The last time Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick was on the ice in Los Angeles, he was hoisting the Stanley Cup, showing off his Conn Smythe Trophy to his daughter and basking in the party he had started.
Quick had just stopped 17 of 18 shots in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Everything has changed. His star power is much brighter.
Quick, who turns 27 next week, signed a 10-year, $58 million extension in the offseason.
He was named L.A. Sportsman of the Year ina city with Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and DavidBeckham.
He had back surgery for a herniated disc in August but says he's healthy.
Today, Quick ushers in a new era for the Kings, who will raise a championship banner for the first time in the organization's 45-year history. He'll try on his championship ring for size, put his mask back on for the season opener against Chicago and try to repeat the magic he made in net last year.
"The goalie's job is the same no matter what's going on around him," Quick said. "You've got to give your team a chance to win. No mistakes. Same plan for the goalie no matter what his situation is."
Quick had a season to remember, with a 1.95 goals-allowed average and a .929 save percentage. It was even more brilliant than the statistics reveal because the Kings were the second-worst goal-scoring team in the NHL.
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick ready to lead Stanley Cup champions to another season of greatness
L.A. Daily News | Jan 19