For over a month the question and debate was whether it would be Los Angeles Kings Jonathan Quick or Buffalo Sabres Ryan Miller to open for Team USA in Sochi Russia, on February 13.
After suffering a groin injury on November 12 in overtime against the Sabres, Quick’s opportunity in the Olympics seemed to be in jeopardy. But he pulled through, made the team and on Wednesday, February 12, head coach Dan Bylsma announced that Quick would be the starting in the opener.
In the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Quick was the third string goaltender, but just happy to be a part of the experience, while Miller played 97-percent of the teams minutes.
Though Quick is ranked ninth in the NHL and Miller the 31st but their records are equally impressive.
Quick has faced an average of 23.9 shots per game, 2.18 Goals Against Average, and .911 Save Percentage. Miller has faced an average of 32.5 shots per game, 2.74 Goals Against Average and .923 Save Percentage.
Helen Elliot of the LA Times got to speak to Quick after the announcement and he credited his Kings teammates for helping him be a better player because of how well they play in front of him.
“There’s a lot of hard work put into it. I think the biggest thing is being able to play with guys back in L.A.,” he said. “The guys that I play with, this says a lot about them. When you play with great players they put you in a position and give you opportunities like this. So you’re thankful for that.
“And obviously, we’ve got a great group of guys here and you just try to win one game at a time, and that’s the focus.”
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