145 Inspirational Hockey Quotes (Goal Achieving)

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Legends on the Ice: Quotes from Hockey Icons

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. Wayne Gretzky
I want to make the team better and get better each day. Auston Matthews
You only reach the hockey goals you aim at. Therefore, you might as well aim at reaching your ultimate hockey goals. Felicity Luckey
Hockey is the original extreme sport. Tom Ward
Everything you want is on the other side of fear. Jack Canfield
Only one thing is ever guaranteed, that is that you will definitely not achieve the goal if you don’t take the shot. Wayne Gretzky
Sometimes you do the hard work and set the table and somebody else eats the meal. Brian Burke
Hockey goals are attained not by strength but by perseverance. Felicity Luckey
If you play hockey, you might as well win. Martin Brodeur
Believe you can achieve your hockey goals and you’re halfway there. Felicity Luckey Inspirational Hockey Quotes
Hockey captures the essence of Canadian experience in the New World. In a land so inescapably and inhospitably cold, hockey is the chance of life, and an affirmation that despite the deathly chill of winter we are alive. Stephen Leacock
Hockey players are like mules. They have no fear of punishment and no hope of reward. Emory Jones
A player must be able to skate, have hockey sense, be able to shoot, but not necessarily be able to score. Pierre Page
I don’t think you ever hope someone has a broken nose or a broken bone, but sometimes that’s the way it goes. T. J. Oshie
The best part of a goalkeeper is that when you are the second choice you get to gain a lot of experience by sitting outside and watching. P. R. Sreejesh Inspirational Hockey Quotes
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
Half the game is mental; the other half is being mental. Jim McKenny
Losing a game is not a big deal, except you’ve got to make sure that you move on and get the next one. Martin Brodeur
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
When I was five and playing against 11-yearolds, who were bigger, stronger, faster, I just had to figure out a way to play with them. Wayne Gretzky
Hockey is a difficult and skillbased game. Sandeep Singh
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
I never looked at hockey as work. Now that I’d finished playing, I had to go to work. Bobby Or
You are responsible for your life. You can’t keep blaming somebody else for your dysfunction. Life is really about moving on. Oprah Winfrey
It’s been a good hockey life for me anyway. Peter Forsberg
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
Sometimes I have more fun, sometimes I have less fun. But overall I still believe that this team can do it without me and when I’ll be ready, I’ll be ready. Dominik Hasek
Goalies often react quickly to shots with no regard for what might happen to their body because we are trained to stop pucks first and ask questions later. Martin Brodeur
My grandparents were in the military and so is a cousin of mine, and a close buddy, so when I heard the word ‘hero,’ it didn’t really seem like what I am. T. J. Oshie
For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a professional hockey player. Mario Lemieux
It’s nice to spend some time with my family. They’re not around as much, especially throughout my career in juniors. You’re away a lot, so you really cherish the little moments like this when you get to come back home and be around them. Auston Matthews
A lot of things drive me. What it comes down to is that I want to be the best. Patrick Kane
You watch a hockey game, and the handeye coordination and the speed is really miraculous; how those guys track the puck alone, just following it with their eyes. Liev Schreiber

