LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Los Angles goaltender Jonathan Quick has had back surgery that will keep him off the ice for at least six weeks, the Kings said Friday.
Quick, voted the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in last year's NHL playoffs, had a procedure to repair a disc fragment and an inflammatory cyst. He is expected to fully recover.
The Kings are to open the 2012-13 season Oct. 5, nine weeks after Quick's surgery.
Quick, 26, was 35-21-13 with a 1.95 goals against average and a .929 save percentage in the 2011-12 regular season. He had 10 shutouts. He was 16-4, allowing 1.41 goals a game with a .946 save percentage in the Kings' playoff run to the 2012 Stanley Cup title.
He agreed to a 10-year contract extension with the team in June.
Quick's first season in the NHL was 2007-08. He had a 131-87-25 record and 2.30 goals against average over 249 NHL games, all with the Kings.