Famous Hockey Quotes
"In Canada, you're not a hockey player until you've lost some teeth."
“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.”
Glen Hall – on Letting in this famous Goal by Bobby Orr.
"I've been gifted. The world is full of people who not only haven't been gifted, but have had something taken away from them. All I have to do is see one of them, some little girl who can't walk, and then I don't think I'm such a hero anymore. I think that compared to them, I'm a very small article."
"Forget about style; worry about results."
"The greatest hockey player who ever lived: Bobby Orr, and I love him."
"Most of the guys that wear them are Europeans and French Guys."
Don Cherry on Visors
"You don't have enough talent to win on talent alone.”
Herb Brooks, 1980 US Olympic hockey coach.
"You're playing worse every day and right now you're playing like the middle of next week."
"People didn't know the difference between a blue line and a clothes line."
Al Michaels, describing Americans' knowledge of hockey prior to the "Miracle on Ice
"I hear they had our flag on their dressing room floor. I wonder if they’d like us to sign it?"
Hailey Wickenheiser after defeating the US women for 2002 Winter Olympic Gold Medal
“We only have one person to blame, and that’s each other.”
"Just charge me with the usual."
Bob Probert's response to told police officers after he crashed his motorcycle into a car.
Langdon takes a whack at Probert.
“I'm on Fire.”
Darren Langdon after getting an assist for his first point in 32 games.
"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."
"I was a multi-millionaire from playing hockey. Then I got divorced, and now I am a millionaire."
"We have to get families back in the game, get back where Saturday night, everything stops. A case of beer comes out and a bottle of rye and anyone who comes to the house, they better want to watch hockey."
"I'm not dumb enough to be a goalie."
"We’re looking forward to building the type of team the Rangers are able to buy."
Phoenix GM Bobby Smith:
"I just tape four Tylenols to it."
Boris Mironov, on playing with a sore ankle
"We get nose jobs all the time in the NHL, and we don't even have to go to the hospital."
"Hockey is a man's game. The team with the most real men wins."
"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.”
"We're right next to Mile High Stadium. I'm no rocket scientist, but...uh...(smile)."
"Hockey is the only job I know where you get paid to have a nap on the day of the game."
"I've told you guys before, goalies don't think.
“Monday was Anna Kournikova's 18th birthday. Or as hockey player Sergei Fedorov knows it, 'The day I can legally start telling everyone I am sleeping with Anna Kournikova.''
Craig Kilborn on the Late show.
"I've always felt we weren't physical enough on the back line. Now there's a no-parking sign in front of our net."
"I know I'm not very popular on Long Island. I don't know who's less popular, me or Joey Buttafuoco."
Don Maloney, New York Islander General Manager
"Hockey's the only place where a guy can go nowadays and watch two white guys fight."
"When Maurice is worked up, his eyes gleam like head-lights... Goalies have said he's like a car coming at you at night. He is Terrifying."
Frank Selke - Canadiens Manager on Rocket Richard
"They were checking us so closely, I could tell what brand of deodorant they were using."
"The three important elements of hockey are: forecheck, backcheck and paycheck"
"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, on his time in the IHL
"The only way you can check Gretzky is to hit him when he is standing still singing the national anthem."
"Last season we couldn't win at home and we were losing on the road. My failure was that I couldn't think of any place else to play."
”I know my players don't like my practises, but that's OK because I don't like their games.”
"Hey, NY Islanders, where were you the night we played the Rangers? We, your loyal fans showed up! We braved freezing weather and came out looking for a great game. We came out to support you. Where was the energy, the excitement, the electricity, the intensity? Come on now... we deserve a better effort. It's a tough road ahead. Your fans are behind you... play with passion!!! Let's Go Islanders! -Islanders’."
An Islander's Fan that paid $24,000 to run this ad in a New York Newspaper.
"How would you like a job where, every time you make a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?"
"Half the game is mental; the other half is being mental."
"Hockey is murder on ice."
"Hockey is like a disease, you can't really shake it."
"You try to squeeze a little more Charmin in the pads when you face him."
Kevin Hodson, goalie, on Al MacInnis:
"Every day is a great day for hockey."
"I don't order fries with my club sandwich."
Mario Lemieux's response to Ron Francis who asked Mario what he did to stay in shape in the off season.
“Biologically, I'm 10. Chronologically, I'm 33. In hockey years, I'm 66.”
"He's a gutless puke, that's what Travis Green is. That's why he doesn't wear an Islander uniform any more.
"I don’t know if Anna (Kournikova) told him to get tougher or what."
Mike Modano, on Sergei Fedorov breaking three sticks on Dallas players
"Only in America."
Miroslav Satan's response to the question: 'Is this really your name?''
"Yeah, I'm cocky and I am arrogant. But that doesn't mean I'm not a nice person."
"I guess they respect my shot because they were all ready at the blue line."
Patrick Roy, on his attempt at the Edmonton Oilers empty net.
"I could not hear what they say about me, my 2 Stanley Cup rings were stuffed in my ears."
"Jeses Saves. Espo scores on the Rebound!
Boston Bumper Sticker
"I tried to talk my daughter out of going with a hockey player but, he’s a good kid. He asked me if he could marry Carrie before he asked her. I said: "You want to what? I thought he was just going to ask for more ice time."
Phil Esposito, on his daughter Carrie getting engaged to Alexander Selivanov.
"This is the best. It's outdoors, there's 60,000 people. It's nice to see hockey where it came from, outdoors. This is better than Ski-Dooing or ice fishing."
"I have to thank the guy who fired me because he was also the guy who hired me."
Serge Savard, on his firing from Montreal
"Part of the learning curve in Edmonton is learning to hate Calgary."
"This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us."
Steven Tyler, Aerosmith's lead singer, after admiring the Stanley Cup:
"That's so when I forget how to spell my name, I can still find my &@!$# clothes."
Stu Grimson explaining why he keeps a color photo of himself above his locker.
”I just want to comment on how It's become a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in Love with my sloppy seconds”
"I had the idea that I should beat up every player I tangled with, and nothing ever convinced me it wasn't a good idea."
"Winning is always fun, but the car is more important."
Teemu Selanne, on the importance of the All-Star game.
You keep shooting. You hope it goes in, and you smile.”
"We are the sort of people who make health insurance popular."
Terry Sawchuk, former Red Wings goaltender
"They say you're not a coach in the league till you've been fired. I must be getting pretty good."
"Getting cut in the face is a pain in the butt."
Theo Fleury.- Calgaru Flames
"It must be the body. It’s chiseled out of marshmallows.”
Tony Amonte, on possessing the NH’s second-longest active playing streak.
"It felt like a golf swing and my head was on the tee."
"Some days, the sun even shines on a dog’s butt."
Wade Redden on Ottawa’s come from behind 6-2 win over Toronto.
"Hockey players wear numbers because you can’t always identify the body with dental records."
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