Sensational Quotes for Smart People


Sensational Quotes about Hockey:

Funny, Motivational, and Inspirational


First Top-Ten List of Sensational

Hockey Quotes and Hockey Sayings

#1 of Top-Ten Sensational Hockey Quotes and Sayings

Goaltenders are three sandwiches shy of a picnic. From the moment primitive man lurched erect, he survived on the principle that when something hard and potentially lethal comes toward you at great velocity, get the hell out of it's path.
— Jim Taylor

#2 of Top-Ten Sensational Hockey Quotes and Sayings

[Hockey]: A fast body-contact game played by men with clubs in their hands and knives laced to their feet.
— Paul Gallico

#3 of Top-Ten Sensational Hockey Quotes and Sayings

I don't order fries with my club sandwich.
— Mario Lemiex of Pittsburg Penguins, in reply to how he stays in shape in the off season

#4 of Top-Ten Sensational Hockey Quotes and Sayings

It would hurt attendance.
— Mike Peluso, New Jersey Devils, on why he wouldn't cut his shoulder-length hair

#5 of Top-Ten Sensational Hockey Quotes and Sayings

Every boo on the road is a cheer.
— Scotty Bowman, coach of the Detroit Red Wings

#6 of Top-Ten Sensational Hockey Quotes and Sayings

Ranger fans are the rudest and they're proud of it, I'm sure.
— Byron Dafoe, Boston Bruins

#7 of Top-Ten Sensational Hockey Quotes and Sayings

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, Washington Capitals, speaking to the media, after scoring one of his few goals

#8 of Top-Ten Sensational Hockey Quotes and Sayings

I'm just glad it wasn't Machete Night.
— Bob Froese, New York Rangers, after fans threw plastic mugs on the ice on "Mug Night"

#9 of Top-Ten Sensational Hockey Quotes and Sayings

He ran over a few people, nothing major. Mess runs over people. Sometimes, people don't get up. That's life.
— Grant Fuhr, Edmonton Oilers, about Mark Messier

#10 of Top-Ten Sensational Hockey Quotes and Sayings

Yeah, I'm cocky and I am arrogant. But that doesn't mean I'm not a nice person.
— Jeremy Roenick, Phoenix Coyotes

Second Top-10 List of Sensational

Quotes about Hockey

#1 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Hockey

I don't like hockey. I'm just good at it.
— Brett Hull

#2 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Hockey

How would you like it if, at your job, every time you made the slightest mistake a little red light went on over your head and 18,000 people stood up and screamed at you?
— Jacques Plante

#3 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Hockey

We're going to be the best in the league at something. We're deep in anthem singers.
— Barry Trotz, Coach of the Predators

#4 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Hockey

I like to space them out so I can remember them.
— Chris McAllister, Philadelphia Flyers, after scoring his first goal in 94 games

#5 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Hockey

If I'd known it was going to take 25 years, I'd have started earlier.
— Ken Hitchcock, Coach of Dallas Stars, about how long it took him to get to Stanley Cup Finals

#6 of To-10 Sensational Quotes about Hockey

If you've only got one day to live, come see the Toronto Maple Leafs. It'll seem like forever.
— Unknown Toronto Maple Leafs fan

#7 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Hockey

Sure, Daniel wears number 22 and Henrik number 33.
— Marc Crawford, Coach of Vancouver Canucks, on whether he could distinguish the Sedin Twins

#8 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Hockey

All that means is that I'll be 783 years old when I catch Scotty Bowman.”
— Kevin Constantine, Pittsburg Penguins Coach, after being congratulated on his 100th career win

#9 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Hockey

Hell, I don't know if he speaks French.
— Toe Blake, Coach of Montreal Canadiens, when asked if reticent rookie Henri Richard spoke any English

#10 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Hockey

They say you're not a coach in the league till you've been fired. I must be getting pretty good.
— Terry Simpson


 More Sensational Hockey Quotes and

Hockey Sayings for Smart People 

Hockey is like a disease, you can't really shake it.
— Goaltender Ken Wregget

You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep and rest when you know that it was a 100 percent effort that you gave win or lose.
— Gordie Howe, Hall of Fame Detroit Red Wings player

I'll still run him on the ice tomorrow.
— Tie Domie, Toronto Maple Leafs Player, after New York Rangers Adam Graves, related to him by marriage, drove him to Toronto's practice in New York State

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, Philadelphia Flyers, in 1976 before the Russian Central Army Team played the Flyers

Hockey would be a great game ... if played in the mud.
— Jimmy Cannon

Some nights, I'd like to shoot some of them myself.
— Neil Smith, President of New York Rangers, in response to fashion photographer Bruce Weber's request to shoot some of the Ranger players

