
My parents, especially my dad, had a big influence on my hockey career. He introduced me to the game when I was younger, and I stuck with it.
Steven Stamkos
When I try to relax, it’s more Swedish rock, softer music, and I go out and do fun stuff. I play guitar, but it doesn’t matter really what it is – just something that keeps you away from hockey.
Henrik Lundqvist
Over the weekend, Vladimir Putin scored eight goals during a hockey game. It happened just after he had the goalie executed.
Conan O’Brien
Forget about style; worry about results.
Bobby Orr
If they can play eight more years, then I can too. I’m in better shape than they are.
Teemu Selanne
I believe God gave me the ability to play hockey, and I was helped by dozens of individuals along the way, so it’s not just up to me on when it’s time to say goodbye.
Mike Fisher
I hear they had our flag on their dressing room floor. I wonder if they’d like us to sign it?
Hayley Wickenheiser
I always look forward to playing in Toronto because it’s such a historic city when it comes to hockey.
Alexander Ovechkin
He knows all the golf lingo. You know? You hit your ball, he’s like “there’s a golf shot. That’s a golf shot.” Well of course it’s a golf shot; I just hit a golf ball. You don’t see Gretzky skating around going “there’s a hockey shot, that’s a hockey shot.”
Bill Engvall
Tremendous respect to hockey players. It’s not easy every day, going out and getting hit, especially the goalies with all that padding on, that small puck, trying to track it – hand-eye co-ordination is a must. They’re some amazing athletes.
Alphonso Davies
You’re too old to still be playing. I’ll buy you a rocker you can sit in.
Stan Mikita
We’ve [me and brother] been playing hockey for a long time, since we were little kids. I started playing hockey at two and a half. Obviously, playing hockey we want to be known as good hockey players and hard working guys that earn everything they get.
P. K. Subban
Its an honor to be chosen to represent the best hockey game in the world,… Hockey fans are looking for the most authentic experience and NHL 2K6 delivers it.
Brian Boitano
I think we have our sports within our own culture that are huge with baseball, football, basketball, and hockey. Those are the sports in America that we grow up with and soccer isn’t really there yet.
Claudio Reyna
One of my first heroes was Jim Robson, the hall-of-fame broadcaster with the Canucks and Hockey Night in Canada, and Jim Ross with the WWE and Howard Cosell was a big influence on me.
Mauro Ranallo
I love playing hockey and I want to be out there as quickly as possible.
Carey Price
Hockey seems completely lawless and, therefore, inexplicably sexy.
Rachel Nichols
My dad has always said to me, “where there is a will there is a way” and this is the type of dedication hockey has taught me. Being dedicated to this sport [hockey] has been my will to play.
P. K. Subban
I am 10 times smarter than everyone else in this game. Beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Brett Hull
Before I broke my back, I was really looking forward to playing hockey at the University of Michigan. That was my biggest goal.
Max Aaron
I’ve always played hockey to win, not to get shutouts.
Martin Brodeur
Coaching is nothing more than eliminating mistakes before you get fired.
Lou Holtz
They do a lot of talking, but I’m not sure they actually understand each other.
Darren McCarty
If I get run into again, I’m taking someone with me. I lost one knee. I’ll take a head if it happens again.
Grant Fuhr
My father used to play ice hockey, though not at a high level, and my mother wasn’t involved in sport at all, but they were keen that we played some sort of sport. They chose tennis because they thought it was a good sport for girls to play.
Karolina Pliskova
Growing up, I didn’t know very much about my heritage and the Soviet Union and things of that nature. But when I saw the Soviet Union play hockey for the first time, to me, it was profound.
Gabe Polsky
I wanted to be a hockey player. Where I grew up, the basketball courts were rarely used. I was terrible in school and actually said, ‘I’m going to be a hockey player.’
Denis Leary
Even in Canada, I never even played ice hockey. I never skated in my life; I always did rollerblade street hockey.
Milos Raonic
I was super sporty in high school. I played tennis, field hockey, and lacrosse.
Devon Windsor
A corner of his mouth quirked up. “I play pool. Shoot hoops sometimes too. Any other sport you’re curious about?” “Hockey? Polo?” “Simultaneously. Trick is to keep the horses on their skates.
Devon Monk
Roses are red, violets are blue, they got ten, we only got two.
Gerry Cheevers
Blood, sweat, tears. No practice tomorrow ’cause there’s no one left to beat.
Bobby Orr
In a hockey fight, barring the occasional brawl, there’s actually some etiquette that goes into it. Honor, too, absolutely. Most of those guys that do it, that’s their job, and they follow a certain code of conduct in doing it.
Tom Glavine
American leagues – baseball, ice hockey, American football and basketball – you are the best. But in a global sport like soccer, you’re not.
Bastian Schweinsteiger
People here want the team to win and to do well. The thing is, we know when to shoot the puck.
Steve Yzerman
I know everyone wants to see India winning on home soil, be it in hockey or cricket. But sometimes with expectations come pressure, which can affect our performance.
Sandeep Singh
When I left here I left everything here. It’s time to move on
Mark Messier
Soccer has surpassed, in this country, hockey.
Colin Cowherd
When you play hockey, you don’t have any fear. As soon as you step on the ice everything goes away and you’re focusing on the puck and focusing on the play.
Alexander Ovechkin
I played everything. I played lacrosse, baseball, hockey, soccer, track and field. I was a big believer that you played hockey in the winter and when the season was over you hung up your skates and you played something else.
Wayne Gretzky
Yeah, I’m cocky and I am arrogant. But that doesn’t mean I’m not a nice person.
Jeremy Roenick
That’s so when I forget how to spell my name, I can still find my (expletive) clothes.
Stu Grimson
I was a really good ice hockey player when I was a kid. Now in the aftermath I think I wasn’t maybe big enough, and I couldn’t have put on enough muscle to actually be able to play with the better guys, but I was a really good skater.
Mats Wilander
‘Top Chef’ is always entertaining – it’s hard to stop watching, like a good hockey fight, but no one gets hurt. It’s great that the format is so inherently dramatic and can make cooking so entertaining to people who might not ordinarily be interested in a cooking show. Good for the industry all round.
Wylie Dufresne
My grandmother was from Guelph, Ont. I grew up playing ice hockey, I’m a massive fan. A great-uncle who was in the early days of the NHL played for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Don Winslow
There is nothing so uncertain as a sure thing.
Scotty Bowman
We were really sick of silver.
Caroline Ouellette
Be sure to lay wide streets planted with shady trees, every other of a quick-growing variety. Be sure that there is plenty of space for lawns and gardens, reserved large areas for football, hockey and parks. Earmark areas for Hindu temples, Mohammedan mosques and Christian churches.
Jamsetji Tata
People don’t know how fantastic women’s ice hockey is. People don’t know how fantastic hockey is in general.
Hilary Knight
I think I have a lot more respect for someone who will be bold enough to say, ‘I’m the leader of the hockey team, we’re going to go there and give our best game and we’re going to win the hockey game.’
Barry Trotz
I wish that we could tumble them in the dryer for 30 minutes and get them to shrink, but that won’t happen.
Bob Hartley
We’re a huge hockey family. I took to it really quickly, and I was in love with it.
Victoria Arlen
I grew up in the Midwest, so we really didn’t have much hockey going on.
Bill Goldberg
Maybe they should go back to wooden sticks.
Ondrej Pavelec
That’s the fun part about your playing career is that everyone knows your first and foremost responsibility, and that’s playing hockey, but whenever you can mix in some other things have fun with it, that’s great, too.
P.K. Subban
Comedy is similar to hockey… in only one way. You get a lot of credit for assists. So I try to serve whatever the intention is, be it the joke or the story or the scene or the moment or the kiss, even if it’s not my joke or moment.
Johnny Galecki
In the old days, that was my ad-lib for hecklers in the joints I worked. It stuck with me. I hardly say it now, say, to fans, even though people do send me hockey pucks.
Don Rickles
Let’s make like a hockey player and get the puck out of here.
Alexander Gordon Smith
As the Olympic torch neared Lake Placid, N.Y., in 1980, signaling the opening of that year’s Winter Olympics, newspapers and magazines throughout the world offered predictions on who would win medals in the major sports. Not a single publication gave the American men’s hockey team a chance against the world powers.
Don Yaeger
I went on and was still able to play some good hockey.
Paul Coffey
A sea setting us upon the ice has brought us close to danger.
Henry Hudson
The great thing about hockey players is that they are able to separate the on-ice from the off-ice and not let the latter distract them.
Stu Grimson
If I’m playing hockey, I want to win all the (trophies) I can.
Alexander Ovechkin
I’m a regular hockey guy.
Martin Brodeur
Canada’s known as a hockey country and now we’ve proven that we can also play football as well.
Alphonso Davies
Confidence is something I hope to instill in my son, Taylor, who is studying classical civilisation at Exeter University and is a brilliant hockey player. His mum and I have parted, but I have nothing but admiration for her.
Robson Green
Because he stinks on the power play. He stinks. I don’t know why. I wish I could put him on the power play, but every time I put him on, he stinks.
John Tortorella
Minor sports in the community is fun and recreation for everyone, not just the elite. I think back to my days in minor hockey and those are my fondest memories, having fun.
Bobby Orr
I don’t think so. Anyways, I don’t spend money. My wife spends money…sorry wife.
Mikhail Grabovski
If We Lose…We’re All Screwed.
Tony Amonte
Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness.
Fyodor Dostoevsky
I was a better hockey player than I was a baseball player.
Jarome Iginla
They say atomic rad-i-ation can hurt your reproductive organs. My answer is, so can a hockey stick. But we don’t stop building them.
Johnny Carson
If you want something as bad as you want to breathe, then you can do it.
Tyler Seguin
I’ll skate on concrete if I have to. I’m not worried about how fast the ice is. I’m worried about how fast I can go on the ice.
Clara Hughes
He should be worried about playing the game, not innovating it. He thinks he’s Brett Hull or something. You should remind him that he didn’t go to college. He’s a junior (hockey) guy. So he’s not that bright.
