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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Henrik Lundqvist Will Start Working Out Next Week and Start Skating End of July


TIME OUT: While actor Michael Pitt was shielded by bodyguards as he tried to get to his seat at the Calvin Klein show on Sunday, Henrik Lundqvist was happily signing autographs. It’s chill-out time for him, he said. “The first couple of weeks after a season you try to relax, so I’m hanging out with friends and family back in Sweden,” explained the New York Rangers goaltender. “But I will start working out next week.”
His routine consists of gym and a lot of tennis, he divulged. “Tennis is great for my legs and back, and then I start skating end of July.”

Monday, June 24, 2013

Henrik Lundqvist GQ Interview at Milan Fashion Week 2013


After recovering from the majesty that is Henrik Lundqvist's hair, GQ's Michael Hainey chatted with the Swedish hockey player and New York Ranger on what he's learned in Milan, the power of a leather jacket, and taking fashion risks.

GQ: This is your second year here in Milan, right?
Henrik Lundqvist: Yes.

GQ: What have you learned since last year?
HL: I don't know if I've learned anything; I just love being here for a couple of reasons. First is that Milan is such a great place for food and fashion and looking around, but then also you get to know the people. So I'm just enjoying myself, being here and seeing the collections. It's a good time.

GQ: Do you go on vacation after?
HL: Well, I'm actually on vacation right now, back in Sweden with my friends and family. It's very relaxed. And then I return to New York in August.

GQ: If you think of yourself when you were a teenager, if you had to think of something that you wore when you thought you looked the coolest, what would that be?
HL: I think when I bought my first leather jacket. It was an expensive piece for me at the time, and I knew every time that I wore it that it was a cool piece.

GQ: Was it a black motorcycle jacket?
HL: No, it was a little longer, and it was beige. That was the year that beige was really hot in Sweden [laughs]. I think that ten years ago when I found it in the closet, I threw it out.

GQ: Do you wish you still had it?
HL: Well, I don't know. But back then it felt really right and cool.

GQ: How old were you then?
HL: I was sixteen, so this was '99.

GQ: If [your wife Therese Andersson] could see a picture of you wearing something back then that was really embarrassing, what would it be?
HL: Well we've been together for a long time. Between sixteen and twenty-two, I tried many different looks.

GQ: Did you ever try dresses?
HL: No dresses [laughs]. I stayed on the men's side, but there were a lot of different looks, and I think I started to find my own style in what I liked and that less is a little more, a lot of times. But we were all young.
Therese Andersson: Oh, I remember the tank. The netting on the tank, and the chain.
HL: Yeah, I did some rock-and-roll ones, almost.

GQ: What did you wear for your first date with her?
TA: I know what I wore. A pair of jeans, and a Tiger of Sweden sweater.
HL: And a jeans jacket.
TA: Yeah, and it was a long jacket. Terrible.

GQ: What about you?
HL: I don't remember. But it didn't leave a mark, so it's probably something bad.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Henrik Lundqvist on the Cover of The Fourth Period Magazine


For those of you who don't follow the blog on Facebook (I posted the cover there last week) here is Henrik on the cover of the Summer 2013 issue of The Fourth Period Magazine. Good luck finding a copy of this magazine if you live in NYC. I tried to buy it from Barnes & Noble and was told that none of the New York stores sell it because "Hockey isn't popular enough here", so they can carry obscure magazines on even less popular subjects, but not a major sport. In the biggest media market in the country - but I digress. If anyone out there manages to find a copy in NYC please let me know where.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Henrik Lundqvist Denies Involvement in the Firing of John Tortorella


Henrik Lundqvist, who on break-up day became the Rangers’ public voice of disaffection that in retrospect foretold the firing of John Tortorella as head coach 48 hours later, told The Post that he “would never put pressure on management on decisions like that.”

“I know there is some speculation regarding Torts being fired, but let’s be clear on one thing,” Lundqvist said via an e-mail on Wednesday that contained his first comments on the matter. “It’s not my call who the coach should be for the New York Rangers.

