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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Mike Richter Thinks Henrik Lundqvist & The Rangers Can Still Win the Stanley Cup


With last season’s veteran sell-off, Lundqvist may find even less defensive support this coming season, but Richter doesn’t see the Rangers in traditional rebuilding mode.

“Clearly the Rangers aren’t starting from scratch. They have one of the best goalies in the world in the net,” Richter said. “They felt the window close with the veterans that they had. They had to start anew. … They should be commended for saying, ‘We’re not just good with making the playoffs. We’re not good with getting to the conference final. We want to win the Cup.’

“Across the league, a lot of people are looking at what just happened with Vegas, and you can’t start more from scratch than that.”

Though Lundqvist holds several significant franchise records, he seems further than ever from holding the Stanley Cup, which Richter helped bring to the Rangers in 1994.

But the retired lifelong Ranger doesn’t think the current face of the franchise needs to leave New York to earn the elusive title.

“Take the great young talent that he’ll be surrounded with here and mold it into something that understands how to be a champion,” Richter said. “Mark Messier, Adam Graves, Brian Leetch, they all had to learn that at some point in their life, and when you have good leadership you can.”

Monday, July 23, 2018

Henrik Lundqvist Is Designing a TAG Heuer Watch


Henrik Lundqvist was just 23 years old when he joined the NHL's New York Rangers in 2005 as their goaltender, and he’s the first to admit temptation was all around him. “I’ve been a clothing guy for a pretty long time, so New York was and is a great city if you love fashion,” he said Wednesday evening at TAG Heuer’s Fifth Avenue boutique. “But as I got older and started making a little more money, it was more interesting to start looking at nicer watches, too. For me, it’s all about clothes, cars and watches; I love great design, I really do.”

Today, the 36-year-old franchise player is known almost as much for his style as his champion-level play — in Lundqvist’s 12 seasons minding the net, the Rangers have made the playoffs 11 times — so it’s little wonder TAG Heuer reached out three years ago to ask that he become an ambassador for the watch brand. “He’s a world champion, and especially in New York, he’s the guy, the sportsperson everyone admires,” said Kilian Muller, president and CEO of TAG Heuer North America. “He has great style and he’s a great performer, and that makes him the perfect embodiment of our values.”

Like most NHL players, Lundqvist is required to wear a suit on travel days, “with a tie on game days or without if it’s just a travel day,” he added. On Wednesday night, he was wearing a three-piece charcoal suit by ESQ Clothing, a Chicago-based bespoke tailor. “During one of [the team’s] trips to Chicago, I went into this store and just thought they were really cool. It felt like a big man cave, and they had some beautiful things, so I ordered four or five suits and we went from there,” Lundqvist explained. The athlete paired the look with TAG Heuer’s Carrera Calibre 7 with a 39mm case in 18-karat yellow gold, an ultra-classic piece he prefers when wearing a suit. “It looks more old-school and traditional, and I really like that. For me, sometimes less is more,” he said.

Later this year, fans can expect a sportier look when TAG Heuer debuts the limited-edition watch they’ve been working on with Lundqvist. Wednesday night’s cocktail party at the brand’s New York flagship was designed to celebrate the relationship while teasing the future piece. “The watch will be more for the fan, for people who have followed me for a while and appreciate what I do,” Lundqvist said. “We’ve been going back and forth; [the final design] won’t be too complicated. Instead, it will be a nice combination of TAG Heuer and Henrik Lundqvist.”

“He’s been really involved and knows what he likes,” added Muller. “Hopefully the watch will have something to do with hockey and some personal ingredient associated with Henrik: a color, a signature or a meaningful number. From our side, we’re probably going to go for more of a sports product.” Lundqvist famously wears the number 30 as a Ranger, a figure that also lends itself nicely to a watch dial.

The Henrik Lundqvist-TAG Heuer collab is expected to debut at retail in the fall — just in time for the start of hockey season.

Behind the Scenes Video of New Henrik Lundqvist Tag Heuer Commercial


TAG Heuer Connected Watch with Henrik Lundqvist from Samuel Grandchamp on Vimeo.

