Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings 4 Best Goaltenders Ever
In the 45-year existence of the Los Angeles Kings, there have been some fantastic goaltenders. One of them is currently playing on the team.
Alongside Mr. Quick are a slew of goalies that go down as some of the best goaltenders in the franchise's history as well.
It hasn't been an easy thing to be a goalie out west in Los Angeles, with a franchise with limited success. However, there have been some very solid tenders who have earned a right to be noted as some of the best goaltenders in the league and the franchise.
Just who are they?
Let's start off with the headliner.
Jonathan Quick has already etched his name into Kings history in a very short amount of time. Quick has played just four seasons in the NHL, all with the Kings, and has already broken several franchise records.
Some of these records include, most shutouts in a single season, most consecutive road wins in the playoffs and a tie for most wins in a single season.
But aside from the records, Jonathan Quick has reinvigorated a belief in Los Angeles Kings hockey. He's a fan favorite, and a major reason for the Kings recent success. Without him, the team may not be anywhere close to where they currently stand.
Easily an MVP for the 2011-2012 season, and arguably one of the best goaltenders in Kings history.
So whose records did Quick break?
Most the time it was this man's records. Rogie Vachon.
He was the elite goaltender for the Kings, and the league during the 1970s. He was a workhorse for the team, playing over 65 games three times in his career. He also is atop the Kings history in single-season goals against average.
Vachon also holds the Kings all-time record for games started, save percentage and wins.
He's a three-time All-Star, a Vezina winner and there is no question why his jersey hangs in the rafters of Staples Center.
Not enough praise can be given to Rogie Vachon. He is a legend in Los Angeles.
The last time the Kings visited the Stanley Cup Finals it was with this man, clad in a bandana, turning away shots.
Kelly Hrudey was a part of the Kings for seven seasons running from the late '80s to the mid-to-late '90s.
Of those seven seasons, Hrudey led his team to five postseason appearances, including a Stanley Cup Final in 1993.
Hrudey, nicknamed "Hollywood", is still beloved by Kings fans to date for his flare and athleticism. While he doesn't have quite the record-setting resume, he was part of the most successful period of time in Kings history.
Felix "The Cat" Potvin was part of an unprecedented Kings revival in the three seasons he played here in the early 2000s.
Potvin didn't have a remarkably long career here, but he had plenty of memorable moments including the 2001 "Frenzy on Figueroa".
That year Potvin led the team to an upset victory over the No. 2 seed Detroit Red Wings in six games, only to be defeated by the No. 1 seed, and eventual Stanley Cup Champion Colorado Avalanche, in seven games.
The next season Potvin would play a record-setting 71 games for the Kings, and earn another postseason berth. However it was the Avalanche that stopped the Kings in seven again.
Again, he didn't have the longest career as a King, but he, and the team of 2001, got the city on their feet for Kings hockey for the first time in a long time.
Lessard is a less statistically impressive goaltender yes, but it was a different game when he played back in the 1980s.
Lessard, however, still deserves some recognition for his career total games played for the Kings, which stands at 240.
He had a short career that spanned six seasons, but he dedicated those six seasons to the Los Angeles Kings organization. He was also part of the historic, "Miracle on Manchester". And while his part in that may not be as memorable as say Daryl Evans, he was still a part of one of the great comebacks in sports history.
Lessard represented the Kings in the 1981 All-Star game, and went on to have a career best 35-18-11 record that year.