Garth Snow
I was a rugby player, I was a hockey player. You know, I just love to challenge myself, and I love to compete.
Jason Priestley
I grew up trying to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs, not Team Canada. Didn’t even know it existed.
Adam Oates
For a family to have five kids and to have emigrated from the West Indies, my father from Jamaica and my mother from Montserrat – it’s not easy to provide for five kids let alone put three kids in AAA hockey, one being a goalie, and put two daughters through university.
P.K. Subban
The night before my mastectomy, I had done my best to keep my mind off of the impending procedure. My family and I went to the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey game, where I binged on pizza and ice cream and took full advantage of the doctor’s advice to eat up the night before since I had to begin fasting at midnight.
Kayleigh McEnany
I believe Bobby Orr had the greatest impact of any player to come along in my lifetime. He earned his place in hockey history by single handedly changing the game from the style played in my day. In my mind there can be no greater legacy.
Jean Beliveau
There are certain guys that think they know hockey because they follow it on the Internet.
Paul Coffey
You know the old joke, I went to the fights and a hockey game broke out.
Steven Wright
I create, for whatever reason, a busy schedule, but I watch hockey, all the games, either on the PC or TV. The world is now HD, and this is very good.
Hasso Plattner
Most animals show themselves sparingly. The grizzly bear is six to eight hundred pounds of smugness. It has no need to hide. If it were a person, it would laugh loudly in quiet restaurants, boastfully wear the wrong clothes for special occasions, and probably play hockey.
Craig Childs
Everybody kind of perceives me as being angry. It’s not anger, it’s motivation.
Roger Clemens
I actually played hockey my whole life, all the way up until ninth grade.
Rob Gronkowski
Every day is a great day for hockey.
Mario Lemieux
Playing goal is like being shot at.
Jacques Plante
I was a hockey player. I played hockey forever. That was my life and my job until I got injured, so I get sports, and I get the sports atmosphere, the feeling around other athletes, but I never played football.
Wyatt Russell
There’s an old saying that when it gets tough the tough get going. You have to work your way through these things.
Ed Belfour
You want it? Work for it.
Darcy Tucker
I didn’t know that I’d like it this much, coaching both boys and coming out all the time and seeing how excited they are to play hockey. It reminds you of when you were that age and you wanted to be out on the ice.
Joe Sakic
I had more friends on my hockey team than I did on my soccer team. I might have been better at soccer, to be honest. But I think it was more the friendship, and my family was more of a hockey family than a soccer family, so when I had to make a decision, I tried hockey, and it turned out to be a good decision.
Carl Hagelin
It [Socialism] was a kind of political hockey played by big, gaunt, dyspeptic girls in pants.
Mary McCarthy
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
Vince Lombardi
If somebody asked me to come up with a mental image of my hockey career, there is absolutely no doubt I would be wearing the uniform of the Vancouver Canucks in it.
Trevor Linden
I’m not a freak show. I’m a hockey player.
Zdeno Chara
I grew up a huge jock, a lot of basketball and football. We had a pond in my back yard growing up, and we played a lot of hockey, too. I loved to score goals.
Andy Grammer
That’s something USA Hockey has been trying to do for a long time is prove that we can play with the Canadians and the Russians and the Swedes and Finns consistently on a tournament basis.
Patrick Kane
I went to an all-girls private school, where we played field hockey and lacrosse.
Nicole Ari Parker
It’s cool that I’m 20 and am on the cover of the video game. A lot of kids play hockey, and a few get drafted, and only a few get to be on the cover. It’s a great feeling.
Patrick Kane
Each team has a net liner, a goalie, and five attackers. We have two defenders on the ice and three forwards. Our forwards are left winger, centre man and a right winger. We work as units of five. In ice hockey you go out and you go as hard as you can for 35 to 45 seconds, then we change.
Gerad Adams
He’s the kind of guy who will stab you in the back right to your face.
Brett Hull
When I was younger, to be honest, watching Bo Jackson, I dreamed of playing both sports. But as I got older, the opportunities were much better in hockey than baseball.
Jarome Iginla
They always try to play with our minds. But that won’t work with our club. We’ve got 20 guys without brains.
Bobby Clarke
When we’ve got the puck, they can’t score.
Paul Coffey
4chan’s culture is unique and spreads and draws people in like no other. It’s also important to realize that 4chan wasn’t some overnight success, and there was never ‘hockey stick’ – like growth.
Christopher Poole
When I was a kid, I loved figure skating. But in Mexico, they kind of push you toward hockey.
Christian Cota
Here’s how much I know about hockey. Mike Royko and I were in a tiny bar one winter night, and the radio kept reporting goals by the Blackhawks. I mentioned how frequently the team was scoring. ‘You’re listening to the highlights,’ Royko observed.
Roger Ebert
There is no escalator to [hockey] success only steps.
Glen Sather
Hockey is an art. It requires speed, precision, and strength like other sports, but it also demands an extraordinary intelligence to develop a logical sequence of movements, a technique which is smooth, graceful and in rhythm with the rest of the game.
Jacques Plante
All my career I’ve gone to teams on the decline. I went to Quebec when they were losing the Stastny brothers. I went to Edmonton after they lost Gretzky and Messier. I went to Anaheim when it was an expansion team. I came to Montreal after they’d won the Cup and were headed down. I was beginning to think it was me.
Ron Tugnutt
I’ve been playing hockey games since the Sega Genesis way back when.
Joe Thornton
We might have, with Hockey Canada, an Aero Bar, a chocolate bar. ‘Okay we’re going to play for this chocolate bar.’ Here you have guys who made millions of dollars, they’re professional athletes, and they will fight tooth and nail to win. It’s not necessarily for the chocolate bar. It’s the competitive spirit.
Barry Trotz
I grew up on a farm and I always learned when you work you go forward, you don’t stop and say, well, I’ll take a break. You always go forward and get the job done.
Rulon Gardner
I know that meeting a black woman with a love for hockey is a bit like stumbling upon a unicorn in the woods… or a unicorn anywhere. I’m sure it’d be just as surreal finding a unicorn in downtown Chicago. But here I am.
I somewhere along the way became fascinated with exploring characters who are willing to put themselves into violent situations, whether it’s football, hockey, boxing, being a cop, being a soldier. There’s not a lot of people who are willing to put themselves into those situations.
Peter Berg
Certainly we’re not satisfied with just winning games. We’ve been playing some pretty good hockey, but we think we can play much better.
Mario Lemieux
I saw the older kids entering the rink carrying hockey sticks and bags, and I was fascinated by the equipment. Once I started skating faster, I was attracted to the speed and dynamics of hockey. I never looked back!
Hilary Knight
I feel honored and privileged to have represented the USA program over the past 16 years. USA Hockey will always be a part of me and I will cherish the experiences and memories with this team.
Angela Ruggiero
I won’t miss him. Maybe the West Edmonton Mall will miss him, but not me.
Glen Sather
The only other time I can recall my dad getting upset at me was when I missed a hockey practice. My parents were away, so my buddy and I decided to skip it. I never told my dad about it, but he found out from the coach.
Mike Weir
No matter who the captain is, on the hockey pitch it’s the goalkeeper who is leading the side because we have the best view of the field.
P. R. Sreejesh
The most-honored ancestors of your matriarch besmirched the season of the orange blossom.
Nick Bakay
Scary is time passing and sickness and dying and regret and isolation and loneliness and relationship problems – as opposed to a guy in a hockey mask, which didn’t seem that scary.
Charlie Kaufman
When it comes to hockey, it’s been in my blood since I was 3 or 4 years old. I love coaching the kids, especially at that level.
Mario Lemieux
In a way, by being fully committed to the Olympic movement globally, I’m better able to promote women’s hockey and talk about women’s hockey and put a face to women’s hockey, to all the IOC members.
Angela Ruggiero
Hockey is not a sport – it’s a disease.
Chico Resch
Coaches are like ducks. Calm on top, but paddling underneath. Believe me, there’s a lot of leg movement.
Ken Hitchcock
My brother, who is four years older to me, not only inspired me to take up hockey but also taught me every trick of the game. I give all credit to him for my success.
Sandeep Singh
It hurts up to a point and then it doesn’t get any worse.
Ann Trason
It’s not whether you win or lose – but whether I win or lose.
Sandy Lyle
I was happy to ski and play a lot of ice hockey. But I’ve come back because I was – and am – a racing driver. This is what I do.
Jacques Villeneuve
One of the great rules of hockey is: On the Stanley Cup, all germs are healthy.
George Vecsey
A series of rumors about my attitude, as well as derogatory remarks about myself and my family showed me that the personal resentment of the Detroit general manager toward me would make it impossible for me to continue playing hockey in Detroit.
Ted Lindsay
My hope, it’s not only my hope, but all of the NHL hopes to raise hockey in China because it’s a good country to raise hockey.
Alexander Ovechkin
I was 19 years old, pumping gas and going nowhere. I was kind of a high school dropout at that point because I had left school to play hockey, but no one drafted me.
Adam Oates
You know, I’ve held women and babies and jewels and money, but nothing will ever feel as good as holding that Cup.
Wayne Gretzky
He’s one of those guys whose English gets worse every year. But as long as it doesn’t affect his play, we’re all right.
Wade Belak
Both of my parents were raised in Christian homes, which was great. They instilled in us that God came first and they showed us what it was like to have a relationship with Christ. I accepted Christ at a young age, at the age of six years old, and just tried to play hockey and balance that.
Mike Fisher
My favorite personal hockey moment was probably when Mike Bossy scored fifty goals in fifty games. He was the first one to do it since Rocket Richard. I was young when it happened, but I remember it very distinctly.
Kevin Connolly
If you’re giving me tickets to the football game, baseball game or hockey game, I’m taking the tickets to the hockey game. For me, it’s by far the most fun sport to go and watch live and be part of. I just don’t know why it doesn’t translate as well on TV.
Tom Glavine
If you can’t beat ’em in the alley, you can’t beat ’em on the ice.
Conn Smythe
I played hockey in North Dakota growing up and watch a lot of that.