We've got no-trade clauses. Nobody wants us.
— Keith Jones, Philadelphia Flyers, talking about himself and his teammate Craig Berube

There is no escalator to [hockey] success only steps.
— Glen Sather, Edmonton Oilers General Manager

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, hockey great in retirement

You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.
— Wayne Gretzky

You're too old to still be playing. I'll buy you a rocker you can sit in.
— Stan Mikita, to Gordie Howe when Howe was almost 40

I know my players don't like my practises, but that's OK because I don't like their games.
— Harry Neale, Coach

Hockey is a man's game. The team with the most real men wins.
— Brian Burke

He's skating like he's 36 again.
— Mike Keane, Dallas Stars, after his teammate Guy Carbonneau at the age of 38 played a great game

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, Pittsburg Penguins

I played my age. Not bad.
— Ron Francis, after playing 39 minutes in a 2002 Stanley Cup Final Game

The kid looks good in his first game.
— Gordie Howe, Hartford Whalers, at the age of 51 referring to Bobby Hull who at 40 made his debut with the Whalers

All my [best] friends back home fight on the street — and all they get is arrested.
— Patrick Cote, Nashville Predators, (mostly used as fighter) about his $375,000 salary

Our system of forechecking is to shoot the puck and leave it there.
— Harry Neale

It's always good to have the building filled — even if it's with low-IQ Rangers fans.
— Mike Milbury, Coach of New York Islanders, before a home game with the New York Rangers

He's as old as some trees.
— Pat Burns, Coach of Toronto Maple Leafs, about Mike Gartner

In the playoffs will beats skill.
— Kevin Constantine, Coach of San Jose Sharks

It would have been worse if we hadn't blocked the kick after Toronto's second touchdown.
— Alex Delvecchio, after Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings 13-0 IN 1971

I remember taking a look at him and saying, "Anyone who perms his hair has got to go." So we sent him to Fort Worth.
— Don Cherry, Coach of Colorado Rockies, about Don Saleski

Bert's wallet is like an onion. Any time he opens it, he starts crying.
— Brendan Morrison, Vancouver Canucks, about his teammate Todd Bertuzzi

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, New York Islanders (talking about his team's four Stanley Cup wins in the 1980s just before the Edmonton Oilers took over as the NHL powerhouse)

Oh, yes, I love sleepless nights.
— Larry Robinson, Los Angeles Kings, in response to whether he planned to coach the team the following season

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

The three important elements of hockey are: forecheck, backcheck and paycheck.
— Gil Perreault

I'd rather fight than score.
— Dave "The Hammer" Schultz

If hockey fights were fixed, I'd be in more of them.
 — Rod Gilbert, New York Rangers

I'll never be accused of losing a step. I'm not sure I ever had one.
— Larry Murphy, Detroit Red Wings, at age 38

It takes brains. It's not like a forward, where you can get away with scoring and not play defense. On defense you have to be thinking.
— Chris Chelios, Detroit Red Wings

Playing goal is like being shot at.
— Jacques Plante

I've told you guys before, goalies don't think.
— Chris Osgood

There is no such thing as painless goaltending. If they could get enough padding to assure against every type of bruise, you'd have to be swung into position with a small derrick.
— Don Cherry

I'm not dumb enough to be a goalie.
— Brett Hull

When I look at the net I don't see a goalie.
— Pavel Bure

When I look at the net I see 2 or 3 goalies.
— Radek Dvorak

Every time I see you naked, I feel sorry for your wife.
— Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburg Penguins, to teammate Matthew Barnaby

We know he is a one-dimensional player, but it's the dimension we don't have.
— Al Coates, GM of the Calgary Flames, about Phil Housley

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, Los Angeles Kings, upon his entry into the NHL

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, Edmonton Oilers

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, St. Louis Blues

He could deke a guy in a phone booth.
— Own Nolan about Teammate Viktor Kozlov, of the San Jose Sharks

75 percent of the players are overpaid.
— Brett Hull, St Louis Blues

I'd say there's 100 percent of the guys who think they're in the 25 percent.
— Doug Weight, St Louis Blues, in response to Brett Hull

I don't mind [Pavel] Bure or [Alexei] Yashin. I don't mind Markus Naslund. But if you get Europeans who don't score, they're useless, because they don't do anything else.
— Don Cherry

Tell him he's Wayne Gretzky.
 Ted Green, Edmonton Oilers Coach, after Shaun van Allen suffered a concussion and couldn't remember who he was.

