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Hockey features

Ice hockey is a form of disorderly conduct in which the score is kept. (Doug Larson)

Hockey is just a game. (Martin Brodeur)

In a weird way, [hockey] is like church and therapy and exercise all rolled up into one. (Michael Vartan)

Hockey is a tough game. (Bobby Orr)

Ice hockey is a clever mix of acrobatic sliding and World War II. (Alfred Hitchcock)

Hockey is a difficult and skill-based game. (Sandeep Singh)

Hockey is a tough, physical game, and it always should be. (Mario Lemieux)

I think the thing you always got to keep in mind, you know, hockey is a game of one-on-one battles. (Mark Messier)

A fast body-contact game played by men with clubs in their hands and knives laced to their feet. (Paul Gallico)

The top three worst things I’ve seen in hockey? The invention of the trap.The invention of the morning skate. And the invention of the extremely ugly uniform. (Brett Hull)

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)

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)

Fights and hockey

I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out. (Rodney Dangerfield)

If they gave us brooms instead of bats, there would still be fights. (Phil Esposito)

You don’t love hockey for the scores, you love hockey for the fights, right? (DeAngelo Williams)

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)

Hockey is the only place where a guy can go nowadays and watch two white guys fight. (Frank Deford)

We don’t need this kind of hockey! (Nikolai Ozerov)

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)

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)

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 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)

Hockey players

Hockey players are a different breed. (Joe Thornton)

I’m just a hockey player. I want to play every day. (Martin Brodeur)

I’m not a freak show. I’m a hockey player. (Zdeno Chara)

All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity. (Gordie Howe)

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)

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)

A player must be able to skate, have hockey sense, be able to shoot, but not necessarily be able to score. (Pierre Page)

I hated everybody I played against, and they hated me. That’s the way hockey should be played. (Ted Lindsay)

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)

For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a professional hockey player. (Mario Lemieux)

Yeah, I’m cocky and I am arrogant. But that doesn’t mean I’m not a nice person. (Jeremy Roenick)

Attitude to hockey

It’s more fun to be playing hockey than doing anything else. (Connor McDavid)

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 love hockey because of the respect for history and for the game itself. (George Vecsey)

I am a huge hockey fan. (Serinda Swan)

Some of us love hockey not just for its ferocity and skill but for its underlying code of civility off the ice. (George Vecsey)

Hockey is the only thing that I’m not good at that I love. (Guy Kawasaki)

I played basketball in high school, and I love watching sports – I’ll watch everything except maybe hockey. (Andy Roddick)

I like ice hockey, but it’s a frustrating game to watch. It’s hard to keep your eyes on both the puck and the players and too much time passes between scoring in hockey. There are usually more fights than there are points. (Andy Rooney)

There is no other way to the top. No matter how talented you are, only training, persistent, persistent training, where the willpower and patience of the athlete, his character, the ability to cope with all obstacles and surprises, are fully tested, allow us to count on success. (Valery Kharlamov)


There is no position in sport as noble as goaltending. (Vladislav Tretiak)

The goal is too small and the goalies are too big. (Scotty Bowman)

Why doesn’t the fattest man in the world become a hockey goalie? (Steven Wright)

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)

Playing goal is like being shot at. (Jacques Plante)

How would you like a job where, every time you make a mistake, a big red light goes on, and 18,000 people boo? (Jacques Plante)

Only a goalie can appreciate what a goalie goes through. (Jacques Plante)

Goaltending is to hockey like putting is to golf. It really has no relationship to the rest of the game. (Harry Sinden)

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’ve told you guys before, goalies don’t think. (Chris Osgood)

Canada and hockey

Canada is hockey. (Mike Weir)

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)

When you think of hockey, when you think of Canada, you think of Wayne Gretzky. (Joe Sakic)

Hockey is like a religion in Montreal. You’re either a saint or a sinner; there’s no in-between. (Patrick Roy)

The Canadian franchises and Canada as a market for NHL hockey has always been a priority for us. (Gary Bettman)

I’m not stereotypically Canadian. I don’t really follow hockey. I don’t feel like anything other than myself, basically. (Michael Cera)

Hockey captures the essence of the 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)

Sources also confirm that there is no one left in Canada who can remember when hockey was a simple game, played for fun. (Roy MacGregor)

Team and hockey

A hockey team is like a puzzle. Every piece is vital. (Bob Hartley)

Nobody’s more important than the team. (Rejean Houle)