Phil Jackson
In a hockey fight, barring the occasional brawl, theres actually some etiquette that goes into it. Honor, too, absolutely. Most of those guys that do it, thats their job, and they follow a certain code of conduct in doing it.
Tom Glavine
Do everything you need to do to keep the passion alive and never forget that it is a privilege to do what you love.
Martin Brodeur
Hockey is a tough game.
Bobby Orr
There is no position in sport as noble as goaltending.
Vladislav Tretiak
Hockey is the only thing that I’m not good at that I love.
Guy Kawasaki
I’m awful at hockey.
Seann William Scott
The first thing I would do when I saw Bobby coming down at me was to say a little prayer if I had time. I’m sure I wasn’t the only goalie who did that.
Johnny Bower
OK, they fire the puck from the blue line. Chief usually yelling ‘block the shot’ at the defensemen. They doesn’t have the goalie gear, but they have to block the shot. So who is more crazy, me or the defensemen? Who is more weird?
Ilya Bryzgalov
On rookie Alex Selivanov, Yes the guy can score you 40 goals. Yes I love it. What I don’t want is him causing 60.
Terry Crisp
I think he knows all my tricks. Or the fact I don’t have any tricks
Brendan Shanahan
Football, you can go out and buy a football and play it in your backyard. Basketball, you can go out and play it in the schoolyard or in your driveway. Baseball, you get a glove and a bat and a ball and you go out and play in the neighborhood. You can’t do that in hockey.
Jeremy Roenick
As much as I enjoy TV, I’ve always loved radio. And I love doing the NFL games, the Monday night games, on radio. Because you are the game. I really enjoyed calling basketball and hockey on the radio, but the presentation is more specific – you’re talking all the time.
Marv Albert
When I was a kid, I played sports a lot. My mom and dad were divorced, but I hung out in the neighborhood a lot, and it was all about sports. I would be out all day on the sand lot or on the hockey rink. My dad would take me to baseball games, but he worked so hard, and he would always fall asleep.
Alex Gibney
I remember starting hockey at age 7 and going to my first tryout and dreaming about how great it would be, and it’s been even better. These 20 years in the NHL, it’s been better.
Jarome Iginla
Only Dunlop has seen more rubber than I have
Dominik Hasek
I get mad at my mom. I really wish she’d put me into hockey. I’m not gifted with height, but look at Martin St-Louis. He’s unbelievable. He’s small, but he’s so fast, so skilful. I think I could have been pretty good.
Patrick Chan
I don’t know where the loyalty lies in baseball. You really don’t have to protect each other much, unless there’s like a bench-clearing brawl. In hockey, it’s important that they look out for each other.
Sean William Scott
I never wanted to be an actor as a kid. I wanted to play hockey, like every other kid in Canada. I had a pretty good shot at it until I was 15 and badly injured myself.
Matt Frewer
Bettman is an asshole. A frikkin asshole. I think he’s ruined the game of hockey. He’s supposed to be impartial. He’s supposed to speak for the good of the league, but in my opinion, he’s strictly behind the owners. Those 1996 rule changes are a joke
Bob Probert
We only speak two languages here: English and profanity.
Kevin Constantine
The day they put me in net I had a good game. I’ve stayed there ever since.
Terry Sawchuk
When I started playing hockey, I realised the entire game relies on your back- you have to bend to play it.
Diljit Dosanjh
I see you finally got a number to match your IQ.
Bob Marley
For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a professional hockey player.
Mario Lemieux
I don’t want to get into being too hockey centered, but I just felt like the late 70’s and 80’s into the 90’s was the right time period to tell the story.
Gabe Polsky
When you win in Montreal, it’s the best place in the world to play hockey.
Guy Lafleur
I’m not superstitious about anything in my life – except for playoff hockey. I get really kind of sketchy and weird about it. I don’t like talking about it. I don’t like making predictions.
CM Punk
Without the support of my mom, Marlene, I would not be the person I am. She has been my main supporter throughout my career, and I owe everything to her. This is a small way that we, as players, can pay tribute to her and other hockey moms, and it is all for a good cause.
Sean Avery
I played my age. Not bad.
Ron Francis
I’m not a hockey fan, which is probably why I had to leave Canada in the first place.
Ryan Reynolds
The excitement you can get in classical concert is as big, in a different sense, as you can get when you go to the ice hockey or baseball game.
Andris Nelsons
Hockey on roller skates is like MMA in a bounce house: the elements are there, but the medium makes the whole thing ridiculous.
David Walton
Whether somebody is really competent – whether he has a good hockey mind, whether he’s a good person to lead a hockey club – is something determined over a long period of time, not one tournament.
Steve Yzerman
One thing I hate is people screaming at me. If you want me to do something, talk to me. When someone screams at me to hurry up, I slow down.
Mario Lemieux
Play every game as if it’s your last one
Guy Lafleur
At times during hockey, I know myself, you get so wrapped up in it, you squeeze your stick a little too much, all those things, or you’re too focused.
Jarome Iginla
I grew up in the streets in Boston in a row-home neighborhood playing hockey.
Howie Long
Everybody whose anybody in hockey has played in Hershey.
Gordie Howe
I watch a lot of hockey. There are some good hockey players and there are some awfully stupid hockey players.
Ted Lindsay
Hockey is the original extreme sport.
Tom Ward
I’m a hockey fan; I watch hockey, and I listen to the news.
Enrico Colantoni
Chess isn’t football or hockey.
Mikhail Tal
I’m a guy who wants to make a lasting impression on hockey, and if I’m going to do that, I have a lot more work to do than just one season.
Connor McDavid
When I was 5 years old, I told my grandmother I was going to play hockey in the Olympics. Fifteen years later, I competed in my first Olympics.
Hilary Knight
Basketball, hockey and track meets are action heaped upon action, climax upon climax, until the onlooker’s responses become deadened. Baseball is for the leisurely afternoons of summer and for the unchanging dreams.
Roger Kahn
We all know that the great memories of our childhood are the little triumphs – it doesn’t really matter whether that was in writing, art, on the hockey field or on the football field. It’s something that makes you feel – ‘I can do this stuff.’
Michael Morpurgo
Never mind what makes Canada’s constitution so special. Probably something to do with hockey, or the inalienable right to poutine, or securing the blessings of Rick Moranis.
Kevin Bleyer
American Journalism is dead… They have behaved like hockey goalies in front of Barack Obama’s net.
Roger Noriega
Why doesn’t the fattest man in the world become a hockey goalie?
Steven Wright
The only job worse is a javelin catcher at a track – and – field meet.
Gump Worsley
A woman at 20 is like ice, at 30 she is warm and at 40 she is hot.
Gina Lollobrigida
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
Wayne Gretzky
I used to collect hockey cards. It was like Vegas at my school. You’d go to school with your box of cards, and at recess and lunchtime there were all these games we’d play.
Steve Nash
This is your moment. You’re meant to be here.
Herb Brooks
After returning from his stint in the minors made reference to the movie Slapshot with: I’m happy to be back. It was never my aspiration as a kid to play in the Federal league.
Glenn Healy
I’ve always just tried to stick with what works, and sometimes you go through funks – not only in just hockey but in general.
Carey Price
Most people have friends, but no money. I have the opposite. I don’t have a chance to talk to my real friends, the ones I’ve had since I was 5 years old. Sometimes I wish I could bring Czechoslovakia to America. Then I would be the happiest guy in the world.
Jaromir Jagr
My favorite thing to do in this world is to be on the ice playing hockey and try to entertain fans and bring wins to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Patrick Kane
I’d say there’s 100 percent of the guys who think they’re in the 25 percent.
Doug Weight
I think he knows all my tricks. Or the fact I don’t have any tricks – Brendan Shanahan on trying to score against Curtis Joseph. I’m hoping for a bench clearing brawl during the warm up so I can go out and grab his stick.
Ron Tugnutt
The Himalayan glaciers, China’s trade surplus, Olympic ice hockey – the world is full of pressing subjects that people never consult me about.
Elif Batuman
Hockey belongs to the Cartoon Network, where a person can be pancaked by an ACME anvil, then expanded – accordion-style – back to full stature, without any lasting side effect.
Steve Rushin
I’m always working out; I did ice hockey in high school, but I’m not a dance person. I mean, this was horrible, but I had a dance double in my high-school musical.
Eliza Coupe
Canadians see the Americans as cousins. We love the same sports: Canadians are crazy about baseball and basketball, and our beloved game of hockey is played all over the U.S.
Margaret MacMillan
The owner’s job is to hire the general manager. The general manager’s job is to run the hockey team.
Henry Samueli
I grabbed it and squeezed it back into place. It gave a little crunch and popped right in.
Jay Wells
Wait’ll next year! is the favorite cry of baseball fans, football fans, hockey fans, and gardeners.
Robert Orben
If there is hockey or football and cricket on my television, I prefer to watch hockey.
Gautam Gambhir
Having a relationship with Jesus and making him the center of everything I do is the most important thing to me in hockey and whatever I am doing.
Mike Fisher
But once I left home to play hockey, it was a commitment to be the best I could be and try to make the NHL.
Jarome Iginla
You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
Michael Jordan
Skating is big in Chicago. There’s a lot of hockey; a lot of the boys play hockey. And figure skating is big.
Joan Cusack
It’s kind of funny the way it happened – the way I became a goalie. I was playing forward on this one team when I was little, and there was another team that needed a backup goalie. I mean, to me it just meant a chance to play more hockey, so I was all for it.
Martin Brodeur
Wild Thing made their hearts sing. But he couldn’t top everything.
Terry Jones
The Dodgers. My favorite hockey team is the Kings. I like the Clippers in basketball. And I like USC college. Football, the Giants.
Alyssa Milano
I always tell Bobby he was up in the air so so long that I had had time to shower and change before he hit the ice.
Bobby Orr
It only hurt once, from beginning to end.
James Counsilman
Hockey’s filled with great people, and it’s a great sport, and I encourage a lot of people to play it because of the relationships that you make in hockey.
P.K. Subban
I was 14 when I lost them [his front teeth]. The main thing was, we won that game, so I was the happiest. You hate to lose your teeth and the game, too.
