April 12 practice quotes: Jonathan Quick - LA Kings Insider

Jonathan Quick spoke with the media at Toyota Sports Center on Friday afternoon about his newborn son, Carter Anthony in addition to the All-New Haven Frozen Four and what he saw from Sami Aittokallio in his NHL debut.

On his newborn son:
“He’s pretty well behaved so far…he just eats and sleeps. That’s it. It’s awesome.”

On his son’s birth after the team arrived home from Dallas:
“It worked out pretty well, yeah. A lot easier than last time. Last time was a little more hectic. [Reporter: Last time you had to leave, right?] Yeah, last time we flew from Chicago to Dallas, and she went into labor while I was on the flight. We got into Dallas at around 2:30 or so, and I ended up flying out from Dallas at 7 am, and she was in labor for another 30 hours. This one, I got home, went to the hospital two hours later, and two hours after that we had him. So it was very easy. Well, it was easy for me, I would say.”

On whether a newborn child gives him a lift or causes a challenge in focus:
“You’re focused on what you have to do. You come here, and I’ve always kind of believed when you go home, you leave work at work, and when you come here, you leave your home life at home. You’ve got to be kind of focused on whatever you’re doing at the moment. You go home and you’ll be focused on being a father and husband, and you come here and you get ready to work.”

On whether his daughter Madison was excited to meet her new brother:
“Two days ago she met him, and she was a little hesitant about him. Kept telling us to put him to sleep. I guess yesterday her and her babysitter went to the hospital while I was at the game. They were there for a couple hours, and…my wife told me she really warmed up to him and was holding him for a little bit and stuff like that. It’s a step in the right direction. She’s going to have to share the spotlight a little bit, which I think any kid is going to struggle with at first.”

On whether he has been watching the Frozen Four:
“Well, I wasn’t able to watch yesterday. Two New Haven teams there. I grew up, obviously, a couple miles from Quinnipiac and maybe five, six miles from Yale. It’s great for that area. I think the State of Connecticut is a little underrated for as much as they enjoy the game of hockey. You’re surrounded by…Long Island [and] New York – hockey’s pretty big – and obviously Massachusetts. So I think it’s great. It brings a little attention to the state and those two great colleges that have been good for a while. I’m sure they’re really going to enjoy that rivalry there.”

On whether he supports Yale or Quinnipiac:
“My brother-in-law is a Yale alum. He played there for four years. So I think I have to root for them. He’s fired up. He played with a kid in Manchester, Brian O’Neill. He’s a kid in Manchester right now, and he used to play with my brother-in-law. I know they’re both pretty excited for the team and organization.”

On whether he has ever dealt with cramps in a game:
“I have cramped up before. I don’t believe during a game. I can’t remember. But that’s not the first time. Was it last year, Schneider – or two years ago, Schneider against Chicago? [Reporter: Jiggy, back in the day used to have cramps.] Give the goalie some credit. It’s a tough gig you’ve got. [Reporter: Could you imagine it’s your debut against the Stanley Cup champs? You’re so excited.] He was playing well, too. I remember my first game. I couldn’t nap. You’re just kind of so excited. He’s a young kid. But he looked good. He played really well for them. He kept them in the game. We were outplaying them for quite a bit there, and he kept it close enough to keep them in striking distance. It’s unfortunate that he didn’t get to close it out. But I’m sure he’s going to get another chance here down the road.”

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