Jonathan Quick: It’s a name that suits him perfectly with his agile and acrobatic style. “Quick” is a technique that has helped win him a Conn Smythe Trophy, two Jennings Trophies and two Stanley Cups. His name also takes the bronze as the best
aptronym in sports next to sprinter-supreme Usain Bolt and basketball’s Tim Duncan.
Quick’s style didn’t come out of nowhere. It was crafted from childhood when he eschewed the local Hartford Whalers and struck up a worship-based relationship with the poster of his idol on his bedroom wall. Mike Richter meant everything to young Quick, and watching the super stopper work his magic with the New York Rangers drove Quick to try to follow in his footsteps. Richter played with an aggressive, never-give-up approach. So does Quick.
Ten seasons into Quick’s NHL career, he’s way ahead of Richter’s totals at the same time – 293 wins to 230, and two Cups to one. Richter played another four seasons and finished with 301 career wins. Quick looks good to top that number sometime in November. In fact, Quick, 32, is a pretty good bet to become the NHL’s all-time winningest U.S.-born goalie by the time his contract expires in 2023. He needs just 81 regular-season wins to pass John Vanbiesbrouck at 374. (Ryan Miller is second among U.S. goalies with 370 wins, but he’s 38.) The only thing getting in the way of that march is Quick’s propensity for groin injuries. He missed a third of the season in 2013-14 and played just 17 games in 2016-17.
Quick’s brilliance was never more evident than in the 2012 playoffs. He posted a 16-4 record and a stunningly low goals-against average of 1.41 in 20 games to deliver Los Angeles its first Cup. In the final against the New Jersey Devils, Quick outplayed three-time Cup champion Martin Brodeur, posting a save percentage of .947. That helped Quick become the second U.S.-born goalie, after Tim Thomas in 2011, to win the Conn Smythe Trophy.
Born: Jan. 21, 1986, Milford, Conn.
NHL Career: 2007-present
Stats: 293-195-56, 2.28 GAA, .916 SP, 49 SO
All-Star: 1 (Second-1)
Trophies: 1 (Smythe-1)
Stanley Cups: 2
DID YOU KNOW?
Quick wasn’t always destined to be a goalie. In youth hockey, he played his first two years as a defenseman until giving his parents an ultimatum: either he played in net or he wouldn’t play hockey at all.