Bill Barber
To me, a hockey player has to be every sport rolled into one: ice skater, baseball player, football player, etc. It’s just incredible to watch!
Vinnie Paul
Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision.
Muhammad Ali
The remedy now is two scotches and an aspirin, I think.
Harry Sinden
I don’t like my hockey sticks touching other sticks, and I don’t like them crossing one another, and I kind of have them hidden in the corner. I put baby powder on the ends. I think it’s essentially a matter of taking care of what takes care of you.
Wayne Gretzky
Playing hockey, there were a lot of guys bigger than me, so I knew I was going to get hit and have to deal with it. Gotta hit back.
Mike Weir
I really wanted to play hockey. My mom thought figure skates looked easier to use, so she put me in the learn-to-skate program.
Nathan Chen
A puck is a hard rubber disk that hockey players strike when they can’t hit one another.
Jimmy Cannon
I’m hoping for a bench clearing brawl during the warm up so I can go out and grab his stick.
Ron Tugnutt
I would be the last to disparage the genius of the politicians who make our laws,” Hutchison wrote around that time, “the writers who make our books, the artists who make our pictures, but in gauging the true culture of the nation and reckoning its tensile strength, let the student not neglect hockey
Bruce Hutchison
One of the key qualities that you need to be a great hockey player is fantastic anticipation and feel for the game – if you know where the puck is going before it is hit, that is half the battle.
Wayne Gretzky
Overall I can fairly safely say Bobby Orr impressed me more than anybody with his tremendous talents. In Bobby’s first N.H.L. game he layed the lumber to Gordie’s head. Later Howe retalliated and wanted to let the kid know he wasn’t washed up yet.
Gordie Howe
We have a very good history in hockey and when I look back into my own career, I know I do have a lot of FIH medals, I have medals almost in every tournament but not one in World Cup or Olympics.
P. R. Sreejesh
Aw, don’t worry about that Doc. If it happens I could always come back as a forward.
Harold Snepsts
I’ve been watching the growth of Auston Matthews, for instance. If he were playing 20 years ago, we’d be saying he’s Mario Lemieux-like. He’s 6-foot-5. He skates great. He’s got unbelievable hands and a hockey IQ.
Barry Trotz
I find that I’ve tried to become a better hockey player every year and not just hold on. At the same time, I’ve also made it a point to increase or grow in some other area of my life. If I were just playing hockey, I would probably be done with the sport.
Angela Ruggiero
My dad was very much a John Wayne kind of guy, but he was also a great guy, great sense of humor, a real dedicated dad. I don’t think he ever missed a hockey game I was in.
Denis Leary
People would say, ‘Girls don’t play hockey. Girls don’t skate.’ I would say, ‘Watch this.’
Hayley Wickenheiser
If you’ve only got one day to live, come see the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’ll seem like forever.
Pat LaFontaine
If I learned one thing by playing professional hockey for thirty-two years, it’s that you have to love what you do. And that’s not just true for sports.
Gordie Howe
I hated everybody I played against, and they hated me. That’s the way hockey should be played.
Ted Lindsay
What helped me was working with my breathing, specifically, using my breathing to stay sharp and focused under pressure and then cool and calm when the pressure was relieved.
Glen Hanlon
When I was a kid, and the Hockey Night in Canada theme issued from our black-and-white Sylvania TV, I disappeared to the basement to listen to 45s and read the encyclopedias that my parents kept buying from travelling salesmen.
Neil Macdonald
When I walk down the street in New York, I swear to God, the building constructor, the guy pounding cement and what not, will yell, ‘Hey, you hockey puck!’
Don Rickles
The baseball fights, you don’t ever see the squaring off like you do in hockey, and in some instances, that’s where baseball fights can be potentially more dangerous because you’ve got guys running all over the place and people throwing punches at you that you don’t even see half the time.
Tom Glavine
If I’d known it was going to take 25 years, I’d have started earlier.
Ken Hitchcock
Football is getting bigger but ice hockey is still the biggest sport back home.
Teemu Pukki
It took me a long time to adapt to the West Coast. I lived eight years in New York before California and might have gone back. Then I discovered surfing. It’s the California equivalent of ice hockey, I guess. It gave me a real sense of place.
Rachel Morrison
It’s never been easy. But I’ve always wanted to play hockey. I love hockey. I’d rather play hockey than do anything else. If you have that kind of desire, I think you can achieve what you want to achieve.
Manon Rheaume
In nineteen minutes, you can mow the front lawn; color your hair; watch a third of a hockey game. In nineteen minutes, you can bake scones or get a tooth filled by a dentist; you can fold laundry for a family of five. In nineteen minutes, you can stop the world; or you can just jump off it.
Jodi Picoult
I follow basketball. That was always one of my passions and enjoyed watching it. I appreciate how athletically gifted those guys are. Just never got into hockey.
Joey Votto
Hopefully someone on their team addresses it, because, uh, I’m not saying I’m going to do it, but something might happen to him if he continues to be that cocky.
Mike Richards
I’ve always enjoyed working with kids whether it be hockey school, things like that, and I just thought it would kind of be neat to start there with a book for kids.
Mike Fisher
I was in the hockey team in school, played football. One of the challenges for me was to make the team feel better. It helped me evolve, so batting at different positions was never a problem.
Rahul Dravid
An avowed homosexual, that would never be accepted in hockey – never! Because it’s a milieu where everyone is often naked.
Pat Burns
I was three-quarters down the list of guys I would be facing in my first game when I realized I was looking at our own roster.
Glenn Healy
Canadian hockey players always find a way to get along.
Carey Price
Sometimes you can press a little bit and you’re trying to do too much and you’re trying too hard. You want to win so bad and you want to help the team so badly that you end up trying too much instead of letting the play come to you.
Ed Belfour
I think the NHL has done a great job of building the sport as far as getting the people’s attention and letting them know what’s going on in hockey – especially when the powers meet each other.
Martin Brodeur
I grew up in Wisconsin loving hockey. I mean, I started when I was three years old on skates.
J. J. Watt
He’s skating like he’s 36 again.
Mike Keane
It’s not only hockey, it’s every sport. You know, it’s a big event.
Peter Forsberg
I think it’s fairly clear that playing hockey isn’t the same as playing football.
Gary Bettman
Hockey is my life. I love every minute of it.
Wayne Gretzky
I’m a dad first and foremost, then it goes hockey and then work, in that order.
Will Arnett
It really helps to take a breath and think about what you really want to do out there.
David Legwand
I’ve got a hockey record, I took off my skate and tried to stab a guy, I’m the only person who ever tried that.
Adam Sandler
We’re going to be the best in the league at something. We’re deep in anthem singers.
Barry Trotz
When someone like Brian Oldfield can beat me, I will retire.
Randy Matson
When I was at the end of middle school and the beginning of high school, I fell in love with hockey in a serious way.
Adam F. Goldberg
I had a hockey puck and stick-the only ones in town. I definitely would have played hockey ahead of football, had it been available.
Merlin Olsen
I can’t remember the last time I went to a game and there was a fight. I think they fight more in baseball now than they do in hockey.
Wayne Gretzky
What is courage? Let me tell you what I think it is. An indefinable quality that makes a man put out that extra something, when it seems there is nothing else to give. I dare you to be better than you are. I dare you to be a thoroughbred.
Herb Brooks
I probably follow all sports a little bit. I like hockey quite a bit. I like football. I like college basketball when it gets down to March Madness. I like baseball. I enjoy them all. I watch them all.
Vince Vaughn
The only difference between the Coyotes and ‘Days of Our Lives’ is that nobody has been shot on our team yet.
Jeremy Roenick
Alan Webb is the best thing to happen in this event, but professionals and collegiates don’t want to lose to high school guys. I don’t want to lose to no one.
Gabe Jennings
Hockey and soccer weren’t my thing.
Jamal Murray
Goaltending is to hockey like putting is to golf. It really has no relationship to the rest of the game.
Harry Sinden
Is that a beard, or is Niedermayer eating a muskrat?
Harry Neale
In hockey, there are no second chances, but the great thing about acting is that there actually are. If you do a scene and you think you can do better – take two!
Wyatt Russell
If Colleen Howe had been a hockey player, she would have been a centremen. I can see her as a centreman because you can do what you want and go wherever you want to go.
Gordie Howe
Hockey, honestly, was my first love. The excitement, the fast pace, the intensity of the game… I still love it to this day.
J. J. Watt
Always give them the old fire, even when you feel like a squashed cake of ice.
Ethel Merman
My recruiting key – I looked for PEOPLE first, athletes second. I wanted people with a sound value system as you cannot buy values. You’re only as good as your values. I learned early on that you do not put greatness into people…but somehow try to pull it out.
Herb Brooks
Hockey is my passion, and I cannot live without it.
Sandeep Singh
Ninety percent of hockey is mental and the other half is physical.
Wayne Gretzky
If I weren’t acting, I think I’d want to be a professional hockey player.
Sterling Beaumon
The biggest thing we get out of it is seeing the kids smile. And hopefully we will also see that the lessons we’re teaching – not only the fundamentals of hockey, but also the life values – are sinking in.
Bobby Orr
We’re right next to Mile High Stadium. I’m no rocket scientist, but…uh…(smile).
Brian Skrudland
I’d never complain about the attention – ever. I feel very fortunate to be doing what I love to do. Not everyone gets that chance every day. This is just part of it, and it comes down to managing my time to make sure I concentrate on my passion, which is the hockey, and have time away from hockey.
Sidney Crosby
There is something about Game 7 that there’s a memory there for you for sure. You want to be a coach or a manager or a player or a goaltender that gets it done, because to me, that’s all part of sports. That’s what you dream about when you’re a little kid – scoring the winning goal.
Mike Babcock
I do hang out with girls, I do relax. But I am a hermit sometimes and get a bit too introverted, too ‘Jean-Paul Sartre’ and intellectual in my head. And it’s like a Kafka novel in there, things get nuts. Then I have to remind myself to get out and I will go and play ice hockey with my friends.
Josh Peck
It’s an amazing honor to be the fourth Black hockey player to go into the Hall of Fame. It’s a huge thrill.