New Henrik Lundqvist Tag Heuer Commercial


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Sunday, July 22, 2018

New Henrik & Joel Lundqvist Interview (July 1st)


GOTHENBURG. A year ago, the hockey villages Henrik and Joel Lundqvist still enjoyed the Common World Cup Gold a month earlier.
When the 36-year-olds set up a summer interview with GT, they are happy with a good season - more than usual, as both Frölunda and Rangers failed.
"A good season you can go and enjoy, a worse one wants to move on," says great brother Henrik.
"I have used the disappointment as a carrot to drive well now," says Joel, the team captain of Frölunda. Joel Lundqvist is early in front of the interview in Frölundas part of the dining room at the top of Frölundaborg.
He fills the plate with lunch food and eats while we wait for Brother Henrik, who, like Joel, ran a morning workout.
The interview is booked at 11.20, but Joel has suggested that we run sooner because the brothers are going to another meeting directly.
Shows the phone with a smile
When it's a quarter past eleven, Joel has finished eating. He calls, but receives no response.
"He's such a time optimist," Joel sighs. This is not the first time I have had to wait for him.
11.19 we see Henrik coming into the dining room. When the clock ticked a minute later he is in place and hears Joel Muttra something about getting on time.
- Look here, we said twenty over the eleven. I'm on time, says Henrik smiling and knocking triumphantly on the mobile display as he holds in front of the brother's face.
- ... until the time we said first, yes, says Joel, pointing to the coffee cup standing on the table waiting.
Henrik goes and pours into a splash of milk and then takes place next to Joel in the interview.
When we met just before midsummer last year, you had celebrated World Cup gold together, both after the final in Cologne and Sergel's square in Stockholm. 
You still went on the steam after the gold. How do you proceed after a failed season like the latest?
"For my part, I was very motivated to bounce back and make a better season. It was not very positive to take away from the former, either in terms of the club or my own achievement, "says Joel.
"My season had two different faces. As good as it was in the first half, it has not felt for several years. But after a series of adversities, the club decided to rebuild and we never recovered from it, says Henrik.
Frölunda was aiming at gold, but went out to the quarterfinal in both SHL and CHL. Likewise, it went to Three Crowns where Joel was once again the captain.
"Of course, it was an experience to participate in the OS. And I had periods when I played ok, it was not sad all the time. But overall, I'm disappointed, I've used it as a carrot to drive hard now. I had a longer season than for many years, which has felt very good, says Joel.

While much went against Frölunda, Henrik spoke of something new in New York Rangers.
"We were in the race for a long time, under half the series I was where I wanted to be. But then we got some injuries to key players. It affected the team quite negatively, we did not get the results. In that situation, the club decided to rebuild. After that, we never recovered, says the goalkeeper.
"I wanted to run out and compete"
The win skull, which gets annoyed almost every time he drops a puck on training, suddenly stood in a team without ambition.
"We sent four of our best players to make room for new next season. We did not go for it, it was about long-term. A new plan. It was something I had never experienced before during my 18 years in Rangers and Frölunda. I understood why. But at the same time I was very hard to take it to me. I wanted to run out, says Henrik. 

Did you, Joel, agree about something like giving up a season?
- No, you can not compare how it works here and over there, we do not build that way. 2011 we were down to the bottom, we missed the playoff and were close to going down the quarrel. Otherwise we have always been in the playoffs.
While the brothers Lundqvist prepared the next season, Three Crowns repeated the company from last year when Henrik became the final hero in the penalty shootout in the final and Joel as the team captain had to raise the bucklan first of all.
Joel announced early that he was doubtful about this year's World Cup, Henriks no came later.
"I wanted to take the opportunity to work properly to make the next season better. And it feels that it was the right decision, says Joel.

Henrik had been hurt by a knee injury since last autumn, when the pictures came from the magnetron, there was not even any discussion about whether the routine goalkeeper should go to the World Cup in Denmark or not.
"There was not much to talk about when I entered the Rangers office. It was just taking a syringe directly in the knee. If I had been to the World Cup I'd delayed it all in one and a half to two months. Now I rested for a month, but have been on ice two times since I came home, says Henrik. Joel has been driving with Frölunda for almost nine weeks after the rest that immediately followed the quarterfinal loss against Malmö.

