You need a lot of leaders, but a hockey team needs a voice, not only in the community, but more importantly between the coaching staff and the players. There are always ups and downs in a season; the captain is the guy players look to in those situations.
A hockey team is like a puzzle. Every piece is vital.
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
It's not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it's what you put into the practice.
Great moments are born from great opportunities.
I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out.
Half the game is mental, the other half is being mental.
We take the shortest route to the puck and arrive in ill humor.
A puck is a hard rubber disk that hockey players strike when they can't hit one another.
How would you like a job where, if you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?
Ice hockey is a form of disorderly conduct in which the score is kept.
Hockey belongs to the Cartoon Network, where a person can be pancaked by an ACME anvil, then expanded - accordion-style - back to full stature, without any lasting side effect.
Street hockey is great for kids. It's energetic, competitive, and skilful. And best of all, it keeps them off the street.
We get nose jobs all the time in the NHL, and we don't even have to go to the hospital.
I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.
The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.
All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity.
You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave - win or lose.
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 an NHL playoff series.
Hockey is a fast, body-contact game played by men with clubs in their hands and knives laced to their feet.
Hockey players wear numbers because you can't always identify the body with dental records.
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.
Playing goal is like being shot at.
This is your moment. You're meant to be here.
High sticking, tripping, slashing, spearing, charging, hooking, fighting, unsportsmanlike conduct, interference, roughing......everything else is just figure skating.
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