Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Rockets goaltending coach knowns Quick well

If the Los Angeles Kings upset the Vancouver Canucks in the opening round of the NHL playoffs, it will have to do with the play of goaltender Jonathan Quick.

Quick is arguably one of the best young goaltenders in the game and should be considered for the Vezina Trophy.

Quick is no stranger to Kelowna resident Kim Dillabaugh.

Dillabaugh worked with Quick in the minors for over two years as a goaltending consulting with the Kings before the 26 year-old starred at the NHL level.

"He has put a lot of time and effort and has worked at his game for a lot of years to give himself an opportunity. The big thing for him (Quick) is his main concern is to win hockey games and win a Stanley Cup."

Dillabaugh says Quick's competitive nature and cool demeanor have served him well in developing into one of the premiere goaltenders in the NHL.

"He is the ultimate competitor in terms of keeping pucks out of the net whether it is in practice or a skate around.  He is not an individual that likes pucks to go by him"    

Dillabaugh splits his duties as a goaltender coach with the LA Kings and the WHL's Kelowna Rockets.

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