Some children grow up longing for a younger sibling to play with, but young hockey players are usually much more specific: they want a goalie.
Islanders forward Matt Moulson
wasn’t fortunate enough to grow up peppering either of his two younger siblings with slap shots in North York, ON. His sister, Shannon, played defense and his brother, Chris, was a winger.
After 24 years, the eldest Moulson finally took matters into his own hands. During his third season with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, Monarchs goaltender Jonathan Quick’s bride-to-be, Jackie, introduced Moulson to her sister, Alicia.
“Jackie and I started dating and Alicia came up to visit me with Jackie when (Moulson and I) were in Manchester together,” explained Quick. “It was love at first sight for those two.”
|Islanders forward Matt Moulson and LA Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick at the NHL offices in Manhattan for the NHL Media Tour on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. Click photo to view the gallery. |
The new couple met during the 2008-09 season and wed in the summer of 2010. The move to bring a goalie into his family paid immediate dividends for Moulson, who’s two off-seasons spent skating with Quick has coincided with a pair of 30-goal campaigns on Long Island.
“This is our third offseason together and we skate together all the time,” said Moulson. “It definitely helps shooting on one of the best goalies in the league. I shoot on him all summer, so I’m not sure who gets the advantage. He always knows where I like to shoot.”
In four meetings between the Islanders and Kings over the last two seasons, Quick has shined with a 3-1 record, including a 26-save shutout in 2009-10. Quick was a key factor in the Kings 5-1 victory over the Islanders during the first game of the 2010-11 season series, but Moulson made headlines in their most recent match-up, netting a pair of goals against his brother-in-law.
“I don’t think anyone shows any of the stops (Quick) made when he got the shutout against us last year, so it’s kind of a lose-lose for him,” said Moulson. “I don’t think I have bragging rights because I also take into consideration how many times he’s stopped me.”
While Moulson and Quick clearly try to downplay their sibling rivalry, Jackie and Alicia seem to pick up the slack.
“It’s like pouring salt in the wound,” explained Quick. “You let up a goal, but you let it up to your brother-in-law, so his wife has the bragging rights on my wife. They get into it more than we do!”
To make matters worse, Alicia and Jackie aren’t the only members of the Moulson-Quick family who add fuel to the rivalry.
I get more nervous for those games, not so much because I want to score on Quickie, but because of the backlash that I’m going to hear from my wife’s family if I don’t score. - Matt Moulson
“I get more nervous for those games, not so much because I want to score on Quickie, but because of the backlash that I’m going to hear from my wife’s family if I don’t score,” explained Moulson. “I’m more nervous about getting it from my mother-in-law. We go there for dinner a lot, so it’s pretty persistent there.”
As Quick can attest, living across the country from your in-laws isn’t always necessarily a bad thing.
“It’s good for me – I’m away from the situation,” said Quick. “If he scores two goals then I fly back to L.A., I don’t have to hear about it. They’re right around the corner from him.”
The NHL player registry is filled with notable family members, from modern brothers Daniel and Henrik Sedin, to historic families like the Howe’s, Sutter’s and Hull’s. So, will the fact that Moulson and Quick don’t share a last name keep them from trying to build the next great, multi-generational NHL dynasty?
“Well, he has a daughter so far, so I’m going to have to have a son,” joked Moulson. “His daughter is already up walking around and she carries around a stick, so I’m sure she’ll be a good athlete.”