The moment felt perfect for crowning a new star on the Southern California sports scene.

The Kings had just won the Stanley Cup, the crowd inside Staples Center thundering, as goaltender Jonathan Quick skated to center ice to accept the most valuable player award.

Quick gave a wave, then abruptly wheeled around, handed the trophy to a league official and disappeared into a cluster of teammates.

"Obviously you still go about your day the same way you always have," he said about his newly recognized prominence.