115+ Best Hockey Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Hockey is a sport in which two teams play against each other by trying to manoeuvre a ball or a puck into the opponent’s goal using a hockey stick. Profoundly inspirational hockey quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Famous Hockey Quotes

I’m always working out; I did ice hockey in high school, but I’m not a dance person. I mean, this was horrible, but I had a dance double in my high-school musical. – Eliza Coupe

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. – Paul Coffey

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

It’s not about how good you are but how bad you want it.

That was my pride and joy – that I made it through all those years of minor hockey without losing any of my teeth; then, I ended up losing them in a car accident in New York when I was riding in a taxi. So, I end up losing my teeth, but not in the glamorous fashion I envisioned. – Tom Glavine

Hockey is a tough, physical game, and it always should be. – Mario Lemieux

It’s been a good hockey life for me anyway. – Peter Forsberg

Hockey is the original extreme sport. – Tom Ward

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It’s not only hockey, it’s every sport. You know, it’s a big event. – Peter Forsberg

I think the thing you always got to keep in mind, you know, hockey is a game of one-on-one battles. – Mark Messier

Hockey is a tough game. – Bobby Orr

This is your moment. You’re meant to be here. – Herb Brooks

You only see obstacles when you take your eyes off the goal.

Hockey is the only job I know where you get paid to have a nap on the day of the game. – Chico Resch

Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but football, basketball and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns. – John Leonard

I find that I’ve tried to become a better hockey player every year and not just hold on. At the same time, I’ve also made it a point to increase or grow in some other area of my life. If I were just playing hockey, I would probably be done with the sport. – Angela Ruggiero

The only pressure I’m under is the pressure I’ve put on myself. – Mark Messier

You can show me some stick ice cream and I can tell you if it’s good or not just looking at it. – O. Winston Link

I have a huge interest in hockey because I grew up in Canada, where it’s kind of the law that you love hockey. – Matthew Perry

We take the shortest route to the puck and arrive in ill humor. – Bobby Clarke

Let your mistakes make you better, not bitter…

Canadian hockey fans… They boo me every time I go anywhere. Because I play for Team USA. – Brett Hull

A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be. – Wayne Gretzky

I somewhere along the way became fascinated with exploring characters who are willing to put themselves into violent situations, whether it’s football, hockey, boxing, being a cop, being a soldier. There’s not a lot of people who are willing to put themselves into those situations. – Peter Berg

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Every day is a great day for hockey. – Mario Lemieux

Mirrors are ice which do not melt: what melts are those who admire themselves in them. – Paul Morand

Ninety percent of hockey is mental and the other half is physical. – Wayne Gretzky

Hockey players have fire in their hearts and ice in their veins.

People on the streets are ready for hockey. – Eric Lindros

If you don’t know how to play hockey, learn. If you quit, get back out there. – David Walton

Winning means you are willing to go longer, work harder and give me than anyone else.

When I was a kid, I played sports a lot. My mom and dad were divorced, but I hung out in the neighborhood a lot, and it was all about sports. I would be out all day on the sand lot or on the hockey rink. My dad would take me to baseball games, but he worked so hard, and he would always fall asleep. – Alex Gibney

There were no women’s players I knew of. I didn’t even know women’s hockey existed. – Angela Ruggiero

If you don’t try to win you might as well hold the Olympics in somebody’s back yard. – Jesse Owens

For the next approximately three years, I have got Nathan to take care of. I know that once he graduates from high school, he will be off doing whatever it is he is going to be doing – probably playing ice hockey. – Barbara Mandrell

It is never too late to set another hockey goal or to dream a new hockey dream. – Felicity Luckey

I knew at a young age, whether I was playing baseball or hockey or lacrosse, that my teammates were counting on me, whether it be to strike the last batter out in a baseball game or score a big goal in a hockey game. – Wayne Gretzky

If you’re giving me tickets to the football game, baseball game or hockey game, I’m taking the tickets to the hockey game. For me, it’s by far the most fun sport to go and watch live and be part of. I just don’t know why it doesn’t translate as well on TV. – Tom Glavine

Believe you can achieve your hockey goals and you’re halfway there. – Felicity Luckey

I love Boston. I come here all the time and play pick-up ice hockey with friends in Concord and Bedford. – William Quigley

I’m a hockey fan; I watch hockey, and I listen to the news. – Enrico Colantoni

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A sea setting us upon the ice has brought us close to danger. – Henry Hudson

I wanted to emulate my parents – Mum captained India in basketball, and Dad won a bronze in hockey in 1972 Olympics. My focus has always been to achieve excellence whether in the field of tennis, in the corporate field, in the art of acting or in motivating youngsters. – Leander Paes

You can’t get big in hockey. You need to be pliable… they’ve even taken fighting out of the game, so there’s no more of those big huge guys who just fight. – Brett Hull

