With the start of the NHL season just days away, teams have been providing coverage of their training camps on their web sites. Video updates from the LA Kings and the San Jose Sharks featured former Minutemen Jonathan Quick and Justin Braun.
Jonathan Quick Speaks To The Media On Day 1 Of Training Camp:
Sharks Second-Year Players Are Expected To Raise Performance Level (Braun at 2:27 mark):
Two more former UMass hockey players are also currently at NHL training camps as Matt Irwin is with the Sharks and Mike Kostka (pictured, middle) is with Toronto.
With the return of the NHL less than two weeks away, the Los Angeles Times has this piece on former UMass goaltender, Los Angeles Kings' star, Jonathan Quick and his recovery from surgery on a herniated disk. Quick received medical clearance to play on Monday.
Goaltender Jonathan Quick never complained while he carried the Kings on his back and became the most valuable player of their Stanley Cup championship run, but he paid a steep price for toting that heavy burden.
A herniated disc that doctors didn't immediately diagnose began pinching his sciatic nerve in March, while the team was making its playoff push, but Quick played through it stoically and superbly. Game after game he kept the low-scoring Kings competitive, boosting them into the final playoff spot in the West and then repelling shot after shot as they rampaged through the playoffs and to a six-game victory over the New Jersey Devils in the Cup final.
Never did he hint at the ache that accompanied him almost everywhere.
"If you'd sit on a plane, get in a car, driving to the rink, driving home, sitting down for dinner, whatever," he said of when he felt discomfort. "But when I was playing, that's when I'd get the least amount of pain. It was manageable on the ice."
Rehabilitation, the preferred option, failed to remedy the problem. When the disc developed a cyst he had no choice but to undergo a microdiscectomy in August. The procedure removed herniated disc material, cleaned up an inflammation and left him facing a tedious recovery.
The New Haven Register has named former UMass hockey goaltender, current Los Angeles Kings' star Jonathan Quick its Sports Person of the Year for 2012:
"An impressive array of NHL greats have made their way through during the 45-year history of the Los Angeles Kings. Marcel Dionne, Luc Robitaille, Rogie Vachon and even Wayne Gretzky all had one common factor. None could bring the Stanley Cup to Hollywood.
That changed over the course of last season when a mixture of moving parts -- midseason coaching change, trades, minor league recalls -- all came together at the right time. The Kings, seeded eighth in the playoffs, won their first Cup. And at the root of their success was a goaltender from Hamden.
Jonathan Quick, at 26, proved to be a rock between the pipes. Confident, quick and never rattled, he was a difference maker. In the process, he became only the third U.S.-born player awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs. For his effort, Quick has been named the Dave Solomon Memorial Register Sports Person of the Year."
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.
Today NHL.com has a great story about Jonathan Quick and former UMass goaltending coach Jim Stewart:
Following an All-America playing career at Holy Cross that resulted in a single game with the Boston Bruins and more than 20 years mentoring college goaltenders, 2006 was going to be Jim Stewart's farewell to hockey.
Stewart earned a 1985 national championship coaching Darren Puppa and Adam Oates at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute before spending five years as a volunteer assistant at the University of Massachusetts. He was leaving the game to focus more on his family. But all of a sudden, a young goaltending prospect named Jonathan Quick compelled Stewart to stick around for one final season.
"My wife gave me the blessing for one more year and I said, 'You know what? Jon's going to be a sophomore, he's going to play a lot. We'll certainly be better,'" said Stewart, who simultaneously worked for the state's Department of Recreation and Conservation managing Massachusetts' hockey rinks and swimming pools. "It was hard to juggle all these things. We managed to do it for some time, but I was getting run down. I basically said I would do one more year because I thought Jon was going to have a pretty good year, and he did. Then I wrapped it up."
Under Stewart and UMass head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon, Quick didn't just have a pretty good year in 2006-07. He had a historic season for a program that was shelved in 1979 before returning to Division I in 1993. As a sophomore, the star goaltender from Milford, Conn., took the team to the NCAA tournament for the first time, earning All-America honors and setting single-season records for wins, appearances, saves and minutes, as well as career marks for save percentage, goals-against average and saves per game.
Stewart's final season became one of his most memorable.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on the success of Jonathan Quick and Victor Cruz and their meteoric rise to sports fame this year.
