Hockey’s Back!

The maple leaves are changing to a reddish-brown and there is a biting crispness in the morning air.  This can only mean one thing in Canada:  the puck is about to be dropped!  To help us focus on rinks, sweat and sticks, here is a dozen unforgettable quotes on the greatest game on ice.

  • He shoots! He scores! – Foster Hewitt
  • Skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been. – Wayne Gretzky
  • But I smile at the small-town myth for the harmless, happy days it gave me, and God knows how many tens of thousands of others. Hockey, for most of us, was the first time – and so often the only time – we ever felt we truly mattered. – Ken Dryden
  • Throughout the years ahead, just as in the past, NHL hockey will remain one of the most exciting team games, an awesome exhibition of strength, speed, endurance and fitness wherever it is played. – Brian McFarlane
  • 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
  • I’ve always felt hockey was like a disease. You can’t really shake it. – Ken Wregget
  • Hockey is like a religion in Montreal. You’re either a saint or a sinner; there’s no in-between. – Patrick Roy
  • Baseball can have its perfect dimensions, its undeniable drama, but hockey, for all its wrongs, still has the potential to deliver a momentary, flashing magic that is found in no other game we play. – Roy MacGregor
  • Hockey is a man’s game. The team with the most real men wins. – Brian Burke
  • You can’t play hockey if you’re nice. – Steve Ludzik
  • You have to know what pro hockey is all about. You have to live and breathe and sleep it. You have to lose a few teeth and take some shots to the face. It’s not a pretty thing. – Ted Nolan
  • 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

(ed. – This collection of hockey quotes first appeared in By George Journal in 2010 – )

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