NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is a tough guy on ice, but he turns into a real softie when it comes to kids.
As CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reported, Lundqvist gave two teens a surprise they will never forget, in the form of a fantasy shopping trip.
“It’s about making, just, a very special moment for them,” Lundqvist said.
Lundqvist was at the Barneys flagship store to see two teenagers, who had no idea the hockey superstar is on the other side of this door.
Tyler Mejorado, 13, of Fishkill was temporarily speechless when he came face-to-face with Lundqvist.
Mejorado is a liver transplant survivor and a big Rangers fan. And He never dreamed Lundqvist would be his own personal shopper for prom.
“I was star-struck, you know. That’s Henrik Lundqvist,” he said. “I was caught off-guard.”
Lundqvist personally tied Mejorado’s tie, and got the cuffs just right. Afterward, he was all ready for the big dance at Madison Square Garden next month sponsored by the charity Garden of Dreams.
Thomas Fontaino of Staten Island has cerebral palsy. He opted for a suit in basic black for the dance, and got quite the makeover with Lundqvist’s help.
“I’m all about my style,” said Fontaino, 16. “I’m always on point.”
As they looked with Lundqvist through jackets and pants, shirts, ties and shoes, there was very little mention of fashion and a lot of hockey talk.
“Talked about the season; the St. Louis trade,” Mejorado said. “It was really cool to get to talk hockey with him.”
It was fitting that the two would meet a man who fought his way to a top spot in pro hockey, because they are fighters too.
“Go for it – just do it,” Fontaino said.
“You’ve got to keep fighting,” added Mejorado