Jonathan Quick grew up in Connecticut and has a rooting interest in the Frozen Four, with two New Haven schools battling for the championship. Quinnipiac defeated St. Cloud State in one semifinal and will face Yale, which beat UMass Lowell, in the championship game. Quick didn’t see either game because he was busy preparing for the Kings’ 3-2 shootout victory Thursday over the Colorado Avalanche. He was keenly interested, though.
“I grew up a couple of miles from Quinnipiac and maybe five or six miles from Yale,” Quick said after the Kings’ workout Friday. “It’s great for that area. The state of Connecticut is underrated for as much as we enjoy the game of hockey. Surrounded by Long Island, New York, obviously, hockey’s pretty big. Massachusetts. It’s great. Brings a lot of attention to the state. Two great colleges that have been for a while. I’m sure they’re really going to enjoy that rivalry. My brother-in-law is a Yale alum. He played there for four years. I think I have to root for them. He’s fired up. He played with a kid at Manchester, Brian O’Neill. He played with my brother-in-law. I know they’re both pretty excited for the team.”