And he was for the first time without physical problems when Frölunda was invited to the now traditional football with and against IFK Göteborg at Kamratgården two weeks ago.
Did you hear that Joel received praise from Blåvitt's coach Poya Asbaghi, who compared him to Portugal's former great star Luis Figo?
Henrik answers with a gap laugh.
- How? Can you develop, says Henrik, still smiling.
"It was an elegance beyond the usual," Joel replies.

Only plays one round of golf per year
You looked very happy when you ran on the edge like a calf on a green beech.
- Yes, it was very fun, a highlight of the preseason. Not least because I have not been able to linger before, says Joel.
Is there something like in Rangers, that you do something with other clubs?
"No, there's no time for it because we're not together in the summers. When we see the camp before the season, it's full speed right away. But we have a golf tournament every year, but it's more with sponsors and so ...

It sounds like you do not usually win?
- No no. I really do not. I only play one round per year.

The brothers Lundqvist usually spend only the summers when there is a league match.
Have you missed out of the families after the year's failed seasons? Have you been analyzed together?
"I was done with my analysis. I did it quickly, immediately afterwards. Both what was bad for me and for the team. Do you play golf or tennis? It's all up to you. If you are playing a team sport, there are many factors that you can not control. It is therefore important to analyze the right things, says Henrik.

"A bad season, you just want to close"
"The important thing you analyze is that you zoom out and really see what you need to change to get better. It's important to land after a season and then close it, says Joel. Are you having a good season faster or analyzing as much as what Joel described as a skiing season?
"A good season you can go and enjoy, one worse you just want to move on," replies Henrik.
"It's more that you go and suck your water. One can get flashbacks, remind you how fun it was. A bad season, you just want to close, there is nothing to think about, considering Joel.Frölunda center has worked a lot with club and skating techniques during the pre-season. His kite (the part of the ice skate that goes against the ice as he walks) has moved and become a bit longer to get a warmer ride.

Do you change, Henrik, something to the next season?
- I do that every year. If I look back at my 13 years in Rangers, I've changed something every time. Technically, mentally. Sometimes I do not think I've changed anything - but I've always done something. But it's about not overreacting, for example, I was just there where I want to be in the first half of last season.

Under 18 in Elithockeyn, both the brothers and hockey eyes have changed.
How is the accuracy compared to when you started?
"When I was younger I drove a lot more just to do it. Then it was a lot about time, to last for a long time. Now I'm more focused on quality. I have a thought, want to do stuff that helps me on the ice. I think I've become smarter, says Henrik.
"Clearly, now more thinking about how to put things up, you know how your own body works. I spend more hours in the ice halls now than before, but it's about doing the right things, says Joel.

Henrik has three years left on his contract with New York Rangers, Joel has two left with Frölunda.
Both have played since they were small and are dependent on being well trained.

Former Frölunda star Patrik Carnbäck told an interview a few years ago that it was cheated when it would run on the loop during the pre-season.
"Carnbäck was good at it," said Joel.
"Yes, he was one of the best, ha-ha, Henrik flips into the gold companion from 2003.
Have you ever cheated?
"I'm having trouble if I'm going to be honest now. It giggles me when I'm thinking of jumping stuff or taking a shortcut. That has always been the case. It is clear that it has happened, but not many times, says Joel.
"To me it's a balance. Do I cheat or am smart when I try to get more quality? I have pulled down on time. But if I stay twenty minutes longer, give it more or I only struggle more on my body. Sometimes I can wonder if I do enough, says Henrik.