To succeed in hockey, you need teamwork. (Henry Samueli)

Hockey is a unique sport in the sense that you need each and every guy helping each other and pulling in the same direction to be successful. (Wayne Gretzky)

Hockey is not a one-man show; it’s a team effort. If you don’t work as a team – even if one or two guys aren’t working – you’re not going to win. That’s the way it is. (Guy Lafleur)

We talk about mental toughness all the time. That’s the biggest thing good teams have, that they can overcome adversity. (Bryan Murray)

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)

Win and hockey

I guarantee we’ll win tonight. (Mark Messier)

If you can’t beat ’em in the alley, you can’t beat ’em on the ice. (Conn Smythe)

I’ve always played hockey to win, not to get shutouts. (Martin Brodeur)

It seems like we’re doing just enough to lose by a little. (Darryl Sutter)

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)

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)

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)

Life and hockey

I like ice hockey. No one is ever going to ask me to write about that as a metaphor for life. (Steven Pinker)

Every day is a great day for hockey. (Mario Lemieux)

Hockey taught me to challenge myself and be the best I can be on and off the ice. (P.K. Subban)

We know that hockey is where we live, where we can best meet and overcome pain and wrong and death. Life is just a place where we spend time between games. (Fred Shero)

Whether talking about winning games or the amount of practices to schedule, it’s important to be realistic and remember that, while hockey is a great way to teach us life lessons, it’s not something that should define us as people. (Joel Johnson)

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)

NHL and hockey

My goal was to play in the NHL, because that is the best hockey in the world. (Jaromir Jagr)

You do not play hockey for good seasons. You play to win the Stanley Cup. It has to be the objective. (Guy Lafleur)

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)

I was always a decent hockey player, but I’d have never made the NHL. (Graham DeLaet)

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)

There are a lot of really good hockey players that have had great starts to their careers and have experience in the NHL under 23 years old. (Auston Matthews)

Football and hockey

I think it’s fairly clear that playing hockey isn’t the same as playing football. (Gary Bettman)

There’s more violence in one football game than there is in an entire hockey season, and nobody ever talks about that. (Keith Allen)

Football is not nuns hockey. (Erhard Ahmann)

I still believe it is important that children have a chance to play other sports because they all offer learning experiences. Soccer is a growing sport and would be a good complement to hockey. (Gordie Howe)

“Do you even understand the rules of Hockey?”
“Same as Football. The Ball goes in the Net. Team that does this the most wins.”
“There aren’t balls in hockey.” (Katelynn Alexandrea)

Women and hockey

My wife likes the hockey smell because it’s the smell of a warrior. (David Walton)

My former wife made me a millionaire. I used to have three million dollars. (Bobby Hull)

Hockey seems completely lawless and, therefore, inexplicably sexy. (Rachel Nichols)

Love is like hockey, you get dumped and you don’t know why. (Caroline Lebrun)

Hockey is the dream of all Swedes. They get the girls. (Mats Wilander)

Mind and hockey

Ninety percent of hockey is mental and the other half is physical. (Wayne Gretzky)

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)

I watch a lot of hockey. There are some good hockey players and there are some awfully stupid hockey players. (Ted Lindsay)

Sport is the opium for the people … Sports spectacles, football and hockey make fools out of us. (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)

People talk about skating, puck handling and shooting, but the whole sport is angles and caroms, forgetting the straight direction the puck is going, calculating where it will be directed, factoring in all the interruptions. Basically, my whole game is angles. (Wayne Gretzky)

Work and hockey

Hockey is a year-round job. (Connor McDavid)

I never looked at hockey as work. Now that I’d finished playing, I had to go to work. (Bobby Orr)

There wasn’t a day when I felt like hockey was work. I still don’t feel that way. (P.K. Subban)

My job is to score goals. (Peter Bondra)

Hockey is the only job I know where you get paid to have a nap on the day of the game. (Chico Resch)

Women’s hockey

People would say, ‘Girls don’t play hockey. Girls don’t skate.’ I would say, ‘Watch this.’ (Hayley Wickenheiser)

People don’t know how fantastic women’s ice hockey is. People don’t know how fantastic hockey is in general. (Hilary Knight)

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)

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)

Sport and hockey

Hockey is the original extreme sport. (Tom Ward)

Hockey is not a sport – it’s a disease. (Chico Resch)

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)

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)

Quotes about sport

Family and hockey

I’m a dad first and foremost, then it goes hockey and then work, in that order. (Will Arnett)

