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>Great Speeches, Vol. 2

20 March 2009

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I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once again able to defend our Bulldog name, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for years, if necessary alone. At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the resolve of His Majesty’s hockey team-every man of them. That is the will of RWD and the Bulldog Nation. The UMD offense and defence, linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend to the death their native soil, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength. Even though large tracts of Minnesota and many old and famous schools have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Sioux and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in the Xcel, we shall fight on the PP and PK, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the 3rd period, we shall defend our goal, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the red line, we shall fight on the blue line, we shall fight in the corners and along the boards, we shall fight in the goal crease; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this team or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our 4th liners on the bench, armed and guarded by the mighty Stalock, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the Bulldogs, with all their power and might, step forth to the rescue and the liberation of the team.

Winston Churchill

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