ShareThis Have you ever wondered what Henrik would look like on the ice if he wasn't a goalie? Well, thanks to Aaron Voros' Twitter account we can now see that image of Henrik without his goalie equipment. Today Aaron posted this photo of himself and Henrik at the Rangers training center. I wonder if Henrik's any good at stick-handling, passing, and shooting?
ShareThis Thanks to Aaron Voros' Twitter account, we've got some news on Henrik. Last night, Henrik and his teammates Aaron Voros and Sean Avery, attended a Pearl Jam concert at Madison Square Garden. When it was over, they then traveled downtown to Avery's bar Warren 77 in Tribeca. It's good to hear that Henrik is still in New York and is still hanging out with his teammates, the three of them seem like they have a great friendship and have a lot of fun together. Hopefully, they can convince Henrik to start a Twitter account too!
It’s only appropriate that twenty-eight year old Henrik Lundqvist, the starting all-star goaltender for the New York Rangers seems to live a life worthy of a King. Olympic Gold Medal? Check. Three-time Vezina Trophy finalist for the N.H.L’s top goaltender? Check. Six-year $41.25 million contract? Check. New York City duplex penthouse? Check. Own a Maserati and a Lamborghini? Check. Not to mention the fact that he is beloved by both his teammates and fans all around the world, especially in Sweden where he has a “Rock Star” status. People Magazine even included him in its 100 Most Beautiful People issue in 2006. It’s no wonder this Are, Sweden native’s nickname is “King Henrik.” And it only took him four games in the N.H.L to earn it.
Now in his fifth season with the Rangers, Henrik was embraced by the hard to please New York fan base from the very beginning. As a rookie with the Rangers in 2005, (he had already been playing professional hockey in Sweden for five years, where he won numerous awards and championships prior to coming to New York) he immediately bonded with the fans when he proceeded to wave to them during a game as a sign of appreciation for the chanting of his name. That kind of thing doesn’t happen very often. In fact, it was something many people had never seen before. He also recorded the very first shutout of his career only a week after his debut in the league. It is rare to find an athlete who can come to New York and perform as well as he did both on and off the ice at such a young age, (he made his debut at twenty-three.) He can very well be considered the Derek Jeter of the Rangers. He has the athletic skills, the durability, the charisma, the good looks, and the affable easy-going personality that not only makes him a fan-favorite, but makes him popular with the media as well. In addition to People magazine, he has appeared in both Gotham Magazine and Italian Vogue, as well as numerous Swedish magazine such as, Café and King Magazines.
An intense competitor on the ice, off the ice, you’re likely to meet a much calmer, more laid -back Henrik who enjoys strumming on the guitar in the guest room of his new duplex penthouse that he shares with his girlfriend Therese in Hell’s Kitchen. It is there that he goes to relax and get away from hockey while taking in the spectacular view of his favorite city.
This season, Lundqvist set two quite impressive records. He became the first goalie in N.H.L history to record 30 or more wins in his first five seasons in the league. He also became the first Rangers goaltender in team history to have five straight 30-win seasons. In addition to those records, he became the first player in New York Rangers history to be voted team M.V.P by the Professional Hockey Writers Association for the fourth consecutive year. When you hear about that record it certainly makes you wonder why he was never nominated for the Hart Trophy, which is the N.H.L’s most valuable player award. Many people, including fans, writers and assorted members of the media, General Managers and coaches around the league, will tell you that the New York Rangers success revolves around Henrik.
Many people believe that the only reason the Rangers ever qualified for the playoffs the last five seasons is because of Henrik. I would have to agree with that sentiment. This year’s team more than any other in the past, would have been nothing without Henrik Lundqvist. He certainly deserved to be the most valuable player of the team for the past four seasons. No one has meant more to the Rangers than he has. Every game he plays in he gives the Rangers a chance to win, even with the mediocre talent he has been surrounded with as of late.