On Friday, Victor Cruz wore a maroon tie on his trip to the White House, a silent nod to the prominent color of his college (University of Massachusetts) and high school (Paterson Catholic) alma maters. Three days later, shortly after hoisting the Conn Smythe Trophy, Jonathan Quick thanked UMass coach Toot Cahoon and the Minuteman program during a televised interview.
It's continued to be a good year for the UMass athletic department. Even after the Minuteman baseball team was eliminated from the Atlantic 10 tournament, ending the 2011-12 athletic season, its prominent former players are keeping the school's name in the news in good ways.
UMass has had alumni shine in the ranks of the four major professional sports before. Mike Flanagan won a Cy Young Award. Jeff Reardon was, at one point, baseball's all-time leader in saves. Marcus Camby was the NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
But none of them captured the attention of their fan bases like Quick and Cruz. In the nation's two largest media markets, the two former Minutemen not only found the spotlight, but have shined in its glare.
Former UMass netminder Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings came up just short of the New Jersey Devils in Game Four of the Stanley Cup Finals last night. Quick had 21 saves in the 3-1 setback. The teams will head back to New Jersey for Game Five on Saturday with the Kings up 3-1 in the series.
Here are several pieces from the past few days that have focused on Quick:
Congratulations to UMass' own Jonathan Quick who helped the No. 8-seed Los Angeles push No. 1 Vancouver to the brink of elimination with a 1-0 shutout of the Canucks in game three last night. Quick has stopped 111 out of 115 shots in the series, which resumes Thursday night in Los Angeles.
UMass' Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings begin their quest for the Stanley Cup tomorrow night as the squad's first round series with Vancouver opens up on Wednesday night.
From Fox Sports West:
Is this the season in which the Kings' Jonathan Quick can break through and become an elite goalie?
In the eyes of his coach, Darryl Sutter, that status is only reached in the playoffs, and in his two playoff series with the Kings, Quick has a 4-8 record in first-round losses to Vancouver and San Jose.
Sutter -- who in previous stops coached top goalies such as Chicago's Ed Belfour and Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff -- has been public in his challenges of Quick, who is widely favored to be one of the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy this season.
Sutter even name-dropped San Jose's Antti Niemi, whose numbers weren't nearly as strong as Quick's this season, in comparison.
"San Jose has a goaltender that has won a Stanley Cup," Sutter said. "He quietly goes about his business and doesn't get much credit, just criticism. And we have one that gets a lot of credit."
Does that mean, Sutter was asked, that Quick gets too much credit from the media?
"I'm not getting into that, because I know what happens when you answer those questions," Sutter said. "You have to prove it, right? That's what it's about."
Quick now gets a chance at revenge against Vancouver, the team that eliminated the Kings in the first round two years ago.
The Los Angeles Kings might win their second division title in franchise history this week, or they still might miss the playoffs.
Although a gritty win over the Edmonton Oilers did little to clear up their fate, the Kings are cautiously confident they can hang on to first place as long as Jonathan Quick is guarding their net.
Quick made 19 saves in his NHL-leading 10th shutout, Slava Voynov scored in the opening minute of the third period and the Kings moved closer to the Pacific Division crown with a 2-0 victory Monday night.
Dwight King also scored with 2:32 to play for the Kings, who began a frantic final week in the Pacific by earning their 93rd point and opening a two-point lead over Phoenix (91), which sits seventh in the Western Conference.
San Jose (90) and Dallas (89) also are in an impossibly tight race for only three playoff spots. The Kings began the day in first only on a deep tiebreaker with Phoenix, and they have no intention of celebrating anything just yet.
"It doesn't matter what our points are," said Quick, who has 24 career NHL shutouts. "We're not in yet. It doesn't matter where anybody is in the standings. We've got two games left, and we've got to get points."
Los Angeles, which has won nine of 12, could clinch its first division title in 21 years with two regulation wins over San Jose in a home-and-home series starting Thursday -- or everything still could go wrong. After their fifth game in eight days, the Kings are simply grateful they can take a day off to prepare for that last push.
Check out this feature on former Minuteman Jonathan Quick from The Fourth Period Magazine:
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Emerging from the nuclear winter that was the NHL lockout, the league conducted their first Entry Draft a few weeks after returning to normalcy in Canada's national capital of Ottawa, Ontario.
Unlike the usual custom of showcasing the restocking of the NHL shelves, the draft was conducted out of the public's purview at the Westin Hotel; ironically the same venue where an international media gathering interviewed some of the same selections six and a half years later about their All Star weekend experience.
