Quick earns starting nod vs Europe in WCOH opener - LA Kings Insider

World Cup Of Hockey 2016 - Finland v United StatesJonathan Quick stopped 62 of 65 shots through five periods of World Cup of Hockey exhibition action and will start for the United States when the team opens the tournament against Europe on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. PT at the Air Canada Centre, USA Head Coach John Tortorella informed reporters Tuesday night. Ben Bishop will serve as the back-up, with Corey Schneider serving as the third goaltender.

“A lot of things can happen in the tournament, but I believe in the body of work from all three goalies,” Tortorella said, as reported by the AP’s Stephen Whyno. “It’s a really hard decision. I think Jonathan has just done a little bit better than the other guys, so he’ll be our No. 1 guy to start the tournament.”

The United States will also face Canada at 5:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday, September 20, and the Czech Republic at 5:00 p.m. PT on Thursday, September 22. Should they advance out of Group A, they would take part in a semi-final game on either September 24 or 25, with times to be determined. All games take place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Quick earned the nod after holding Finland at bay for 40 minutes before Patrik Laine and Jussi Jokinen scored over the final 10 minutes of the game in a 3-2 United States victory that concluded the teams’ pre-tournament schedules. T.J. Oshie, Ryan Kesler and Derek Stepan scored for the Americans, who finished the exhibition slate with a 2-1-0 record.

Quick, a Hamden, Connecticut native, is no stranger to international play, having served as the third goaltender during the United States’ run to a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Games prior to compiling a 2.17 goals-against average and .923 save percentage at the 2014 Sochi Games, where the Americans finished in fourth place.

His performance in a pre-tournament win over Canada on September 9 in Columbus was particularly strong. With quality first period saves on Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos and Logan Couture, he allowed the United States to find their footing in a game in which they were out-shot 12-1 before registering 17 of the next 20 shots and scoring the game’s only two first period goals.

Remaining pre-tournament games include exhibitions tonight between the Czech Republic and North America, Sweden and Europe, and Canada and Russia. Jake Muzzin isn’t expected to dress tonight for Team Canada as Jay Bouwmeester is expected to skate to the left of Drew Doughty.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

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


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

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


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.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

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


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

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


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.