SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Jonathan Quick was sitting and stretching before practice when U.S. hockey coach Dan Bylsma skated toward him. Bylsma leaned over and told him he was starting against Slovakia in the Americans' Olympic opener Thursday.
"I'm fortunate for the opportunity," Quick said. "And I'll just try to make the most of it."
Bylsma declined to say who will be the team's goaltender for the other preliminary-round games, which includes a key matchup with Russia on Saturday.
"We have plans for Game 1," Bylsma said Wednesday after practice.
Quick is getting the nod instead of Ryan Miller and Jimmy Howard.
Miller helped the Americans win silver and was the Most Valuable Player of the hockey tournament at the 2010 Olympics when Quick was their No. 3 goalie.
Quick won the Conn Smythe as MVP of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs when he helped the Kings become the only eighth-seeded team to win a championship.
"He's a great goalie and he's going to do great for us," Miller said. "We'll see where it goes from here and I'll be ready to play."
Quick hasn't been at his best this season.
His save percentage ranks 29th among NHL goalies and he was out for nearly two months with a groin injury before returning to play in early January.