Best Hockey Quotes Of All Time (Funny, Motivational, And Famous)

If you love the game, then you know how passionate hockey fans are. It’s a small but very intense community that love’s the intensity it displays on the ice!

If you’re a coach or player looking to share some inspirational hockey quotes with your teammates or players, then look no further.

You’ll find our favorite motivational and funny hockey quotes that you can share in a presentation, team meeting or locker room speech.

Quotes have a fascinating way to inspire us to see things differently. We hope that by reading these hockey quotes you will see things from a different angle and be motivated to strive for success!

Best Hockey Quotes Of All Time

Motivational Hockey Quotes


“Sometimes you do the hard work and set the table and somebody else eats the meal.” – Brian Burke


“I guarantee we’ll win tonight.” – Mark Messier


”Half the game is mental; the other half is being mental.” – Jim McKenny


“When you play hockey, you don’t have any fear. As soon as you step on the ice everything goes away and you’re focusing on the puck and focusing on the play.” – Alexander Ovechkin


“Hockey’s a funny game. You have to prove yourself every shift, every game. It’s not up to anybody else. You have to take pride in yourself.” – Paul Coffey

“I started playing hockey late and it was unclear until the very last moment if I was talented or not. But it turned out well.” – Alexander Ovechkin

“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

Funny 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

“Hockey is murder on ice.” – Jim Murray

Wayne Gretzky Hockey Quotes

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

”I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” – Wayne Gretzky

”A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” – Wayne Gretzky

“Ninety percent of hockey is mental and the other half is physical.” – Wayne Gretzky

“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.” –Wayne Gretzky

“I knew at a young age, whether I was playing baseball or hockey or lacrosse, that my teammates were counting on me, whether it be to strike the last batter out in a baseball game or score a big goal in a hockey game.” – Wayne Gretzky

“Most people marry their mother. I married my father.” – Wayne Gretzky

“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.” – Wayne Gretzky

“It’s an honour and a thrill and a privilege just to play in the NHL.” – Wayne Gretzky

“Growing up, I was always the small guy.” – Wayne Gretzky

Mario Lemieux Hockey Quotes

“Every day is a great day for hockey.” – Mario Lemieux

“When someone screams at me to hurry up, I slow down.” – Mario Lemieux

“I didn’t speak English until I came to Pittsburgh.” – Mario Lemieux

“I think that with a lot of hard work and dedication, I feel that I could be the best in the world. I’m still only 35 years old… I have a fresh start physically and mentally, and I feel that I can achieve my goal to be the best again.” – Mario Lemieux

“Depending on how we start the season, I can play center or wing… It doesn’t matter to me.” – Mario Lemieux

“I think people in Montreal smoke a lot, and I used to smoke when I was 17-18, and just picked it up when I was playing juniors. But I think I stopped when I was 22, which was a big decision in my life.” – Mario Lemieux

“When it comes to hockey, it’s been in my blood since I was 3 or 4 years old. I love coaching the kids, especially at that level.” – Mario Lemieux

“Hockey is a tough, physical game, and it always should be.” – Mario Lemieux

“Since the beginning, I always loved the game. When you grow up in Montreal, one day you want to be a professional hockey player. When I was six or seven, I knew that was what I wanted.” – Mario Lemieux

“I didn’t like the way the game was being played.” – Mario Lemieux

Gordie Howe Hockey Quotes

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

All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity. – Gordie Howe

You’ve got to love what you’re doing. If you love it, you can overcome any handicap or the soreness or all the aches and pains, and continue to play for a long, long time. – Gordie Howe

If I learned one thing by playing professional hockey for thirty-two years, it’s that you have to love what you do. And that’s not just true for sports. – Gordie Howe

American professional athletes are bilingual; they speak English and profanity. – Gordie Howe

My philosophy is never start talking about ‘if,’ ‘and,’ ‘but’ or the past, because 90 percent of what follows will be negative. – Gordie Howe

