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Quick Inducted Into Avon Old Farms Hall of Fame

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Congrats to former Minuteman Jonathan Quick on his recent induction into the Hall of Fame at Avon Old Farms. The Kings 101 blog had coverage of the induction.

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On, Sam Page has a lengthy piece on former UMass hockey netminder Jonathan Quick, analyzing the former Minuteman's status as an "elite" NHL goaltender.

Read: Does Jonathan Quick pass the Eye Test as an elite goalie?

Today has a piece on former UMass hockey netminder Jonathan Quick and how he's excelled thus far this season, despite the Los Angeles Kings roster being depleted by injuries.

Read: Quick still excelling despite depleted Kings roster

Congratulations to former UMass netminder Jonathan Quick who tied Rogie Vachon's L.A. Kings franchise record with his 32nd career shutout last night, making 43 saves and stopping all three St. Louis shootout attempts. Quick makes 43 saves to help Kings edge Blues

USA Today had this post yesterday (with video) on For The Win about former Minuteman Jonathan Quick Jonathan Quick making a young fan's day by slipping him a secret autograph while he was on the bench during a preseason game against the Colorado Avalanche.

Read: Jonathan Quick signs secret autograph for fan from the bench

Former Minuteman, Hamden native and Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick is bringing the Stanley Cup to his hometown on Sunday for a fundraiser as the proceeds from the event will go to the college fund for the children of Jason Pagni, a close friend and youth coach of Quick's who died in a car accident earlier this year.

Chris Hunn of the New Haven Register has more information on the event here.

Quick Awarded Jennings Trophy Tuesday

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Congratulations again to former UMass hockey netminder Jonathan Quick, who was officially presented with the William M. Jennings Trophy on Tuesday evening at the 2014 NHL Awards, though he was not in attendance to receive it after recently undergoing wrist surgery.

Quick and the Los Angeles Kings were announced as the winners of the Jennings Trophy back in mid-April upon the conclusion of the NHL's regular season schedule. The William M. Jennings Trophy is presented annually to the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it. Quick is the first in franchise history for the L.A. Kings to win the trophy.

Former Minuteman Quick Undergoes Surgery

Best wishes to former UMass hockey goaltender, recent Stanley Cup winner Jonathan Quick as he recovers from surgery on an injured wrist. After the news broke yesterday afternoon, ESPN and had coverage: Kings goalie Quick has surgery on injured wrist
ESPN: Jonathan Quick has surgery

On the heels of the Los Angeles Kings winning their second Stanley Cup in the past three seasons over the weekend, Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times takes a look at what has made former UMass netminder, current King, Jonathan Quick so successful.

Read: Los Angeles Times: Kings' Jonathan Quick sets new standard in goal

Congratulations to former UMass hockey goaltender Jonathan Quick who backstopped the Los Angeles Kings to their second Stanley Cup with a 3-2 double overtime win in Game Five to clinch the series against the New York Rangers.

A sampling of the coverage:

CBS Connecticut: Hamden's Quick, Kings Beat Rangers In 2OT, Win Stanley Cup
Orange County Register: Quick closes uneven season on a high for Kings
AP: Kings win Stanley Cup on goal in second overtime
Toronto Sun: Kings edge Rangers in unforgettable Cup finale

Quick, Kings, In Action For Game Five Tonight

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One win away from his second title, former UMass hockey All-American Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings will be looking to raise the Stanley Cup on home ice tonight (8 p.m., Eastern - NBC).

In 2012 Quick was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP and Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun makes a case for Quick being one of five Kings worthy of the honor this season:

Read: Five Kings are worthy of Conn Smythe Trophy

College Hockey Inc., has pointed out that, with another win, former Minuteman Jonathan Quick will join an elite group of former college hockey players:

Click here for the full list of NCAA alums who have won the Stanley Cup from College Hockey Inc.

The NHL posted this cool video as the Net Cam caught one of Jonathan Quick's saves against Mats Zuccarello of the Rangers during the Stanley Cup Finals.

Today we have tons more coverage of former UMass All-American Jonathan Quick as he has helped put the L.A. Kings on the verge of a second Stanley Cup championships during his career out west. Quick was nothing short of spectacular on Monday in a 3-0 win over the New York Rangers giving the Kings a 3-0 lead in the series which resumes tonight at 8 PM in Madison Square Garden. 