Though 2005 was the year Sidney Crosby matriculated to the NHL, other than his pre-determined selection there was zero fanfare that accompanied other first round selections like Bobby Ryan and Anze Kopitar. The latter was likely the finest selection of then-GM Dave Taylor's career, a wunderkind out of Slovenia, not Slovakia or Czechoslovakia.
Kopitar had the benefit of playing two seasons in the Swedish Elite League and although he came from a small country without a hockey legacy, he arrived on the Pacific shores already a man and showed it in his first rookie and then NHL training camp. Anze never spent a day in the North American minor leagues and has become a two time All Star and a vital cog in the Kings' championship hopes.
When one scrolls down the list of Los Angeles selections post-Kopitar that year, the record wasn't pretty. There's T.J. Fast and Dany Roussin, best known for scoring a bushel full of goals on Crosby's line for the Rimouski Quebec junior major team. Roussin's failure at the highest level of hockey is a minor footnote to number 87's greatness and furthers the argument that I could pot double digit markers on if placed on his flank.
With his fourth pick in the third round, Taylor selected a player that shows although the Kings Hall of Famer may have had challenges building an organization, his eye for talent is among the keenest in the game.
At the time, Jonathan Quick was a record setting prep goaltender for Old Avon Farms School in his native Connecticut. His record was a sterling 47-3 over two seasons with his senior season being the finest. He fashioned nine shutouts in combination with a 1.14 goals-against-average and .956 save percentage with the goose egg total still a New England prep record.
Quick declined to go the professional route, preferring to enroll at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, at last check not one of the Boston area powerhouses among NCAA's sextet. Continuing the credo of low fanfare, high performance, Quick led the Minutemen to their first NCAA Ice Hockey Championship appearance in 2006 in his sophomore season. His first NCAA tournament appearance was a shutout victory over Clarkson, a 33 save affair and while a championship was too daunting a task given the lack of top talent on the team, Quick departed Amherst as the holder of numerous records that still stand.
While those numbers were impressive, to say that his future professional employers were impressed would be a bigger stretch than one of Quick's own acrobatic saves.
Read the entire feature here.
Two seasons ago, Jonathan Quick played a franchise-record 72 games for the Kings. Unless Quick plays every game for the rest of this season, he won't match that record, but he might get close.
Quick started his 45th game on Tuesday -- in the Kings' 54th game, a 3-1 victory over Tampa Bay -- and coach Darryl Sutter indicated that, as the Kings fight for a playoff spot, Quick will get a lot of work.
The Kings are in seventh place in the Western Conference, with their spot in the postseason far from secure with two months remaining in the regular season. Backup goalie Jonathan Benier has been reliable, for the most part, this season, but Quick has been stellar.
Quick has ranked in the top five in the NHL in goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts for almost the entire season.
The Kings have six sets of back-to-back games remaining this season, so Bernier is likely to get some work, but Sutter said he doesn't have a schedule, and Quick is likely to get the vast majority of the work.
"It's the age-old thing about coaches trying to decide when their goalies are going to play," said Sutter, whose team next faces Florida on Thursday. "It's easy to have a plan when you're 10 points free of a (playoff) spot or 10 points out of a spot. Then you can have a plan.
"When you've got a clear-cut No. 1 goalie, and he's fresh and sharp, then he's going to play. You'd like to be the New York Rangers. They have the best goalie in the league right now, the goalie with the best goals-against and save percentage, but he has played fewer minutes than our guy. That's the perfect situation."
Rich Hammond of the L.A. Kings has a feature on Jonathan Quick as he prepares to play in his first career All-Star game which is this Sunday. Coverage of the All-Star weekend begins tonight at 5 PM on the NHL Network. Sunday's All-Star Game will be televised at 4 PM on the NBC Sports Network (formerly VS).
Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West looks at Jonathan Quicks season in 2011-12 and his chances at being a finalist for the Vezina Award thanks to his stellar play in goal this season for the L.A. Kings.
With an NHL-leading six shutouts -- as well as five straight starts and 14 overall in which he yielded no more than one goal -- Quick is in the midst of posting the best season by a goaltender in Kings franchise history. His results would suggest serious consideration for the Vezina Trophy.
Jonathan Quick has been named to the NHL All-Star Team becoming the first UMass hockey player to earn the distinction. The game will be played Jan. 29 in Ottawa. Quick is also the first L.A. Kings goalie to be selected in 30 years.