Did you need a coach pointing your whole hand to drive you hard enough and not cheat when you were younger?
Henrik looks at the brother before he answers:
"No, I've always competed against each other in everything.
"We've always driven it," Joel confirms. For the second SM Gold 2005, the twins played all their hockey together. But already three years earlier, their way of exercising changed.
"Until the age of 20, we practiced exactly the same. Then we fought each other when we ran and drove strength. But then we started training differently because of our different positions, "says Henrik.
"I run another type of weight training. For example, when I practice squat, I take more. We play the more Maxx exercises, "Joel says.
"For me, mobility and strength are important," continues Henrik. But the maximum level is no longer at the same level as Joel. We were well-balanced when we were 20. But driving a 160-170 kilo knee did not give me much, much too much on my back. I have another idea there now. Now I have accepted that Joel is faster and stronger. The juvenile is waiting to be included

The brothers Lundqvist are watching training and family life watching the soccer world cup. They not only see Sweden's matches.
"I like watching soccer in the evenings when I turn down," says Henrik.
In addition to the training, the twins also have other commitments during the summer. Soon Henrik's goalkeeping school will start at Öckerö, while hockey school will be held for Joel as a poster name.
"We have been driving for 14 years with the goalkeeper's school. I'm happy with the whole setup, we have a good spin with Joel, me and Frölunda. It's a nice experience for the kids to get there, says Henrik.
Are there your own children there?
- No not yet. Viktor has just filled seven and stands and knocks on the door. He plays in Skärgården, but it may be a little too early to join the hockey school, "says Joel.
"My daughters are not particularly interested in hockey. They like skating, but hockey is not really stuck. There is still gymnastics that applies, "says Henrik.
Right now, the brothers are enjoying their lives. But the next season's thought is never far away.

Frölunda has a residence after the common presidency training, which is being reassessed at the end of July.
Rangers gather after the Swedish summer.
"We'll start sometime in September, everything is not ready yet. It's both nervous and exciting to see where we stand and where we can go. I'm talking a lot with the new coach, I like the thinking, "says Henrik.
"We have been driving for nine weeks together in Frölunda and have had a good time when we built ourselves to make the next season better. Feeling good after these weeks, says Joel. Are you happy to enjoy the summer?
- Yes, I came home early this year. I can meet friends and family and charge the batteries, it's just as important as the training itself that you get back full of energy at the end of August. You can not get there half-fat and half-unattended, "says Henrik.
Are you going to look as spicy in September as you do now, Joel?
- Then I'm more excited, ha-ha. We've been in a heavy period and I'm looking forward to training and eating ice cream again.
Henrik is listening and laughing.
"You can ask for an hour after I've spun him in tennis, then he will not look so excited," said the goalkeeper.

Played tennis with big sister Gabriella
Because that's what the next hit is about, it's after GT's interview.
Henrik and Joel will play tennis with sister Gabriella, who is home on a vacation from the United States where she lives after attending a tennis college.
That was her reason why the whole family Lundqvist once ended up in Båstad when she was going to the gymnasium.
And Gabriella whips of course the shit out of you?
- No, it will be even. The day form determines, says Henrik.
"It was a long time since we drove all three," says Joel.
When I received a few hours later the results of the matches between the three winning shells with the surname Lundqvist came a very short match report from Frölundas team captain:
"It was even between all three, but we do not release the results."
And you can interpret how you want it.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

New Henrik Lundqvist Interview; Says his Knee is Fully Healed


"Now we can see light in the tunnel"

Ice Hockey: He turned 36 in March and has just begun to charge for his 13th season in the world's toughest hockey league. In the gold-lined contract with the Rangers remains three years - and Henrik Lundqvist starting to look towards the inevitable end of his career. - Now you see the light in the tunnel in a different way, he says.
Henrik Lundqvist sits down on a wooden table in the sun peeks over the curious faces who gathered in front of him.

- Have you trained hard? Have you had fun? Have you bathed?

All questions are met with a unison "yeah" from the children that are in place for the annual hockey school in Öckerö.

- We've been driving this for 14 years now and this is the tenth year this out. I am really pleased how we got it together. There are many good instructors who have come back year after year and that is what needs to this school to work. Some of them have been with us since the beginning and I am incredibly grateful for, says Lundqvist.

He and his brother Joel's leading figures in the project, which attracts about 500 hockey mad children and adolescents each year, and made in collaboration with Archipelago SK and Frölunda.

We sit down on a sofa inside the rink. Lundqvist missed the World Cup in May because of a knee injury that forced him to rest and rehab. Now he says he will be fully restored.

- Oh, yeah, and it feels good to not have any flaws. I am excited about the run-up. There is little time left, but it is now you have to start scaling up technology and training and everything.

Will there be tougher over the years to reload for a new, long season?

