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Jonathan Quick of L.A. Kings surprises big fan on “Ellen” TV show

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By Allan Muir

Daniel Clarke Bouchard doesn’t seem like the sort of kid who is at a loss for words very often.

The 12-year-old Montreal native is a piano prodigy who already has played Carnegie Hall and he’s blessed with an outsized personality that’d stop Will Smith in his tracks. Both of those gifts were on display when he performed recently on Ellen.

But Bouchard isn’t one of those kids who does nothing but tinkle the ivories all day. In his spare time, he straps on the pads and step between the pipes like so many other kids in Montreal. Unlike those kids, though, he’s not dreaming of playing like Carey Price. His hero is Jonathan Quick, something that Ellen was made aware of ahead of Bouchard’s spot on her show.

And that’s what led to that speechless moment.

Pretty awesome.


  • Published On Apr 08, 2014
  • VIDEO: Jonathan Quick makes case for Save of the Year with scorpion kick

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    By Nick Stoico

    On the same night where legendary netminder Dominik Hasek was honored in Buffalo after a stellar career full of ridiculous saves, Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick did his best “Dominator” impression against the Jets.

    Known for producing highlight-reel saves, Quick was sprawled on the ice and somehow was able to keep the Jets off the board as they pressed late in the third period while making a stop reminiscent of Martin Brodeur in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals.
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  • Published On Mar 30, 2014
  • Jonathan Quick sets Kings’ franchise wins record by shutting out Panthers

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    Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots for his 30th career shutout, just two behind Rogie Vachon for the Kings' all-time mark. (Adam Davis/Icon SMI)

    Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots for his 30th career shutout, just two behind Rogie Vachon for the Kings’ all-time mark. (Adam Davis/Icon SMI)

    By Mike McMahon

    With a 4-0 victory over the Florida Panthers, Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick surpassed Rogie Vachon on the franchise’s all-time wins list with 172.

    Quick, 28, eclipsed the mark in 62 fewer appearances than Vachon, who did not have the benefit of overtime or shootouts to reach 171 victories. Vachon still holds the team mark with 32 career shutouts, though Quick notched his 30th blankin in the record-setting win.

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  • Published On Mar 22, 2014
  • Lightning add to NHL’s own-goal epidemic against Blackhawks

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    By Michael Blinn

    Ah, the own goal. It’s embarrassing enough to accidentally put one into your own net, let alone when you do it in front of a full crowd.

    The NHL has seen quite a few players tally one for the other team, and the trend continued on Thursday when blueliner Matt Carle attempted to pass back to partner Radko Gudas from center ice into the Tampa Bay defensive zone. In what can only be described as a  lightning-quick moment, the puck glanced off of Gudas’ skate and behind goalie Ben Bishop.

    The own goal erased the Bolts’ lead, which they’d only established 40 seconds earlier, tying the game with just 1:49 left to play. While it certainly might not have been the easiest goal of Jonathan Toews’ career, based on how the play developed beforehand, it’s certainly one that will show up on blooper reels throughout the season.

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  • Published On Oct 25, 2013
  • Top Line: Quick, Kopitar struggle in L.A., Stars rookies to the rescue, more links

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    Anze Kopitar, who was so vital to the Kings in their Cup run last season, has struggled to produce lately. (Jae C. Hong)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The Kings are rolling, but star center Anze Kopitar is fighting it with just one goal in his last nine games. And he’s not the only one struggling: Jonathan Quick ranks 24th in goals against and 41st in save percentage but he hasn’t lost the trust of his teammates.

    • Funny thing about lousy teams dressing a bunch of kids down the stretch: they sometimes find a way to win. The Dallas Stars were buzzing on the energy provided by newcomers Alex Chiasson and Lane MacDermid in an unexpected 3-1 win over the Ducks that pushed them two points further from the Seth Jones Sweepstakes.

    • “Hey, Rob…what are you doing tonight?” 43-year-old former roller hockey star Rob Laurie was an emergency backup in net last night for the Ducks.

    • The new-look Buffalo Sabres found another way to win Friday night. Luke Adam, Jochen Hecht and Brian Flynn broke long scoring droughts to lead the effort.

    • Cory Conacher was “decent, if not spectacular”  in his debut with the Senators.

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  • Published On Apr 06, 2013
  • NHL season will be worth the wait

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    Hockey starved Flyers fans get to open the season by welcoming the hated Penguins. (Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Yeah, I heard you last September. “Wake me up when the lockout’s over,” you said.