Jarome Iginla
I want to work on players at school and college level. I will not open an academy but looking to work with the government and Hockey India.
Sandeep Singh
The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.
Wayne Gretzky
Hockey is the only job I know where you get paid to have a nap on the day of the game.
Chico Resch
I’ve been up in the Arctic Circle where they have hockey rinks that don’t have any heating. So it’s – 40 C outside, it’s – 55 inside. Or there’s a social centre but no budget for anybody to run any programs. Stuff we wouldn’t accept in Winnipeg, but we let it go on and on and on.
John Ralston Saul
You have to realize I grew up in a real hockey town. And there I was wearing bow ties and watching the gayest movies on the face of Earth, like ‘Clueless.’
Brad Goreski
I don’t think you can really expect to win a hockey game giving up three power-play goals. In reality, you cant give up those and that’s the difference in the hockey game.
Randy Carlyle
I feel hockey is a tough game.
Diljit Dosanjh
At the 1974 Stanley Cup Finals: Win today and we walk together forever.
Fred Shero
He’s one of the most coachable players out there.
Jonathan Toews
People ask if I regret not winning a Stanley Cup, but winning the series against the Soviet Union was the best. It was the greatest experience of my hockey career by far.
Marcel Dionne
People who know the game of hockey, who followed hockey, they know who Sandeep Singh is. They know I have been Indian Hockey team’s captain, but they don’t know about the struggle and the life after being shot.
Sandeep Singh
I’m not stereotypically Canadian. I don’t really follow hockey. I don’t feel like anything other than myself, basically.
Michael Cera
All that means is that I’ll be 783 years old when I catch Scotty Bowman.
Kevin Constantine
The skill set for hockey is so specific to skating and if you haven’t been skating as a kid it’s impossible to play – and I wasn’t a skater.
Liev Schreiber
My brother Barry was into all sports, and so was my late father. For me, hockey was the one sport I loved and played. I didn’t really pay much attention to the other sports.
Adam F. Goldberg
My son, he is the reason I got involved. It’s been a joy to be around him and teach him the stuff that I know, and to the other kids as well. When he started playing I wanted to be involved in his hockey career. It’s a lot of fun for both of us.
Mario Lemieux
Pain is nothing. Pain is in the mind. If you can walk you can run.
Cam Neely
I’m just a hockey player. I want to play every day.
Martin Brodeur
One thing about this game: It’s really frustrating. In hockey, if you team’s losing, you can start a fight. You can get your frustrations out.
Eric Gagne
Where in normal neighborhoods, they would play stick ball and hockey and baseball, we used to slap box and bring boxing gloves down the street and box each other.
Eddie Alvarez
A soccer star is on the field for two hours. In hockey, your star player is on the ice for 20 minutes.
Colin Cowherd
I found out that if you are going to win games, you had better be ready to adapt.
Scotty Bowman
We’re so used to it that we don’t think twice about it. For somebody who’s starting out in ice hockey it would be heavy, but it’s protection. It’s everything you need so you do have to get used to it.
Gerad Adams
The kid looks good in his first game.
Gordie Howe
Often extinctions in the ocean occur at the same time as those on land. Then again, the ice age extinctions lost many big animals, but not many sea faring ones.
Robert T. Bakker
I’ve always gone through adversity in this game, and I’ve always overcome it. My middle school coach told me that I was probably a better hockey player than a football player, and that still drives me every day.
Davis Webb
I am grateful to hockey. As a CBC employee, I would be foolish not to be. Hockey Night in Canada probably pays a good chunk of my salary.
Neil Macdonald
I’m just an average Canadian kid playing hockey.
Joe Thornton
People think there is something wrong with Mike(Milbury). But there’s method in his madness.
Scott Lachance
If the IOC would move the Olympic hockey tournament to the summer, that would be great. We’d be thrilled to have our players participate because then it doesn’t affect our season.
Gary Bettman
The first thing I noticed about him was that he was born the same year I was drafted. … That’s a pretty scary thought.
Al MacInnis
I adore Twitter to the end of time. It is a wonderful thing, mainly for professional hockey coverage.
Luke Harper
Just getting young kids excited about hockey, then they’ll want to skate, they’ll want to start joining junior leagues, they’ll want to play in high school, etc., so we’re trying to expand at all levels. That’s good for the sport, and it’s good for the Ducks long term.
Henry Samueli
… I just want to remind the owners and the players: you guys make money because you have a whole bunch of fans out there who are working really hard. They buy tickets. They’re watching on TV. Ya’ll should be able to figure this out. Get this done.
Barack Obama
I’m not dumb enough to be a goalie.
Brett Hull
I was not the best student. Thank God I had a lot of hockey talent.
Guy Lafleur
I think I am the first hockey player in India to have a wax statue of his own. It is a great honour.
Sandeep Singh
Our economics are not baseball’s economics. Our game is not baseball’s game. Our owners are not baseball’s owners, with one or two exceptions. Our union is not baseball’s union. What we do has to be crafted and suited to address hockey, to address the NHL, to address our 30 teams and our 700-plus players.
Gary Bettman
It’s lacrosse that helped teach me to spin off checks, take shots and protect the puck under pressure. My stick skills, the way to read the play quickly comes from lacrosse. The hand-eye coordination, is just one of the little things that helps you in hockey.
John Tavares
I am like the Jack Nicholson of the Kings – every single game. If there was a game tonight I wouldn’t be here. I used to play hockey. That was my original thing. My first thing, I wanted to play professional hockey.
Rob Zombie
I know that, in hockey, the object of the game is simple in that you have to get the puck into the net. With figure skating, it’s not as simple, and there is a ton of work that goes into it.
Patrick Chan
Before, baseball was something to do to get ready for the hockey season. Now, people look to play baseball, period. It’s something you stick with.
Jason Bay
A good ice hockey player is someone who has good communication skills, is willing to listen and willing to try new things. It’s a very technical game and not that easy to pick up. It’s a lot of fun but you just have to be patient.
Gerad Adams
How do we make hockey more affordable? How do we get it into more households? How do we keep it part of the conversation? Those are things that will help us not only increase registration numbers from a grassroots level but also deepen the player pool from the senior national team and the elite level.
Hilary Knight
You’ve just got to go out there and try to control the things you can control. Deal with things and stay mentally strong.
Jonathan Toews
I never got really good at hockey.
Gordon Lightfoot
Basically, I don’t like anybody.
Brantt Myhres
I mean, I went to a Catholic boys school for a year, but that was to play hockey. Religion class was quite contentious for me.
Keanu Reeves
You don’t love hockey for the scores, you love hockey for the fights, right?
DeAngelo Williams
Then going out on the ice usually about 15 minutes before and certain things I would do for the different races, aspects that you run through your mind.
Eric Heiden
I coach hockey players—some of them just happen to be girls. When I’m coaching youth hockey, I put the boys and girls together and they can’t tell the difference. They are just playing hockey.
Natalie Darwitz
Some guys are more worried about their Vegas trip at the end of the season than playing the games, than playing every minute of the games. Quite frankly, I don’t care about your Vegas trip right now.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
If you’re tanking to get a higher draft pick, you really shouldn’t be playing hockey.
Connor McDavid
In biblical times, I stoned people to death. Now they are repaying me by hurling pucks at my head.
Gilles Gratton
We have a lot of rookies in the lineup. More than anybody, I would say. Its going to be something new for them. They have to understand that it’s totally different hockey in the playoffs. Starting with the fans, the intensity of the game, every mistake counts.
Jaromir Jagr
Not only is there more to life than basketball, there’s a lot more to basketball than basketball.
Phil Jackson
I will openly admit that I’ve never really followed hockey. Given my New England upbringing, I have always adhered to the Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins mantra of professional sports fandom, but hockey was definitely the lowest sport on the totem pole – even when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup.
Rachel Nichols
At the end of each year I make a list of my mistakes and it’s pretty friggin long.
Dean Lombardi
It doesn’t matter how many times you get knocked down. The only thing that matters is how many times you get up.
Roberto Luongo
Speaking on all of it in general, I think we, as MMA fighters, should be getting paid just as well as the NBA players, the NFL players and Major League Baseball, hockey as well, I’m not trying to skip any sport as I don’t think any sport is superior to the other.
Anthony Johnson
Hockey has changed drastically over the years. Indian greats then played on grass. Now we play on astro-turf.
P. R. Sreejesh
Usually when you play a team, you want to focus on one line. Pittsburgh is the only team where you have to focus on one player [Mario Lemieux]. When he’s coming toward you, all you see is him.
Patrick Roy
Hockey is still my favourite sport. I think that might be part of what makes me successful. I don’t live or die by racquetball, so I can detach from it when needed. I’m all about all sports.
Kane Waselenchuk
I know hockey is not as popular as cricket in India, but I hope in future, every renowned hockey player should be given a fitting farewell rather than ignoring them.
Sandeep Singh
Whether the guys are nervous or just had mental breakdowns, it happens. The game is a game of mistakes. And how you deal with them and correct them and all the things like that is what makes this game great and makes hockey the sport it is.
Chris Pronger
Hockey is its own game. It’s completely different than all the other games, although it’s getting way too close to soccer.
Brett Hull
I want to reward this city. Pittsburgh is a great hockey town.
Sidney Crosby
Hockey is my favorite because I’m from Michigan. I used to figure-skate and root for the Red Wings.
Jana Kramer
I wasn’t naturally gifted in terms of size and speed; everything I did in hockey I worked for, and that’s the way I’ll be as a coach.
Wayne Gretzky
Obviously, being a hockey fan, I always bought all of the hockey games, so that makes this ‘NHL 2K7’ cover even more special to me.
Joe Thornton
Arrive at the net with the puck and in ill humor.
Fred Shero
You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave – win or lose.
Gordie Howe
For good reasons, there are no ties during the Stanley Cup season. Somebody needs to win so the lads can get out to their cottages on the lakes, where all hockey players spend their summers, or so I have been told.
George Vecsey
The shoot-and-chase approach had become big in hockey. Teams would come up to the blue line and shoot the puck around our boards deep in our zone, then swarm in after it forechecking, trying to regain possession.