Just imagine if you were to take Henrik out of the Rangers line-up. The Rangers do not even have a stable back-up goaltender. Two rookies were called up to back-up Lundqvist during the course of this season before the Rangers picked up Alex Auld through waivers. It didn’t matter though; the Rangers were desperately fighting for a playoff spot so Henrik still got the majority of starts this year. He did his part and led the Rangers to within one win of the playoffs, unfortunately the final game came down to a shootout and ultimately, the Rangers let him down by failing to score enough goals to win it. It’s the first year of Lundqvist’s entire professional career, both in Sweden and in the N.H.L that he did not make the playoffs. This absolutely devastated the fiercely competitive Lundqvist, who once again showed that he has become the leader of the team by calling out his future teammates by stating that anyone who is in the Rangers locker room next season must understand that they play to win and to make the playoffs every year with the ultimate goal being to win the Stanley Cup.
He had taken on a larger leadership role this season, making him somewhat of an “unofficial” captain of the team. Earlier this season, when the Rangers were going through a terrible losing streak the player who called a players only meeting before a game vs. the rival New York Islanders and then did most of the speaking during the meeting- was none other than Henrik Lundqvist. Not the Rangers captain Chris Drury. The Rangers losing streak ended that night. You can credit Lundqvist for that; it might have been his biggest save of the season, as the Rangers were spiraling downward fast. No doubt about it, if goalies were legally allowed to become captains in the N.H.L, Henrik Lundqvist would surely be the captain of the New York Rangers, much like fellow goaltender Martin Brodeur would be the captain of his team, the Rangers cross-river rivals, the New Jersey Devils. He means that much to them. Without him in the line-up the Rangers surely would suffer immensely. The Rangers have always had a weak defense, thus making their dependency on Lundqvist even more important. Put Lundqvist on a team like the Washington Capitals, the Detriot Red Wings, or the Pittsburgh Penguins, and he very well may already be a multiple Stanley Cup winner. He already is an Olympic Gold medalist from the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy where he was an essential element in Team Sweden’s (Tre Kroner) win over the best players in the world. His outstanding play has been consistent every year of his career. Hopefully, he eventually will be rewarded for all his hard work with both the Hart Trophy (or Vezina) and the Stanley Cup. He certainly deserves it. After all, he is a King.
( Written by me for one of my classes, all feedback is welcome)
Have you ever come across a photo of Henrik that you just wish you could have in a bigger size, like 8x10, or 16x20, or even 20x30? Or maybe you want to buy a photo that you can one day have Henrik autograph for you? Well, the NHL has made it easier for you to find those photos thanks to the official NHL PhotoStore. Here is the link to Henrik's section:
ShareThis Henrik Lundqvist of celebrity life in New York, father's illness - and rumors of Princess
NEW YORK. He is already King of New York. But no, Henrik Lundqvist will not complement the proven track record with a Prince record at home in Sweden. - I do not know how those rumors arose, but I and Princess Madeleine are not a couple, explains the New York Rangers star goalie in Swedish Aftonbladet meets him for an exclusive interview at home in Manhattan. It's of course silly and rude to even ask. But rumors that Henrik Lundqvist, or King Henry as he then called back five years to the New York Rangers fans in the legendary Madison Square Garden, and the princess nyseparerade Madeleine is a few have adopted such proportions that it would be fånigare than not to. The gossip on the web, it is suggested in the columns and it will secure tip to newspapers. So when we meet Henke at a bar near the parade deck at home in Hell's Kitchen in Manhattan if the terms sorted out: Is the king of New York also become Prince of Sweden? Henry laughs and shakes his head with astonishment. - No, ha ha, I will not. Well, the intensity of those rumors are totally sick. - I do not know how they may have arisen, but I and Princess Madeleine are not a couple. We know each other from a few events over the years, but I have a girlfriend and we've been together a long time. Further, there is no say about it. Those who can confirm these rumors, you can of course look up. Tell them that they do not know what they're talking about. Have you seen Madeleine during her stay here in New York now? - No, I do not. Do you have any comments for the broken engagement? - No, it feels like neither I nor anyone else has to do with it. It is a private matter. Or, yes, she's a princess, so that's a concern for people, but I keep my distance. You have an amazing Duplex here in New York, another apartment in Florida and a home in Gothenburg, right? - I found what I want. In all cases at the moment. That sounds good right to be financially independent and able to buy what you like. - Well, it's clear. Officials need to watch out, I hear a lot of horror stories. The other day somebody told me that 50-60 percent of all American football player is