NHL hockey isn’t only about skating, shooting pucks, and rushing people into glass in a way that would super get somebody arrested outside of an arena. There is also room for the graceful individuals in the world, those special young men who can expertly drop it like it’s hot.
I swear, Retta, people who don’t understand loving goalies will never understand me — especially when it comes to this guy. This is Jonathan Quick (#32). I mentioned that he was practically carrying the Kings through much of the 2011-12 regular season, and that’s true. He’s a big reason why LA was able to hang in there in the league standings and eventually secure an 8th seed playoffs spot. The wildest part is that that was somehow only a warm-up for Quicky.
After finishing the regular season as a top 5 goaltender in the NHL, Quick then dominated in the playoffs with a .946 save percentage in 20 playoff game starts. He earned the Conn Smythe Trophy (awarded to a team’s playoff MVP) and was nominated for a Vezina Trophy, the award for amazeballs goaltending. LA Sports also named him Sportsman of the Year.
Quick is an American boy. He’s from Milford, CT and is known for being extremely humble and soft-spoken.
Except for the rally event after the Kings won the Cup when he got day drunk and dropped these beauty bombs into a microphone.
Quick puts in serious work for the Kings and they adore him.
Unfortunately, this season Quick’s save percentages aren’t where they were last season, and this has led to some being pretty critical of him. On the one hand, alternate goalie Jonathan Bernier (#45) has thus seen more ice time and reassured everyone that LA has not one but two really solid netminders. On the other hand, I will mollywop anybody who talks too bad about Jonathan Quick. How dare those people?
Quick had back surgery after the 2012 Cup run, which may or may not be contributing to short-season inconsistencies. One rough shortened season doesn’t mean this goalie’s not the hotness overall, though, so I’m still 100% here for Jonathan Quick. He’ll catch fire again.
(Credit to nhlgifs for this one.)
Fun parting fact: the last Kings goalie to wear #32 also led the team to the Stanley Cup Final. That’s right; Kelly Hrudey was the LA goaltender during that 1993 run that included Wayne Gretzy.
Something about #32, I guess.