Quotes on Pursuing Hockey Excellence

Women are playing [hockey] because they love it, not because they’re trying to be a woman in a man’s game. Cammi Granato
There weren’t many black players when I was growing up, and I remember playing and looking up to the ones that were playing. Jarome Iginla
Look at guys like Larry Bird and George Brett and John McEnroe; that’s what they did in their careers. They all wanted to be the guy under the microscope late in the game or late in the match. So you just take on that knowhow that that’s part of your responsibility, and you learn that’s what makes it exciting. That’s what makes it fun! Wayne Gretzky
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 Inspirational Hockey Quotes
We take the shortest route to the puck and arrive in ill humor. Bobby Clarke
In a weird way, [hockey] is like church and therapy and exercise all rolled up into one. Michael Vartan
The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it. Wayne Gretzky
He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life. Ralph Waldo Emerson
To succeed in hockey, you need teamwork. Henry Samueli
This is your moment. You’re meant to be here. Herb Brooks
I love hockey because of the respect for history and for the game itself. George Vecsey Inspirational Hockey Quotes
There are hard ups and downs throughout the season. Auston Matthews
When I get scored on or something doesn’t go my way, I think of what I’m able to do and I’m reminded that I’m capable of doing it. I’m honest about myself I know I’m not going to stop everything, so I don’t try for perfection. I’m going to try to get there, but I know I’ll never be perfect. I think that helps me to deal with everything. Martin Brodeur
Hockey is a tough game. Bobby Or
I come to the rink in the morning, look at the board to see where I’m at, then wherever that is I’ll go play and try to be the best player I can be. Leon Draisaitl
If I had a bad game and we lost I take it very seriously. I feel if I play a good game that other guys will follow and that will help us win more games. And if I don’t, I take it upon myself as being my fault. Jeremy Roenick
Make failure your teacher, not your undertaker. Zig Ziglar
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 out the last batter out in a baseball game or score a big goal in a hockey game. Wayne Gretzky Inspirational Hockey Quotes
Hockey is like a disease, you can’t really shake it. Ken Wregget
The great thing about hockey players is that they are able to separate the on-ice from the off-ice and not let the latter distract them. Stu Grimson
Great moments are born from great opportunities. Herb Brooks
It’s not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it’s what you put into the practice. Eric Lindros
Growing up, I played hockey because I loved playing it. I didn’t view myself in minor hockey as a Black hockey player, but I was also aware that I was. Jarome Iginla
I think I have an inner drive that separates me from the rest. Auston Matthews
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing and be nothing. Elbert Hubbard
Hockey taught me to challenge myself and be the best I can be on and off the ice. P. K. Subban
You want to be explosive, to get the advantage of the first step. Auston Matthews
How would you like a job where, every time you make a mistake, a big red light goes on and , people boo? Jacques Plante
There are no environments where you’re only going to win, because life just isn’t like that. Bobby Orr
A goalies job is to stop pucks,…. Well yeah, thats part of it, but you know what else is?… Youre trying to deliver a message to your team that things are OK back here. Ken Dryden
Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time. Lou Brock
We’re not only hockey players. A lot of guys have families and girlfriends. You can’t just think about hockey Mike Comrie Inspirational Hockey Quotes
Winning makes coaches, teammates, owners, fans all happy… I didn’t care if we win as long as we win. Martin Brodeur
I elevate guys around me. Auston Matthews
My goal is to deny yours.
Look, I think playing the way I played, and knowing the game the way I know it, I think I’m going to have a better idea as to what the mindset of each player was. Chris Pronger
To win the game is great. To play the game is greater. To love the game is greatest of all. Bob O’Connor
Hockey is a tough, physical game, and it always should be. Mario Lemieux
People ask if I regret not winning a Stanley Cup, but winning the series against the Soviet Union was the best. It was the greatest experience of my hockey career by far. Marcel Dionne
Some people skate to the puck. I skate to where the puck is going to be. Wayne Gretzky
At times during hockey, I know myself, you get so wrapped up in it, you squeeze your stick a little too much, all those things, or you’re too focused. Jarome Iginla
Every day is a great day for hockey. Mario Lemieux
I wasn’t naturally gifted in terms of size and speed; everything I did in hockey I worked for, and that’s the way I’ll be as a coach. Wayne Gretzky
Wherever you go, go with all your heart. Confucius

Inspirational Wisdom: Advice for Hockey Players

I never look at myself as a black player. I think of myself as a hockey player that wants to be the best player in the league. P.K. Subban
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
Only a goalie can appreciate what a goalie goes through. Jacques Plante
My dad was one of those dads that was always in the backyard playing with you. T. J. Oshie
I always wanted to be like Mark Messier and I loved Wayne Gretzky, the same as other kids. But it was also really special for me to see the Black players that were in the NHL. Jarome Iginla
Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality. Earl Nightingale
I love my hockey, but if you can do that and go home and just be a dad and husband, then you have the best of both worlds. Curtis Joseph
I love hockey, and I don’t love it for any other reason than when I get out there and play, I enjoy it. Brendan Fehr
Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict. William Ellery Channing
Being in hockey shape is totally different than any other kind of fitness. You can run and bike and work out all summer and then go on the ice for one shift and you’re dead. Joe Thornton Inspirational Hockey Quotes
It is so important to me to have my time away from hockey. Obviously, hockey is my passion; I love it. But definitely for me, time away from the rink and time when my mind isn’t thinking about hockey is important. Sidney Crosby
I am a pretty tough guy. I’m an old hockey player. Jim Flaherty
I didn’t play the game to make friends; I played the game to win. Chris Pronger Inspirational Hockey Quotes
Hockey’s filled with great people, and it’s a great sport, and I encourage a lot of people to play it because of the relationships that you make in hockey. P.K. Subban
You change your life by changing your heart. Max Lucado
I’m probably the only guy in hockey who can win a scoring title and everybody is saying I had a bad year. I don’t worry about it. Wayne Gretzky
Growing up, I was always the small guy. Wayne Gretzky
Normally, a goalkeeper has to be a perfect man. All my mistakes are visible so I have to keep my concentration all the time. P. R. Sreejesh
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. Wayne Gretzky
Hockey should have some appeal. It’s a good game in that is full of action, very quick, and it can be high-scoring. Casey Eastham
In the summer, I would play street hockey every day with my cousins and my brothers. And in the winter we’d play on the backyard rink. Joe Thornton
I’m from the middle of nowhere. I had to drive four hours just to find a city. It’s a different upbringing. It was perfect for me. I love the smalltown feel, where you know everybody. Chris Pronger
Street hockey is great for kids. It’s energetic, competitive, and skillful. And best of all, it keeps them off the street. Gus Kyle
I love hockey. Hockey is my goto sport. It’s my jam. Alexa Bliss
It’s an amazing honor to be the fourth Black hockey player to go into the Hall of Fame. It’s a huge thrill. Jarome Iginla
I am a goalkeeper. My first duty is to save the goal. The second is to communicate with my defenders and organize them. P. R. Sreejesh
I would just always rather play the sport than watch it, so I tend to stay away from the sports on TV. T. J. Oshie
People don’t know how fantastic women’s ice hockey is. People don’t know how fantastic hockey is in general. Hilary Knight