“I would never put pressure on the management on decisions like that. I’m just a player. My focus is to play the game and do the best I can on the ice. Whatever [happens] off the ice, I leave to our great staff we have working for this club.”

A player? Yes. Just a player? Not quite. No one in sports is irreplaceable, but the franchise goaltender is as close as they come to fitting that description for the Rangers. And when Lundqvist issued a tepid response on the May 27 break-up day regarding his desire to sign a long-term extension on his contract that expires after this coming season, it set off alarm bells across all time zones of Blueshirt Country.

This morning, Lundqvist further clarified his position regarding an extension.

“It has no impact for me on who the coach is when it comes to my contract,” the 31-year-old told The Post. “I love everything about the New York Rangers. I love the fans. I love the organization.

“I hope we can work something out when it is time to do so.”

Left intentionally unsaid, of course, was when it will be time to do so and what he believes should be the cost of doing business. The Rangers have every intention to try and get this done before training camp opens in September.

Lundqvist’s public comments in the wake of the team's elimination by the Bruins were the tip of an unseen iceberg of a break-up day on which a critical mass of players had used their exit interviews with management to express their extreme dissatisfaction with Tortorella’s unyielding approach and their belief that the club had gone as far as it could under him.

The Post reported on May 30 that Lundqvist was troubled enough by the deteriorating dynamic between his teammates and the coach that he felt the need to give voice to it.

But Lundqvist in his e-mail expressed nothing but gratitude to Tortorella, under whom the goaltender won the 2011-12 Vezina and finished second in the balloting this time around.

“Torts and I had a great relationship,” said Lundqvist, who has returned to his home in Sweden for the summer. “It was exciting and refreshing to play for him. I never had a coach challenge me the way he did, in a good way.

“When you play for a coach and he is let go, you feel really bad as a player. I feel like I should have done more. In the end, it’s up to us players to get the done, but coaches sometimes pay for our mistakes,” the goaltender continued. “I felt the same way when Tom [Renney] was let go four years ago.”

Now, the Rangers will move on under Alain Vigneault, who reached an agreement to coach the club over the weekend but whose hiring has still not been officially announced.

“I don’t know that much about him,” Lundqvist said. “All I hear, though, is that he is a great coach.”

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Henrik Lundqvist Talks Hurricane Sandy


It's hard to believe it's been more than six months since Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast and that the area is still working hard rebuilding.

I was personally touched and saddened by the devastation of the New York neighborhoods, which have become my American home since joining the New York Rangers in 2005.

To see the storm-ravaged communities and know that these are Ranger's fans - part of our team's family and people who have supported my career and our team season after season - we knew that we had to devise an effort to help and support them in return.

I decided to auction off my facemask in an auction hosted by Steiner Sports and donate that money toward efforts helping families and communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. To my surprise, the mask was auctioned for $66,000.

I then made the connection with Family-to-Family, a local New York City grassroots charity that specializes in matching those in need with those able to help, who was able to put the money raised through the auction to immediate use.

Family-to-Family traditionally focuses on poverty and literacy, but when Hurricane Sandy devastated the region, the organization sprang to action - quickly adapting their service focus to make hurricane relief their forefront effort. What was unique about the Family-to-Family team was that they were connecting those in need with those who want to help in a grassroots fashion - addressing one specific need/family/donor at a time.

To date, Family-to-Family has provided Hurricane Sandy victims with everything from pillows, blankets, air mattresses, clothing, kitchen items and small appliances to holiday toys and dinners, space heaters, cleaning products, cell phones and more.

Most recently, Family-to-Family organized the "Comforts of Home Welcome Box" campaign that aims to re-stock the kitchen cupboards of families still struggling from the effects of the storm. The "Comforts of Home" grocery boxes are designed to re-stock kitchen essentials such as sugar, flour, jelly, rice, pasta, oatmeal, canned tomatoes, etc. as well as dish towels, and pot holders.

