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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Even More Photos of Henrik Lundqvist Celebrating his IIHF Championship Win


Henrik Lundqvist Almost Missed Team Sweden's Final Game


When Three Crowns started the World Cup, it was still unclear if Henrik Lundqvist would join.But finally the "king" came in - with a view to World Cup gold.
But before the evening's final there was a big question about the goalkeeper's status.
In the final stages of the semi-finals against Finland, Lundqvist stood for an acrobatic rescue - but at the long side shift, where Lundqvist slipped down, he seemed to be ill in the groin.
After the match, he laughed badly when the team stood up at the blue line to listen to the Swedish national anthem.
But with just hours left to puck drop, the dream came true: Henrik Lundqvist would play.
And in the final, the New York Rangers goalkeeper became a big gold hero for Tre Kronor. After the match, he revealed the drama before the final.
"It felt no further yesterday, but we should see how it felt in the morning. I had a small injury on my knee. I did not think I could play around lunch, it did not feel good at that time. But I received acupuncture and treatments. We tested with a syringe that made the pain disappear, says "Henke".
"So it's clear that I've been a little worried, you've got the chance to play the World Cup finals, so you do not want to miss because of an injury," he says.
Despite the spray, the goalkeeper believes that after all, the pains came back during the final match.
"It came after half the match, but you do not know in a World Cup final. You just try to think about the next shot, he says.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

More Pictures of Henrik Lundqvist Celebrating his IIHF Championship Win


He came, he saw and he won. Henrik Lundqvist joined the World Cup in Cologne to win World Cup gold with the twin brother Joel. Tonight it was clear they succeeded.
"I had a few tears when I stood out with the brother. This was what I dreamed of when I was a little, "Henke" says to

After the Rangers goalkeeper left the Stanley Cup playoffs, he soon realized that it gave an opportunity to win the World Cup gold with the brother.
"You know when you're out there, you're in NHL and playoffs. It's hard sometimes to find energy, but soon I began to realize what was at stake and get this opportunity to come here.
"It has been amazing ten days for me. To be with my brother, now, the group who work together. It has been a lot of fun.

Everything went according to plan, into every smallest detail. It was a successful return for the brothers. Together they had to lift the World Cup.
- I am so happy. I am so grateful that I got this. This opportunity to come here and be with my brother, that was awesome. It was a nice moment I had on the ice. Just stand there with my brother and realize we did this together.

Although "Henke" has won Olympic gold earlier, there was a noticeably touched goalkeeper responding to the questions from the media.
"I had a few tears when I stood out with my brother. This is what I wanted, this was what I dreamed of when I left New York ten days ago.
- This was what I dreamed about when I was little. Clearly I want a World Cup gold.

Now the star goalkeeper can add another trophy to the collection.
"It has never felt good when you feel that you have Olympic gold and SM gold, but never any World Cup gold.
"I put pressure on myself to help this team and win. So it feels good that I contributed.

Brorsan Joel can now proudly win three World Cup gold. A fantastic facit.
- It's a dream indeed. To win and to make it together with my brother, of course. It's an extra dimension indeed.

In the dramatic final against Canada, it was just "Henke" who became one of the gold heroes of Tre Kronor.
"He came here because he would take those puckers as we need," Joel laughs.
"But just getting a World Cup gold together with this gang. It is fantastic.
"Everyone has been involved in this gold and then of course we will season it with some extra star players.

How proud are you to be the team captain of this group?
- Yes, what should you say? When I got a C, it's clear that I grew a few centimeters, Joel admits.
- I can not say anything else, it was incredibly honorable. You are happy and proud to represent Three Crowns. And then get a C, that's amazing.

Henrik Lundqvist puts additional words on the love of his twin brother.
- Not just winning, not just the matches, but I've been spending time with him here. It has been great for both, we do not get much time together.

New Interview With Henrik Lundqvist's Mom


On Sunday, the twins Henrik and Joel Lundqvist had for the first time ever won a World Cup gold together. Something that pleases mom Eva Lundqvist.

"We only feel happiness. It's great that they finally got to do this together, "says Eva to P4 Halland.

- It was magical. It has always been a dream of winning something big together. They have won both Olympic Gold and World Cup Gold, but on their own, they have never played together. It has not been quite timid and so, but this time they got it.

Eva says that both her and their father, Peter, follow their sons' careers closely.

- We follow everything. Peter looks well all the matches. Henriks matches the nights and Joels on the days, says Eva and laughs.