In his blog, Criag Custance of ESPN.com looks at the potential goalies for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. UMass alum and current L.A. King netminder was a member of the 2010 team and is among the top-five players who could currently make the roster.
On Monday, former UMass All-American and current L.A. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was named the NHL's Third-Star Of The Week after winning all three starts last week and is now 5-0-1 over his last six starts.
Former UMass Minutemen, Casey Wellman currently of the Minnesota Wild, Johnathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings, Victor Cruz of the New York Giants and Jeremy Horn of the Kansas City Chiefs continue to excel as their professional athletic careers continue to take form in the 2011/12 hockey and football seasons.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette ran a piece on former UMass All-American hockey goalie Jonathan Quick and his current hot streak with the L.A. Kings. Quick is arguably one of the most talked about NHL players currently as he has a string of three straight shutouts and recently won his 100th career game for the Kings.
Former UMass All-American Jonathan Quick made headlines over the weekend as he reached his 100th career win in the midst of a three-game shutout streak for the L.A. Kings. Quick earned win No. 100 in a 2-0 win over Phoenix. After a 1-0 win over Dallas on Saturday night, he became the first ever Kings goalie to post three straight shutouts and is now 5-0-1 on the season.
Jonathan Quick was recently in Stamford, Conn., to take part in the Big Assist III - a fundraiser where local Connecticut hockey players gather to help the Harrington-Howes Foundation.
The foundation provides assistance to individuals with spinal-cord injuries and disease and has distributed over $2 million. It was founded after Harrington-Howes, a hockey and lacrosse coach in Darien, was paralyzed in a swimming accident 14 years ago this month.
He coached Darien's Ryan Shannon, who organizes the event, and Stratford's Jaime Sifers in youth hockey.
"I've known Obie since I was 4, 5 years old. He's a terrific guy," said Sifers, a six-year pro, who'll play in Germany next year. "Ryan Shannon and his family have done a terrific job organizing this event."
Of the 92 draft picks by the L.A. Kings over the last decade, UMass' Jonathan Quick is listed among several of the top draftees.
"Jonathan Quick (third round, 2005): Quick was USA's third goalie at last year's Olympics, and he has done well as the Kings' starting goaltender. He has back-to-back 30-win seasons, and this year he went 35-22-3 with six shutouts to go with a 2.24 GAA and .918 save percentage. He was ninth in wins, sixth in GAA and sixth in shutouts."
The Bleacher Report looks ahead to next year's NHL season to figure out the top 10 teams who are in a position to compete for the Stanley Cup.
No. 10 on that list is Jonathan Quick and the L.A. Kings.
As a relatively young team, the Kings can only improve upon last season's performance, which saw them put up a good fight against San Jose in the quarterfinals, despite having to deal with injury problems. Doughty, Anze Kopitar, Jack Johnson and Dustin Brown are all entering their prime, so if goaltender Jonathan Quick can play with more consistency, Los Angeles will be a dangerous team next year.
Former UMass All-American Jonathan Quick has made the quite the ascension in the NHL over the last two seasons as the starting goalie for the L.A. Kings. With Jonathan Bernier as a solid No. 2 goalie, Quick has been the rumor of several trade scenarios this off-season with the price tag being high draft picks or quality caliber forwards.
Someone was thoughtful enough to bring Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick a chair while he discussed his brilliant, 51-save performance in the Kings' 3-1 playoff victory over the Sharks on Saturday night at HP Pavilion. He deserved a throne.
All he did was save a season that appeared headed toward another unsatisfactory ending after they were swept at home and fell into a 3-1 series deficit.
Quick insisted his teammates played a large role in helping him set a club playoff record for saves Saturday because they limited the Sharks to mostly perimeter shots. That was true to an extent. And they gave him some security in the form of first-period goals by Wayne Simmonds, Kyle Clifford and -- yes -- Dustin Penner on their first four shots at Antti Niemi.
But the Kings would not have prolonged their playoff series to a sixth game, set for 7 p.m. Monday at Staples Center, if not for Quick's calm in the face of 19 shots in the first period and 18 in the third. The 15-shot middle period was a vacation by comparison.
