Shooting From The Lip

A fellow at work brought in a book for me to read called “Shooting From The Lip” (2004), which is a compilation of hockey quotes. Here’s a few of them…..

My brother Dash hit me on the head with five textbooks in a gym bag. Tie Domi, asked about the hardest hit he’s ever received

Man, is that guy ripped. I mean, I’ve got the washboard stomach, too. It’s just that mine has about two months of laundry on top of it. Shawn Burr on Eric Lindros

Every time I see you naked, I feel sorry for your wife. Jaromir Jagr to teammate Matthew Barnaby

They always try to play with our minds. But that won’t work with our club. We’ve got 20 guys without brains. Bobby Clarke in 1976 when Red Army played Philadelphia

I was young and stupid then. Now I’m not young anymore. Jyrki Lumme on his early years with Montreal

You can always get someone to do your thinking for you. Gordie Howe, during a 1970’s appearance on the Dick Cavett Show, on why hockey players always wear a protective cup but rarely a helmet

It’s about 40% technique and about 75% strength. 6’1″ Canadien Patrice Brisebois, on why he lost a fight to Theo Fleury

Everything was set for us to play a real good game. Then we left the dressing room and everything went to hell. Thrashers coach Curt Fraser

The kids just aren’t the same anymore. Canadien Doug Gilmour after asking a rookie to sneak a case of 24 beers onto the team bus and finding out he only got six cans

Only problem is I was going high on the glove side. Senator Lance Pitlick on scoring his first goal of the season with a low shot to the stick side

Guys, I don’t want to tell you half-truths unless they’re completely accurate. Canadiens coach Alain Vigneault after a loss in 1999

It’s not so much maturity as it is growing up. Bruin Jay Miller, asked if his improved play was due to maturity

Jason Arnott will be here as long as I’m here, for the time being. Oilers GM Glen Sather on Arnott trade rumours

He could rile up the Montreal fans in a hurry. God, sometimes I felt sorry for the man. He must have got a standing ovation when he went shopping. Gordie Howe on Maurice Richard

It’s always good to have the building filled, even if it’s with low-IQ Rangers fans. Islander GM Mike Milbury before a home game against the Rangers

I’m the luckiest man alive. I don’t even like the game and I’m successful at it. Brett Hull

I’d rather fight than score. Dave Schultz

Rocket had that mean look on, every game we played. He could hate with the best of them. Gordie Howe on Maurice Richard

Life is just a place where we spend time between games. Flyers coach Fred Shero

Hockey is like a religion in Montreal. You’re either a saint or a sinner., there’s no in-between. Patrick Roy

Hmmm, 600 games? What does it mean? It means I’m that much closer to getting fired. Jacques Lemaire after coaching his 600th game

Playing with Steve Guolla is like playing with myself. Shark Jeff Friesen on his teammate

What I’ve learned so far is that to win the Stanley Cup, you have to make the playoffs. Caps owner Ted Leonsis

Every time I get injured, my wife ends up getting pregnant. Blackhawk Doug Wilson

I don’t care if we lose every game for the next five years and the team goes broke and moves to Moose Jaw. I will not trade Pavel Bure. Canucks GM Brian Burke several weeks before trading Bure to to the Panthers

Brian Sutter said I looked liked Charles Manson. He called me Charlie, then it became Killer. Canadien Doug Gilmour on the source of his “Killer” nickname


10 thoughts on “Shooting From The Lip”

  1. Hey Dennis, Excellent quotes,I love all these sayings and quips,the hockey oneliners are just great.This is what brought upon the movie Slapshot,Nancy Dowd,the woman who wrote the story,asked her brother to take a cassette recorder into the dressing room to tape the goings on in there,hence the movie Slapshot was born abd we all know how funny that one was.I will have to search that book out,sounds intresting.

  2. Derry, great. It’s not a huge book and you’ll get through it fast. But lots of good quotes.

  3. Danno, Gump, while playing for the Rangers, was asked what team gave him the most trouble. He said the Rangers.

  4. Dishonest John, I guess most of these guys aren’t rocket scientists. Sean Avery said once that most players in the NHL aren’t the sharpest pencils, but then again, it was Avery speaking.

  5. Dennis, I wish someone would ask Carey Price which team gives him the most trouble. I wonder if he’d go all Gump on us and say “the Montreal Canadiens.” That would be both really true and really funny.

  6. Danno, it would be funny and probably true. I wish he would just for fun. It seems like Price can be a pretty funny guy from clips I’ve seen. Him and PK at the photoshoot, with the banquet table, was hilarious.

  7. I bought this book years ago but I lost it unfortunately.

    Some of my all-time favorite hockey quotes:

    “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

    ”I know my players don’t like my practises, but that’s OK because I don’t like their games.” – Harry Neale

    “You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” – Wayne Gretzky (this really applies to us…especially Gomez!)

    “All hockey players are bilingual, they know English and Profanity.” – Gordie Howe

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