For others looking to help, Family-to-Family has provided a simple way for donors across the country to click, order and share a "Comforts of Home Box" for affected families. For $62, the care packages are filled with basic food essentials for selected hurricane-affected families in Staten Island, The Rockaways, Brooklyn, New York City and Ocean County, New Jersey.

Charitable work is something that I take an active part in - and wish to continue with Family-to-Family's local efforts. I've been working closely with the Garden of Dreams Foundations since signing on as the spokesman in 2009. Also, my clothing line, the Crown Collection, which is sold exclusively in Madison Square Garden, sends a portion of the proceeds from sales to the Garden of Dreams Foundation.

New Yorkers are known for being many things - among them being tough and strong. I know that these neighborhoods will make a complete comeback and am dedicated to helping as much as I can in the process.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Henrik Lundqvist's (& Sofi Fahrman's) Guide to New York


Here is our New York

Sofi Fahrman and Henrik Lundqvist guides to their own backyard
Together they have lived for over ten years in the city that never sleeps. Sofis fashion brought back to Sofi Fahrman and stylish hockey star Henrik Lundqvist during a day in New York to get their top tips - and got some crazy stories to boot.

"A dinner at The Standard Grill is the safest bet"
André Balazs hotel The Standard is the heart of the Meatpacking District and is home to The Standard Grill, Boom Boom Room, Le Bain and a classic beer garden. Here Sofi Fahrman and Henke Lundqvist partied together many times and here they invite visitors happy when it's time for a whole evening.
- I like to have some safe bets. A dinner at the Standard Grill and an aperitif or after drink at the Boom Boom, then it will please everyone. I see it a bit like Mc-Donalds, I know what I will get, says Sophie.
And it is the pulse, the skyline, the people and the food. As well as the occasional Swedish.
- If a place is in New York will not be long before it starts to hang Swedes there, says Henrik Lundqvist.
As the New York Swedes are both Sophie and Henry used to play tourist guides.
- Often when I get to visit, they are just as much here to enjoy New York to greet me, and they want the people to have a good time. For me, it's about winning hockey games. If I lose the week I
The visitor then it is not fun, then I'm just pissed. Then they will not be invited back either, says Henrik Lundqvist and laughs.

   FAVORITE PLACE STANDARD GRILL (TV) in the Meatpacking District.
Sofi's best:
- I like the top restaurants such as The Lion. Newly opened in the same group, Bill's 54.
Do you want a complete experience, we have The Darby, it is good if you are a little bigger gang. They have awesome musicians who go around and hand out the microphone to those who exude "I want to sing." One of my companions tore off a song again! All stood up and cheered. Are we a bunch of girls who are out so are the food and the venue is a safe bet at Buddakan.
But there I always go as soon as I land is to La Esquina, I need to get me into their cobs. I can sit on mountaintops or in Stockholm and think about how much I would pay for them. It has been up for 500.
The Lion, 62 W 9th Street,
Bill's 54, 57 E 54th Steet,
Buddakan, 75 9th Avenue,
La Esquina, 14 Kenmare Street,

Henry's best
- Should I bring my family and is a little larger company that is Hillstone good. They have the world's best barbeque pork ribs, I'm a real sucker for them. There is a chain called Houston before, I am a frequent occurring guest at their restaurant on the Upper East Side. They usually have live music if you're lucky, a little jazz. There is no giant ¬ trendy, but cozy and very good meat.
Hillstone, 153 E 53rd Street, / hill least

Sofi's best:
- Barney's yesterday I'm very happy to help. If I only have a weekend in town, and also a lot of work, so it's very ¬ smoothly. They have the best from Isabel Marant, Alexander Wang and Helmut Lang, a good mix. On the second hand chain Ina ¬ I usually self submitting and ¬ buy things, where can one find a pair of Isabel Marant-boots with the price tag still there! For good base ¬ clothes I go to Uniqlo, they include fine cashmere.
 Barney's, 116 Wooster St. (among others),
 Ina, 21 Prince Street (among others),

