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Kings' Quick brings Cup back to Hamden

by Staff

A small town in Connecticut was the place to be Sunday afternoon.

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick was back in his hometown of Hamden, Conn., celebrating his second Stanley Cup championship in three seasons. He was met by about 2,000 people at Joe Bruno Stadium, where Quick provided fans a chance to see the Cup during a two-hour meet-and-greet session.

Proceeds collected at the event were donated to the education fund for the children of Jason Pagni, a friend of Quick's who died in a car accident in January. Pagni was a youth coach in the area.

"Jay was one of the best guys I ever met," Quick told the New Haven Register. "He was very special to me. I've known him for a long time. He was special to a lot of hockey players he coached and played with. I think there's a lot of guys in this area who he taught and succeeded at college and pro level who all owe a lot to him. I was fortunate to be able to meet him and spend time with him and call him my friend. It means a lot to try to give back for everything he's given to me."

Quick's right wrist was in a cast after he underwent surgery last month to repair an injury sustained during the Western Conference Second Round series against the Anaheim Ducks. Quick started all 26 of Los Angeles' games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

After he was done taking photographs, Quick asked a group of children to carry the Cup from the 50-yard line back to the sidelines.

"Just don't drop it," Quick said, according to the newspaper. "I'll get in a lot of trouble."

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