The only way a kid is going to practice is if it's total fun for him... and it was for me.
I get a feeling about where a teammate is going to be. A lot of times, I can turn and pass without even looking.
Ninety percent of hockey is mental and the other half is physical.
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 think any one person will ever be bigger than the game.
When I played in a 21-team league, there were six or seven goalies who were just average, and the equipment and pads were smaller. I came in the right era. I played for the right team. It was all speed, and creativity and imagination.
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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 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.
You miss every shot you don't take.
I played everything. I played lacrosse, baseball, hockey, soccer, track and field. I was a big believer that you played hockey in the winter and when the season was over you hung up your skates and you played something else.
I missed 100% of the shots I didn't take
It's easier to lose than to win.
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 highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.
A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.
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.
Only one thing is ever guaranteed, that is that you will definitely not achieve the goal if you don't take the shot.
The day I stop giving is the day I stop receiving. The day I stop learning is the day I stop growing. You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
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.
Maybe it wasn't the talent the Lord gave me-maybe it was the passion.
No matter who you are, we're creatures of habit. The better your habits are, the better they will be in pressure situations.
I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.
You'll never catch me bragging about goals, but I'll talk all you want about my assists.
Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.
I can remember hockey. It was my life, my passion. It's what I love the most.
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.
Hockey is my life. I love every minute of it.
Nothing can replace the Olympics. I love the Olympics. I was so proud when I played in '98 and I was so proud when we won in 2002.
I can't remember the last time I went to a game and there was a fight. I think they fight more in baseball now than they do in hockey.
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.
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.
Your friends, family, and kids have to understand that's your priority. It's the only way you can be successful.
I love everything about hockey.
The only way a kid is going to practise is if it's total fun for him... and it was for me.
Skating alone is an art. Doing it on a substance? I don't know. That's got to be tough.
By no means could I play at the level of these kids who play in the NHL now but as 50-year-olds go, I feel really good and I feel blessed that I'm still healthy.
The greatest thing about playing obviously is winning, and you can't replace that experience with anything.
I get a lot of parents coming up to me, telling me they are grooming their kids to be professional athletes. I'm really against that. I think it's a great life, and yeah, you can lead them in that direction. I think a lot of parents live their lives through the kids. Because they didn't make it, they want their kids to make it. It puts a lot of undue pressure on the kids.
When I was 5 and playing against 11-year-olds, who were bigger, stronger, faster, I just had to figure out a way to play with them.