Picking a team to cheer for when your team isn’t in the Stanley Cup Final can sometimes be difficult. Every hockey fan has her reasons for donning one jersey over another. While I have nothing against the New Jersey Devils, I’m hoping to see the Kings raise Lord Stanley in the next few weeks. The current throne holder for the Kings, and a huge reason that they’re just 3 wins away from every players dream, Jonathan Quick.
In New England, once your team gets eliminated, you often choose the next best thing to cheer for; the team that has a player from your neck of the woods. While the Devils have a Nashua, NH native in Mark Fayne, Jonathan Quick gives him the shut out.
A Milford, Connecticut native, Quick also attended University of Massachusetts Amherst. Playing two NCAA seasons with UMass Amherst, he still holds many records despite his minimal collegiate career. As many players do, Quick played for the Kings AHL affiliate Manchester Monarchs in NH.
Despite spending time in the AHL, Quick has skated into the NHL and hasn’t looked back. Recording an incredible season, he’s in the midst of trying to achieve the biggest accomplishment of his career. With an OT win in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final he’s getting close.
Last season the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup and goaltender Tim Thomas added both the Conn Smythe and Vezina trophies to his resume. With Quick’s nomination for the Vezina, he’s predicted to win the Conn Smythe as well, pending a Kings Cup win. This season is quickly becoming a memorable one for the 26 year old New England goaltender.