The star goalie is the first hockey player to get scholarship since the brothers Henrik and Daniel Sedin, incidentally teammates with Lundqvist in the World Cup, it got five years ago.
- I feel honored, especially when I look at the list of the athletes who won the award in the past, says Henrik Lundqvist, who after the visit on Öland takes on pre-season training in earnest.
World Cup in Toronto is in focus. A special tournament that Henrik Lundqvist look forward.
- Fun to the tournament will be played in Toronto where hockey means so much. Interesting also that it is not only the world's top hockey nations who are with but also a Europalag and a North American U23 team. It will be a test case for us as hockeynation.Annan matter now
Henrik Lundqvist was included in the Three Crowns who played the World Cup in 2004, but this time will Lundqvist to get a completely different role.
- I was the third goalkeeper in the squad now and still played in the top division. But it was fun to be with and hang out with the big players like Sundin and "Foppa" and the entire league in the locker room, said Henrik Lundqvist.
The time Sweden went out in the quarterfinals against the Czech Republic.
Now the 34-year-old one of the team's leading players and he believes the Three Crowns have good opportunities in Toronto.
- I hope and believe of course that we can go all the way. We have an interesting team, especially on the reverse side. There are many talented players who have major roles in their club team, said Lundqvist, who kept running with tennis and in the gym during the summer holidays.
Would be more on ice
But the holiday is almost over for the Rangers goalkeeper.
- In early August will be full speed and I'll try to be more on the ice in the preseason the past year. I want to get as well prepared as possible, not only to the World Cup but also to a new season in New York.
He finished first goalkeeper in the Three Crowns - but takes nothing for granted.
- There are two good goalkeepers in the squad (Jacob Markström and Robin Lehner), but I'll prepare myself the best I can. It will be fun to meet all the players in the squad eventually, it's lovely guys. Slowly begin to think more and more in the season ahead, but so far there are a few vacation days left to enjoy.