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L.A. Kings Quick is the nephew of Ramblers coach and general manager

Jim Bottomley is proud to call L.A. Kings goaltender, Jonathan Quick, his nephew.

AMHERST – Jim Bottomley is taking a personal interest in the Stanley Cup Final between the New Jersey Devils and the L.A. Kings.

L.A. goaltender Jonathan Quick is his nephew.

“Mike Bachman, who I played junior hockey with in Halifax, is brother to my wife Cheryl,” said Bottomley, coach and general manager of the Maritime Hockey Leagues Amherst Ramblers. “Mikes living down in New York, and his two daughters married two professional hockey players – one is Jonathan Quick and the other is (New York Islanders) Matt Moulson.”

Up 3-0 in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final, the Kings lost their first game 3-1 to New Jersey Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

L.A. won the first three games 2-1, 2-1, and 4-0 respectively.

After the 4-0 shutout on Monday night Bottomley said, "they poured it on and whatever New Jersey had Jonathan stopped.”

Game 5 is Saturday in New Jersey and Bottomley’s entire family will be cheering for the Kings.

“It’s very interesting,” said Bottomley. “L.A. is a long ways away and there aren’t many L.A. fans out here but we’re big L.A. fans now.

“Everybody in the house looks forward to watching the games.”

Bottomley’s family spent time with Quick last summer.

“We were down in New York to Matt Molson’s wedding early last summer, and we met him down there with a bunch of other guys from the (NHL) teams,” said Bottomley. “My daughter got married last summer, so they were both up here for the week and we had a great time with them.

“He’s (Quick) a very personable guy, very down to earth,” added Bottomley. “He’s a very humble guy who took nothing for granted and continued working very hard to get to where he is today.”

He hopes they visit again sometime soon.

“If I can get him (Quick) back in the Maritimes next year I will get him up here (in Amherst) for a day,” said Bottomley. “Or if there’s a chance he comes to visit us this summer I’d make a point to get him up here.”

In the meantime he will be asking Quick for some signed jerseys.

“The year before last he sent sweaters for auctions and different things, he’s been very good that way,” said Bottomley. “I will be in touch with him for couple of sweaters. I’ll get his sweater signed, along with (Anze) Kopitar’s, (Dustin) Brown’s and (Drew) Doughty’s for a golf tournament coming up.”

Bottomley also has some unfinished business with Moncton Wildcats coach, Danny Flynn.

Flynn was the guest speaker at the Amherst Regional High School Sports Awards Banquet on June 4. Flynn talked about how the Wildcats were, at one point, close to signing Quick as their goaltender.

There was an audible gasp in the room when Flynn said, "Jim Bottomly, who coaches the Amherst team here, Johathan Quick is his nephew.

“If I would have known that connection back then I might have gotten Jonathan Quick here in Moncton,” added Flynn. “We ended up losing the Memorial Cup final...Jonathan Quick might have put us over the top."

Bottomley said he’s going to have to give Flynn a call.

“I’m going have to call him and give him s—t (for telling everybody),” said Bottomley with a laugh.

dmathieson@amherstdailynews

 

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