You only reach the hockey goals you aim at. Therefore, you might as well aim at reaching your ultimate hockey goals. – Felicity Luckey

I think now what you’re seeing is guys that are in the peaks of their careers anywhere from 27 to 35 years old, seems to be when they play their best hockey. – Mark Messier

I belong to an improv group, I play cello, I have these phases – fencing, tae kwon do, baseball, ice hockey, boogie boarding in the summer, snowboarding in the winter. – Ty Simpkins

I grew up in the Midwest, so we really didn’t have much hockey going on. – Bill Goldberg

I love hockey, and I don’t love it for any other reason than when I get out there and play, I enjoy it. – Brendan Fehr

I think as a Canadian hockey player, you go through it in your mind so many times, being able to stand on that blue line and hear your national anthem play and being a gold medal champion, you dream of that. And then to be able to accomplish that and actually win a gold medal and represent your country its an amazing feeling. – Sidney Crosby

Nobody gives a crap about hockey down here – nobody. I coach kids’ hockey down here and you can start to see the disinterest in the game here with the kids – Bobby Hull

encouraging hockey quotes

Their toys are alive and can sometimes come to their aid, or get lost and Olie has to find them. They go to other planets. They go to the ice cream planet. – William Joyce

I never looked at hockey as work. Now that I’d finished playing, I had to go to work. – Bobby Orr

In a way, by being fully committed to the Olympic movement globally, I’m better able to promote women’s hockey and talk about women’s hockey and put a face to women’s hockey, to all the IOC members. – Angela Ruggiero

I was 19 years old, pumping gas and going nowhere. I was kind of a high school dropout at that point because I had left school to play hockey, but no one drafted me. – Adam Oates

Right now I like baseball, hockey and tennis players. And horseback riders. – Martina Hingis

Hockey seems completely lawless and, therefore, inexplicably sexy. – Rachel Nichols

I applied a lot of the same principles I used in hockey into my acting. I might have had some naive ambitions of making the NHL, but thank God, playing hockey gave me a good foundation for everything else. – Vincent Piazza

Playoff hockey is the best way to market your team. It’s the best way to grow your fan base and give hope to your players and for them to develop. – Steve Yzerman

My job is to suggest and ratify and use any expertise that I might have gained over the 23 years in professional hockey to make our game a better game. – Bobby Hull

I have six brothers and one sister. I grew up playing ice hockey, a total tomboy, and that’s what I thought I was going to do – be an ice hockey player. – Nicola Peltz

When it comes to hockey, it’s been in my blood since I was 3 or 4 years old. I love coaching the kids, especially at that level. – Mario Lemieux

My wife likes the hockey smell because its the smell of a warrior. – David Walton

Ice cream was my undoing, and six chocolate milk shakes in a row were nothing to me at one time. – Kate Smith

By 1946, I knew Detroit was the best hockey city in the Original Six. – Ted Lindsay

Always give them the old fire, even when you feel like a squashed cake of ice. – Ethel Merman

I still love hockey. It’s just I’m at a different stage of my life and I think I’m just ready to grow in other ways outside of just being a hockey player. – Angela Ruggiero

If Colleen Howe had been a hockey player, she would have been a centremen. I can see her as a centreman because you can do what you want and go wherever you want to go. – Gordie Howe

Here’s how much I know about hockey. Mike Royko and I were in a tiny bar one winter night, and the radio kept reporting goals by the Blackhawks. I mentioned how frequently the team was scoring. ‘You’re listening to the highlights,’ Royko observed. – Roger Ebert

The skill set for hockey is so specific to skating and if you haven’t been skating as a kid it’s impossible to play – and I wasn’t a skater. – Liev Schreiber

There is nothing so uncertain as a sure thing. – Scotty Bowman

It’s not the case that carbon dioxide drives temperatures. When you leave Ice Ages, it’s the other way around: The temperatures go up first, and then carbon dioxide levels go up. – Piers Corbyn

Our economics are not baseball’s economics. Our game is not baseball’s game. Our owners are not baseball’s owners, with one or two exceptions. Our union is not baseball’s union. What we do has to be crafted and suited to address hockey, to address the NHL, to address our 30 teams and our 700-plus players. – Gary Bettman

You’ve got to love what you’re doing. If you love it, you can overcome any handicap, or the soreness, or all the aches and pains and continue to play for a long, long time. – Gordie Howe

I’m so busy right now, it’s the beginning of the hockey season for my kids. – Curtis Joseph

Hockey players are like mules. They have no fear of punishment and no hope of reward. – Emory Jones

I’m a hockey coach and a single mother of two who commutes. I don’t watch TV. I watch news, and that’s it! – Ashleigh Banfield

When I’m not acting, I try to be normal, play golf, play hockey. It’s funny because you’re in this little bubble when you’re working – you don’t read books, you don’t really keep up with the news, you’re just living that life. – Taylor Kitsch