Rich Hammond and Eric Stephens had a piece on former UMass goaltender Jonathan Quick and his timely saves for the Kings in Wednesday's 3-2 win in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Game 2 is tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

Read: Quick stops come when needed most for Kings

The Los Angeles Kings, backstopped by former UMass goaltender Jonathan Quick, begin their quest for a second Stanley Cup in the past three seasons with Game 1 of the final tonight. Lance Pugmire has this piece on Quick in today's Los Angeles Times:

Read: Jonathan Quick is there for the Kings when it counts

In advance of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, several media outlets had coverage of former Minuteman, current Los Angeles Kings' netminder Jonathan Quick:

New York Post: The kid from Connecticut who'll try to shut down the Rangers

Quick Leads Los Angeles Kings Into Second Round

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Former UMass netminder Jonathan Quick was named the Second Star of the Game last night as he helped the Los Angeles Kings take game seven and advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 5-1 win over the San Jose Sharks. Quick stopped 39 of 40 shots last night including this one to rob Patrick Marleau:

Over the past four games, Quick is 4-0 with a .963 save percentage and one shutout. The Kings open second round action against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, May 3, at 8 p.m.

Another former Minuteman, Matt Irwin, scored his first career postseason goal, San Jose's only goal of the night:

Irwin played 20:52 in the contest and had two shots. Teammate and fellow UMass hockey alum Justin Braun saw 17:36 of ice time.

Former Minutemen Set For Game 7 Tonight

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At least one UMass hockey alum will advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight as former Minuteman Jonathan Quick's Los Angeles Kings will square off against the San Jose Sharks and two more former Minutemen, Justin Braun and Matt Irwin. 

Braun has appeared in all six games for the Sharks and has a goal and an assist and is +3 in the series. Braun scored the game winner in game two for his first career playoff goal (video below). His assist came on the Sharks' lone game six tally. Irwin made his 2014 postseason debut in game six as well and played 18:43 with two shots.

Quick has been a key part of the Kings' comeback in the series as he stopped 91 of the 95 shots he faced in the squad's three victories, including all 30 game five for his eighth career postseason shutout. Here's video of Quick stopping a shot by Irwin in game six.

 Justin Braun (UMass Years: 2006-10) & Matt Irwin (UMass Years: 2008-10) - San Jose Sharks
Jonathan Quick (UMass Years: 2005-07 ) - Los Angeles Kings
Regular Season Statistics:
 Braun: 82 GP, 4 G, 13 A, 17 Pts, 20 PIM, +20  |  Irwin: 62 GP, 2 G, 18 A, 20 Pts, 35 PIM, +5
 Quick: 49 GP, 2 A, 2.07 GAA, 6 SO, 27 W, 17 L, 0.915 PCT
First Round Playoff Schedule
DateOpponents Time (ET) | TV / Result
Thusday, April 17
 LAK at SJS San Jose 6, Los Angeles 3
 Sunday, April 20
 LAK at SJS San Jose 7, Los Angeles 2
 Tuesday, April 22 SJS at LAK San Jose 4, Los Angeles 3 (OT)
 Thursday, April 24 SJS at LAK Los Angeles 6, San Jose 3
 Saturday, April 26 LAK at SJS Los Angeles 3, San Jose 0
 Monday, April 28 SJS at LAK Los Angeles 4, San Jose 1
 Wednesday, April 30 LAK at SJS 10:00 p.m. | NBCSN, CSN-CA

Quick Headlines NHL's Top 10 Saves Of The Season

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The NHL posted its "Top 10 Saves of the Season" video on YouTube this afternoon. Spoiler alert: former UMass netminder Jonathan Quick holds the No. 1 spot.

Quick, Kings, Win NHL's Jennings Trophy

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Congratulations to former UMass goaltender Jonathan Quick who won the NHL's Jennings Trophy with the Los Angeles Kings upon the conclusion of the 2013-14 regular season on Sunday. The Jennings award goes to "the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it."

