Hockey Quotes (Powerful Quotes from the NHL’s Greatest)

Powerful hockey quotes from passionate players, coaches and fans sharing true love for the game.

Check out the best hockey quotes to get you psyched for game day.

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“I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out.” 

Rodney Dangerfield 

“A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” 

Wayne Gretzky

“Canada is hockey.” 

Mike Weir

People would say, ‘Girls don’t play hockey. Girls don’t skate.’ I would say, ‘Watch this.'” 

Hayley Wickenheiser

“A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” 

Wayne Gretzky
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“I love the smell of the ice… And the cold. The sound the puck makes when it’s sliding across the ice or when hits the net for a goal… as long as it’s our goal. I love the sound of sticks crashing against one another. The sound my skates make when I come to a hard stop. The roar of the crowd. The way I feel when i’m playing. I can do things on this ice that I can’t do anywhere else.”

J. Sterling, In Dreams

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”  

Wayne Gretzky

“Hockey is a tough game.”   

Bobby Orr

“Some of us love hockey not just for its ferocity and skill but for its underlying code of civility off the ice.”  

George Vecsey

“It’s never been easy. But I’ve always wanted to play hockey. I love hockey. I’d rather play hockey than do anything else. If you have that kind of desire, I think you can achieve what you want to achieve.”  

Manon Rheaume

“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
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“Half the game is mental; the other half is being mental.”

Jim McKenny  

“The English play hockey in any weather. Thunder, lightning, plague of locusts…nothing can stop the hockey. Do not fight the hockey, for the hockey will win.”  

Maureen Johnson

“To succeed in hockey, you need teamwork.”  

Henry Samueli

“Ice hockey is a form of disorderly conduct in which the score is kept.”  

Doug Larson

 “I’m happiest when I have skates on my feet, a stick in my hands and teammates by my side.”  

Carrie S. Allen

“Every day is a great day for hockey.”  

Mario Lemieux

“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.”  

Stephen Leacock

“Hockey is a tough, physical game, and it always should be.”  

Mario Lemieux

“You never learn anything if you’re the one talking.”

Gordie Howe, Mr. Hockey: My Story  
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“Hockey is warfare with water breaks.” 

Kate Meader, So Over You

“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

“Why do hockey players fight? Well, partly because you see the pros do it when you’re a kid and partly because sometimes you get hit so hard or a guy says something so foul that you just want to smack him. Your adrenaline is on overdrive and it unleashes its power through your fists.” 

Sean Avery, Ice Capades: A Memoir of Fast Living and Tough Hockey 

 “The day I stop giving is the day I stop receiving. The day I stop learning is the day I stop growing. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”  

Wayne Gretzky

“Hockey is murder on ice.” 

Jim Murray

 “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
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“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

“A fast body-contact game played by men with clubs in their hands and knives laced to their feet.” 

Paul Gallico 

“The scrape of the skates on the ice. The smell of musty old equipment. The black puck stains on the boards. To the uninitiated they’re nothing, but to a hockey player they’re home.”  

Jeff Lemire, Essex County, Vol. 2: Ghost Stories

“A puck is a hard rubber disc that hockey players strike when they can’t hit one another.”  

Jimmy Cannon

“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

“All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity.”  

Gordie Howe

“You’re not really a hockey player until you’ve lost a few teeth.”

Bill Gadsby
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