Jacques Plante
We’re scared of losing. That’s why we win. We know what it’s like to lose and we hate it. We enjoy being champions too much.
Bob Bourne
You watch a hockey game, and the hand-eye coordination and the speed is really miraculous; how those guys track the puck alone, just following it with their eyes.
Liev Schreiber
It’s incredible, they’re [the medals] beautiful and as soon as they put them around your neck, it’s pretty amazing. Shannon played outstandingly well. She was so calm, composed and she was just moving so well.
Jennifer Botterill
I look at it as a challenge, … I’m not going to put too much added pressure on myself. I want to play in the NHL, and after that [happens], I can worry about things beyond that.
Sidney Crosby
His four year contract renewal: As always, I remain hopeful that Don Cherry won’t be offered the same length contract.
Ron MacLean
Coming to another hockey Mecca like Toronto makes you a better coach. I want to have fun again. I want to make it fun for everybody, and it’s fun when you win.
Pat Burns
If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.
Henry Ford
If he had another hair on his back, he’d be up a tree.
Ken Reardon
Much more a skiing family than a hockey family, my dad wasn’t a big fan of the arenas early in the morning on the weekends.
Justin Trudeau
Personally I don’t believe in standing on the ice, or jamming the blueline, waiting. I have always told my players that hockey has to be played on your toes.
Bob Hartley
It’s too easy when you’re not winning to look for excuses and point at others for reasons. You ca say ‘Oh well, it’s this guys fault or they don’t do this well’, or you can say ‘I’ve got to play better and contribute more’. You’ve got to find another gear and come up with big games.
Sean Burke
Some anthems are great for sports. You’ve got the Russian national anthem… ‘O Canada,’ how wonderful is that for hockey… but I chose the Italian national song because at my first World Cup, I saw the Italians play four times, and they won all four times – they won the championship.
George Vecsey
To a reporter after Ray was pounded by Edmonton’s Georges Laraque: What are you, the fight doctor now or something? You’ve never been in a fight in your life, so what are you talking about?
Rob Ray
I want you to take a sleeve of Thin Mints and line them up on the edge of the kitchen counter and when I’m hungry I can just bend over and sweep a cookie into my mouth like I’m scoring a goal in hockey.
Jack Gantos
I’ve broken my wrist, dislocated toes and shoulders, gotten stitches, you name it. However, the worst was a severely bruised femur. I got body checked into an open gate while playing hockey. The doctor couldn’t believe I didn’t shatter my femur.
Robbie Amell
It’s not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it’s what you put into the practice.
Eric Lindros
Growing up in Finland, ice hockey was the main sport. But I never played that. I went with footy. I never had any other hobbies.
Teemu Pukki
People in my state, Kerala, have started playing hockey, which is very pleasing to see.
P. R. Sreejesh
There are more kids playing hockey, and the game has become more diverse from a cultural, ethnic and geographic point of view, but we still don’t have a lot of congressmen.
Mike Quigley
I wanted to emulate my parents – Mum captained India in basketball, and Dad won a bronze in hockey in 1972 Olympics. My focus has always been to achieve excellence whether in the field of tennis, in the corporate field, in the art of acting or in motivating youngsters.
Leander Paes
I had a few fights last year, but I need to take boxing lessons. I need to, because in the NHL it’s required.
Maxim Kuznetsov
I am a pretty tough guy. I’m an old hockey player.
Jim Flaherty
All time faves would be ‘Smash TV,’ ‘NHL Hockey,’ ‘Grand Theft Autos,’ ‘NBA Lives,’ ‘Sonic.’
Mike Patton
People were so hockey-oriented, hockey-minded, without being too critical. In Montreal, they got downright nasty sometimes.
Pat Burns
To me, hockey was always tremendous fun. That’s what kept me going for so long. I simply love to play hockey.
Gordie Howe
Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but football, basketball and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns.
John Leonard
I’ve been lucky to be surrounded by some good hockey minds.
Connor McDavid
My parents are from the former Soviet Union, from Ukraine, and I grew up wanting to be a professional hockey player.
Gabe Polsky
We continue to see more and more of that – games we didn’t necessarily know would work in VR until a developer goes in and discovers the game mechanic that makes it come together. Sure enough, hockey can be a great VR experience.
Brendan Iribe
I love to play hockey. I’m a huge hockey fan and I love to play as well.
Sterling Beaumon
I wear whatever makes me comfortable on stage, so that I feel confident. Some days it’s a plaid skirt with a button-up and other days it’s jeans with a hockey jersey and platforms.
Sky Ferreira
We’ve played with a lot of confidence and that’s been the key so far. Hopefully, we can take more confidence into the playoffs.
Teemu Selanne
The problem is my movie career is hindering my hockey schedule.
Cobie Smulders
Usually, I’m on the bus by now, having a beer and waiting for everyone else. This is cutting into my beer time.
Craig Berube
He’s a gritty hockey player, he’s got good vision, he’s an intelligent player.
John Muckler
Maybe there wasn’t much hot water in the showers. I’m not sure.
Scott Stevens
When you are stepping on the field as a hockey player you are part of a dream and being a team member you have your responsibilities, you have your duties.
P. R. Sreejesh
I think whenever anyone asked me why I wanted to be a hockey player, that’s where it all started, watching the Winnipeg Jets play as a young kid.
Jonathan Toews
The trouble is that the hockey stick graph become an icon and deniers reckoned if they could smash the icon, the whole concept of global warming would be destroyed with it.
Michael E. Mann
Yes, and I also like jumping out of tall buildings.
John Vanbiesbrouck
Goals live on the other side of obstacles and challenges. Be relentless in pursuit of those goals, especially in the face of obstacles. Along the way, make no excuses and place no blame.
Ray Bourque
I think that in all aspects of the game, especially in professional sports but specifically in hockey, we want to grow the game.
P.K. Subban
When Bobby came into the league he was a rushing defenseman, a goal scorer and a point getter. He just opened the game up to more offence and that’s the way the game is played now.
Johnny Bucyk
I tried all kinds of sports when I was a kid, like soccer and tennis and golf, and, in fact, started skating to be able to play hockey.
Patrick Chan
I used to run the band hockey pool – regular season and playoffs. I would write weekly reports, which were meant to demoralize and diffuse enjoyment for others.
Gord Downie
It’s always good to have the building filled – even if it’s with low-IQ Rangers fans.
Mike Milbury
I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan
A hockey team is like a puzzle. Every piece is vital.
Bob Hartley
There was a time there in the mid ’80s to the ’90s there that we played six finals, three Canada Cups, we were playing hockey almost 10 months a year for a long time there.
Mark Messier
It’s not about what you did yesterday, it’s what you do tomorrow. If you rely too much on yesterday, tomorrow is going to jump up and bite you in the pants.
John Vanbiesbrouck
We’ve met a ton of pro hockey players, got to know them, our music plays in their locker rooms. We’ve always taken pride in that.
Gord Downie
In the U.S., coaches could be the father next door. They had no formal training. They’re like old hockey players. They don’t go to school and study.
Gabe Polsky
I don’t just want to be a drag-flicker. I want to be become a complete hockey player.
Sandeep Singh
Growing up, I’d never play goalie in street hockey or at shinny. I liked playing out. So the entire time I played goal, I liked handling the puck better than most.
Martin Brodeur
I heard Rolex makes nice watches.
Brendan Gallagher
It’s one of those things that when you hear about the games played by Gordie Howe, you think it’s one of those things that’s untouchable. He was part of the League for so long. You wouldn’t have dreamed of anybody touching that milestone. So when you’re beating one of Mr. Hockey’s records, it’s impressive.
Joe Thornton
Usually when people eat sliders they’re really hard because they’re so small, so they’re like hockey pucks.
Jonathan Cheban
Leon, no offense, but you don’t exactly look like a hockey player.” “I told ’em I was a goalie. That’s where they put the guy who can’t skate, right? Just like in baseball when they put the worst player at catcher.
Steve Hamilton
I had to unlearn cricket to learn hockey. It is easier for someone who is not a sportsperson to pick up hockey. They just have to learn it.
Angad Bedi
It’s only game. Why you have to be mad?
Ilya Bryzgalov
Ranger fans are the rudest and they’re proud of it, I’m sure.
Byron Dafoe
This was football played at the speed of ice hockey and the ball was in play for only 53 minutes of the 90. The Premiership at its highest level is enthralling, edge-of-the-seat stuff, but sometimes it is too fast and frenetic for its own good.
Daniel Taylor
I had been pulling my groins in college a lot and missed my whole freshman year of college because of groin pulls. It was chronic, and I couldn’t figure it out. I went to the doctor, and he told me I had hip dysplasia. So I knew my hockey days were sorta limited at that point.
Wyatt Russell
You’ve got to love what you’re doing. If you love it, you can overcome any handicap, or the soreness, or all the aches and pains and continue to play for a long, long time.
Gordie Howe
It’s definitely an honour and a dream to be able to go out there and have all the people in the stands cheering for you it’s a great feeling and I cant wait to get the Olympics started.
Meghan Agosta-Marciano
He’s as old as some trees.
Pat Burns
My parents, they don’t say to me you have to play hockey. They just see me and how I love what’s going on on the ice, how I love this atmosphere.
Alexander Ovechkin
I think it is very important to spend time to help make people all over the world see how great a game hockey is.
Alexander Ovechkin
I accepted Christ at a young age, at the age of six years old, and just tried to play hockey and balance that. I had some struggles later in my teenage years. I moved away from home and struggled a little bit being on my home and finding out who I was and trying to mix that with my faith and make it real.
Mike Fisher
I guess I lost a little bit of self-esteem that time that you made it with the whole hockey team.
Al Yankovic
Hockey is an amazing sport and it has definitely had a positive impact on my life. But my dad always said school comes first, and if I didn’t do well in school I didn’t get to play hockey.
P. K. Subban
I always played hockey, I was always a hockey fan, but I was never bitten by the hockey bug… I never looked into playing it professionally.
Chris Jericho
Oh brother we are not worthy!