- Every year is a little different, leaving each season with different emotions. This year felt the first half cannon, and then trejdade we removed many of the team and it was much damage so ... it was a difficult to analyze the season. Usually it takes a few months before you feel the real urge. Now it starts to get a little sneaky. And in August, begins many buddies go back to work, then it is time to start focusing on his own.

New York Rangers new strategy means that many young players have ommit to the club, who hope for success in the longer term. This means that Henrik Lundqvist role as the veteran of the team will be even more clear.

- It means I'm getting old, haha. But it is much hinges on how these young guys are taking the next step. For years we have had a pretty full team and it has been difficult for the young to enter. Now there are places to take, and it depends a bit on how it goes in the camp for many.

Do you feel old?

- Both yes and no. I'm 36 and many of the team is 22, 23 years. It is clear that there is a difference. But I still think it's fun to come to the rink and train and compete, play games. So that way I do not feel old.

Are you as mentally focused today as 15 years ago?

- Yes I think so. I want it just as much now as when I was younger. Maybe even more, because now you see the light in the tunnel in a different way. I realize that there is a limited time and then I want to do the most I can from it.

You have three years left on the contract - do you have any idea what happens next?

- Somewhere far away, there maybe a thought about running some years. But it depends on how the body is, if you can perform at the level required. It's up to me to bevisa.Är not at that level, it is perhaps time to do something else, but right now I feel like I'm there. The first half of last year was better than in many years.

In Gothenburg there are many who hope that the brothers Lundqvist will one day be reunited in Frölunda. Asked about Henry sees himself as a potential returnees he muses for a while.

- It is very difficult to answer. Now I have to run out this contract, and my goal is to make it. I have never closed any doors to anything, but right now I enjoy incredibly well in New York and want to focus on it. And we must see what my brother does too ...

Thank you to Maria Hilmersson for sending me this article!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Henrik Lundqvist is now a Peace Ambassador for The Non-Violence Project Foundation


The Non-Violence Project Foundation (NVPF) announces two new Peace Ambassadors - New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist and HC Frölunda's Joel Lundqvist.

"We hope to bring more knowledge to young people and spread Non-Violence Projects important message about non-violence by becoming Ambassadors for Peace."

The Non-Violence Project Foundation's symbol and sculpture the knotted gun was created as a memorial by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd after his friend John Lennon was killed in New York 1980. It's today one of the world's most famous symbols for peace and non-violence. The sculpture Non-Violence was placed outside the United Nations head-quarters in New York 30 years ago and is placed at 30 other strategic places around the world.

The foundation is proud to have Ambassadors as Yoko Ono, Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Ringo Starr, Dustin Johnson, Gianluigi Buffon, Muhammed Ali supporting the important message of peace and non-violence. Each Ambassador has designed and named their own version of the knotted gun sculpture. Yoko Ono's sculpture is named "Imagine" and decorated with clouds on a blue sky.

Today the foundation officially announces the two brothers and hockey players Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers) and Joel Lundqvist (HC Frölunda) as new ambassadors for The Non-Violence Project Foundation. Their sculptures are naturally inspired by ice hockey and named "830 13 for Peace" after their birth town Åre, sport resort in northern part of Sweden.

The Ambassador sculptures are available in hand-painted limited editions; 19 cm edition 499, 40 cm edition 99 and 100cm edition 8.

To order visit

Every purchase of a sculpture contributes to the foundations work to inspire, motivate and engage young people to learn how to solve conflicts peacefully through the educational programs Schools for Peace and Sports for Peace.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Henrik Lundqvist Success to Significance Dinner Video Interview


Getting to Know Henrik Lundqvist Video Interview (Rangers TV, 2017)


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

New Henrik Lundqvist Head & Shoulders Sweden Commercial


Henrik Lundqvist Bauer Commercial


Henrik Lundqvist is one of Sports Illustrated's 50 Most Fashionable Athletes for 2018



One of the first to introduce fashion to the NHL, Lundqvist has continued to bring his suave European style throughout his years in the league.

“Often hockey players are stereotyped as rugged, but Henrik is no lumberjack. He’s an international man of mystery—very James Bond-like.”