For the past few summers, Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has held his annual goaltending camp at the Stamford Twin Rinks in Stamford, Conn. But this year has seen the camp's popularity take off.
That tends to happen when the local rink rat suddenly wins the Conn Smythe Trophy in leading the Kings to their first Stanley Cup championship.
"People were coming out of the woodwork. The day after [Quick won] the Cup we received 20 calls for applications for the camp," said Marvin Minkler, the assistant hockey director at Twin Rinks. "It was kind of neat seeing the little kids on the ice. They had a little twinkle in their eye when Jonathan would come and speak to them."
The week-long camp recently wrapped up and featured about 46 attendees, including a father-and-son team that participated together in what has become an annual event for the star goaltender. But this year's edition of Quick's camp took on a whole new meaning when the Stanley Cup arrived in Stamford around 9 a.m. Friday. With good reason, Quick got that day off from working at the rink.
After receiving the Cup in the morning, Quick brought the trophy around town, attending a series of private events before eventually bringing sports' most iconic trophy to the local beach. It culminated that night in a party at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Old Greenwich. It was there that about 200 of Quick's closest friends got to celebrate alongside the Stanley Cup, the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl the Kings won as Western Conference champions, and the Conn Smythe Trophy.
Guests in attendance included Quick's brother-in-law, Matt Moulson of the New York Islanders, and area hockey products Kevin Shattenkirk of the St. Louis Blues and Cam Atkinson of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
"He [Quick] had two babies last night. His little daughter, Madison, and the Stanley Cup," Minkler said. "I'm not sure which one got more attention, but they were in his arms all night."