January 24, 2011

Hanging Out With... Jonathan Quick

LA King goalie Jonathan Quick. (Getty)

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the January 2011 issue of New England Hockey Journal.

What other sports did you play when you were growing up? I played a bit of football, baseball and lacrosse for a few years.

 What kind of car do you drive? A Lexus.

 Any New Year’s resolutions in store? Nothing off the top of my head. I’ll probably try to cut a few a desserts out of my daily food plan.

 Which player has had the biggest influence on you? As a player, I’ve never met him, but I owe a bunch to Mike Richter. I try to play like him a bit.

 Which coach has had the biggest impact on your career? My youth hockey coach, Mike Backman. He coached me from when I was 7 to 16. He was a really good guy, and he taught me a lot.

 If hockey ceased to exist, what line of work do you think you’d get into? I don’t know. I’m extremely fortunate that it’s worked out so far, as far as hockey. I’m not sure what route I’d go.

 Who are the last three NHL players you’d want to see coming in on you on a breakaway? Pavel Datsyuk, Anze Kopitar — luckily he’s on my team and I don’t have to worry about that — and Sidney Crosby.

 Do you have any superstitions? Not really superstitions. I have a routine; I try to do the same thing every day. Come 7 o’clock, 7:30, I’ll feel ready for the game.

 If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? Maybe the Incredible Hulk. I think it’d be pretty cool to be able to jump across the Grand Canyon.

 

  FAVORITES

Movie: “Dumb and Dumber”

TV show: “Seinfeld”

Actor: Johnny Depp. “He can play any role.”

Road city: Chicago and New York city

Restaurant: Flemings

Athlete outside of hockey (all-time): Phil Simms

NHL player growing up: Mike Richter

 

  IN YOUR BAG

Skates: Bauer

Gloves: Vaughn

Stick: Bauer

Mask: Sportmask