Jonathan Quick to start in goal for Team USA in first exhibition game

ByScott Burnside ESPN logo
Thursday, September 8, 2016

COLUMBUS, OHIO -- Two-time Stanley Cup champion goaltenderJonathan Quick will get the start for Team USA as it prepares for the World Cup of Hockey with the first of three exhibition games Friday night against tournament favorite Canada.

But coach John Tortorella cautioned against reading too much into the fact Quick was going to start.

Quick will play either two periods or half the game in Columbus and will be relieved by Tampa Bay Lightning netminder Ben Bishop.

Look for the team's third goalie, Cory Schneider, to get playing time when Canada and the U.S. play 24 hours later on Saturday night in Ottawa, Ontario, although Tortorella wouldn't share the goaltending plan for the second exhibition game.

The U.S. coach said earlier in the week that he would like to have a starter in mind by the time the team plays its third exhibition game on Tuesday in Washington against Finland.

"Obviously no matter when you play -- preseason, regular season, playoff, World Cup -- doesn't matter," Quick said. "You're always trying to help your team win.

"That's what we're going to try and do tomorrow. Aside from that, we're trying to also get ready for the big games. It's always important to play with purpose and try to win and play good solid hockey."