Quick is the first member of the Kings to capture the Jennings Trophy and won it outright when the Boston Bruins allowed three goals Sunday in their final game of the season, bringing their total to 177. Los Angeles allowed 174 goals this season.

Read more: Los Angeles Times - Kings' Jonathan Quick wins NHL's Jennings Trophy

Jonathan Quick Surprises Big Fan On "Ellen" TV Show

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Check out this awesome clip from "Ellen" where UMass' own Jonathan Quick surprises young fan Daniel Clarke Bouchard, a 12-year-old Montreal native and piano prodigy who already has played Carnegie Hall.

Quick Named ECHL Alumnus of the Month

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Congratulations to former UMass hockey goaltender and current Los Angeles King Jonathan Quick who has been named the MeiGray Group ECHL Alumnus of the Month for March.

Quick appeared in 38 games for the Reading Royals in the 2007-08 season going 23-11-3 with one shutout, a 2.79 goals-against average and a save percentage of .905. He became the ninth goaltender in ECHL history to score a goal on Oct. 24, 2007 against Pensacola.

Read the ECHL's full release here.

Quick breaks Kings win record in shutout of Panthers

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Congratulations to former UMass goaltender Jonathan Quick who broke the Los Angeles Kings' franchise record for regular season victories with his 172nd career win over the weekend

Quick also added another to his growing highlight reel Saturday afternoon with one of the top glove saves of the season. Video of the save is below from

Congratulations to former UMass goaltender Jonathan Quick who stopped two of three Washington Capitals' attempts in the shootout last night to tie Rogie Vachon for the Los Angeles franchise record with his 171st career win. Quick is now 171-115 over 326 games with the Kings.

Read more here: Kings top Capitals in shootout for Sutter's 500th win
Los Angeles Times: Kings grind out historic milestones in 2-1 shootout win over Capitals

LA Kings Insider: Rogie and Quick

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Jon Rosen from LA Kings Insider has this piece on, talking with former Kings' goaltender Rogie Vachon about UMass hockey alum, current King, Jonathan Quick. Vachon won a franchise record 171 games with the Kings between 1971 and 1978 and Quick is on the verge of breaking Vachon's record, currently with 170 victories.

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Quick On 5-Game Win Streak For L.A. Kings Since Olympic Games

A recent study has shown that goal scoring for players in the NHL declines after participation in the Winter Olympics. Whether it's that or just that Jonathan Quick is in a groove, the former UMass standout has now won five consecutive games for the L.A. Kings giving up an average of 1.0 goals per game.

He has a six-game win streak in hand having won a game before the Olympic games and is 21-13 overall this season. His 2.02 GAA is 2nd among goalies in the NHL this year.

Nick Forrester of the International Business Times has former UMass All-American and current L.A. Kings netminder Jonathan Quick as the 4th best player in the NHL this season. Forrester composed a list of the top 50 NHL players for the 2013-14 campaign. has a quick look at an image tweeted out by NBC Sports today which shows off the back of Jonathan Quick's helmet for the Olympics. It features the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier on the back.

View image on Twitter

Yahoo!Sports has a collection of photos from today's Olympic semifinal game between the USA hockey team and Canada. UMass' Jonathan Quick is featured prominently in the 100 photo gallery.

Jonathan Quick Coverage Ahead Of USA-Canada Semifinal

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Two stories out of the Los Angeles Times today that mention former Minuteman and current Los Angeles Kings' netminder Jonathan Quick in advance of Friday's Olympic semifinal between Team USA and Canada:

U.S.-Canada semifinal to turn Kings' Olympians into rivals
Six Ducks and four Kings advance to Sochi Olympic hockey semifinals

The puck went in, T.J. Oshie turned and skated back toward the American bench, and before he could cement himself as the early favorite for America's Olympic hero, he stopped and pointed a big gloved finger in the air back towards his own goal, where Jonathan Quick came charging forth.

"We don't get the win without Quickie shutting the door there," Oshie told NBC Saturday, just moments after he went 4-for-6 in the shootout, including five turns in a row, en route to a 3-2 win over the hometown Russians in Sochi.

