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Hockey Painting of Jonathan Quick #32, Goalie for the LA Kings blocking a shot photo is 11” x 14” ink on drafting film
Hockey Painting of Jonathan Quick #32, Goalie for the LA Kings blocking a shot photo is 11” x 14” ink on drafting film.  John Robertson Sports Paintings for sale.  

Because of the quality of play Jonathan Quick, who is considered one of the best hockey goalies in the NHL, it surprised me to find out that he was picked 72nd overall in the 2005 draft.  72nd?   With the LA Kings he had won two Stanly Cups, 2012 and 2014, and awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable player of the 2012 Stanly Cup playoffs.

In an article by Lisa Dillman, Dustin Brown was talking about the line between confidence and arrogance, and described how Jonathan Quick sets the tone for the veteran-heavy Kings by trending toward the first quality.  “It’s more of the same with Quickie,” Brown said. “It’s just the type of confidence he exudes, really. It’s a trickle-down effect. When you have a goalie who is not arrogant but very confident, it goes a long way in the demeanor of the whole team.  “Quickie’s quiet. He’ll make a glove save and he won’t do the big ‘I-saved the puck’ [flourish]. I guess that’s the only way I can explain it. He’ll make a save that he has no business making and he’ll act like it’s a routine save.”  Including what was considered by many to be the save of the season, on Blake Wheeler of the Winnipeg Jets at Staples Center on March 29. Quick was down, on his belly, and raised his leg to make an incredible kick save.  “The Scorpion Kick or whatever they call it,” Brown said. “It’s like that. Saves like that he shouldn’t make. He doesn’t make a big deal about it. But if you’re looking from the other team, you’re like: ‘Did he really just make that?

My son-in-law, who first got me interested in hockey and especially the LA Kings, plays in a hockey league.  His team is named the “Ice Holes” and he is the most penalized player on the team.  I will write about that some other time.  The interesting part is their goalie – who is a woman.  I did not realize this until after watching a number of his games.  With her pads, gloves, chest/arm protectors, pants, etc., she stands well over six feet with her skates on.   One would never know she was hidden under all that gear.  I have seen her do an incredible butterfly save and pop back up in a second. In front of the goal she can move side to side like the fabled cat.  To grab a puck on the ice I have seen her crawl on her belly like a reptile.  As the saying goes, she “controls the space.”   A puck coming in at 8o+ miles per hour as a good hard (amateur) slap shot to the body is not always  painless.  Getting knocked down is close combat can lead to other pain.  Yet she takes the pain better than a man.  No whining.  She has been through childbirth.  Try that for pain Mr. Hockey Player.   So when it is time for teams in my son-in-law’s league to choose players they – “pick the girl”

Painting LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick

Jonathan Quick  LA Kings
Jonathan Quick LA Kings

Stanley Cup winners for 2014 LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.   He also won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff Most Valuable Player two years ago.  Quick is my son-in-laws favorite player.   This is what Jonathan Quick has to say about   the team’s “magic” and finding a way to get a win: “Obviously we get a bounce that goes against us a little bit there on the second one. It’s still early, so you just stick with it. From a goalie’s perspective, you try and make the next save. With the forwards, they’re just trying to get in deep, wear ‘em out a little bit and get pucks to the net. We were fortunate to get the third there. Now, you start all over again. It’s a zero-zero game and you’re trying to win the next game.”

Watercolor ink on drafting film.  Image is approximately 8″ x 10″ on 11″ x 14″ drafting film.

Image LA Kings Painting Jonathan Quick

Hockey Art Image of Jonathan Quick, goalie for the LA Kings painting is 48″ x 60″ acrylic and ink on unstretched canvas.  One of my favorite quotes from Jonathan Quick is  ” You play 60 minutes and you try to stop the puck for your teammates, that’s the thought process.  Everyone gives up the goal and it’s part of the game”  That is something a lot of the fans fail to appreciate. As he has said that sometimes there is going to be a blog post or commentary calling him and idiot.  He has the hardest job on the ice- protecting the goal. And he is one of the best.  Sports Artist John Robertson