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)

I love my hockey, but if you can do that and go home and just be a dad and husband, then you have the best of both worlds. (Curtis Joseph)

My dad was a real man’s man, and so were my brothers, in a small town where hockey is king. It’s a masculine culture. It made me really attentive to what it meant to be a guy. (Lynn Coady)

Money and hockey

You can’t just go outside and play hockey. It’s more of an expensive sport. (Jeremy Roenick)

The three important elements in hockey are: the forecheck, the backcheck and the paycheck. (Gilbert Perreault)

It’s crazy when you think about it, someone giving me $100 million to do what I would do on any ordinary day anyway. (Connor McDavid)

Players wanted more money, higher salary caps, and they didn’t have that family connection that we felt with players. Mentally, the players were more professional. (Guy Lafleur)


The coaching profession doesn’t hand you any gifts. (Randy Carlyle)

Coaches are like ducks. Calm on top, but paddling underneath. Believe me, there’s a lot of leg movement. (Ken Hitchcock)

I know my players don’t like my practices, but that’s OK because I don’t like their games. (Harry Neale)

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)

Puck and hockey

A puck is a hard rubber disc that hockey players strike when they can’t hit one another. (Jimmy Cannon)

When we’ve got the puck, they can’t score. (Paul Coffey)

At some point the disc jumps onto your racket in such a way that you can also hit it. (Peter Draisaitl)

Why is a puck called a puck? Because dirty little bastard was taken. (Martin Brodeur)

Education and hockey

I would say it is important to have a good education, as hockey is a career that does not last many years, and you need to be prepared for this. (Gordie Howe)

I was not the best student. Thank God I had a lot of hockey talent. (Guy Lafleur)

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)

Figure skating and hockey

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)

High sticking, tripping, slashing, spearing, charging, hooking, fighting, unsportsmanlike conduct, interference, roughing……everything else is just figure skating. (Scotty Bowman)

My first love was hockey, but it seemed the more I skated and danced with Tessa, the more I fell in love with the sport. (Scott Moir)

Quotes about ice skating

Death and hockey

Hockey is murder on ice. (Jim Murray)

If there are no deaths and injuries, then there are no playoffs. (Bernie Johnston)

Hockey players wear numbers because you can’t always identify the body with dental records. (Bob Plager)

India and hockey

India is known for hockey all over the world. (Sandeep Singh)

There is no shortage of talent in hockey in India. (Anurag Thakur)

The first few years were quite hard for me. It took time for me to understand what exactly is international hockey. (P.R. Sreejesh)

Great hockey player

A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be. (Wayne Gretzky)

A player who is not willing to constantly improve and does not want to win every game, no matter how unimportant, will never become a great one! (Viktor Tikhonov)

Hockey moms

I love those hockey moms. You know what they say the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is? Lipstick. (Sarah Palin)

What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a mass turkey-murdering machine? Looks like about 15 feet. (Keith Olbermann)

Field hockey

Field hockey is my strongest sport, and if I lose a game, I take a long, hot bath and moan about it. (Emma Watson)

Lesbians, homosexuals, masochism, sadism are not perversions. Actually, there are only two perversions: hockey on grass and ballet on ice. (Faina Ranevskaya)

Kids and hockey

I’m just an average Canadian kid playing hockey. (Joe Thornton)

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)

Leisure and hockey

The season is long. When I’m off, I try to distract myself from hockey. (Alexander Ovechkin)

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)

Soviet Union and hockey

Ice hockey is the closest thing to religion permitted by the Soviet Union. (Tom Clancy)

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)

Injury and hockey

We get nose jobs all the time in the NHL, and we don’t even have to go to the hospital. (Brad Park)

A different type of human has to play that sport. Hockey players keep fighting – nobody cares what’s wrong with you, as long as you have one foot to skate on, you keep playing. (Davis Webb)

Teeth and hockey

You’re not really a hockey player until you’ve lost a few teeth. (Bill Gadsb)

My teeth weren’t that good to begin with, so hopefully I can get some better ones. (Duncan Keith)


You miss 100% of the shots you never take. (Wayne Gretzky)

The English play hockey in any weather. Thunder, lightening, plague of locusts…nothing can stop the hockey. Do not fight the hockey, for the hockey will win. (Maureen Johnson)

Sometimes you do the hard work and set the table, and somebody else eats the meal. (Brian Burke)

There are certain guys that think they know hockey because they follow it on the Internet. (Paul Coffey)

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