    No one’s blaming you for nodding off while the finger-pointing, name calling, line-in-the-sand-drawing lawyers cost us nearly four months of NHL hockey. In fact, I got a little blurry myself listening to all that talk about  cap escalators and salary variance and rose ceremonies, but here I am with that call you’ve been waiting for. Time to rub the sleep out of your eyes, pull the team sweater out of mothballs, settle into that lucky couch groove and pop the top on your favorite frosty beverage. (And while you’re waiting for the first puck ro drop, some suggested reading..)

    The abbreviated 2013 NHL season finally begins Saturday afternoon. And it’s gonna be a good one. (Kings raise banner in style.)

    Make that really good. The 48-games-in-99-days, intra-conference schedule isn’t just “better than nothing.” This impossibly compressed timeline actually magnifies the importance of every moment, every slump, every streak, every injury. With so much on the line and no margin for error, it even makes an Islanders game worth watching. On a Tuesday. In February.

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  • Published On Jan 18, 2013
  • My favorite hockey stories of 2012

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    One year after a tragic plane crash decimated the KHL team, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl returned to the ice. Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov (left, greeting former Capitals teammate Alex Ovechkin after a game) has been tending goal. (Photo by Yury Kuzmin/KHL Photo Agency via Getty Images)

    By Stu Hackel

    A big dark storm cloud lingers over any celebration of hockey in 2012. It’s the NHL lockout and it has been showering grief on the game and its fans for over three months. Now, it also makes my job here a bit easier compared to my colleagues who are covering other sports because so little has happened between June and December that the range of choices for my favorite stories of the year has been sliced dramatically. Still, I’d rather be burdened by having to choose from a full plate.

    That said, here are my 10 highlights. (You can read other SI.com writers’ picks here and view a gallery of the 112 most amazing sports moments of 2012 here.)

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  • Published On Dec 20, 2012
  • Awards races tight as season, playoffs

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    Few people get fired up about the Lady Byng Trophy for gentlemanly play and sportsmanship, however Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell will be a rare bird if he wins it. (Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Stu Hackel

    The NHL hands out its annual individual player awards tonight in Las Vegas during a glitzy, star-spangled gala that’s a far cry from the afternoon luncheons in Montreal that were hosted by Clarence Campbell.

    Just as the regular season and playoffs were hard to predict as a result of the league’s parity, it’s difficult to try determining who the voters selected for some of the hardware, and there may be some controversial choices among fans who will believe that the wrong guy won. You have to keep in mind that the voting was done at the conclusion of the regular season and the award recognizes only that aspect of the players’ performances. The playoffs are not a factor.

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  • Published On Jun 20, 2012
  • Can the Kings become an NHL power?

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    Kings cornerstones Jonathan Quick (left) and Drew Doughty are just entering the prime of their careers. (Mark J. Terrill/AP Photos)

    By Stu Hackel

    The Kings are making the rounds with the Stanley Cup – The Tonight Show, the Jimmy Kimmel Show (here, here and here, Off the Record, etc.), Wednesday night’s Angels-Dodgers  game – and will show it off to their fans as they ride on double-decker buses in a parade through downtown Los Angeles on Thursday. (“Fans are encouraged to celebrate responsibly and be prepared for warm weather by drinking water and wearing sunscreen,” cautions The Los Angles Daily News.) After the parade, there’ll be a rally at the Staples Center. Tickets for the rally are free, distributed to season ticket holders, team sponsors and the like, although KCBS-TV reports some are ending up on eBay and Craigslist for over $200 each.

    “In the days when the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup almost every spring,” writes The Los Angeles Times’ Helene Elliott, “the city’s mayor would succinctly announce the details of the championship celebration. ‘The parade will follow the usual route,’ was all he needed to say, and everyone knew what that meant. There is no usual route for the Kings, who Monday won the first Cup title of their 45-year existence….They actually took an unusual route to get here, but if a few things go right, their parade could become a familiar ritual.”

    “We built this for a long run. It’s a good young team with the core tied up, and we have the resources to keep our key guys and look to add,” Tim Leiweke, the Kings’ governor and chief executive of parent company AEG, told Elliott. “We want to compete for a long time now.”

    Can they? Do the Kings have the makings of an NHL powerhouse?

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  • Published On Jun 13, 2012
  • Bernier not goat in Devils’ Cup loss

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    The boarding call on the Devils’ Steve Bernier was a cruel blow to a team that thrives on the forecheck. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    By Stu Hackel

    You may want to fit the Devils’ Steve Bernier for goat’s horns after his five-minute major in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, the penalty that essentially handed the championship to the Kings with their 6-1 victory. But there are many other people who deserve a share of the blame that history will unfairly heap on New Jersey’s fourth-line left wing for costing his team a chance to get to Game 7.

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  • Published On Jun 12, 2012


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