Joe Pavelsi scored at the 14:44 mark of overtime as the San Jose Sharks edged the L.A. Kings last night 3-2 in the opening game of their NHL Playoff Series. The two teams will meet up again on Saturday. Jonathan Quick was the 3rd star of the game making 42 saves in the loss. Former UMass All-American Justin Braun was a healthy scratch for the Sharks, but could see the ice on Saturday.
Looking for a way to rattle Jonathan Quick? Looking for a situation on (or off) the ice that might be unfamiliar to Quick, one that he might not know how to handle?
Well, good luck with that.
At the young age of 25, in just his second full NHL season, Quick has
seen almost everything. He climbed up from the ECHL. He surprised many
by claiming the Kings' No. 1 goalie job. He set a franchise record for
games and wins and helped the team to the playoffs for the first time in
eight years. He became an Olympian and a first-time father.
All of these accomplishments have been accompanied by challenges, and
Quick -- arguably the Kings' most competitive and self-critical player
-- has internalized all the experiences and, seemingly, become a much
better goalie for all of it.
Jonathan Quick is scheduled to start in goal for the Kings Thursday against St. Louis at Staples Center -- and that will become a familiar sight as the Kings approach their final dozen regular-season games.
Quick had split starting time with Jonathan Bernier the last few weeks -- each started five of the last 10 games -- but with crunch time coming, Coach Terry Murray said the starts will be more heavily weighted toward Quick.
"It's important to start to put the focus on one goaltender a little bit more now and that's the plan and I'll follow through with that plan if everything works out accordingly," Murray said after Thursday's game-day skate in El Segundo.
"I plan on using Quick more to get him ready. He's been our No. 1 goaltender right from the beginning and that's where I plan to go to.
Quick registered a pair of victories heading into the All-Star break, helping the Kings (27-22-1) gain valuable points and momentum in the tight race for playoff berths in the Western Conference. Quick began the week by making 34 saves in a 2-0 victory over the Boston BruinsJan. 24, collecting his career-high fifth shutout of the season. He then turned aside 22 of 24 shots through overtime and stopped all four shootout attempts as the Kings defeated theSan Jose Sharks 3-2 Jan. 26. Quick improved to 5-0 in shootouts this season, stopping 87% of attempts. The 25-year-old Milford, Conn. native ranks third among NHL goaltenders in goals-against average (2.15) and tied for third in shutouts (five).
Former UMass All-American and current L.A. Kings starting goalie Jon Quick is featured on the club's website in their "My Story" series. Quick says his story started when he was five-years old in Hamden, Conn. Click Here to read the whole story.
Hamden is where I have lived my whole life. Most of my memories at an early age revolve around the second year I skated. I played defense then and I wondered if I would still remember how to skate. I was nervous as heck going out there, but I took one step on the ice and was pleased that I still remembered how.
I played defense for only two years. I grew up with many kids my age and we played street hockey. I always wanted to play goalie during street hockey. Later I told my parents I wasn't going to play hockey unless they let me be goalie.
Justin Braun, Greg Mauldin and Jon Quick each appeared in games for their respective NHL teams on Saturday. Braun, playing with the San Jose Sharks, logged over 17 minutes of ice time and assisted on the overtime goal which gave the Sharks a 2-1 win over defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago. Braun now has a goal and six assists in nine games this season.
Mauldin appeared in his 15th game with Colorado last night, and had two shots on goal to help the Avalanche to a 3-2 overtime win in Washington. Mauldin had 17 shifts for 12 minutes of ice time during even strength and shorthanded situations. Mauldin has four goals and four assists, along with a plus-7 rating this season.
Quick was between the pipes for Los Angeles last night, which suffered a 3-2 overtime loss to Minnesota. Quick face 21 shots during the game, making 18 saves. Quick is 14-5-1 this season with a 1.92 goals against average and .927 save percentage.
Boston Globe: Jonathan Quick and the L.A. Kings earned a 4-3 win over Boston in an overtime shootout making 38 saves.
Boston Herald: The Herald has a nice feature on Greg Mauldin who was recently called up to the Colorado Avalanche scoring his first career goal against the team which originally drafted him, Columbus. Mauldin is a native of Holliston and played for the Boston Junior Bruins before coming to UMass.
Albany Times-Union: The Albany Times-Union has a question and answer with alum Matt Anderson who is playing with the Albany Devils this year in the AHL.
UMass will have three former players suiting up in NHL games tonight as Jonathan Quick, Casey Wellman and Greg Mauldin will all be in action.
