Ice hockey

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Two defencemen and a goaltender guard their goal. The referee's raised arm indicates that he intends to call a penalty.

Ice hockey, often referred to simply as hockey in Canada and the United States, is a team sport played on ice. It is a speedy and physical sport. Ice hockey is most popular in areas that are sufficiently cold for natural, reliable seasonal ice cover, though with the advent of indoor artificial ice rinks it has become a year-round pastime at the amateur level in major metropolitan areas such as cities that host a National Hockey League (NHL) or other professional-league team.


  • "We take the shortest route to the puck and arrive in ill humor."
  • "Half the game is mental; the other half is being mental."
  • "How would you like a job where, every time you make a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?"
  • "I'm not dumb enough to be a goalie."
  • "Ice hockey is a form of disorderly conduct in which the score is kept."
  • "American professional athletes are bilingual; they speak English and profanity."
  • "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 the NHL playoff series."
  • "A puck is a hard rubber disc that hockey players strike when they can't hit one another."
  • "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."
  • "A player must be able to skate, have hockey sense, be able to shoot - not necessarily able to score - and have drive."
  • "You can have all the talent in the world, but if the pumper's not there, it doesn't matter."
  • "It's not who wins the fight that's important, it's being willing to fight. If you get challenged and renege, everyone wants to take a shot at you."
  • "Street hockey is great for kids. It's energetic, competitive, and skilful. And best of all it keeps them off the street."
    • Unknown
  • "Yeah, I'm cocky and I am arrogant. But that doesn't mean I'm not a nice person."
  • "When we've got the puck, they can't score."
  • "We get nose jobs all the time in the NHL, and we don't even have to go to the hospital."
  • "I honestly believe some would have given up their left leg to stop a shot in the third period."
  • "You've got to go to the net if you want to score."
  • "Put the kids in with a few old pappy guys who still like to win and the combination is unbeatable."
  • "There are two types of forwards. Scorers and bangers. Scorers score and bangers bang."
  • "When you ask for the house, car, cat, dog and all the fish when you're dealing with a player who's got questions about his health, no GM in his right mind is going to say yes and offer to clean the aquarium, too."
    • Eric Lindros, commenting on Flyers GM Bob Clarke's inability to trade him. season
  • "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."
  • "That's so when I forget how to spell my name, I can still find my (expletive) clothes."
    • Stu Grimson, Chicago Blackhawks left wing, explaining why he keeps a color photo of himself above his locker:
  • "It must be the body. It�s chiseled out of marshmallows."
    • Tony Amonte, on possessing the NHL�s second-longest active playing streak:
  • "Winning is always fun, but the car is more important."
    • "You don't have enough talent to win on talent alone."
  • Herb Brooks, 1980 US Olympic hockey coach
  • We refuse to pay a prima donna, a petulant, pouting player who had 30 goals last year the same money as Toronto is paying Mats Sundin or Pittsburgh is paying Jaromir Jagr.
    • Carolina owner Peter Karmanos, on his refusal to deal with Keith Primeau
  • The only difference between the Coyotes and �Days of Our Lives� is that nobody has been shot on our team yet.
  • 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

Scott Wolf, of the TV show �Party of Five� after playing in a charity hockey game: "I�m not planning a career change - not unless they need someone who constantly falls on the ice and is out of breath all the time."

Brendan Morrison�s, agent Kurt Overhardt, 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."

Mike Modano, on Sergei Fedorov�s breaking three sticks on Dallas players: " I don�t know if Anna (Kournikova) told him to get tougher or what."

Roy MacGregor, on Yashin�s contract holdout: "Sources also confirm that there is no one left in Canada who can remember when hockey was a simple game, played for fun."

Phoenix GM Bobby Smith: "We�re looking forward to building the type of team the Rangers are able to buy."

Wade Redden, on Ottawa�s come from behind 6-2 win over Toronto: "Some days, the sun even shines on a dog�s butt."

When Miroslav Satan puts his credit card out to pay bills, he says "They ask me, 'Is this really your name?'" His standard response: "Only in America."

On the "Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn," Kilborn noted Monday was Anna Kournikova's 18th birthday. Kilborn: "Or as hockey player Sergei Fedorov knows it, 'The day I can legally start telling everyone I am sleeping with Anna Kournikova.'"

Brian Skrudland, on the new two-referee system: "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."

Patrick Roy, on his attempt at the Edmonton Oilers empty net: "I guess they respect my shot because they were all ready at the blue line."

Steve Smith: "Part of the learning curve in Edmonton is learning to hate Calgary."

Buffalo tough guy Rob Ray, 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?"

Edmonton�s Boris Mironov, on playing with a sore ankle: "I just tape four Tylenols to it."

  • I�m happy to be back. It was never my aspiration as a kid to play in the Federal league.
    • Glenn Healy, after returning from his stint in the minors made reference to the movie Slapshot with
  • "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."
  • 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
  • (He�s) the most un-athletic looking superstar.
  • Actually we�re trying to get it to flood both locker rooms, just to be fair.
    • Roger Newton, Nassau Coliseum general manager joked when a sewage line backed up and leaked into the Islanders dressing room
    • You try to squeeze a little more Charmin in the pads when you face him.
  • Kevin Hodson, goalie, on Al MacInnis
  • I had to pinch myself seeing the grassy knoll and the book suppository building.
    • Trevor Linden, on viewing the site of John F. Kennedy's assassination in Dallas
  • 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, on former Islander Travis Green and his hit on Kenny Jonsson
  • As always, I remain hopeful that Don Cherry won�t be offered the same length contract.
    • Broadcaster Ron MacLean, on his four year contract renewal
  • "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 know I'm not very popular on Long Island. I don't know who's less popular, me or Joey Buttafuoco."
  • "Just charge me with the usual."
    • In Chicago, Bob Probert crashed his motorcycle into a car. According to police reports, his blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit and he told officers
  • "It felt like a golf swing and my head was on the tee."
  • "I don't order fries with my club sandwich."
  • "I have to thank the guy who fired me because he was also the guy who hired me."
  • "At the end of each year I make a list of my mistakes and it's pretty friggin' long."
  • "Yes the guy can score you 40 goals. Yes I love it. What I don't want is him causing 60."
  • "I was a multi-millionaire from playing hockey. Then I got divorced, and now I am a millionaire."
  • "After all these years in the league, am I that stupid that I would put four forwards and one defenseman in a 3-3 tie, in the third period? I think everybody that knows me here knows I'm not that stupid. I might be halfway stupid, but not that stupid."
    • Pat Burns, New Jersey Devil's Coach, after referees negated a line change that led to Tampa Bay's winning goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs
  • "Win today and we walk together forever."
    • Fred Shero, Flyers Head Coach, at the 1974 Stanley Cup Finals
  • "This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us."
    • Steven Tyler, Aerosmith's lead singer, after admiring the Stanley Cup
  • "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"
  • "You're playing worse every day and right now you're playing like the middle of next week."
  • "No practice tommorow 'cause there's no one left to beat."
    • Bobby Orr, after winning the Stanley Cup for the first time.
  • "A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be."

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