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King’s Goalie Pays Tribute to Deceased Hamden Coach

Jason Pagni is memorialized at Stanley Cup.

Jason Pagni was part of Avon Old Farm’s first New England championship team in 1989. (Courtesy: Legacy.com)
Jason Pagni was part of Avon Old Farm’s first New England championship team in 1989. (Courtesy: Legacy.com)

They're small words, almost unnoticeable, on the back of the goalie's mask for the Los Angeles Kings. But in this way, Jonathan Quick has memorialized his friend and former Avon Old Farms player Jason Pagni, according to The Hartfordite.

Quick’s mask reads “Everybody Rides, Pags.”

Jason Pagni, 43, died in a crash on Jan. 31, near his hometown of Hamden, according to The Courant. He was part of Avon Old Farms' first New England championship team in 1989, and he became a youth coach and owner of Connecticut Yankees Hockey Organization and Hamden Hockey House.

Pagni helped coach Quick, a native of Milford, and several other talented young players.

Avon Old Farms coach John Gardner said everybody rides “is shorthand for keep pushing and everybody pulling together,” The Courant reported.

The Kings hold a 3-1 lead in the seven-game series, and the team could claim the Stanley Cup with a win Friday night over the New York Rangers in L.A.

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