Winter Olympics 2014: 10 Interesting Facts About Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Quick: 10 Interesting Facts
If you are a Los Angeles Kings fan, then Jonathan Quick is a household name. Let’s face it: if you are even remotely familiar with hockey or the NHL, you know the name Jonathan Quick. He’s not a player to fly under the radar. Quick is the star goaltender who currently plays for the Kings and is now going to Sochi, Russia to play for the United States Olympic Hockey team for the second Winter Olympics in a row.
The kid is well deserved of this opportunity. He is talented and humble, and he may even be the best goaltender the USA has. His co-goaltender, if you will, is Ryan Miller. Miller is a great player as well, but I think Quick is has him beat for best. However, Quick returned from injury earlier this month after a 24-game absence, but he hit the ground running; he was ready to play. I think he still has the talent to be the best, but only time will tell.
If you’re a fan of the Kings you must think you know the guy pretty well. He’s one of the best players on the team, so besides watching him play, you must have listened to plenty of interviews and looked up his stats. Or are only sports writers that obsessive? Anyway, here are some things you may already know about him, but hopefully you’ll learn a new thing or two and see what he has accomplished in his 28 years of life.
10. He Has a Daughter and Son with Wife Jaclyn
With wife Jaclyn, Quick's daughter Madison was born March 12, 2010, and their son Carter was born on April 9, 2013.
9. He Has Been With LA Kings Since It Drafted Him in 2007
Quick has been with the Kings for seven years. He sometimes plays with the Manchester Monarchs, the Kings' affiliates, but when he’s in good health and capable, he’s with the Kings. Hopefully he stays with them a long time; he did sign a ten-year contract in 2012.
8. His Wife is Matt Moulson’s Sister-In-Law
Quick married Jaclyn Backman, whose sister Alicia is married to Buffalo Sabres left winger Matt Moulson.
7. He Accidentally Swore During a Post-Game Interview
It’s happened to the best of us. In a moment of passion, we forget we are not allowed to say certain things in certain company. Can you really blame the guy? His team had just won the Stanley Cup! Watch Quick’s slipup during an interview with NBC Sports.
6. He Attended a Single-Sex Boarding School in Connecticut
Quick attended Avon Old Farms in Avon, Connecticut. It’s an all-boys boarding school. His casual style doesn't look like that of a guy who went to prep school, but that’s what makes him so likeable.
5. His University’s Hockey Team Was Called the Minutemen
Quick played for the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and he helped lead the team to its first NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship appearance.
4. He Has Met President Barack Obama
Quick traveled with his teammates from the Kings and Los Angeles Galaxy in 2013 to meet US President Barack Obama. He invited both teams to the White House to congratulate them on winning their respective championships.
3. He Won a Silver Medal in the 2010 Olympics
Quick was part of the US National Team at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. They placed second, and he was awarded a silver medal.
2. His Goaltender Helmets Are Personally Designed
EyeCandyAir’s Steve Nash does the airbrushing on all of Quick’s goaltender helmets. Nash posted a preview of what Quick’s 2014 Olympic helmet will look like. It’s similar to his Kings helmet but with more ‘MERICA! in it.
1. He was MVP of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Quick’s biggest accomplishment to date is his MVP award for his performance during the 2012 Stanley Cup finals -- the same year his team won the Stanley Cup.