Kings Ink Goaltender to Three-Year Pact
|Jonathan Quick will call LA home for at least the next three years.
Quick, 23, is in his third NHL/Kings season and he’s started nine of the Kings’ first 10 games this season. He’s also started 50 of the last 60 Kings’ games dating back to last season and he was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the week ending on Oct. 11 after posting a record of 3-0-0 while stopping 80 of 88 shots against in victories over San Jose (Oct. 6), Minnesota (Oct. 8) and St. Louis (Oct. 10).
Quick, a 6-1, 223-pound native of Milford, Conn., is tied for second in the NHL this season with six wins. In addition, he ranks third in the league with 538:53 minutes played and seventh with 225 saves. Quick also has a 3.01 goals-against-average and a save percentage of .893.
Quick last season led the Kings and ranked third among NHL rookie goaltenders with 21 wins, a 2.48 goals-against average, a .914 save percentage, four shutouts, 44 appearances and 1,097 saves. His 21 wins were the third most ever recorded by a Kings’ rookie goaltender (Mario Lessard had 23 in 1978-79 and Bob Janecyk had 22 in 1984-85). Quick also went 4-1 in shootouts (he stopped 10 of 14 shots, 71 percent) and 3-0 in shootouts on the road last season. He started 41 of the final 50 Kings’ games in 2008-09 after being recalled from Manchester (American Hockey League) on Dec 16, 2008.
Quick recorded his fourth career shutout on March 26, 2009 at Dallas, stopping all 29 shots in a 1-0 shootout win, and his fourth shutout tied a Kings rookie single-season record (the three other rookie netminders to have four shutouts in one season are Jamie Storr in 1998-99, Lessard in 1978-79 and Gerry Desjardins in 1968-69). All four of Quick’s shutouts came on the road, which is a franchise record. Quick stopped a career-high 41 shots in 5-4 win on Feb. 5, 2009 at Washington and he recorded his first career shutout on Dec. 23, 2008 at Columbus, stopping all 24 shots in a 3-0 win (sixth career NHL game and fourth career NHL start).
Originally selected by the Kings in the third-round (72nd overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Quick made his NHL/Kings debut in 2007-08 and he recorded his first NHL win in his debut on Dec. 6, 2007 vs. Buffalo. He appeared in three Kings’ games that season, going 1-2-0 with a 3.83 goals-against-average and a save percentage of .855.
Quick, who was in the final year of his current contract, attended Team USA’s Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp this past summer (Aug. 17-19).