Henry's best:
- Meatpacking comes more and more like shopping area, but I still prefer Soho. I always go to Reiss on West Broadway. They have good jackets and I like to shop for jackets. I find it extremely difficult to get rid of stuff. The advantage of having dual lodging is that I can have things both in Sweden and New York, haha. It becomes a part ... Sometimes I go and leave the stuff to an old lady who has everything in its store. I get nothing in return except that she smiles at me every time I walk past on the street, it heats very much! I just think I have shopped second-hand only once in my life and it was a Studio 54 party when I was 18. Trying to buy clothes for my wife, I have given up.
 Uniqlo, 546 Broadway (among others),
 Reiss, 387 W Broadway (among others),
SOFS best:
- Will you have a drink in New York so would you still have a sky bar, otherwise it could be anywhere. Then we go to the Dream Downtown's rooftop bar Ph-D. In summer you can sit outside with the Empire State behind them - that makes everyone happy, it's a classic Instagram ¬ moments! When I am looking for the old, venerable New York I go to the Carlyle Hotel. There I drink no more than a Dry Martini, and to play it a bit fine pianoklink in the background.
 Ph-D, 355 W 16th Street,
 The Carlyle,
35 E 76th Street, / a / carlyle

Henry's best:
- Stone Rose Lounge in the Time Warner building at Columbus Circle is one of the nicest bars in New York. It's a pretty boring area and you have to go through a mall to get there, but well up in the bar on the fourth floor with views of Central Park. After taking the family to dinner at Hillstone, go here to either rev up or wind down the evening. Then it's time to send the kids home!
 Stone Rose Lounge, 10 Columbus Circle, / stone-rose-new

Sofi's best:
- When I am not pregnant, I love to feast on the day, it is not news, haha. I like to then go in places that Beaumarchais and Lavo. Or maybe to Bagatelle, where there has been some crazy lunches. I remember one particular time. They have a Superman Costume in the bar so I decided to surprise my friends and went into the kitchen and switched on. Then they carried me out like Superman with a little drink in his hand!
 Beaumarchais, 409 W 13th Street
 Lavo, 39 E 58th Street
 Bistro Bagatelle, 1 Little W. 12th Street

Henry's best:
- Clubs are actually as much fun at home in Sweden, but if you want only the clearing, bottles on the table and super festive dot com, then it's Avenue, 1 Oak or SL will apply. Do I have to choose one, it becomes 1 Oak. It's been good for a very long time. It's fun and always very busy. It happens more often that people recognize me, but I can live quite relaxed, as usual.
 1 Oak, 453 W 17th Street
 Avenue, 16 10th Avenue
 SL, 409 West 14th Street / nightlife / sl
Sofi's best:
- Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. This will give you both a walk and an experience - the really New York-iga wow feeling. It's such a groovy design and so characteristic of New York, you've seen it in so many movies and so many pictures. Still, I have many friends who have been here several times, but missed the Brooklyn Bridge. I tend to attract a great vintage fair in Brooklyn or we take an ice cream at the Brooklyn Icecream Factory. Since we tend to move towards the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg and finish on their rooftop bar.
 Brooklyn Icecream Factory, corner of Old Fulton and Water Street
 Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Avenue,

Henry's best:
- Do I have a day off to try my wife Therese drag with me to Central Park, it's actually very relaxing. It's hard to find a relaxing place in New York, it's full speed wherever you are. In the park, strolling man, it's not the same tempo. Especially on hot days so are people everywhere, it's like you've taken a step outside of town. And yet it is a very active sense of the park. It feels very healthy.

Sofi Fahrman and Henrik Lundqvist

SOFI Fahrman
Occupation: Creative Advisor at Sofis fashion, pushing Sofis snapshots and the author of three novels and a training book. Age 33 years.
Family: fiancé Nick and a daughter. Little sister Frida Fahrman with family and mom and dad Fahrman home in Stockholm.
Lives: Hesitation between Stockholm, Verbier and New York.

