One of the great things about sports is the generational aspect. Every 20-something player in the NHL right now was, not too long ago, a child, watching their hockey heroes, dreaming one day of being in the same position. Right now, kids everywhere are watching the Kings and New Jersey Devils, and in perhaps a dozen years are so, some of those kids will be in the NHL. Eighteen years ago, 8-year-old Jonathan Quick watched his hero, Mike Richter, help the New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup in 1994. Quick grew up in Milford, Conn., approximately 70 miles northeast of New York City.

Quick, who by nature doesn’t particularly enjoy being the center of public attention, opened up a bit as he talked about having Richter’s poster on his bedroom wall. Quick identified traits in Richter — “very competitive, very explosive, competes, battles’’ — that many people would attribute to Quick as well. Asked for his memories of the 1994 Finals, when the Rangers beat the Vancouver Canucks, Quick recalled having a few friends over at his house, “eating ice pops, watching the game.’’

“I just think I was more nervous back then than I am right now for the games,’’ Quick said. “Obviously you watch all the games throughout the playoffs there. I think the save in Game 6 that Richter made on Pavel Bure was more (memorable) than anything that happened in Game 7. I was really excited for them to win.’’

Reminded that, right now, there are kids looking up to him the same way he looked up to Richter, Quick said, “Yeah, I don’t put too much into that. Just kind of focus on what you’re doing. You don’t really put much time into thinking about that. When you put it that way, it’s pretty cool.’’

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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