New Henrik Lundqvist Video Interviews


Monday, May 22, 2017

Henrik Lundqvist Wins Gold at the IIHF World Champsionship; See Pictures & Video Interviews


COLOGNE, Germany -- Henrik Lundqvist is golden once again.

The New York Rangers goaltender made 42 saves and stopped all four shootout attempts in Sweden's 2-1 win against Canada in the gold medal game of the 2017 IIHF World Championship at Lanxess Arena on Sunday.

He did so with twin brother Joel Lundqvist, a forward with Sweden, as his captain.

Henrik Lundqvist joined Sweden after the Rangers lost to the Ottawa Senators in six games in the Eastern Conference Second Round.

"It's a great feeling," he said with trophy in hand, gold medal draped around his neck and golden confetti still stuck to his pads. "When I left New York, I was very disappointed the way it ended there. I also saw this as a big opportunity for me to come and play for my country and play with my brother.

"I don't know how many more chances I'll get. This was the goal, the dream. I pictured this. We had the team for it. I put a lot of pressure on myself to come here and help the team to do it."
It's the first time Lundqvist has won gold with Sweden since the 2006 Turin Olympics, and his first time playing in the World Championship since 2008.

"It's extra emotional, for sure," said Joel Lundqvist, who has spent the past eight seasons with Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League. "A win is a win, a gold medal, but to do it here with Henrik … we grew up watching Team Sweden play, and to win a gold medal together is a dream come true for sure. I know Henrik when he lost over in New York he was disappointed, but I told him right away we had a great group here and to come, 'we want you and we need you.' He played his best hockey. We needed it. It's awesome. To be here today winning a gold medal together, it's an amazing feeling. It's a dream come true, for sure."

The addition of Henrik Lundqvist to Sweden's roster was a very welcomed addition, according to his teammates.

"My god, it's so hard to describe," Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog said. "He's the backbone of this team. Him and Joel, their parents must be pretty proud. Henrik is just so calm back there. It spreads through our whole team and whole lineup as far as how we play and how we act in the dressing room and things like that. He's the backbone of this team, for sure."

Canada entered the gold medal game as the two-time defending championship after winning in 2015 and 2016. Sweden hadn't won the tournament since 2013.

Lundqvist helped changed that.

He allowed one goal through regulation and overtime, and denied Nathan MacKinnon, Brayden Point, Ryan O'Reilly and Mitch Marner in the shootout.
His final save, which was against Marner, clinched gold.

"You try to stay in the moment," he said. "That's the key. Don't get ahead of yourself, even when you start scoring and you can just feel we're getting closer and closer, don't get ahead of yourself. Stay in the moment and focus on the next shot. When it was over, it was just an amazing feeling.

"Obviously to pull it off the way we did is a great feeling."

It also guaranteed an emotional embrace at the blue line between brothers, together as World Champions.

"It was just a pretty emotional moment, I think for Joel as well," said Henrik, who finished the tournament undefeated in four starts and with a 1.31 goals against average and .946 save percentage. "To do this together … we've been on separate ways here the past 12 years, but growing up we were always on the same team spending every day together. To come here and play for your country and pull this off, it's one of the best feelings.

"I'm super proud and grateful."

Thursday, May 18, 2017

New Henrik & Joel Lundqvist Video Interview (In English)


New Henrik Lundqvist Swedish Video Interviews


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Henrik Lundqvist Played a Prank on Joel After Landing in Germany


Henrik Lundqvist has landed in Cologne. He and Oscar Lindberg brought an early morning flight through Munich and landed at the German side on the 9th floor.

Henrik went straight to the hotel and ate a quick breakfast before he surprised the brother Joel Lundqvist

"I lay and watched the series in the room, then there was a knock on the door and it was so called room service," says Joel

-Haha, you're crying, NOW, laughs Henrik

"Yes, it was a tension and I did not want anything," Joel continues.

-Haha, thought you recognized my voice. I distorted it a bit in isolation. Run a little higher pitch, says Henrik

However, the brothers do not share rooms during the World Cup.

"It's always nice to have your own room, he does not have to be with you when you face-time with your family," Joel laughs.


Henrik & Joel talk about what they would be if they weren't professional hockey players:

Henrik Lundqvist - "It was just sport when I grew up. Would love to think I was good at soccer but I do not think I was. Had to try out in sports. After that, it would probably have been somewhere in the music industry, I hope. I like music."

Joel Lundqvist - "Baker, baked a lot when I was younger. Mom's grandfather was a baker. He was also called Joel."

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Full Henrik Lundqvist World Championship Arrival Press Conference (English and Swedish)