Life Lessons from Hockey: Beyond the Rink

I get a feeling about where a teammate is going to be. A lot of times, I can turn and pass without even looking. Wayne Gretzky
When you are stepping on the field as a hockey player you are part of a dream and being a team member you have your responsibilities, you have your duties. P. R. Sreejesh
No matter who the captain is, on the hockey pitch it’s the goalkeeper who is leading the side because we have the best view of the field. P. R. Sreejesh
Sometimes guys need to cry. Some hockey players think they’re too tough to cry. Brett Hull
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. Wayne Gretzky
You have not failed until you quit trying. Gordon B. Hinckley
A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be. Wayne Gretzky
I think the thing you always got to keep in mind, you know, hockey is a game of one-on-one battles. Mark Messier Inspirational Hockey Quotes
I just focus on getting better. Auston Matthews
Competing is very, very important to me. Jarome Iginla
And people who know me would tell you that away from hockey I’m really not that competitive. Wayne Gretzky
I play a position where you make mistakes. The only people that don’t make them at a hockey game are the people watching. Patrick Roy
Hockey is like a religion in Montreal. You’re either a saint or a sinner; there’s no inbetween. Patrick Roy
Goals live on the other side of obstacles and challenges. Be relentless in pursuit of those goals, especially in the face of obstacles. Along the way, make no excuses and place no blame. Ray Bourque
To me, hockey was always tremendously fun. That’s what kept me going for so long. I simply love to play hockey. Gordie Howe
The one thing I’d always wanted to do in my career is push myself out of my comfort zone I think I’m really comfortable with being uncomfortable. So that’s why I played pro men’s hockey, that’s why I played softball and hockey at the same time, that’s why I’m not afraid to speak up that’s just who I am. Hayley Wickenheiser
Hockey is an amazing sport and it has definitely had a positive impact on my life. But my dad always said school comes first, and if I didn’t do well in school I didn’t get to play hockey. P. K. Subban
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 Inspirational Hockey Quotes
I want to give back to the Edmonton community because it has given me so much. Leon Draisaitl
The day I stop giving is the day I stop receiving. The day I stop learning is the day I stop growing. Wayne Gretzky
The biggest thing we get out of it is seeing the kids smile. And hopefully we will also see that the lessons we’re teaching not only the fundamentals of hockey, but also the life values are sinking in. Bobby Orr
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
I hate not playing. That’s the bottom line. Martin Brodeur
We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, selfdiscipline, and effort. Jesse Owens
I’ve tried to incorporate new ways of playing the game. That’s why you hear people call me a ‘hybrid goalie’ and say I adjust to the situation, never doing the same thing over and over like a butterfly goalie. I try to see what works and hopefully with my talent I’m able to play it and make it happen. Martin Brodeur
People would say, ‘Girls don’t play hockey. Girls don’t skate.’ I would say, ‘Watch this’. Hayley Wickenheiser
Hockey has changed drastically over the years. Indian greats then played on grass. Now we play on astroturf. P. R. Sreejesh
Hockey is an art. It requires speed, precision, and strength like other sports, but it also demands an extraordinary intelligence to develop a logical sequence of movements, a technique which is smooth, graceful and in rhythm with the rest of the game. Jacques Plante
I found out that if you are going to win games, you had better be ready to adapt. Scotty Bowman Inspirational Hockey Quotes
Growing up, I wanted to play with the bigger kids, so having two brothers, you had to stick your nose in there and try your best; you get the worst of everything, though. Joe Thornton
When I go to the rink, it’s time for business. T. J. Oshie
I have been practicing since I was 4 or 5 years old, but that wasn’t really practice. I was just having fun…. I just loved to play hockey. Sidney Crosby
Growing up, I’d never play goalie in street hockey or at shinny. I liked playing out. So the entire time I played goal, I liked handling the puck better than most. Martin Brodeur
Hockey players have fire in their hearts and ice in their veins.
It’s never been easy. But I’ve always wanted to play hockey. I love hockey. I’d rather play hockey than do anything else. If you have that kind of desire, I think you can achieve what you want to achieve. Manon Rheaume
Yeah, I’m cocky and I am arrogant. But that doesn’t mean I’m not a nice person. Jeremy Roenick
I find that I’ve tried to become a better hockey player every year and not just hold on. At the same time, I’ve also made it a point to increase or grow in some other areas of my life. If I were just playing hockey, I would probably be done with the sport. Angela Ruggiero
The only way a kid is going to practice is if it’s total fun for him… and it was for me. Wayne Gretzky
I’m just a hockey player. I want to play every day. Martin Brodeur
I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to play hockey, especially when there weren’t equal opportunities as there are now. But at times, it was challenging. Hilary Knight Inspirational Hockey Quotes


