Mere weeks after backstopping the Los Angeles Kings to their second Stanley Cup in three seasons, it was announced today Jonathan Quick underwent surgery on his injured wrist. Quick sustained the injury during the Kings’ second-round series against the Anaheim Ducks, meaning he played through the injury during the team’s Western Conference Final win against the Chicago Blackhawks and the Stanley Cup Final against the New York Rangers. In doing so, Quick further cemented the long-held belief that hockey players are tougher than other athletes.
Quick will be out 10-12 weeks, meaning he’ll be ready at some point during training camp in September. While the injury may hinder Quick’s celebration plans this summer, it won’t hinder the Kings’ ability to defend their championship. Quick will surely see action in at least a few preseason games and be more than ready to man the crease when the Kings raise their banner at Staples Center on Oct. 8.
In sports and in life, injuries happen, in some regards they’re as inevitable as death and taxes, but being able to play through them is what creates an aurora of greatness, which surely applies to Quick and the Kings. The fact that Quick was able to play over a dozen games with an injury that required surgery speaks volumes about his dedication to the game and his teammates.
While no team has won back to back Stanley Cups in over 15 years, the Kings have to be considered a favorite going into next season. When one of the team’s best players is able play through immense pain and continue stopping pucks at a high level, it says all that needs to be said about the team’s character.