bankrupt four years of their careers. It's a warning, you may think. The more one earns, the more you spend, it's so. But it is not to be stupid. You had not invested well in Bernie Madoff? - No, I had not, but it shows that you have to be careful. Just to second trust someone, it is not certain that one should follow their advice. Well, yes it is true, however, that you buy what you want? - Yes, I do and it's nice not having to think about what things cost, of course. So what do you buy then? Clothing? - Well, it has not been much this year. You have been chosen as Sweden's best-dressed man, so the clothes will be addressed in each interview. - Yes, they do it, but I do not know if it is warranted so long. Have you lost interest? - No, but I have some collaborations with clothing brands so I have sent clothes. So, I do not shop that much. How many suits do you own? - He he ... We had a party for the guys on the team last week and then it was a few pieces that went into the closet and counted, in fact. 49 or 50 they got it. All right. What else now? You in the New York Rangers missed the playoffs and you can not play the World Cup. What should you do instead? - We go to our condo in Florida this weekend and there are a few Swedish friends to visit. Then we return to New York and fly well home to Sweden sometime in mid-June, I would dump. Has disappointment after missing the Stanley Cup finals, also at the very last round, released? - You can not go and dwell for too long. But it hurts when watching playoff games on television and see the intensity, both among players and audience. It wants to be involved. You were extremely disappointed after last game? - One can accept that, like last year, be knocked out of a really good team, but when you do not even reach the playoffs you're working so long and so hard to get to, then it is difficult to give himself approved. But every season ends in bitter disappointment of course, finally, for all but one team. Is it worth it? - Yes, absolutely. It is not just about the final destination. It's about the journey as well. Playing hockey in New York, on Madison Square Garden, the Rangers as an organization, and to experience the whole NHL life is great fun. But to take the opportunity to enjoy yourself. Time passes very quickly and the older guys on the team says that it goes even faster later in his career. And you are no "spring chicken" anymore? - No, I am 28 years now and have pain everywhere. It feels good that I have come to realize that I should enjoy life and not just stare at me blind to achieve success. I still want to win, that's what drives me, but I can relax more between matches. But you are still difficult to deal with the losses, we know that watching Rangers games. - I hope in fact that I always will be. I play a lot of emotions and is very high up when things are going well and extremely low down when it goes bad. I find it hard to just move on. And I like the contrasts, the driving me to play as good as possible. Despite the fact that you played exceptionally well played, took part in the Olympics and have been through this heavy playoff miss would you play for Team Sweden in the World Cup too. Why? - The suction will be back sooner than you think. The first days when people call and ask if VM would only ask them to draw somewhere. But after five, six days drop it there. It might sound sick after such a long season, but I am really eager to play hockey again. Unfortunately, I hurt so you can not. How badly are you? - Groin, I have had problems with his knee all year and started to mess the last three, four weeks. I have been taping hard and have gone on treatments all the time. I tried to rehab in order to play World Cup, but could not. Do you worry about never for permanent disability? - No, I do not mind that it will affect my everyday life when his career is over. But it is clear, when I'm out walking, people often wonder if I have a pain because I unconsciously limping. Then one can ask how it will look like when I'm 45 ... Despite all these successes, we're talking about are the things in life you can not protect themselves against. Your dad got sick last year? - He was not sick, there was an operation that went wrong and there were consequences. But, yes, it was a real wake-up call. I started to think about what really matters in life. We spend so very much in what you do and so such a thing happens. It took hard. Was it the first time you experienced such a blow? - I've been through that relatives passed away, but it was the first time anyone in the immediate family was affected. We knew not only how it would go and I was about to go home, but it slowly became better. How is he today? Who is still in a wheelchair? - No, not at all. From the beginning he was just in bed and could not talk or eat. But it has gradually gotten better and now he can handle himself. They have just been here and gone in two and a half months. First it was on the OS, then with my sister in California and now they have been here in New York for a while. New York, yes. Could you explain to readers why it is the world's best city? - The very best is that you can be so relaxed. Nobody cares, wherever you are. All have their place and not i. Do you get recognized around town? - The past two years, I have noticed a marked difference. More and more people recognize me, I take note. But it is still at a comfortable level right.