Yet as Oshie was receiving all the acclaim, his first response was to credit Quick, the Los Angeles Kings netminder who stopped Ilya Kovalchuk, Pavel Datsyuk and Evgeni Malkin, not just in the shootout but in the hard-fought 65 minutes prior, and gave the first week of games its defining moment.

Read more: US counting on Quick in net entering medal rounds

Quick To Start For USA Vs. Czech Republic (WED - 12 PM)

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After being given a game's rest as Team USA wrapped up pool play, former Minuteman Jonathan Quick will be back between the pipes for the U.S. squad on Wednesday against the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals at Noon (Eastern) on USA Network.
Jonathan Quick, former UMass netminder, has been selected to start in goal for the U.S. men's Olympic team Thursdayin its opener against Slovakia, it was announced on Wednesday morning.

Several news outlets had coverage:

USA Today: Jonathan Quick starting first game for USA
Los Angeles Times: Kings' Jonathan Quick to start U.S. men's Olympic hockey opener
ABC News: Goalie Jonathan Quick to Start Sochi Opener for US

The Los Angeles Times had this update today on former UMass goaltender Jonathan Quick who has been out of the L.A. Kings' lineup for the past six weeks with a groin injury:

It is not a 100% return to health -- not that any NHL team is ever completely without issues -- but the Kings are inching toward that elusive goal.

On hand Friday in practice for Saturday's game at Nashville were defenseman Willie Mitchell and goalie Jonathan Quick. It is the first trip Quick has taken with his teammates since he suffered a strained groin at Buffalo on Nov. 12. Mitchell suffered an upper-body injury at Ottawa on the Kings' last trip.

Quick's presence is a definite sign of progress, considering Coach Darryl Sutter had indicated recently he did not think Quick would make this trip. General Manager Dean Lombardi said before the holiday break that Quick might be able to return the first week of January.

Read more: Jonathan Quick, Willie Mitchell return to Kings practice

Los Angeles Times: Kings won't rush Jonathan Quick's return

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Here's an update on former Minuteman Jonathan Quick and the status of his return to the ice from the Los Angeles Times:

From star goaltender Jonathan Quick to goalie coach Bill Ranford to Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi, the message has been consistent about Quick's recovery from a strained groin.

The Kings are not going to rush the process.

Quick suffered the injury Nov. 12 at Buffalo, a grade two strain. Lombardi said Wednesday afternoon that Quick's return might come during the first week of January.

After Christmas, the Kings leave on a four-game trip that starts Dec. 28 in Nashville and concludes Jan. 2 at St. Louis. Although Quick has been on the ice since last week, and worked with Ranford the last two days, Coach Darryl Sutter did not sound as if the goalie would be accompanying the team on the trip.

"No, until he's full practice ... I thought he'd be closer than he was and we'll just keep going," Sutter said. "... He's got a long ways to go."

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Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, who hasn't played since he strained a groin muscle on Nov. 12, remains on pace to play for the U.S. Olympic team at the Sochi Games.

David Poile, Team USA's general manager, said Thursday he had been told by Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi that Quick is expected to return within a few weeks. That would leave time for him to regain top form before the U.S. opens against Slovakia on Feb. 13. Quick was the third U.S. goalie at the Vancouver Olympics, where the U.S. won a silver medal.

Quick is among several U.S. Olympic hopefuls who are injured; others include Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik (concussion) and New York Rangers forward Ryan Callahan (sprained knee). Poile cited Quick as an example of how Team USA executives will handle those uncertainties.

Read more: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick is on pace to play for U.S. at Olympics

Former UMass hockey netminder Jonathan Quick is 4-0 in shootouts this year for the Los Angeles Kings, stopping 10 of 11 shots, and led the league with 10 shootout wins in 2010-11, going 10-0.

Check out Lisa Dillman's notebook from the Los Angeles Times: Kings and Jonathan Quick are all-in with the shootout

Jonathan Quick Attends Team USA Orientation Camp

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USA Hockey wrapped up its U.S. Men's National Team Orientation Camp in Arlington, Va., at which former UMass goaltender Jonathan Quick was in attendance. Many members of the media have dubbed Quick the favorite to be the starting netminder for Team USA at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Feb. 7-23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Quick was mentioned by several media outlets in their coverage of the camp, including the Associated Press. had this video interview with Quick from camp:

Quick was also mentioned by Nate Ewell in this piece on the College Hockey Inc. website: Seven Thoughts from U.S. Olympic Camp

Former Minutemen In NHL Training Camps

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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.