Wellman and the Minnesota Wild will host Anaheim at 8 PM, Mauldin and the Colorado Avalanche will host San Jose at 9 PM, while Quick and the L.A. Kings will host Columbus at 10:30 PM. All times are Eastern.
Even though the political elections were just a few weeks ago, it's time to get out there to vote again and let your voices be heard! No, it's not for a governor or a senator, but to vote for a King - specifically Jonathan Quick.
The NHL is allowing fans to vote to name the 2011 NHL All-Star Teams and former UMass standout Quick is one of the goalies you can vote for.
When you vote, you are even entered for a chance to win a trip to Raleigh, N.C. to see the All-Star Game.
If you missed watching the UMass Hockey Show on CBS3 Springfield this past Saturday, you can watch it online.
Host Josh Maurer and Coach Don "Toot" Cahoon break down the team's series against Minnesota and looks ahead to the next few games.
We also learn about captain Paul Dainton, and the meaning behind the symbols on his goalie helmet.
Plus, a couple of local players are leading the team's offense.
And we take a few minutes to chat with Michael Marcou, and former UMass great Jon Quick.
Don't forget to tune-in or set your DVR's, TIVO's, or if you are old-school, VCR's to check out the UMass Hockey Show which will air this Saturday, October 16 at 11 AM on CBS3 Springfield.
The show will recap the Minnesota weekend, preview the upcoming games against Boston University, feature insight into the program from head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon and show you sides of several players you may not have known about.
There are several features on Paul Dainton, Michael Marcou, T.J. Syner and Kevin Czepiel, plus you can meet several of the team's freshmen and Kevin Moore finds out what guys must do to get ready for games. It's a show any UMass hockey fan will not want to miss!
Expect Quick to get 50 to 55 games. If all goes according to Lombardi and Murray's intended plan, Bernier will take the majority of the rest. If both goaltenders play to their potential, our Los Angeles Kings will have the best goalie tandem in the league. Tell me that doesn't give you goosebumps...
The blog Frozen Royalty has an in-depth look at the L.A. Kings' defense and goaltending heading into training camp. The post features several quotes from Kings' Head Coach Terry Murray including his comment on the goalie situation: "Jonathan Quick is our number one goaltender," said Murray. "As a staff, as an organization, we have to decide who that number two goaltender is. We're not going to have three and we've got to make the decision and we're going to have to make the right decision."
As the NHL season draws closer, Jonathan Quick has been getting more-and-more mentions in the media. In this first article from CrashTheCrease.com, Quick is profiled along with the increased battle for time in net with 2010 AHL All-Star Jonathan Bernier. On the L.A. Kings Examiner blog, Jonathan Moncrief grades the Kings' coaching staff and management specifically stating that goalie coach Bill Ranford "... was a player that understood how to maximize his abilities and talents, and so far in his stint as goalie coach for the Kings has found a way to make magic happen where it might not have been expected. His work with Jonathan Quick has been nothing short of spectacular. Ranford worked all summer with Quick on his conditioning, his positioning, and his body movement. Quick rewarded the club with franchise records for victories and games played."
Jonathan Quick was recently back in the Nutmeg State where he and several other hockey athletes from the Fitness and Sports Training Center in Westport put on a clinic for kids at the Green Farms Academy. The students were "enthralled" to see his Olympic Silver Medal. The day was spent showing the students different aspects of working out for sports and talking about getting a good education to be successful off the ice. ""It's good to give back to the community and help kids that are less fortunate than us. The kids don't seem to have a hockey background but they seemed to enjoy what we did," said Quick.
Quick was also mentioned on NESN.com in a team preview for the upcoming year.
In the Black & Gold Blog on HockeyJournal.com, Jonathan Quick and Jonathan Bernier are listed as several of the top NHL goalie tandems heading into the 2010-11 season. Of course, the blog feels the Bruins have the top pair of netminders. Fans can vote on the blog for which of the five pairs they feel is the best.
According to BleacherReport.com and the Chicago Daily Herald, the Chicago Blackhawks are using former UMass All-American and L.A. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick as a comparable player to goalie Antti Niemi who led them to the Stanley Cup this past season in an arbitration hearing to be held today. Niemi reportedly wants in excess of $3 million per year, while Quick, considered one of the rising stars in the NHL, currently makes $1.9 million. The stories both mention that the stats for both goalies are close, but what ultimately set the Blackhawks on the path to the championship was all around depth.