These past few weeks have been a major whirlwind for Jonathan Quick, who was traded from the only organization he has ever known in the L.A. Kings to the Columbus Blue Jackets, only to then hours later be dealt once again to the Vegas Golden Knights. As the days have progressed, however, he seems to be getting more and more comfortable in his new surroundings, and looked like a true Golden Knight during a team practice on Tuesday afternoon before the team’s 5-3 win against the Philadelphia Flyers.
While often not thought about much by the average fan, one odd part of being traded for a goaltender is what to do when it comes to their equipment. Any regular goalie at the NHL level gets custom designed gear to match their respective team colors, and that was no different for Quick during his time with the Kings. After the trade, however, he no longer had use for his white, black and silver gear, but did not yet have anything Golden Knights themed.
What this meant for the 37-year-old was that for his first three games as a Golden Knight, he wore his old Kings gear, but used yellow tape on his pads as well as his glove and blocker, resembling the gold color on his new team’s jersey. He also had a rather standard helmet, which wasn’t nearly as thought out as what he had worn with the Kings.
Moving forward, his gear will fit in much better, as he was able to put to use his Golden Knights themed equipment to use for the first time in Tuesday’s practice. Not only did he have new pads and a glove/blocker set, but he also donned his personal designed mask.
Against the Flyers, Quick used his new mask but continued to use his old pads and glove/blocker set, but he will surely make the switch when he’s comfortable in his new equipment.
Though Quick may have not looked comfortable from a color scheme perspective through his first four starts as a Golden Knight, his play indicates he is fully at ease with his new club. Through those four starts, he owns a 4-0-0 record, while recording a 2.22 goals against average along with a .930 save percentage.
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