The town of Darien, Conn., is known for expensive houses, beautiful coastline and celebrity visits, but for Spencer Knight, there was another draw when he was growing up: his house was five minutes away from Prentiss Hockey, the gym run by famed trainer Ben Prentiss.
Knight goes four times a week in the summer, where he has sometimes skated with Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick. It’s a bit of kismet, since both Knight and Quick attended Avon Old Farms prep school. Furthermore, in scouting circles, Knight, 17, has been called the best American goalie to come along since Quick.
So why is the U.S. National Team Development Program netminder so good? “Oh, man,” said U.S. NTDP goalie coach Thomas Speer. “There’s a lot there. He’s one of the most physically mature and strong goalies I’ve ever...
About the Author
Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.