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Jonathan Quick skips trip for child’s birth

Ryan Carter, Jonathan Quick,

Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Carter (20) tries to score as Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) defends in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, Feb. 8, 2010. The Ducks won 4 to 2. (AP Photo/Lori Shepler)


Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick will probably miss tomorrow’s game against the Dallas Stars due to “the birth of his child.” Word is that he will also be day-to-day with a nagging lack of sleep. This is one of the rare times when I can’t say “rub some dirt on it” when a player misses a game. Here’s a snippet of the AP report.

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick has left Los Angeles’ road trip for the birth of his first child.

Quick is the NHL leader with 37 victories this season. He returned to Los Angeles on Thursday, and he’s likely to miss the Kings’ game against the Dallas Stars on Friday night.

Los Angeles recalled goalie Jonathan Bernier from their AHL affiliate in Manchester to suit up alongside backup Erik Ersberg.

It’s been an excellent year for the league’s “fifth most consistent goalie” even if his individual numbers are far from stellar. He’s currently leading the NHL with 37 wins and seems primed to lead the Kings to their first playoff berth since the 2001-02 season.

Every once in a while, an athlete will really struggle with the life altering effects of having children. Let’s hope that Quick doesn’t have a Tracy McGrady-like attachment to sleep, for the sake of tortured Kings fans everywhere.