Toronto Maple Leafs players Mike Komisarek Mike Kostka and Mike Mottau skate sprints on the first day of training camp in Toronto.

LA Times: Kings Goalie Quick Ready For Action

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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.

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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."

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Jonathan Quick's New Retro Mask

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After former Minuteman, Stanley Cup Champion Jonathan Quick tweeted out a photo of his new mask yesterday, it turned up in the Eye On Hockey blog earlier today.

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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Today 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.

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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.

Jonathan Quick Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Coverage

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Congratulations UMass' Jonathan Quick not only on becoming the first Minuteman to win the Stanley Cup, but also for being honored with the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Here are some select pieces from the media today that highlight Quick:

Sports Illustrated - Quick's breakthrough year, playoffs conclude with Conn Smythe Trophy
ESPN - Jonathan Quick wins Conn Smythe
Fox News - Quick is the newest star in LA - Kings goalie Jonathan Quick is playoff MVP
Daily Hampshire Gazette - Former Minuteman Jonathan Quick joins elite company

Jonathan Quick Stanley Cup Finals Coverage

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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:

New York Times - Quick Goes from Street Games to Cup Finals
Hartford Courant - Hamden Showing Plenty Of Pride For Hometown Hero Jon Quick - American Quick leads Kings' Stanley Cup run
The Canadian Press - Simply the best: Jonathan Quick authoring historic post-season for Kings

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.


The Fourth Period: Not A Quick Journey

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Check out this feature on former Minuteman Jonathan Quick from The Fourth Period Magazine:

Next time you're at a casino, here's a reason to play the long shot and put a few dollars down on 32 on the roulette wheel.

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.

Fox Sports West: Quick Once Again Among NHL's Best

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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."

NHL All-Star Weekend Interviews With Jonathan Quick

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Over the weekend, several in-depth and behind-the-scenes interviews with Jonathan Quick were produced surrounding the NHL All-Star Weekend. Included are Quick's thoughts on his time at UMass.

Is there anything better than a goalie race in hockey? Greg Wyshynski breaks down Jonathan Quick's win over Jimmy Howard at the 2012 NHL All-Star Skills Competition.

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.

Quick Becomes UMass First NHL All-Star

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In his blog, Criag Custance of 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.

NHL: Quick Named Third Star Of The Week

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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.

Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican has an update on three former Minutemen now in the NHL ranks: Jonathan Quick (L.A. Kings), Justin Braun (San Jose Sharks), and Casey Wellman (Minnesota Wild).

Quick's Kings Face Bruins In Boston Tonight

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Be sure to check out the Boston Bruins hosting the L.A. Kings tonight at 7 PM as Jonathan Quick makes a return trip to New England. You can watch the game on NESN or listen on 98.5 FM The Sports Hub.
Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican takes a look at the coaching change with the L.A. Kings who have named John Stevens as the interim head coach.

Minuetmen in the Pros

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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.

Casey Wellman: Minnesota Wild
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.

HOCKEY: Jonathan Quick Earns 100th Career NHL Win

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NBC Sports: L.A. Kings Goaltending Looks Solid With Quick

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NBC Sports has a look the the L.A.. Kings goaltending situation, led by former UMass All-American Jonathan Quick, as the NHL Preseason has begun.

Check Out Jonathan Quick's New Goalie Mask For 2011-12

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Jonathan Quick will sport some new artwork on his goalie mask as he continues to man the pipes for the L.A. Kings. Check out his new mask here.
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."

Jonathan Quick Joins Twitter

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According to Rich Hammond of the L.A. Kings Insider, Jonathan Quick has now joined Twitter. Quick can be found @JonathanQuick32.
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.

The Denver Post looks at the needs of the Colorado Avalanche, where Greg Mauldin played for part of this past season, and think that Quick could be a good fit for them.

Jonathan Quick looks at his job like a weatherbeaten, unsentimental cowboy would.

In some ways he prefers to paraphrase the motto of the Texas Rangers (the militia, not the baseball team).