Comprehensive Hockey Quotes to Ignite Your Passion for the Game

In our pursuit to fuel your passion for hockey, we’ve curated an extensive collection of inspirational and motivational hockey quotes. Whether you’re a die-hard fan, a player, or simply someone who appreciates the sport’s unparalleled excitement, these quotes will resonate with you on a profound level. We’ve compiled these powerful words to celebrate the sport. Dive into this treasure trove of hockey wisdom and elevate your love for the game.

The Essence of Hockey

“Hockey is not just a sport; it’s a way of life.”

This quote perfectly encapsulates the essence of hockey, transcending it from a mere game to a lifestyle. It reflects the dedication and unwavering commitment of both players and fans alike. Embrace the passion and intensity that define the world of hockey.

“Hockey: a game where you play with your heart on your sleeve.”

Hockey is synonymous with raw emotions and adrenaline. This quote emphasizes the emotional investment that players bring to the rink. It’s about giving your all, every time you step onto the ice, and wearing your heart proudly.

The Pinnacle of Excellence

“In hockey, there’s no room for mediocrity; it’s about pushing your limits every day.”

This quote highlights the relentless pursuit of excellence that defines hockey players. It’s not just about winning but about pushing boundaries, improving, and striving for greatness.

“Success is the result of hard work, determination, and a little bit of ice.”

Success in hockey, as in life, requires dedication and effort. The ice serves as a metaphor for the challenges we face. Only by navigating those icy obstacles can we truly achieve our goals.

Teamwork and Unity

“Hockey is a symphony of teamwork, with each player composing their part.”

In hockey, as in any great symphony, every player has a role to play. This quote underscores the importance of teamwork, where each player’s contribution is crucial to achieving harmony on the ice.

“A team that plays together, stays together.”

Team cohesion is the bedrock of a successful hockey team. This quote emphasizes the significance of unity, both on and off the ice, in creating a winning formula.

Perseverance and Grit

“The ice may crack, but a true hockey player never does.”

Adversity is a constant companion in hockey. This quote illustrates the resilience and determination of hockey players, who never let setbacks define their journey.

“In hockey, we don’t say ‘I can’t.’ We say ‘I’ll find a way.'”

Hockey instills a can-do attitude in its players. This quote reflects the relentless spirit of never giving up and finding solutions, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.

Legendary Icons

“Greatness is not a destination; it’s a journey paved by legends.”

Hockey has seen its fair share of legendary figures. This quote pays tribute to those iconic players whose indomitable spirit and exceptional skills have left an indelible mark on the sport.

“In hockey, heroes are not born; they are made on the ice.”

This quote underscores the notion that greatness in hockey is the result of hard work, dedication, and an unyielding commitment to the game. Heroes are forged through countless hours of practice and passion.


These hockey quotes encapsulate the very essence of the sport: the passion, the pursuit of excellence, teamwork, perseverance, and the reverence for legendary figures who have graced the ice. 


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