You should hold the top hand on the stick like you would hold a hammer when you’re driving a nail. You have the most leverage, and you won’t get your wrist broken. – Gordie Howe

If you make it anywhere in life, you owe that success to the people along the way who stuck up for you, or made sacrifices for you, and gave you a push when you needed it. In my case, those people were my family. – Gordie Howe

Bobby Orr Hockey Quotes

If you’re going to help somebody, sneak in, sneak out, do what you can. I just sneak along and do my thing and meet wonderful people, some people I’ve never met, new friends. – Bobby Orr

Forget about style; worry about results. – Bobby Orr

There are no environments where you’re only going to win, because life just isn’t like that. – Bobby Orr

Sidney Crosby, our greatest player, I don’t want to see Sidney Crosby in the penalty box. I don’t want to see Sidney Crosby hurt. I want to see Sidney Crosby play. – Bobby Orr

Growing up, if I hadn’t had sports, I don’t know where I’d be. God only knows what street corners I’d have been standing on and God only knows what I’d have been doing, but instead I played hockey and went to school and stayed out of trouble. – Bobby Orr

I was the happiest guy in the world when I was on the ice. You’re being paid to play a game! That’s pretty special. – Bobby Orr

I didn’t want to do a book just to do a book. I wanted to do a book that, if you should read it, you might take one thing from it. Until that was clear in my mind, I wasn’t going to do one. – Bobby Orr

Everyone should have the same opportunity, and in many areas that’s not the case because programs are built around the elite. – Bobby Orr

Growing up in Canada, most kids from Canada dream of playing in the NHL, and they also hope one day to be on a Stanley Cup team. That was a big goal. – Bobby Orr

Staying out of the penalty box will really help. – Bobby Orr

The love and passion I had for the game was my key. I never had that taken out of me by my parents or a silly coach. – Bobby Orr

The fat lady hasn’t sung yet. We’ll wait until we get a look at what is in the motion passed on third reading. – Bobby Orr

I never looked at hockey as work. Now that I’d finished playing, I had to go to work. – Bobby Orr

Developing better people should be the number one goal for any coach when dealing with kids. In trying to develop better people, we are going to develop more and better pros. – Bobby Orr

Quotes On Teamwork and Team Building

A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of others.” – Norman S Hidle

“To succeed in hockey, you need teamwork.” – Henry Samueli

“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” – Liane Cordes

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships” – Michael Jordan

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself” – Henry Ford

“It is amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit” – Unknown

“To succeed in hockey, you need teamwork.” – Henry Samueli

Hockey Quotes About Passion

“My dad had this thing – everyone in Canada wants to play hockey; that’s all they want to do. So when I was a kid, whenever we skated my dad would not let us on the ice without hockey sticks, because of this insane fear we would become figure skaters!” – Norm MacDonald

“Hockey, honestly, was my first love. The excitement, the fast pace, the intensity of the game… I still love it to this day.” – J. J. Watt

It’s not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it’s what you put into the practice.

– Eric Lindros

Whether somebody is really competent – whether he has a good hockey mind, whether he’s a good person to lead a hockey club – is something determined over a long period of time, not one tournament.

 – Steve Yzerman

More Hockey Quotes and Sayings

“Whether you’re trying to learn in hockey or trying to learn in life, I’ve always tried to be observant and tried to learn more, tried to evolve, whether it’s as a hockey player or as a person. With each year, I try to do that.” – Sidney Crosby

Hockey Quotes To Boost Motivation

We hope this curated collection of hockey quotes captured the passion and intensity of the sport.

Whether you’re a coach, player, parent, or fan of hockey, these famous quotes are sure to get you pumped for the next hockey game and season ahead!

Being the best player you can be a day in and day out is essential to maximizing your potential as a player. you can become a hockey legend. Determination, hard work, and grit are what coaches and teams look for in successful players.