July 31, 2014

Original 6: New England links to Cup-winning Kings


Clockwise from top left, the New England connections on the Stanley Cup-winning Los Angeles Kings include: Scout Bob Crocker, a former BU assistant coach; Assistant Equipment Manager Dana Bryson, a UMass-Lowell alum who has also worked with Northeastern, the Providence Bruins and Manchester Monarchs; GM Dean Lombardi, a Holyoke, Mass., native; Head Coach John Stevens, whose son, John, was a standout at Salisbury School and now plays at Northeastern; the Kings' AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs; Hamden, Conn., native Jon Quick, who backstopped the Kings to their second title in three years; and Hockey Operations official Jack Ferreira, a Providence native who was an All-American at BU. (Photos/Getty Images and LA Kings)
 

By Joshua Kummins

The Stanley Cup belongs to the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings won three Game 7’s en route to the final, where they defeated the Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers in five games to claim the Cup for the second time in three seasons. The team’s California home might sit three time zones away at the shore of the Pacific Ocean, but New England connections are aplenty.

1. Jonathan Quick

Quick is New England born, raised (Hamden, Conn.) and educated (Avon Old Farms and UMass-Amherst) and was the backbone for both of the Kings’ titles, starting every game of both playoff runs. It was not easy from the start as Quick allowed 16 goals over the first three games of this postseason to San Jose before ripping off six straight wins and leading the team to a total of 16 wins in the playoffs. He saved his best for last, winning four of the final five games, including a June 9 shutout of New York in the Stanley Cup Final and a 28-save effort in L.A.’s title-clinching victory in Game 5. Quick, a member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team and a 2007 Hockey East All-Star, also was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player in the Kings’ run to the Cup in 2012.

2. Dean Lombardi

Lombardi, born in Holyoke, Mass., and raised nearby in Ludlow, has served as the Kings’ general manager since 2006-07 and has been at the forefront of the franchise’s rise to the top of the NHL. Lombardi is responsible for all aspects of hockey operations, including player personnel and scouting, as well as overseeing the operations of the team’s American Hockey League affiliate Manchester Monarchs. He has made player development and the draft a key part of his philosophy, making sure to stockpile prospects for the future and improve his scouting staff. This philosophy has stood strong despite a core of talented veterans leading the Kings to two titles in three seasons.

3. Jack Ferreira

Ferreira is a professional hockey veteran of more than 40 years and has spent nearly a decade as special assistant to the general manager, working alongside the Hockey Operations department with Dean Lombardi and assistant GM Rob Blake. The Providence native’s hockey résumé is long, beginning as an All-American goaltender at Boston University (1963-66) — he was later enshrined into the Terrier Hall of Fame. He served as a collegiate assistant coach for a few years following his BU career, including a stint at Brown from 1970-72. Ferreira spent time as a scout for the Calgary Flames and worked the New England area for the NHL Central Scouting Service in the late 1970s, and he was an original member of the Anaheim Ducks management team, primarily responsible for drafting former Maine star Paul Kariya in 1993 and acquiring Teemu Selanne in 1996.

4. Behind the scenes

The Kings’ staff also features two more behind-the-scenes personnel with local connections in Bob Crocker (Northeastern United States amateur scout) and Dana Bryson (assistant equipment manager). Crocker is a former assistant coach and chief recruiter at Boston University and is an avid supporter of the Terriers hockey program to this day.

Bryson, a UMass-Lowell alumnus who worked his 100th professional hockey game this past April, has worked with the Los Angeles Kings since 2005 and also spent time at Northeastern University and with the AHL’s Providence Bruins and Manchester Monarchs.

5. Manchester Monarchs

The Kings’ top minor-league affiliate has called the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H., home since 2001, and the Manchester Monarchs enjoyed an excellent season in 2013-14. Manchester topped the American Hockey League’s Eastern Conference standings by five points, collecting 48 wins in the regular season before a disappointing loss in the opening round of the playoffs. Although the record might not always be there, the Monarchs have developed many members of the current Kings roster, including Jonathan Quick, captain Dustin Brown and Game 5 golden-goal scorer Alec Martinez.

6. John Stevens

Stevens, who was promoted to associate head coach on June 18, just completed his fourth season as an assistant on Darryl Sutter’s staff. He is a New Brunswick native and former NHL defenseman drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers, but his New England connections involve his son, John. The junior Stevens, who attended Salisbury School in Connecticut and played three other sports in addition to hockey, was tied for second on Northeastern’s outstanding freshman class this past season with seven goals and 22 points while playing in all 37 games. In addition to being drafted by Philadelphia, his father served as the Flyers’ head coach from 2006-09.

This article originally appeared in the July edition of the New England Hockey Journal. Click here to read the digital edition for free.

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