One riot, one goaltender.

In his scorebook, he gave up six goals to San Jose in Game 3 of this first-round Stanley Cup playoff series and he gave up six more in Game 4. There are no footnotes.

Don't tell him he might as well have been the security guard at the Alamo.

Don't tell him he would have fared better had the Sharks not used his goalie mask to scratch their itchy beards.


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.


Sharks Top Kings In OT To Start NHL Playoff Series

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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.

Rested Quick could be Kings' difference-maker

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The question has been directed at Jonathan Quick so often lately he might as well wear his blocker during interviews to better deflect it.

So let's get it out of the way right now:

No, he did not get worn down last season. He felt fine despite logging 72 games, a high number for a West Coast goalie who does more travel than many of his peers.

Yet even his coach, Terry Murray, acknowledged that he rode Quick too hard last season, and the evidence seemed clear when Quick finished the regular season on a 0-3-3 slide. 

But Quick seems to be the only one who didn't get tired just looking at those statistics.

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's save which seemed to defy all laws of physics is up to 1.4 million views on YouTube. Here's the video below - be sure to share so we can get it up over 2 million!

Incredible Jon Quick Save Defies Physics

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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.

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Quick Named NHL's 2nd Star of the Week

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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).

Quick Shuts Out Bruins

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Jonathan Quick must have been inspired by Paul Dainton as he turned in a 34-save shutout win against the Boston Bruins last night.

Quick To Face Bruins

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Jonathan Quick and the L.A. Kings will host the Boston Bruins on Monday night at 7:30 PM. Here's the game preview from the Kings' website.

My Story: Jonathan Quick - From L.A. Kings Website

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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.

By Jonathan Quick | Special to

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.  
It was a career night for former Minuteman Jonathan Quick as he made a career-high 51 saves to post his 10th career shutout in a 5-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings last night.

L.A. Kings: King of the Night

Quick Highlight Saves

Dick Baker's Hockey Blog

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A couple of entries in Dick Baker's blog as he mentions Jonathan Quick's 51 save shutout performance for the Kings last night and takes a look at the hockey season through Christmas break.

Three Minutemen Dress In NHL Games On Saturday

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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.

L.A. Kings Goalie Plan: Quick, Quick, More Quick

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After some recent struggles in L.A., the Kings are coming up with a new plan for their goaltenders after previously having a schedule rotation through January.

Former Hockey Minutemen In The News

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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.

Three UMass NHL'ers In Action Tonight

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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.

Vote Quick For NHL All-Star

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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.

L.A. Times Notebook On Jonathan Quick

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The L.A. Times leads its Kings Notebook with a look at Jonathan Quick's early success this season noting that his stats are down in one important area - playing time.

He is among the league leaders in goals-against average and save percentage, but the Kings hope that a decline in playing time will keep him sharp until the end of the season.

Two Good Stories On Jonathan Quick

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A quick update on several other former UMass hockey players who are now in the professional ranks:

Jonathan Quick - L.A. Kings - 6 W, 1 L, 1.96 GAA, .928 Sv%, 429 min.
Justin Braun - Worcester Sharks - 6 GP, 1G, 5A, 4 PIM
James Marcou - Worcester Sharks - 6 GP, 3G, 2A, -3, 0 PIM
Matt Irwin - Worcester Sharks - 4 GP, 2A, -2, 0 PIM
Cory Quirk - Worcester Sharks - 6 GP, 1G, -1, 0 PIM
Mike Kostka - Rochester Americans - 9 GP, 1G, 4A, +3, 4 PIM
- Alex Berry - Norfolk Admirals - 5 GP, 2A, +3, 9 PIM

Jonathan Quick Weighs In On The Season

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CBS3 UMass Hockey Show Replay

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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.

CBS3 UMass Hockey Show Airs This Saturday

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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!

Dick Baker's Hockey Blog

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Dick Baker has several updates on his blog from yesterday and Wednesday on the UMass hockey team.

UMass Picks Up Television Support
Paul Dainton Listed As Lowe's Senior CLASS Candidate
Former Goalie Jonathan Quick Still Looks That Way
For Anthony Raiola, A Dream Come True