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A good hockey player plays where the puck is.
A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.
You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don't take.
My kids are no different than anyone else's - they tend to disagree with everything I say!
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
The only shot I ALWAYS miss, is the one I don't take!
Ninety percent of hockey is mental and the other half is physical.
I grew up such a fan. It was my life. Everything I did was hockey related and everything I have is because of hockey and the NHL.
I love everything about hockey.
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.
When you're playing an exhibition, you're kind of letting everyone get an opportunity.
I couldn't beat people with my strength;
I don't have a hard shot; I'm not the quickest skater in the league. My eyes and my mind have to do most of the work.
The only way a kid is going to practice is if it's total fun for him... and it was for me.
Not doing it is certainly the best way to not getting it
When emotions are high, things are said, things are done.
Ultimately, these players want to play. I know too many of them love the game too much.
It's really hard. And it's harder today because of the salary cap. It starts in September at training camp - getting every guy on the same page, being as mentally and physically as focused as you can be. Then in April and May, you basically spend eight weeks practising, watching video and playing games. That's your life.
Thankfully, in my youth I had the best financial advisor a son could ask for: my dad Walter. When I got that first signing bonus in 1978, Dad took my cheque, announced, 'This is what we're going to do,' and bought an annuity with it.
I think a lot of parents live their lives through the kids.
Because they didn't make it [achieve something], they want their kids to make it. It puts a lot of undue pressure on the kids.
If I had to pick three players to start a franchise, I'd choose Hasek, Peter Forsberg and Eric Lindros.
The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.
Kids don't fight in minor hockey anymore.
There's very few fights in junior and college hockey. So growing up, all these guys are not fighting.
At the end of the day everybody lost.
We almost crippled our industry. It was very disappointing what happened.
My best friend had a hockey scholarship at Ohio State, so I would get a couple of pairs at the beginning of the season and send them down to him. They practised two hours a day. He'd skate in them for three weeks then ship them back.
I don't like my hockey sticks touching other sticks, and I don't like them crossing one another, and I kind of have them hidden in the corner. I put baby powder on the ends. I think it's essentially a matter of taking care of what takes care of you.
It really doesn't matter or concern me what people are saying or who thinks who is the favorite. The bottom line is you have to play.
Good players skate to the puck. Great players skate to where the puck is going to be.
In one sense we are a favorite because we won a gold medal in 2002.
I heard people say, 'Why would he want to do this?' My answer is 'Why not?' It is what I love. It's what I know.
And people who know me would tell you that away from hockey I'm really not that competitive.
It's easier to lose than to win.
One hundred percent of shots not taken don't go in.
You miss every shot you don't take.
Growing up, I was always the small guy.
I think the Americans are ready to play, they want to beat us.
I think that players like Chris Chelios and his leadership over there goes a long way.
I get a feeling about where a teammate is going to be.
A lot of times, I can turn and pass without even looking.
If we're going to change the game it has to start at eight, nine and 10 years old. When we were that age we'd go to the pond or backyard rink and throw a puck on the ice and play five on five, or seven on seven. You get this creativity and this imagination that comes from within, just having fun on the pond. Now kids are so focused on team play, and the coaches are so focused on positioning. You can't change it at the NHL level.
I think that from the time you start playing sports as a child you see that your responsibility to your team is to play the best that you can play as an individual... and yet, not take anything away from being part of a team.
I can remember hockey. It was my life, my passion. It's what I love the most.
You miss the ball you do not hit 100%
Your friends, family, and kids have to understand that's your priority.
It's the only way you can be successful.
Only one thing is ever guaranteed, that is that you will definitely not achieve the goal if you don't take the shot.
I missed 100% of the shots I didn't take
Hockey is my life. I love every minute of it.
Canadian players have started to put more of an importance on the World Championships in the sense that as soon as they lose, they are called, they want to go play and they don't go only on the basis of if they are injured.
What you want to do with your best players is, it doesn't matter how many goals and assists they get, but when they get goals and assists. The best players get them at the most important times, and that's when we need those guys to come through.
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.
Eight days ago, we were the toast of the town. Eight days later we're Thanksgiving turkeys.
No matter who you are, we're creatures of habit.
The better your habits are, the better they will be in pressure situations.
You'll never catch me bragging about goals, but I'll talk all you want about my assists.
I wasn't a great skater and I needed my skates to be perfect - really tight around the ankles. But I couldn't break in new ones because my feet would hurt so much. I wore a size 9 shoe and a 6.5 skate - my foot was really crunched.
Look at guys like Larry Bird and George Brett and John McEnroe;
that's what they did in their careers. They all wanted to be the guy under the microscope late in the game or late in the match. So you just take on that know-how that that's part of your responsibility, and you learn that's what makes it exciting. That's what makes it fun!