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Sunday, May 3, 2015

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

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Henrik Lundqvist Post-Game Video Interviews + Notes and Photos


Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves in the contest to earn his fifth win of the playoffs and his 48th career NHL playoff win. With the victory, Lundqvist moved into sole possession of 19th place on the NHL’s all-time playoff wins list, passing Ron Hextall. The Rangers’ all-time leader in playoff appearances also appeared in his 99th career NHL playoff game, including his 98th consecutive game, tying Tony Esposito for 17th place on the NHL’s all-time playoff appearances list. Lundqvist’s 99 career playoff appearances with the Rangers are also tied with Esposito for the 10th most one goaltender has earned with one franchise in NHL history. Since the start of the 2012 Playoffs, Lundqvist has posted an 18-10 record, along with a 1.79 GAA, a .936 SV%, and 4 SO in 28 playoff games following a Rangers loss. He is tied for the NHL lead in wins (five), ranks second in GAA (1.67), and ranks fourth in SV% (.938) in the 2015 Playoffs. He has earned a win in 10 of his last 13 regular season and playoff games, posting a 1.81 GAA and a .936 SV% over the span.

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Henrik Lundqvist is an NHL Foundation Player Award Finalist


NEW YORK -- Defenseman Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, defenseman Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers are the three finalists for the 2014-15 NHL Foundation Player Award, which is presented to "an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey -- commitment, perseverance and teamwork -- to enrich the lives of people in his community," the National Hockey League announced today.

NHL clubs submitted nominations for the NHL Foundation Player Award and the finalists were selected by a judging panel. The NHL Foundation will present $25,000 to the chosen charitable organization of this year's recipient. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 24, during the 2015 NHL Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

Lundqvist's on-ice performance has only been matched by his passion for helping those in need. His efforts have included generating awareness, raising funds and increasing the impact of 28 nonprofit charities he supports through a pair of organizations -- the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation and the Garden of Dreams Foundation, the latter of which he has served as a spokesman for since 2009. Lundqvist also has dedicated time and raised funds for various other causes, including fighting hunger, curing pediatric cancers, improving access to quality education, and aiding children and families in need.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Mats Zuccarello Says Henrik Lundqvist is the Perfect Man


His 10-gallon hat holds 20 gallons.

Sasquatch takes pictures of him.

He has killed two stones with one bird.

He is the most interesting man in New York sports.

Matt Harvey may be more of a celebrity, and he sure creates must-see electricity when he pitches. Eli Manning has the rings.

But there is nobody who transcends his sport more than Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

"Yeah, I mean, he's got an image," teammate and close friend Mats Zuccarello said. "He always has cool clothes, his hair is always perfect. He's the perfect man. He can be goofy in the locker room, he can be one of the guys, he can be funny. He can laugh, he can get chirped, he can chirp someone. He's actually a really good guy.

"But, out there, he's a legend. He's dressing perfectly, he plays the guitar, he's the man everyone wishes they could be. He's the best goalie in the world, got the coolest clothes, the coolest hair. He always has a couple days of beard. So he's always cool. I think that makes him much more than just being a hockey player."

Another close friend, tennis legend and fellow amateur guitarist John McEnroe, sees it too.

"There's a lot of reasons why he's cool," McEnroe said. "He gets it. A lot of guys can't handle New York, especially people from other parts of the world. But it seems he's always been able to handle it really well, and when he needs to step up and be the man, he does that. Sometimes he can fly under the radar. He's a great guy to be around.

"He's just a great person, too. And he's almost as good a guitarist as me."

McEnroe used to holler, "Image is everything," in commercials. With Lundqvist, image might be important, but substance is everything.

"For me to do well on the ice, I need to be myself, and I like to do different things," Lundqvist said. "I spend a lot of time with my family, but I also like to do different things in the city. It's part of who I am. For me, it's about finding a balance in life. For me to perform really well on the ice, I need to find that balance."

Creative philanthropist

Lundqvist has many balls in the air all the time. The Lundqvist family — wife Therese and daughter Charlise — recently grew with the birth of second daughter Juli, and Lundqvist has mentioned the perspective he gains when he holds Juli in his arms.

Charity has always been an enormous part of Lundqvist's life. Most recently, Lundqvist, 33, created and expertly hosted the MSG Network TV series "The Mask," in which he and celebrities McEnroe, Mario Batali, Michael J. Fox, Jeff Gordon and Tiesto, along with the FDNY, designed goalie masks, custom made by friend and Swedish mask artist David Gunnarsson.

Lundqvist wore each mask in a game, and he's auctioning them off. They should raise hundreds of thousands of dollars.

He also raises money through his Crown Collection of clothing and gear, bearing his No. 30 crown logo.

The money goes to his and Therese's foundation, the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation, which supports multiple children's hospitals and programs in New York (i.e. the Food Bank), Sweden (Ronald McDonald Children's Houses) and the Dominican Republic (Together for Better). It also benefits the Garden of Dreams Foundation, for which he is official spokesman.

"It felt really good when me and my wife started Henrik Lundqvist Foundation about a year and a half ago," he said. "I feel like we can plan different events. It means a lot, especially when people feel that they want to give you the time. Put the money aside, but when people give you their time, I value that a lot. ... it inspires you to try to do the same.

"I'm pretty hands-on when it comes to things that, you know, if I put the name behind it. Obviously I have (help) ... but when it comes time to do the projects we do, and the organizations we're working with, the Presbyterian Children's Hospital, the Food Bank of New York, these are organizations where I'm going to help out and try to make a difference."

