Going into Saturday afternoon’s matinee game against the Florida Panthers Community Home for the Aging, a certain milestone loomed large over the proceedings.

All jokes aside, the above tweet really underscores how special Jonathan Quick is and what he means to Kings fans.

Jon Quick Likes To Smile - The Royal Half

Sure, there have been occasional bright spots, but for the most part, the Los Angeles hockey faithful have spent the last few decades being forced to watch their goal be tended by some of the worst of the worst at that position to ever take the NHL ice.

Cloutier nearly makes a 5-hole save.

Jonathan Quick has been attacking Kings goalie records so relentlessly that it gave Kyle Clifford a bout of whiplash:

He’s made saves that absolutely ELECTRIFIED teammates like Justin Williams.

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 …and of course, he played a huge part in bringing all of us something we’d never had the chance to experience before.

…plaid suit pants.

But last night, Quickie dipped, swore, and battled his way past Roberto Luongo and the Panthers to his 172nd win for the LA Kings, a feat unmatched in the club’s 47 year history.

It’s a reminder of the fortunate era we are in the midst of as LA Kings fans, loyal readers. Savor it. Honor every last moment. Hug your children or pets tight, as we may never see a golden era such as this in net ever again.

Jonathan Quick is now the all-time wins leader in franchise history. And each time we gaze at the record books through our increasingly blurry vision as we all get older, we will look at Quick’s stats and remember not just his accomplishments, but where we all were in our lives when his astonishing athletic performances were unfolding on a nightly basis.

One day, this era in Kings history will recede in our minds into a sepia-tinted memory, a collection of images and numbers that vaguely recall a moment in time.  But it’s not a memory yet — we’re still living it, fortunate enough to be present and aware and grateful right now for Jon Quick, who puts on a sweater that bears the name of our city and gives us all so many reasons to smile every time he takes the ice.

He’s not done yet.


…damn right it does.

“Hey Alec, why does Dennis Bernstein hate Mike Richards so much?” “I dunno.”

Until next time, Kings fans… enjoy it.

No, I don’t mean the Kings’ season… I mean this GIF of Trevor Lewis doing a perfect ice dancing twirl that could have really helped Team USA a few weeks ago (the ice dancing team, not the hockey team):

I feel… pretty…

Tufficult out.

-King Tufficult (@KingTufficult)

As a child, King Tufficult liked to hang out at Iceoplex to watch his dad’s summer skating group that included many gloriously mulleted individuals. Some of the people attached to those mullets played for the early 90′s LA Kings. It was destiny. Since then, King Tufficult is best known for extensively traveling in Europe during the Cup Finals and writing “The Post” after Game 6 of the 2014 WCF. If you're a glutton for punishment, you can follow King Tufficult on Twitter @KingTufficult.