Goals live on the other side of obstacles and challenges. Be relentless in pursuit of those goals, especially in the face of obstacles. Along the way, make no excuses and place no blame.— Ray Bourque
Fantastic Motivational Hockey quotations
You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.
You don't win by being good. You win with hard work and sacrifice. Without that, skill is just potential.
When you pull on that jersey, you represent yourself and your teammates, and the name on the front is a hell of a lot more important than the one on the back. Get that through your head!
Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no mater how slow.
The name on the front is a hell of a lot more important than the one on the back.
I play a position where you make mistakes.
The only people that don't make them at a hockey game are the people watching.
Talent is a gift, but you can only succeed with hard work.
Be not afraid of going slowly, Be afraid of standing still.
You've just got to go out there and try to control the things you can control.
Deal with things and stay mentally strong.
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.
People would say, 'Girls don't play hockey. Girls don't skate.' I would say, 'Watch this.'
There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's book and write your own.
Sometimes people ask, 'Are hockey fights real?' I say, 'If they weren't, I'd get in more of them.
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.
We get nose jobs all the time in the NHL, and we don't even have to go to the hospital.
Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip top if you must, but take the step.
Do everything you need to do to keep the passion alive and never forget that it is a privilege to do what you love.
Half the game is mental, the other half is being mental.
You don't have enough talent to win on talent alone.
Getting knocked down in life is a given. Getting up and moving forward is a choice.
Play with passion and heart. If you don't carry passion into sport - or into any job for that matter - you won't succeed.
Hockey s a funny game. You have to prove yourself every shift, every game. It's not up to anybody else. You have to take pride in yourself.
There are many stars and a few super-stars in sport.
There are champions who bag a coronet now and then, and there are others who dominate some game year after year. In other words there are Bobby Jones and Helen Wills.
It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
Not only is there more to life than basketball, there's a lot more to basketball than basketball.
If you want something as bad as you want to breathe, then you can do it.
Hockey is a fast, body-contact game played by men with clubs in their hands and knives laced to their feet.
The hardest walk is walking alone, but it's also the walk that makes you the strongest.
Losing is essential to anyone's success. The more you lose, the more you want to win.
Everything went well, we had a good first period.
We wanted to win, and we did. We have a big game in two days, and it will be fun. We worked hard, and it is our ultimate goal. We are ready. There is always a big rivalry between Canada and the United States; it's always fun, and we are really motivated.
Put the kids in with a few old pappy guys who still like to win and the combination is unbeatable.
A little progress each day adds up to bg results.
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
Playing goal is like being shot at.
Ice hockey is a form of disorderly conduct in which the score is kept.
Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass away.
Street hockey is great for kids. It's energetic, competitive, and skilful. And best of all, it keeps them off the street.
The goalie is like the guy on the minefield.
He discovers the mines and destroys them. If you make a mistake, somebody gets blown up.
It's too easy when you're not winning to look for excuses and point at others for reasons. You ca say 'Oh well, it's this guys fault or they don't do this well', or you can say 'I've got to play better and contribute more'. You've got to find another gear and come up with big games.
If you stumble, make it part of the dance.
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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.
Nobody's more important than the team.
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.
In a weird way, [hockey] is like church and therapy and exercise all rolled up into one.