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2002 Hockey Quotes of the Year: Stanley Cup Edition

Yzerman, Roy, Hull give voice to the 2002 Stanley Cup run.

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"I mean, the best thing for my knee, for anyone's knee, is to never play again and retire. But I'm not going to do that."
- Detroit's Steve Yzerman, preparing to hobble through another Stanley Cup run.

"I didn't have any hair anywhere for almost seven months. So now finally I've got some hair, I'm gonna keep it."
- Montreal's Saku Koivu, who spent most of the season undergoing radiation treatment for cancer before returning for the playoffs and growing a playoff beard.

"Those are the people you need the most… your home base you expect to be with you. When they kind of turn on you, it's just kind of like, well okay, we'll stick it up their ass too."
- Detroit's Brett Hull, after the Red Wings dropped the first two games of their opening round series against Vancouver and were booed off the ice by the hometown fans.

"Yeah, I saw it. I thought that was great. I didn't know that he was that funny. He has some good material. I have a charity banquet and with his excellent material I might ask him to speak."
- Detroit's Brendan Shanahan, responding to a tirade by Vancouver general manager Brian Burke, who claimed the officiating in the Red Wings-Canucks series favored Detroit.

"I'm not sure, I wasn't really paying attention, but I think he was trying to get out of the game."
- Philadelphia captain Keith Primeau, after Flyers' goaltender Roman Cechmanek skated to centre ice and started yelling at his team's bench during the fourth game of the Ottawa-Philadelphia series.

"Let's put it this way: if one of my brothers were standing in front of the bus last night and we were about to leave and he was on the other team, I'd have run over him. I wouldn't have called out first to ask him to get out of the way, either. That's my mentality, that's the way it is. I don't really care."
- Blackhawks' coach Brian Sutter, during the Chicago-St. Louis series.

"I hope we can get past Toronto for two reasons. It would be nice to get to the finals again. But secondly, those guys are so cocky it's unbelievable."
- Carolina's Martin Gelinas, during the Eastern Conference Final between the Hurricanes and Maple Leafs.

"Bob (Colorado coach Hartley) asked me after the fourth goal, when I went to the bench to get some water, he asked me, `Do you want to come out?' I said, `No. I'm staying in.' I want to be part of the team. I wanted to be in there in the bumpy times. ... I wanted to fight with them as long as I could. But after the sixth one, that was it."
- Colorado's Patrick Roy, after Detroit defeated the Avalanche 7-0 in game seven of the Western Conference Final.

"If you can't leverage getting to the Stanley Cup finals to build your fan base, the trophy becomes a big silver bowl on your coffee table, nothing more."
- Hurricanes' president Jim Cain grasps the true value of the big prize. Carolina fans looking for tickets to the Stanley Cup Final were told they had to make a down payment on 2002-03 season tickets.

"It's like being coached by Red Auerbach or Bear Bryant. These are people who only came along once in a lifetime and to say he was your coach ... it's hard to put into words."
- Brett Hull, after the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup and Scotty Bowman announced his retirement.

This is definitely the best team I have played (on) in the National Hockey League, but in Russia, the teams I played for were some of the best teams in the history of the game."
- Hull's teammate, Igor Larionov.

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Hockey Quotes: The 2002 Winter Olympics

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