Quick Named Vezina Trophy Finalist
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has been named a Finalist for the 2011-12 Vezina Trophy, the NHL announced this morning. The Vezina trophy is awarded to the NHL’s “top goaltender” and the winner will be announced at the 2012 NHL Awards Wednesday, June 20 at the Encore Theater in Las Vegas.
The other Finalists for the award this year are Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers) and Pekka Rinne (Nashville Predators).
Quick had a record-setting year for the Kings and ranked amongst the NHL’s best in every major goaltending category.
His regular season NHL rankings were the following: first in shutouts (10), second in goals-against average (1.95), tied for fifth in wins (35), tied for fifth in save percentage (.929) and fourth in games played (69).
Quick, who was selected as the Kings MVP (Bill Libby Memorial Award), Best Defensive Player and Most Inspirational Player (Ace Bailey Memorial Award), set franchise single-season records in the following categories: shutouts, save percentage and goals-against average. Quick also set a club record with three straight shutouts (Oct. 18-22) and a consecutive scoreless streak of 202:11 (third period Oct. 15 through first period Oct. 27, stopping 92 straight shots). He’s the first Kings goalie to win 30-plus games three straight seasons and the second to win 20-plus games four straight seasons.
The All-Star netminder allowed two-or-fewer goals 46 times during the regular season (31-8-7 in those games) and allowed one goal or shut out the opposition 27 times (18-5-4 in those games). Quick, who played for Team Alfredsson at his first All-Star game Jan. 29 in Ottawa, was named an NHL Star of the Week three times during the regular season.
Through the first round of 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs Quick is 4-1 with a 1.59 GAA, .953 save percentage and one shutout.
In 249 career NHL regular season games (all with the Kings) Quick is 131-87-25 with a 2.30 GAA, .916 save percentage and 24 shutouts. Among the Kings all-time franchise leaders Quick’s rankings are the following: third in wins, first in GAA, first in save percentage, second in shutouts (24) and third in appearances.
Quick’s complete list of club records:
- Goals-against average: (2.30)
- Save Percentage (.916)
- Win Streak (nine from Jan. 21-Feb. 6, 2010)
- Shutout Streak (three, Oct. 18-22, 2011)
- Scoreless Streak (202:11 third period Oct. 15, 2011 through first period Oct. 22, 2011)
- Games Played (72 in 2009-10)
- Wins (39 in 2009-10)
- GAA (1.95 in 2011-12)
- Save Percentage (.929 in 2011-12)
- Minutes Played (4,258 in 2009-10)
- Shutouts (10 in 2011-12)
- Home shutouts (seven in 2011-12)
- Road shutouts (four in 2008-09 and 2010-11)
- Rookie GAA (2.48 in 2008-09 – tied with Jonathan Bernier in 2010-11)
- Rookie Shutouts (four in 2008-09 – tied with Jamie Storr in 1998-99, Mario Lessard in 1978-79 and Gerry Desjardins in 1968-69)
OTHER KINGS GOALTENDING RECORDS:
- First with 30 wins in three straight seasons (2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12)
- First with three road shutouts in one month (Dec. 2010)
- Most saves in a shutout (51, Dec. 13, 2010 at DET, 5-0W)
- Fastest to 20 wins in one season (36th team game in 09-10)
- Fastest to 30 wins in one season (54th team game in 09-10)
- Fastest to 100 wins (185th career game)
- Save Percentage (.916) – up-to-date
- Most shots, regulation game (52, Apr. 23, 2011 at SJ, 3-1 W)
- Most saves, regulation game (51, Apr. 23, 2011 at SJ, 3-1W)
- Most saves, one period (23, Apr. 13, 2012 at VAN, 4-2 W)
- The 26-year-old from Milford, Conn. was originally selected by the Kings in the third round (72nd overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
This marks the second time the Kings have had a Finalist for the Vezina Trophy, but first under the current format for the award. No Kings goaltender has ever won the award. In 1974-75 Rogie Vachon and Gary Edwards were both runner-ups to Bernie Parent (Philadelphia). Prior to the 1981-82 season, the goaltender(s) of the team allowing the fewest number of goals during the regular season was awarded the Vezina Trophy. (This format is now used when awarding the Jennings Trophy).