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1980-81 Quotes

Here's what the two-time Stanley Cup champions and others had to say about the 1980-81 season. Select the person's name to see the quotes:

Mike Bossy, Islander forward:

After the Stanley Cup was won in five games: “I told the guys I was going home after tonight. Butch said before the series started that he was only going to play five games. So we might have been missing a few players if we had to go back to Minnesota for Game 6.”

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Bob Bourne, Islander forward:

Prior to the Stanley Cup finals: "I think this one is going to be more enjoyable if we win. Last year, every game was like the fear of the unknown. We were so bloody relieved when it was over. It was like a tension release. I'm enjoying it a hell of a lot more this year."

On Bryan Trottier playing his way through a broken foot and a separated shoulder: "That's an inspiration to me. How can you not dig down for everything when you see a guy like that?"

Speaking about his prospects for free agency right after the team won the Stanley Cup: "It went through my mind between the second and third periods that this could be my final period with the team. But I'll tell you something else: I never thought about being a free agent the last three months -- not after Al sat me down in February and told me to think about it later, not then. And I'll tell you this: I hope this wasn't my last game with these guys, because I don't want to play against guys like Bryan Trottier and Clark Gillies." (Bourne would up staying five more years with the Isles.)

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Bill Carroll, Islander forward:

“I was calm throughout the whole playoffs, but the other day we had a press luncheon in Minnesota and they had the Stanley Cup there. I saw it for the first time, and since then I hadn’t slept more than two hours a night. I couldn’t get it off my mind.”

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Butch Goring, Islander forward and 1981 playoff MVP:

“Last year, I had just come to the team and I didn't really feel as much a part of it. This year I shared the highs, the lows, got drunk with them. It's more exciting this year.”

“I don’t know if I was the last piece of the puzzle or not. I don’t know what it was like before I got here, but I know what it’s like now. And it’s wonderful.”

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Bob Nystrom, Islander forward

“Why not dynasty? I think we've got a team that can’t be beat.”

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Denis Potvin, Islander defenseman and captain:

"This year wasn't as surprising. We were waiting longer to get the Cup, but we knew it was coming. We could taste it."

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Bill Smith, Islander goalie:

Revealing that part of his and Butch Goring's incentive for winning game five of the finals was a postponed golf date caused by the Islanders' loss in game four: “We missed one tee time. We weren’t going to miss another."

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Glen Sonmor, Minnesota North Stars coach:

After his team was steamrolled 6-3 in the first game of the Stanley Cup finals: "Maybe I was still basking in the glow of being in the finals. Maybe some of my players felt the same way. They didn't look very poised. They seemed hesitant and jittery. But the Islanders can do that to you. They give me the jitters."

"We knew what to expect from their dominant guys, Denis Potvin, Bossy, Trottier. But I don't think we were prepared for so much offense out of Goring."

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John Tonelli, Islander forward:

On playoff MVP Butch Goring: "I can remember when I was a kid watching Goring on TV and saying to myself, 'That's how I want to play.' When he's working, it makes me want to work that much harder. He deserved that award."

After the Isles swept the Rangers out of the playoffs: "These were among the four best games we've ever put together. Look back at last year. We were up three games on Buffalo and couldn't kill them. They won two games. The same thing with Boston, we couldn't finish them off either. That's what we were mainly thinking about. We had to establish that finishing touch."

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Bryan Trottier, Islander forward:

"I wish everyone who plays hockey could know the feeling of winning the Stanley Cup," he said. "You win it once, you get greedy. You want to keep on winning it."

On participating in the playoffs with a broken foot and a separated shoulder: "I felt whatever I have to do to win, I'll do. If I can't score any goals, I'll skate until my legs fall off."

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Steve Vickers, Ranger forward:

After the Isles took a 3-0 lead in their playoff series with another dominating win: "I wish the Islanders would let up."

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