This is me Name: Henrik Lundqvist. Age: 28 years. Occupation: Pro Hockey New York Rangers. Family: Boyfriend Therese Andersson, Eva mom and dad Peter, twin brother Joel and older sister, Gabriella. Income: Approximately 55 million per season. Background: Grew up in Åre. Mom and Dad ski instructor physiotherapist. Later the family moved to Bastad. Come on already as 18-year-old with Frölunda in the A squad and made his debut in the Elite den 21 September 2000. Won gold medal with Frölunda 2004th Written years after the New York Rangers and moved across the Atlantic. Quickly established himself as first choice keeper, and crowd favorite, the Rangers. Won gold medal with Team Sweden 2006th Also participated in the Olympics in Vancouver in February this year. Has played several World Championships. Current: One of our biggest NHL stars. Have just had to say no to the World Cup due to injury.
This is my day 10:00 Now that the season is over I can sleep a little longer. Most of the time I go up and eat breakfast right away. 11:00 Take a walk in the gym and run a lighter workouts. We have a gym in the house where I live so it is easy and convenient. In a few weeks I increase the training dose, then it is time to start making themselves ready. But now I just keep going. 13:00 Goes out and jaws lunch somewhere, like someone by a friend. During the season you are living in a small bubble, it will be easy to say you will meet other people and then just shoot it up. It takes me back now. And I have plenty of friends outside hockey, which is nice. You want to disconnect it completely at times. 15:00 Does it just right. Like to sit on the terrace we have finally been completed renovated and read and listen when the dog barks, ha ha. It is so incredibly nice to not have anything planned. During the season we live for a very strict schedule, in principle, every day, so when it is free to try to have as little as possible booked. 20:00 Go out and eat dinner. Since there may be no club visit now and then too. It may take the opportunity now when you can. There are not too many occasions to celebrate this when you have matches several times a week. 01:30 Coming home to bed. Yes, it could be later as well ...
NEW YORK Henry lives in New York for several years, but it is only now people are beginning to recognize him on the town. When he has spare time he likes to sit on their rooftop terrace and take it easy
Henrik Lundqvist on celebrity life in New York, father's illness - and rumors of Princess
NEW YORK. He is already King of New York. But no, Henrik Lundqvist will not complement the proven track record with a Prince record at home in Sweden. - I do not know how those rumors arose, but I and Princess Madeleine are not a couple, explains the New York Rangers star goalie in Swedish Aftonbladet meets him for an exclusive interview at home in Manhattan. It's of course silly and rude to even ask. But rumors that Henrik Lundqvist, or King Henry as he then called back five years to the New York Rangers fans in the legendary Madison Square Garden, and the princess nyseparerade Madeleine is a few have adopted such proportions that it would be fånigare than not to. The gossip on the web, it is suggested in the columns and it will secure tip to newspapers. So when we meet Henke at a bar near the parade deck at home in Hell's Kitchen in Manhattan have sorted out the concepts: Will the King of New York also become Prince of Sweden?
Since I do not have a subscription to Aftonbladet I could not get full access to this article which is a very recent Henrik Lundqvist interview, in which he hopes to put an end to the rumors of his involvement with Princess Madeleine. If anyone out there has access to the full article and would like to pass it on to me to post, it would be greatly appreciated.
For weeks now, there have been rumors circulating in Sweden that the reason why Princess Madeleine called off her wedding was because she is dating Henrik Lundqvist. It seems that now the rumor has hit North America, as the Toronto Star has published an article stating that Henrik is dating the Princess. This rumor is not true, as I previously posted weeks ago, Henrik was contacted by the Swedish media and he stated that the two are just friends. Henrik is happily living with his girlfriend of eight years, Therese, and they were recently spotted roller blading together in New York's Central Park.
The New York Daily News also has an article about the Princess Madeleine breakup in which Henrik is mentioned- but only as a friend. The princess is a frequent Manhattan guest, known to hang out with Rangers goalie (and fellow Swede) Henrik Lundqvist and close pal Louisa De Geer.