The hockey lockout of 1994-1995 has been settled. They have stopped bickering  and can now get down to some serious bloodshed!
 Conan O'Brien

Some of us were meant to score, others were meant to play goal. And others were meant to do what I do. I tick people off and I don't get danger pay.
— Trent McCleary, Montreal Canadiens

The kids just aren't the same today.
— Doug Gilmour, Montreal Canadiens, after a rookie brought only 6 cans of beer onto the team bus when Gilmor asked the rookie to sneak in 24

Bud Light.
— Keith Tkachuk, St. Louis Blues, when asked to name his favorite sports drink

He had better get married soon, because he's getting uglier every day!
— Mark Recchi, about another hockey player

Don't feel sorry because my life is over. Be happy that it happened.
— Pat Burns, former coach of the Leafs, Canadiens, Bruins, and Devils, a few months before his death due to cancer

Everything was set for us to play a real good game.
Then we left the dressing room and everything went to hell.
— Curt Fraser, Coach of the Nashville Trashers

When no one else signs me.
— Chris Chelios, Detroit Red Wings, on the  right time to retire

It means that we're in the basement.
— Michel Bergeron, New York Rangers Coach, in response to what the team's 14 losses by a one-goal margin means

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, Toronto Maple Leafs, about his teammate Czech Tomas Kaberle

They were checking us so closely, I could tell what brand of deodorant they were using.
— Gary Dornhoefer

I was young and stupid then. Now I'm not young anymore.
— Jyrki Lumme, Toronto Maple Leafs about his earlier days with Montreal Canadiens

I love to play for Pittsburgh. If they can't afford me, then I'd love to play in L.A. or New York.
— Jaramir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins

Lunch is on me.
— Brendan Shanahan, Detroit Red Wings, after signing a $26-Million Contract

They don't know a lick about hockey. They never leave in the third period because they think there's a fourth one.
— Tom Fitzgerald, Nashville Predator, talking about Nashville fans

I go from locker to locker, pretending the guys are here.
You know, give them a little bit of a pep talk. It must be working, because we haven't lost a game yet.
Tom McVie, Assistant Coach of Boston Bruins, when asked what he was doing during the 1994-95 Lockout

I won't miss him. Maybe the West Edmonton Mall will miss him, but not me.
— Glen Sather, General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers, after leaving highly-paid but low-results Andrei Kovalenko exposed in the NHL Expansion Draft

It's the nuts and bolts time of the year and we don't have enough nuts and bolts.
— Darryl Sutter, Coach of San Jose Sharks, late in the season during a losing streak

Forget about style; worry about results.
— Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins 

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, Montreal Canadiens

I don't think you ever stopped Bobby Orr. You contained Bobby Orr, but you never stopped him. When we played the Bruins and Bobby had to give up the puck, it was a good play.
— Larry Robinson, Montreal Canadiens

If I can be half the hockey player that Bobby Orr was, I'll be happy.
— Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins

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, Toronto Maple Leafs

That's great. I'm 100 years old and people are still interested.
— Grant Fuhr, then with St Louis Blues, in response to trade rumors involving him

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, Pittsburg Penguins

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, Montreal Canadiens

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.
— Harry Neale, NHL coach

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, Ottawa Senators

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

I told her they must all be sold out.
— Wade Belak, Toronto Maple Leafs, about why his mother said she couldn't find his sweater for sale at the Air Canada Centre Souvenir Shop

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

The people who yell and scream about hockey violence are a handful of intellectuals and newspapermen who never pay to get in to see a game. The fans, who shell out the money, have always liked good, rough hockey.
— Don Cherry

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

If you're built like a freight train, you can't drive around like a Volkswagen.
— Clark Gilles, Coach of New York Islanders, about Todd Bertuzzi who was underachieving at the time

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

I have 3,000 penalty minutes. I don't need people dictating to me how to do my job.
— Tie Domie, Toronto Maple Leafs Player responding to media criticism

It's not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it's what you put into the practice.
— Eric Lindros

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.
Barclay Plager, both a player and coach in the NHL

I'm hoping for a bench clearing brawl during the warm up so I can go out and grab his stick.
— Ron Tugnutt

Our team can't afford to have 5 percent of the guys not playing 100 percent. But when we've got 95 percent not giving 100 percent, we're in real trouble.
— Bob Berry, Coach of Los Angeles Kings

I'm on the third line. I'm a crasher. I know my role. I'm just trying to help. I'm not stupid enough to think I'm great out there.
— Darcy Tucker, Toronto Maple Leafs

Hockey is not a sport — it's a disease.
— Chico Resch

You can always get someone to do your thinking for you.
— Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings (in reply to why hockey players always wore a protective cup but rarely a helmet in the 70s)

Man is that guy ripped. I mean, I've got the washboard stomach, too. It's just that mine has about two months of laundry on top of it.
— Shawn Burr, San Jose Sharks, about Eric Lindros

My brother Dash hit me on the head with five textbooks in a gym bag.
— Tie Domi, Toronto Maple Leafs, about the hardest hit he ever received