Sharp dresser, goalie

As he spoke, Lundqvist was perfectly dressed and coiffed, of course. After playoff games, when locker rooms get too crowded with media, sometimes Lundqvist is brought to a press conference podium. When that happens, reporters roll their eyes, because they know they will have to wait an extra 20-to-30, deadline-killing minutes while Lundqvist fixes his hair and dresses to the nines, right down to the pocket square.

The guy is known for his clothes and the way he wears them. He has, again, transcended sport with his appearances in magazines and on fashionista best-dressed lists. He has also appeared on TV shows that rarely feature hockey players, such as "Live with Kelly and Michael," or "Late Show with David Letterman" or "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," where Lundqvist played guitar to Guns N' Roses "Sweet Child O' Mine."

"I had a few years where I dressed really bad," Lundqvist said with a laugh. "Especially as a youngster between 16 and 20. It was a time where I experienced a lot of different looks. But it also got me more interested in fashion. I'm not going to say I'm super into fashion. I like to dress well, and, obviously, New York City's a great place when it comes to different looks, and I get inspired by different styles. But I'm not a type of guy that reads fashion magazines or follows the latest trends. I don't do that. I use my stuff that I like. Some people might like it, some people probably don't like it, but that's how it goes."

Lundqvist has done a fair amount on the ice, too.

Lundqvist last week set the franchise record for playoff games played. He leads all Rangers goalies in career wins (339), shutouts (55) and save percentage (.921), and he's the only NHL goalie ever to win at least 30 games in nine of his first 10 seasons. He's won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goalie, as well as gold and silver Olympic medals for Sweden. He has won five consecutive Stanley Cup playoffs Game 7s.

"I think there's a lot of things going on in his head at all times," said teammate and friend Carl Hagelin, a fellow Swede. "He can't really sit still. He's one of those guys that has to have things going on, or he'll freak out. That's a good thing for him to kind of block out everything that's going on (at the rink). When he's not here, he's being a normal person that's doing a lot of fun things outside the rink."

The most interesting man in sports.

5 Things to Know About Henrik Lundqvist


1. HE'S AN IDENTICAL TWIN. Lundqvist, 33, has an identical twin, Joel, who played 134 NHL games as a forward for the Dallas Stars. It was Joel who volunteered Henrik to play goalie in a youth league in their hometown of Are, Sweden (pop: 1,500). Henrik is a few minutes older than Joel.

2. HE'S A DAD. Lundqvist and his wife, Therese, have two daughters — Charlise, 2, and Juli, who was born last month. Henrik and Therese, in 2014, established the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation, which strives to create positive change in the lives of children and adults throughout the world through education, music, sports and health services. Lundqvist also has been the spokesman for the Garden of Dreams Foundation, also benefitting children, since 2009.

3. HE'S A DESIGNER/CREATOR/HOST. Lundqvist auctioned his mask from the 2012 Winter Classic — an outdoor win in Philadelphia in which he stopped a late-game penalty shot — and raised $37,000 for the Garden of Dreams. This season, he created and hosted an MSG Network TV show, "The Mask," in which celebrities designed masks he then wore in games. The masks are being auctioned off.

4. HE'S A GUITARIST. Lundqvist's passions include music. He and tennis legend John McEnroe play guitar in a band, "Noise Upstairs." He teamed up with McEnroe to create Rock of Dreams, a fundraiser featuring their band "Noise Upstairs," at the Canal Room to raise more than $60,000 for charity, including $48,000 for the Garden of Dreams Foundation. He collects guitars —his favorite is a Les Paul Special signed by the entire Rangers team in 2013-14, when he broke the franchise record for wins.

5. HE'S A FASHION PLATE. Lundqvist is known for his fashion. He was named to Vanity Fair's 2013 International Best Dressed List; named one of the most stylish New Yorkers by US Weekly; appeared in the "Ice Cold Killers" fashion feature in the November 2012 issue of Esquire; was awarded "Most Stylish Athlete" at the 2012 Style Awards during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week; was named to Page Six Magazine's "Best-Dressed of NYC Fashion Week" in September 2008; and was named one of People Magazine's "100 Most Beautiful People."

Source: New York Rangers

Henrik Lundqvist Michael Kay Show Interview 4/27/15


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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Henrik Lundqvist Post-Game Video Interview + Notes


Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves to earn his 47th career playoff win. Lundqvist is now tied with Ron Hextall for 19th place on the NHL’s all-time playoff wins list. He also ranks 13th among NHL goalies in career playoff wins with one franchise. Lundqvist has earned a win in nine of his last 11 appearances, posting a 1.78 GAA and a .936 SV% over the span. He has also won seven of his last eight playoff games against the Penguins, posting a 1.34 GAA and a .954 SV% in those contests. Lundqvist allowed one goal in each of the seven wins over the span. He posted a 4-1 record, along with a 1.53 GAA and a .939 SV% (124 saves on 132 shots) in the five-game series against Pittsburgh this year.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Henrik Lundqvist Post-Game Video Interview + Notes


Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves to earn his 46th career playoff win. With the victory, Lundqvist passed Tony Esposito and Jonathan Quick for sole possession of 20th place on the NHL’s all-time playoff wins list. He is also tied with Terry Sawchuk for 13th among NHL goalies in career playoff wins with one franchise. Lundqvist has earned a win in each of his last four road playoff games in Pittsburgh, posting a 0.99 GAA and a .965 SV% in those contests. He has won six of his last seven playoff games against the Penguins, posting a 1.42 GAA and a .950 SV% over the span, and he has allowed one goal in all six victories. Lundqvist has won eight of his last 10 regular season and playoff games, posting a 1.89 GAA and a .931 SV% over the span.