Los Angeles Kings Goalie Jonathan Quick has been selected to start in goal for Team USA in it’s Olympic Hockey opener against Slovakia on Thursday. Team USA Head Coach Dan Bylsma decided on the former Stanley Cup Champion and Conn Smythe trophy recipient, over former Olympic Men’s Hockey MVP Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres.
About a week ago we made the case for Quick as the best choice for Team USA. Obviously, Bylsma agreed with us. Quick represents the option Team USA has due to his incredible experience and performance in pressure situations in the playoffs, especially over the past two seasons. There is no doubt that Quick has been one of the best netminders over the course of the past couple of years and that he has been THE best in the playoffs. Dustin Brown, Quick’s Kings teammate, gave his thoughts on the announcement.
“I’m happy for (Quick),” said teammate Dustin Brown. “Over the past four years, he’s probably been the best goalie in the league. It’s great to see him get an opportunity after learning the ropes four years ago.”
Quick is an ultra aggressive Goalie, which means he’ll have to think a little bit more about angles on the wider ice in Sochi. It should be a good test for Quick but there isn’t another Goalie in the world that has proven his ability to step up in big games more than Quick.
Team USA will be leaning heavily on the goaltending and if the team has any chance to medal it is going to be because their defense and goaltending gets them there. The first game against Slovakia should be a good test of where the team is before they head into their second matchup against Russia.