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New England Hockey Journal: It's good to be King

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The cover story of this month's New England Hockey Journal is a fantastic piece on UMass hockey's own Jonathan Quick:

For those of us in New England, when Jonathan Quick received the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs on the night of June 11 -- right before he and the Kings took turns lifting the Stanley Cup high above their heads -- he became the latest local boy to make good. Really good, in fact.

After Tim Thomas wrapped up his magical playoff run with the Bruins in 2011, we thought no goaltender could ever come close to replicating such a spectacular postseason. Just one year later, folks are saying the same thing about Quick.

The Hamden, Conn., native carried the eighth-seeded Kings to glory, going 16-4 during a playoff run that saw Los Angeles bulldoze over the top three seeds in the Western Conference before dispatching the New Jersey Devils in six games in the Stanley Cup finals.

For those of us who fulfill our duty of rooting for our fellow natives of this region, it's not just Quick's dominance that makes his story such a special one. We've seen countless New Englanders shine on the big stage in every major sport. When it comes to hockey, hardly a year goes by that a Hockey East alumnus isn't playing an integral role for the eventual Stanley Cup champion.

But upon further examination, those Hockey East products who have won it all have long come from the teams that rarely budge from the upper echelon of the league. While the likes of Boston College, Boston University and, to a lesser extent, Maine and New Hampshire have been mass-producing future NHLers for decades now, the University of Massachusetts never had had a Stanley Cup champion or certainly a bona fide NHL superstar to call its own until 2012.

Quick was the Minuteman who changed all that.

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