Rick Jeanneret
It was either football or hockey. I chose football, and I think it’s worked out OK so far.
Davis Webb
My former wife made me a millionaire. I used to have three million dollars.
Bobby Hull
I slept like a baby. Every two hours, I woke up and cried.
Tom McVie
My hockey is good, but my ice skating is terrible. It’s a bit of a mess to watch!
Margot Robbie
It was okay for Wayne Gretzky’s dad, for instance, to give him a hockey stick, or Joe Montana’s dad to give him a football, or Larry Bird’s dad to give him a basketball, but it wasn’t okay for Gloria Connors to give her son a tennis racquet.
Jimmy Connors
In Japan, skating is like NHL hockey in Canada or baseball in the U.S., so pushing the limit is very enticing. Skating is their lives.
Patrick Chan
There is no shortage of talent in hockey in India.
Anurag Thakur
That I walk around calling people ‘dummy’ and ‘hockey puck’. I do have a different life apart from being sarcastic on stage. I might kibitz around with my friends, but I’m nothing like the person who does stand up. Nothing like that.
Don Rickles
I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out.
Rodney Dangerfield
I don’t think any one person will ever be bigger than the game.
Wayne Gretzky
I’m proud to be Russian. We have probably the best country in the world. Everything is the best: hockey players, cars, girls.
Alexander Ovechkin
Why do Canadians like to do it doggie style? So they can both keep watching the hockey game
Norm Crosby
Would you believe I never went to a hockey game when I was living in Canada?
Becky Lynch
I remember when I was young, I used to love hockey – I was selected to play for my county – and my dad said: ‘Well, there’s no money to be made in hockey,’ and it put me off for ever.
Karren Brady
You see a hockey player, you’d never know he’s a professional athlete. But you put the skates on him, and he becomes a beast.
Junior Seau
I’ve been obsessed with hockey ever since I can remember.
Joe Thornton
I was in the football, rugby, cricket and hockey teams at school; bit of squash. Tennis obviously.
Tim Henman
You can’t just go outside and play hockey. It’s more of an expensive sport.
Jeremy Roenick
My rooting interest these days is first and foremost competitive hockey, and secondly in officials not making a mistake.
Gary Bettman
I have to thank the guy who fired me because he was also the guy who hired me.
Serge Savard
I have 3,000 penalty minutes. I don’t need people dictating to me how to do my job.
Tie Domi
Growing up, I played hockey because I loved playing it. I didn’t view myself in minor hockey as a Black hockey player, but I was also aware that I was.
Jarome Iginla
The support from back home has been more than I ever expected. They always knew me as the lacrosse player or the girl playing field hockey. Now they’re seeing me on national TV, and they’ve been so supportive.
Brynn Cartelli
Canada is a country where the serious writers are hockey fans and readers of comic books. They don’t play chess.
Louis Dudek
Hockey wasn’t invented but discovered. The game, and the large organizing idea behind Stephen Smith’s deeply personal ‘Puckstruck,’ sleeps in ponds and in the crooked limbs of trees overhead; we merely pluck a stick from the sky and skate over the frozen world to find ourselves and each other.
Michael Winter
I mean, that’s playoff hockey. You’re not going to dominate every game, you’re not going to score every goal.
Brad Marchand
It’s only 60,000. It’s not a big town. It’s a big hockey town. Everybody plays hockey when you grow up.
Peter Forsberg
For the next approximately three years, I have got Nathan to take care of. I know that once he graduates from high school, he will be off doing whatever it is he is going to be doing – probably playing ice hockey.
Barbara Mandrell
When I broke into professional hockey at 17 I was told that I was too small and too slow and I wouldn’t make the NHL. Now it’s kind of flip-flopped and the sense is I can’t be a good coach because I was a great athlete.
Wayne Gretzky
India is known for hockey all over the world.
Sandeep Singh
Why do I have to just focus on hockey? Why can’t I help people? Why can’t I have fun with my fans?
P.K. Subban
I would never tell anybody to give up hockey – the great sports we have here – basketball, lacrosse – rugby coming into its own – we’ve got so many great team sports, and I say hold on to them.
George Vecsey
I say no words… I can’t speak with him. I shy. He too good.
Pavel Datsyuk
It’s in my blood to be an athlete, to be a hockey player.
Jack Hughes
I don’t think your focus as a hockey player or athlete can be anywhere else but how you want to impact the team on the ice or on the field or court.
P.K. Subban
I went to hockey camp at Michigan because my dad has some relatives in the Ann Arbor area. We went to visit them as kids, and you start to learn the language from being around people. At the same time, when I got to college, I thought my English was better than it really was. I learned a lot over my four years.
Carl Hagelin
I play hockey in a pickup league. I grew up playing, so it’s nice to get on the ice whenever I can.
Robbie Amell
Play with passion and heart. If you don’t carry passion into sport – or into any job for that matter – you won’t succeed.
Phil Esposito
And I’m not very coordinated, either. Only on ice skates, not in real life.
Julie Benz
You can’t get big in hockey. You need to be pliable… they’ve even taken fighting out of the game, so there’s no more of those big huge guys who just fight.
Brett Hull
In hockey, it was a freak show. I’m the son of actors and from California, and in Canada, hockey is a religion, so me coming in, it was like, ‘Who the hell is this guy?’ I just had to put my head down and work really hard, and it was difficult, but it made me who I am and gave me a backbone.
Wyatt Russell
Lesbians, homosexuals, masochism, sadism are not perversions. Actually, there are only two perversions: hockey on grass and ballet on ice.
Faina Ranevskaya
I think now what you’re seeing is guys that are in the peaks of their careers anywhere from 27 to 35 years old, seems to be when they play their best hockey.
Mark Messier
I do feel the weight of being the steward of the greatest sport the world ever came up with. I grew up with a love and admiration for it, so I feel an obligation to portray it as electric and terrifying and exciting and beautiful, and all these sometimes contradicting things that make hockey what it is.
Jay Baruchel
It’s a great feeling, its something that I’ve dreamt about since I was little, and it’s finally come true. It couldn’t be better. Well I think that we stuck to the game plan. We got shots on net, and just used our power.
Rebecca Johnston
Nothing ever got my pulse racing (in a good way) like hockey. Well, nothing except Beyonce, but that wasn’t until I was twelve or so. Then, all of a sudden, it was like I opened my eyes one day and noticed that the world is full of beautiful girls, and I’ve had a hard time thinking about anything else ever since.
Justin Bieber
I play a lot of golf and I’m in a little ice hockey league at home in Idaho.
Mats Wilander
Look around the table. If you don’t see a sucker, get up, because you’re the sucker.
Amarillo Slim
[In hockey] I was a goon, just protecting the better players. I’ve always been a better baseball player.
Eric Gagne
Not just cricket, we are doing clothing for football, hockey etc. It’s basic stuff, but good designing is what I am looking to do.
Harbhajan Singh
I wasn’t into sports when I was younger. I was one of those kids who always tried to get a note from the doctor to say I had a cold so I didn’t have to go play hockey in bad weather and be miserable.
Eliza Doolittle
I’m an absolutely dreadful hockey player.
Christopher Heyerdahl
Half the game is mental, the other half is being mental.
Jim McKenny
The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.
Steve Young
I wasn’t the athletic kid in my family. Both of my brothers were on athletic scholarships and my dad played semi-pro hockey. My younger brother played pro hockey. I was the music kid. But I always loved sports. I grew up around it.
Trevor McNevan
I don’t want to get into a ‘he said, she said’ with the refs…I’m the he.
Chris Pronger
Tomorrow, America’s most famous hockey mom, Sarah Palin, will drop the ceremonial first puck at the Philadelphia Flyers game. Right afterwards, she’ll get out on the ice and skate around reporters’ questions, so it should be interesting.
Jay Leno
The goal is too small and the goalies are too big.
Scotty Bowman
Sometimes you think they must have come out of the chimp cages at the Bronx zoo.
Gerry Cheevers
Bobby Orr had lots of moves and speed. You had to be careful or he would make you look like a fool. Jacques was impresed how quickly he caught up to Yvan Cournoyer one night when the Habs were playing the Bruins. I didn’t think the kid had that kind of speed.
Jacques Lemaire
You can’t play hockey with a bald spot, so I’m hanging up the skates.
Joe Sakic
I grew up with all hockey players.
Pat Connaughton
I’ve played hockey most my life and I’ve never been badly injured…Three weeks into curling I’ve got bone chips in both my elbows. I still can’t lean on a table. I’ve even got curling injuries, believe it or not, just from falling on my arse.
James Allodi
Hockey is like a religion in Montreal. You’re either a saint or a sinner; there’s no in-between.
Patrick Roy
I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to play hockey, especially when there weren’t equal opportunities as there are now. But at times, it was challenging.
Hilary Knight
Monogamous musicians are like vegan hockey players.
Rob Sheffield
Let me start with issuing you a challenge: Be better than you are. Set a goal that seems unattainable, and when you reach that goal, set another one even higher.
Herb Brooks
It was always so nice to step away from figure skating and school with hockey. To this day I’m still a huge fan.
Charlie White
I’d been playing everything and decided that this was something I maybe wanted to make a career out of. I knew where some companies were, but I saw the name ‘Bethesda, Maryland’ on ‘Wayne Gretzky Hockey 3.’
Todd Howard
It’s going to be good to be on his side for a change. I’ll save a lot of energy since I don’t have to concentrate on whacking him. I’m pretty excited about that.
Doug Gilmour
If you’re dating the quarterback and then you go out with the hockey player, you just go to the hockey games. I don’t think I’ll still go to the football games.
Nicolle Wallace
If there can be films about why hockey (and not just cricket) is cool, there can be a film or two about the virtues of honest, hard work.
Abhijit Banerjee
Hockey is definitely a huge sport in Boston.
Joe Thornton
I focus on the dumbness of Hagelin… He played a hell of a game but that’s all washed off from dumbness.
John Tortorella
In the field of sports you are more or less accepted for what you do rather than what you are.
Althea Gibson
Anything coach Babcock needs me to do, I’ll do it and if it’s face-off well, I’m willing and ready to do that obviously.
