Sport: Ice Hockey
About him: Jonathan Quick made a name for himself in the 2012 NHL playoffs, when he led the Cinderella Los Angeles Kings to the Stanley Cup championship—the first No. 8 seed to win the Cup. The Hamden, Conn., native and UMass-Amherst alumnus recorded a 1.41 goals-against average in 20 playoff games with a .946 save percentage and three shutouts. He was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Quick had a record of 149-100-29 in 286 NHL games entering 2013-14. He was on the silver medal-winning US Olympic team in 2010, but did not appear in any games. Quick will be competing against Ryan Miller, Cory Schneider, Jimmy Howard, Craig Anderson, and John Gibson for a spot on the Olympic squad.
Decision time: The official US men’s hockey roster will be announced Jan. 6.