Ice Hockey Quotes & Sayings

Here’s a collection of famous and not-so-famous ice hockey quotes. Some of them are inspirational and motivational, some hilariously funny and some just a bit head-scratchingly weird!

Ice Hockey Quotes

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

Jim McKenny

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.

Steve Rushin

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

Rodney Dangerfield

You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

Wayne Gretzky

If you’ve only got one day to live, come see the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’ll seem like forever.

Pat Foley

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

It’s not your strengths that keep you in the game; it’s your weaknesses that throw you out.

Brian Burke

The highest compliment you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.

Wayne Gretzky

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

Jimmy Cannon

They say you’re not a coach in the league till you’ve been fired. I must be getting pretty good.

Terry Simpson

Hockey is the original extreme sport.

Tom Ward

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

Chico Resch

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

Bill Gadsby

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

Doug Larson

I think he knows all my tricks. Or the fact I don’t have any tricks.

Brendan Shanahan

Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It’s hard to stay on top.

Paul Coffey

Red ice sells hockey tickets.

Bob Stewart

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

Gordie Howe

We get nose jobs all the time in the NHL, and we don’t even have to go to the hospital.

Brad Park

Playing goal is like being shot at.

Jacques Plante

I like ice hockey, but it’s a frustrating game to watch. It’s hard to keep your eyes on both the puck and the players and too much time passes between scoring in hockey. There are usually more fights than there are points.

Andy Rooney

Some people skate to the puck. I skate to where the puck is going to be.

Wayne Gretzky

Every day you guys look worse and worse. And today you played like tomorrow.

John Mariucci

Hockey is the only game that can be played equally well with the lights out.

Jim Murray

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.

Gordie Howe

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

Paul Gallico

I don’t have nightmares about my team. You gotta sleep before you have nightmares.

Bep Guidolin

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

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 that passion is the most important part. It’s not skills or talent or any of that stuff.

Sidney Crosby

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

Emory Jones

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