EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kings general manager Dean Lombardi was steaming mad to the point he couldn't bring himself to pick up the phone to call Jonathan Quick, for fear out of what he would say. So he had assistant general manager Ron Hextall make the call.
Imagine that -- Hextall, one of the most ferocious and fiery goaltenders to ever play in the NHL, was considered the mild-mannered one when it came to lecturing Quick about his indefensible and irresponsible act of sleeping through a part of a practice and a breakfast meeting with goalie development coach Kim Dillabaugh when he was a first-year pro in the minors.
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"I remember never yelling, just telling him to grow up," Hextall told NHL.com. "I do remember telling him that I don't care if he has to set eight alarm clocks, I never want to make this phone call again."
Lombardi thinks of that story every time he's asked about Quick's growth into a Vezina Trophy finalist and Conn Smythe Trophy candidate halfway through the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
"When you ask me how far he's come," Lombardi told NHL.com, "that's how far he's come."