Ah, my sister used to hit me harder.
— Shawn Burr, Detroit Red Wings, after being checked by Mike Modano of the Dallas Stars

He was mild-mannered and I don't know how he ever got into the tough-role business. He was not a rough kid. The rough stuff must have come from his mother's side of the family.
— Wayne Langdon, speaking about his son Darren Langdon, a Vancouver Canucks enforcer

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, Detroit Red Wings

It's like the animal kingdom. Adapt or go extinct.
— Brett Hull, Detroit Red Wings, why he had to adjust his style to continue scoring goals

I am 10 times smarter than everyone else in this game. Beyond a shadow of a doubt.
— Brett Hull, Detroit Red Wings

Hullie's a lot like a garbage can. You step on the pedal with your foot and the top opens up.
— Wayne Gretzky, St. Louis Blues about teammate
 Brett Hull and his sensational quotes

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, Edmonton Oilers, about Stu Grimson

I see you finally got a number to match your IQ.
— Bob M., Edmonton Assistant Coach, to Marty McSorley, who had the sweater with the number 5

Potential is synonymous with getting your ass kicked.
— Kevin Constantine, Pittsburg Penguins Coach, in reply to whether his team had potential

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, Philadelphia Flyers, after being benched the previous night

The only pressure I'm under is the pressure I've put on myself.
— Mark Messier, New York Rangers

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, New York Rangers

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, New York Rangers, about Mark Messier

His face is so calm, He shows no sign of stress or anything. Its as if he's saying, "No problem. Relax. I'm just going to beat you now. It's not going to hurt a bit."
— Doninic Roussel, Philadelphia Flyers goalie, about Mario Lemiex of Pittsburg Penguins

Just use the same quotes. It's the same story.
— Bryan Murray, Mighty Ducks, after eight winless games

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, Detroit Red Wings about Maurice Richard of the Montreal Canadiens

Our first priority was staying alive. Our second was stopping the puck.
— Glenn Hall, Chicago Black Hawks goalie

Basically, I don't like anybody.
— Brantt Myhres, Philadelphia Flyers, when asked if there was anyone in the NHL whom he disliked

It seems like we're doing just enough to lose by a little.
— Darryl Sutter, Coach, Sharks, about a losing streak at the end of a season

I don't know who it is. I don't see these guys naked often enough to know.
— Tim Hunter, Assistant Coach of Washington Capitals, when asked to identify which hockey player was showering while another
Capital was being interviewed after a game

A complacent player is a lazy player, and a lazy player is a loser.
— Darryl Sutter, Coach, Chicago Blackhawks

He brings something special. I don't know what it is, but if you ask him, you couldn't understand his answer.
— Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers about teammate Esa Tikkanen

One of My Favorite Hockey Stories 

In a hockey game many years ago Stan Mikita inadvertently cut Gordie Howe (Mr. Hockey) during a game between Chicago Black Hawks and Detroit Red Wings.

Stan Mikita then had the nerve to agitate almost 40-year-old Howe about his age before a faceoff.

"You're too old to still be playing," Mikita uttered to Howe. "I'll buy you a rocker you can sit in."

Surprisingly, Gordie Howe didn't say even one word.

Between periods, however, Ted Lindsay, who used to play with Howe for many years with Detroit and was now playing for the Chicago Black Hawks, said to Mikita: "Stan, you shouldn't have said that to Gordie. He has a memory like an elephant. Trust me, he doesn't forget anything."

When Mikita went out for the third period, he expected Gordie Howe to look for revenge. Much to the surprise of Mikita, Howe did nothing. In fact, Howe didn't do anything out of the ordinary the next five meetings between Chicago and Detroit.

In their sixth game, however, Mikita was skating across centre ice when he was hit hard. After he crumpled to the ice, Mikita crawled on all fours to the bench — the Detroit Red Wings bench by mistake. Finally he got to the Chicago Blackhawks bench and sat down beside Denis DeJordy, the backup goalie for the Hawks. Mikita was seeing nothing but stars.

"Stanley," DeJordy said. "Do you want to know the number of that truck that hit you?"

Mikita just cursed at DeJordy.

"Stanley," persisted DeJordy. "I am the only one in this whole building who saw what happened."

DeJordy then related to Mikita how Gordie Howe put his right hockey glove under his left arm seconds before meeting Mikita at centre ice. In a flash, Howe pulled his hand out of the glove, punched Mikita square on the jaw with his bare fist, and then returned his hand inside the glove without anyone on the ice noticing.

A couple of games later when Detroit and Chicago played again, Howe approached Mikita and mentioned to Mikita how he had hoped that Mikita had learned his lesson.

Apparently, Mikita had. "After that," stated Mikita, "I always called him Mr. Howe."

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