Patrice Bergeron
I’ve tried so far to learn as much as possible. I think I’ve got a good grasp of what a hockey GM needs to do.
Martin Brodeur
I’d like to hear them be a bit more creative, though. I’ve heard ‘you’re a sieve, you stink’ my whole life and you can tell it’s obviously affected me.
Ryan Miller
I played 15 years of hockey, and I got more injured doing two weeks of cheer camp.
Eric Christian Olsen
When I was a kid I started a baseball team. I was a terrible player, but I put together a group of neighborhood kids. I started a hockey team. I put the kids together and got a sponsor. So I can always kind of organize people and get things done.
Jerry Bruckheimer
In terms of soccer, it wasn’t really a thing that girls did. In England it more kind of Net Ball and Hockey and stuff like that in athletics. It’s to each their own, really.
Parminder Nagra
Losing is essential to anyone’s success. The more you lose, the more you want to win.
Brett Hull
We all bring some different elements at the Games. Everything is a stepping stone for us after playing these two games. These Games are preparing us to play a 60-minutes game and preparing us for the gold-medal game.
Cherie Piper
I played every sport but hockey.
Donovan McNabb
I don’t order fries with my club sandwich.
Mario Lemieux
You don’t have enough talent to win on talent alone.
Herb Brooks
I was thrilled one year when I was younger when not only did my brothers get hockey sticks for Christmas – but I did too!
Nancy Kerrigan
I have been practising since I was 4 or 5 years old, but that wasn’t really practice. I was just having fun…. I just loved to play hockey.
Sidney Crosby
We have a huge game coming up in semi-finals. Just studying Finland or the Americans, whoever we’re playing. Just moving forward, working hard in practice and making sure we stay sharp.
Gillian Apps
I give a speech to the black freshmen at Harvard each year, and I say, “You can like Mozart and ice hockey…” – and then I used to say “golf,” but Tiger took over golf! – “and Picasso and still be as black as the ace of spades.”
Henry Louis Gates
We have an edge over the Asian countries because we are playing European and Indian style of hockey, but we need to perform consistently.
P. R. Sreejesh
We don’t want you at the rink, we don’t want you in the stadium, we don’t want you to watch hockey.
Jeremy Roenick
My back has been compressed and operated on, my feet have been surgically cut up, and I have a knee that’s just going wacky. So I do my own driving, and I ski and skate. I’m playing hockey again. Anything that immobilizes my feet I’m OK with.
Richard Dean Anderson
I love hockey. That’s actually one of my favorite sports.
Ashley Wagner
You can’t control the opposition, but you can control how you play, your energy level, your intensity on the ice. That’s what we’re going to do.
Alain Vigneault
You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.
Herb Brooks
I’m just glad it wasn’t Machete Night.
Bob Froese
Hockey captures the essence of Canadian experience in the New World. In a land so inescapably and inhospitably cold, hockey is the chance of life, and an affirmation that despite the deathly chill of winter we are alive.
Stephen Leacock
It wasn’t easy to act when dressed in the heavy ice hockey uniform – it was exhausting.
Seo In-guk
At first, I felt like I was put into this box because I played hockey. I thought that I was viewed a certain way, and I shouldn’t wear certain clothes. Finally, I stepped aside and said, ‘That’s someone else’s creation of me. I can be feminine and be strong.’
Hilary Knight
When you take off that sweater, your jersey, after today’s game, you will be the last player in the NHL to ever wear 99. You have always been and you will always be ‘The Great One,’ and there will never be another.
Gary Bettman
I always wanted to play professional hockey. Every hockey player’s dream, no matter at what level or what age, is to play professionally. At first you don’t know what it’s all about, but you have that dream and you always work hard toward it. The older you get, the more you start dedicating yourself to the game.
Ed Belfour
Hockey’s my favorite sport.
Denis Leary
I just want to play well, have the people in Chicago enjoy watching soccer. You have a very good baseball team, a very good ice hockey team, and a very good football team. Hopefully you’ll have a very good soccer team.
Bastian Schweinsteiger
I have so many people that I should be thanking, obviously starting with my parents. They did such a great job of raising me and so much was sacrificed for me to play hockey.
Zdeno Chara
I grew up playing field hockey and lacrosse – prep school sport – and I was terrible at them.
Julie Bowen
I just heard George W. Bush’s new plan for airline security. From here on out, every plane will now have its own hockey dad.
David Letterman
I think we’ve been through a lot this season and it will be nice to move on. It’s one step at a time though. The focus of our hockey club was great. We really stuck to our game plan and didn’t get too high or too low and we definitely didn’t get over excited.
Martin Brodeur
A NASCAR guy can drop-kick another driver through his car window and it is just considered part of the sport. Hockey players drop their sticks and pound on one another on a regular basis and no one dares blame it on anything other than just a boiling, competitive spirit.
Jemele Hill
At the end of the day, it is hockey. It’s the same game, the rules don’t change. It’s the same hockey game I’ve been playing since I was 2 years old. I think you can kind of rely on that.
Connor McDavid
The biggest downside of my current job is that I have to wear a suit to work. Wearing uncomfortable clothes on purpose is an example of what former Princeton hockey player and Nobel Prize winner Michael Spence taught economists to call ‘signaling.’
Ben Bernanke
I’ve always been active: netball, hockey, rounders, athletics.
Lara Pulver
I don’t fear stopping a 100 mph slap shot. I fear not stopping it!
Roberto Luongo
I covered hockey for a few years in the late ’90s and early 2000s for the ‘Colorado Springs Gazette,’ and I covered the Avalanche for some of the glory years. I’ve done hockey off and on as a sportswriter but never played it.
John Branch
Growing up in Canada, I dated a few ice hockey players.
Katherine Ryan
I don’t train to look good in the mirror. I train to make improvements in my game.
Duncan Keith
Basketball isn’t as popular in Canada as it is in the US. Hockey is by far the most popular sport in Canada.
Steve Nash
Every spring, this happens: People discover hockey when daylight lasts longer and men grow beards and tie games do not end in shootouts but rather continue until a goal is scored. The seventh game only heightens the mood for players and fans alike.
George Vecsey
Usually when I wielded a hockey stick, it meant somebody was going to get hurt. This is just a friendly match.
Stan Mikita
I just made up my mind that I was going to lose my teeth and have my face cut to pieces.
Johnny Bower
I started playing hockey late and it was unclear until the very last moment if I was talented or not. But it turned out well.
Alexander Ovechkin
On his contract negotiations with the Devils: It’s beyond money at this point. They’re not even treating him as a member of their family, unless it’s a dysfunctional family.
Kurt Overhardt
Obviously ice hockey’s much faster. You play street hockey, most likely, with a ball. Where the puck is more difficult to maneuver with. There’s not too many things that are different. Playing on the ice is totally, totally different than playing on the street. It’s totally a different game in that aspect.
Jeremy Roenick
A damn independent boy; independent as a hog on ice.
Sam Rayburn
I can remember hockey. It was my life, my passion. It’s what I love the most.
Wayne Gretzky
I am very passionate about Indian hockey.
Gautam Gambhir
In Canada, for boys, your identity is built on hockey. It’s your social position; it’s everything. And I was the worst hockey player of Canada.
Denis Villeneuve
In hockey, you get to meet a lot of different people and become friends with them. It is definitely a special sport. I love that part of it.
Jarome Iginla
I’ve been a hockey fan since ’84, probably.
Joe Thornton
Hockey was such a part of my life, as well as my family’s, that I knew we were all going to miss it.  For the first few weeks my son was in tears sobbing, ‘I miss you being a Red Wing daddy.’  I didn’t know what to say so we just cried together.  Nobody prepares you for that kind of stuff.
Kris Draper
It must be the body. It’s chiseled out of marshmallows.
Tony Amonte
Bob Goodenow will kill me, but if we’re going to be realistic about things, probably 75 per cent of the league is overpaid. But we’re not paying ourselves. There are people giving it to us and no one is putting a gun to their heads. Something has to be done if we’re going to fix this.
Brett Hull
Some of these guys… I’ve worked with Ice Cube, I think he’s an immensely talented rapper and actor.
Anthony Anderson
We feel fortunate [with Canada hockey team]. We have got a lot of guys who love to play, but they also love to win even more. We are pretty happy. Although we are young, we like our group of players.
Wayne Gretzky
I know my players don’t like my practices, but that’s OK because I don’t like their games.
Harry Neale
Bobby would drive to the net injured, he would drive to the net hurt. He played that way every night. He told Bobby that he was the one who made him famous.
Derek Sanderson
It is no fun lining up in your own building – as the hockey players say – and touching the hands of fellow stubbly louts who have just sent you off to the proverbial cabin on the lake.
George Vecsey
I had all the usual ambition growing up. I wanted to be a writer, a musician, a hockey player. I wanted to do something that wasn’t nine to five. Acting was the first thing I tried that clicked.
Michael J. Fox
John Davidson is one of the premier executives in the National Hockey League. As we continue to build a team that can consistently compete for the Stanley Cup, John’s knowledge of the game and his experience and passion for the Rangers logo make him the ideal choice to oversee our Hockey Operations department.
James L. Dolan
Outdoor hockey is what it is all about.
Paul Coffey
In football, every play, play after play, there’s that physicality. Football players only play once a week, so they must really need to rest. That does kind of tell you how physical the sport is. But in hockey, you have the boards. I just couldn’t say which is more physical.
Sidney Crosby
I think I’m a mama’s boy who wanted to be a hockey player, who failed, and had to become a singer. I think that I’m a generous, impatient, kind, jerk.
Michael Buble
I would be surprised if there weren’t some owners who didn’t want to get a deal done right now and get back to playing hockey.
Luke Richardson
I might have some quibbles with the way the game is played today, but at its core, I know that hockey will always be hockey no matter what year the calendar reads.
Gordie Howe
You need balance, and if you have dynamic people – I’ve always tried to assess the talent and say, ‘Okay, how can we get better as a group and how can we win hockey games?’
Barry Trotz
The Rope a Dope would not have existed without the Big Dope.
George Foreman