Occupation: Hockey Goalie of the New York Rangers. He was appointed last year to the NHL's best goalie and has three times been selected for the league's All Star Game. His 40 minutes younger twin brother is the captain for Frölunda HC. Henke has also been praised for its style and in 2009 appeared the brothers Lundqvist in a fashion campaign for Brothers. He has played in numerous advertising campaigns for Head & Shoulders, the latest along with Sofi Fahrman.
Age 31 years.
Family: Teenage Love Therese Andersson, who he married last year, the daughter Charlise that fills a July 10 and dobbermannen Nova.
Lives: In a penthouse with roof terrace in Hell's Kitchen, New York, and in Gothenburg.

All credit goes to reader Mickael for getting this article to me. Thank you!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Henrik Lundqvist & Fans Part 17

Disclaimer: All of these photos were found at public sites; however, if you are in any of the fan photos and you would like me to remove a photo for you, do not hesitate to tell me as I will surely take it down for you. Also, as always if you would like to submit a photo of yourself and Henrik to the blog do not hesitate to e-mail me or post the photo on The Henrik Lundqvist Blog Facebook page.

Since it's the off-season and news is slow, I thought I'd post some pictures. It's been awhile. Also, if anyone in Sweden has access to AftonBladet Plus, I would appreciate it if you can leave a comment, email me or contact me on Facebook. There's an online article I would like to post on the blog but do not have access to.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Henrik Lundqvist Could Have Been on "Million Dollar Listing"


Henrik Lundqvist, who had to change into a different Calvin Klein tuxedo at the last minute because the pants were too tight—hockey players develop big legs—loves the show Million Dollar Listing. “Actually, they asked me a couple years ago if I wanted to sell my apartment and include them in the show,” Lundqvist said. He turned them down.

I love that show as well. Maybe Henrik is friends with Fredrik Eklund? If so, he should make a cameo one day.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Henrik Lundqvist at 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards at Lincoln Center Pictures


Henrik Lundqvist Truly is the Most Valuable Ranger


Lundqvist’s Value

After Henrik Lundqvist said Monday, “I’m going to talk to my agent — we’ll see,” in response to a question about his interest in signing a contract extension this summer, it was later interpreted as a swipe at the soon-to-be-departing John Tortorella, even though the coach was not mentioned in the question.

More likely, and more worrisome for the Rangers, Lundqvist was signaling that he intends to negotiate hard during the last year of his contract. What he said was a far cry from what Pavel Datsyuk, facing the same situation in Detroit, said Friday: “I look forward to playing here for many years to come.”

The Rangers should probably be prepared to give Lundqvist what he wants, because he is a franchise player — perhaps even more important to his club than Alex Ovechkin in Washington or Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin in Pittsburgh.

Lundqvist’s average salary, $6.875 million, is the 23rd highest in the N.H.L. But he has a strong argument to demand something in the neighborhood of Ovechkin’s league-high $9.538 million average, or the $8.7 million average, the next highest salaries, of Crosby and Malkin.

Consider where the Rangers would have been if, in each of Lundqvist’s eight seasons with the club, his save percentage were replaced by the N.H.L.’s average.

This season, replacing Lundqvist’s .926 percentage with a goalie at the N.H.L. average of .912, the Rangers would have given up 17 more goals. Assuming, conservatively, that two goals equal a point in the standings, Lundqvist’s absence would have cost the Rangers about eight points. And since they made the playoffs with only five points to spare, it is fair to assume they would have missed the playoffs altogether.

The Rangers made the playoffs in seven of Lundqvist’s eight seasons. But if Lundqvist were switched for an average goalie for that time, the Rangers would have allowed 162 more goals — and probably made the playoffs only twice.

Those are compelling numbers for Lundqvist and his agent, Don Meehan, to wield.