I played ice hockey obsessively for 14 years of my life. – Paul Wesley

I don’t know of any other organization that’s raised more money than golf has, because if you are a baseball player, you’re a football player, you’re a hockey player, if you’re just a businessman, and you want to raise some money for a charity, what do they do? They have a golf tournament. They have a golf outing, and they go out and they do it. – Lee Trevino

I wear whatever makes me comfortable on stage, so that I feel confident. Some days it’s a plaid skirt with a button-up and other days it’s jeans with a hockey jersey and platforms. – Sky Ferreira

A damn independent boy; independent as a hog on ice. – Sam Rayburn

It wasn’t until I was at 39 that I joined my first real hockey team. Which was great. I scored a couple of goals here and there, but I wasn’t the most graceful thing you’ve ever seen. – Aden Young

The greatest country in the history of the world being attacked. So all of this doesn’t mean very much today. – Bud Selig

Skating is big in Chicago. There’s a lot of hockey; a lot of the boys play hockey. And figure skating is big. – Joan Cusack

I always played hockey, I was always a hockey fan, but I was never bitten by the hockey bug… I never looked into playing it professionally. – Chris Jericho

I played pretty darn competitive-level hockey. Then the good old knee injury. Obviously, it’s a blessing in disguise, but growing up Canadian, that’s our religion, that’s our football. – Taylor Kitsch

A woman at 20 is like ice, at 30 she is warm and at 40 she is hot. – Gina Lollobrigida

I found my prince – he’s a hockey player and we met at an NHL event, the last place I’d ever expect to meet someone, but there he was. – Carol Alt

You watch a hockey game, and the hand-eye coordination and the speed is really miraculous; how those guys track the puck alone, just following it with their eyes. – Liev Schreiber

I wasn’t naturally gifted in terms of size and speed; everything I did in hockey I worked for, and that’s the way I’ll be as a coach. – Wayne Gretzky

The biggest thing for me is the passion that I’ve always had for hockey. I remember growing up, no matter what I did in life, my parents always told me to try to do my best at it and be my best. I can say going through different things that passion is the most important part. It’s not skills or talent or any of that stuff. – Sidney Crosby

A series of rumors about my attitude, as well as derogatory remarks about myself and my family showed me that the personal resentment of the Detroit general manager toward me would make it impossible for me to continue playing hockey in Detroit. – Ted Lindsay

I watch a lot of hockey. There are some good hockey players and there are some awfully stupid hockey players. – Ted Lindsay

I know that, in hockey, the object of the game is simple in that you have to get the puck into the net. With figure skating, it’s not as simple, and there is a ton of work that goes into it. – Patrick Chan

The media has changed. We now give broadcast licenses to philosophies instead of people. People get confused and think there is no difference between news and entertainment. People who project themselves as journalists on television don’t know the first thing about journalism. They are just there stirring up a hockey game. – Gary Ackerman

The Canadian franchises and Canada as a market for NHL hockey has always been a priority for us. – Gary Bettman

Usually when I wielded a hockey stick, it meant somebody was going to get hurt. This is just a friendly match. – Stan Mikita

When I’m able to see the ice ahead of time when I get the puck, I’m able to make some pretty good plays. – Mario Lemieux

For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a professional hockey player. – Mario Lemieux

When I was a kid, I remember playing hockey outside and whenever you did, you thought about playing for Finland vs. Sweden. Thats just the way it was. – Teemu Selanne

If one of my players ever wants to hit me, he better do it really hard because otherwise, I’ll find a rock, a stick, or a piece of wood and believe me, it’s gonna be a brawl… – Pat Burns

All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity. – Gordie Howe

I think I’m a mama’s boy who wanted to be a hockey player, who failed, and had to become a singer. I think that I’m a generous, impatient, kind, jerk. – Michael Buble

Since the beginning, I always loved the game. When you grow up in Montreal, one day you want to be a professional hockey player. When I was six or seven, I knew that was what I wanted. – Mario Lemieux

Sometimes guys need to cry. Some hockey players think they’re too tough to cry. – Brett Hull

One thing I hate is people screaming at me. If you want me to do something, talk to me. When someone screams at me to hurry up, I slow down. – Mario Lemieux

And if I want to get involved in choosing sides, I usually pick hockey or football. – Dierks Bentley

Hurricane Katrina exposed the harsh reality that we have been skating on thin ice when it comes to this country’s energy concentrations on the Gulf Coast. – Pete Domenici

It’s not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it’s what you put into the practice. – Eric Lindros

I love hockey because of the respect for history and for the game itself. – George Vecsey

Figure skaters have awful perceptions of hockey players. – Kristi Yamaguchi

Hockey is a man’s game. The team with the most real men wins. – Brian Burk

If you’re going to play hockey now, you have to be able to play. If you have the ability to fight and play, you’re an unbelievable commodity. But if you can only fight, there might be six of those guys left in the league, and I can guarantee they’re going fast. – Brett Hull

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