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Great Hockey Quotes

Brian Burke - Anaheim Ducks GM

"It's not your strengths that keep you in the game; it's your weakesses that throw you out."

Herb Brooks - 1980 US Olympic hockey coach

"You don't have enough talent to win on talent alone."

Mario Lemieux - NHL superstar

"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."

Muhammad Ali - legendary boxer

"Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision."

Joe Paterno - legendary Penn. State Univ. football coach

"What counts in sports is not the victory, but the magnificence of the struggle."

Phil Jackson - NBA coach

"Not only is there more to life than basketball, there's a lot more to basketball than basketball."

Andy Roddick - Tennis star

"At one point in your life you either have the thing you want or the reasons why you don't."

Vince Lombardi - legendary football coach

"Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while......you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing."

Michael Jordan - NBA superstar

"You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them."

"Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
- John Wooden, legendary college basketball coach

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"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference."
- Tommy Lasorda, MLB player and coach

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"During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at bats a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball."
- Mickey Mantle, MLB Hall of Famer, NY Yankees

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"I'm tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok."
- Shaquille O'Neal, NBA Star

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"It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports. What is tough, is being good every day."
- Willie Mays, MLB Hall of Famer

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"We can't win at home. We can't win on the road. I just can't figure out where else to play!"
- Pat Williams, Sr. VP Orlando Magic

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"Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play."
- Mike Singletary, NFL Hall of Famer

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"Coaching is nothing more than eliminating mistakes before you get fired."
- Lou Holtz, College Football Coach

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"The principle is competing against yourself. It's about self improvement, about being better than you were the day before."
- Steve Young, NFL Quarterback

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"You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you."
- John Wooden, legendary college basketball coach

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"Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat him as he could be, and he will become what he should be."
- Jimmy Johnson, NFL Coach

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"You can't get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good."
- Jerry West, NBA player and Coach

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"The man who has no imagination has no wings."
- Muhammad Ali, legendary boxer

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"You'll miss 100% of the shots you never take."
- Wayne Gretzky, NHL Superstar

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"Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are."
- John Wooden, legendary college basketball coach

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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."
- Wayne Gretzky, NHL Superstar

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"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
- Michael Jordan, NBA Superstar

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"You can't make a great play unless you do it first in practice."
- Chuck Noll, Hall of Fame Pro Football Coach

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"We should not have to push you to work hard, you should work hard because you want to be a great player."
- Bobby Knight, legendary college basketball coach

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"Whoever said...It's not whether you win or lose that counts, probably lost."
- Martina Navratilova, Tennis Superstar