Lundqvist during the 2011-12 NHL Season
2 March 1982 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|New York Rangers
Frölunda HC (SEL)
|NHL Draft||205th overall, 2000
New York Rangers
|Competitor for Sweden|
|Men's ice hockey|
|Gold||2006 Turin||Ice hockey|
|Silver||2004 Prague||Ice hockey|
|Silver||2003 Helsinki||Ice hockey|
|Men's inline hockey|
|Gold||2002 Nuremberg||Inline hockey|
Henrik Lundqvist (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈhɛnrɪk ˈlɵndkvɪst]; born 2 March 1982) is a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Before winning the Vezina Trophy in 2012, he was nominated in each of his first three seasons, and is the only goaltender in NHL history to record 30 wins in each of his first seven seasons. His dominating play during his rookie season resulted in the New York media and Rangers fans giving him the nickname "King Henrik". During the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, he led the Swedish men's team to their second Olympic gold medal.
Before joining the Rangers, Lundqvist played for Frölunda HC in the Swedish Elitserien. During his years in Sweden, he developed into the league's finest goaltender, winning the Honken Trophy three consecutive seasons; 2003, 2004 and 2005. In 2005 he also won two of the most prestigious awards in Swedish ice hockey, the Golden Puck and the Golden Helmet.
Lundqvist is considered a butterfly style goalie, though unorthodox because of the aggressive way he performs the butterfly. He is best known for his sensational quickness, athleticism and strong positional play.
Early life 
He grew up with his identical twin brother Joel in Åre, Jämtland, an area where alpine skiing is the most popular winter activity, but Henrik and Joel chose to play ice hockey over the more popular winter sports. During the winters their kindergarten teachers used the kindergarten's 9 meters × 3 meters (30 ft × 10 ft) sandpit to freeze an outdoor ice rink where the twins would frequently skate. Their interest in hockey grew even larger when their father Peter took the twins to see Västra Frölunda HC play in Scandinavium, Gothenburg. Henrik has said that he and Joel were very competitive growing up, in sports as well as school. Peter worked for a company who sponsored Frölunda, and Henrik and Joel saw many games in Scandinavium and Frölunda became their favorite team. In 1990 Henrik and Joel joined Järpens IF and started playing organized hockey for the first time. During one practice when the coach asked if anyone wanted to be a goaltender Joel grabbed and raised Henrik's arm and said that his brother would like to. In 1993 the family moved to Båstad, Scania, in southern Sweden to support their older sister Gabriella's tennis career. Henrik and Joel joined local team Rögle BK, and were both selected for Scania's regional team in Sverigepucken in 1995. Henrik was selected to play for Scania in TV-pucken in 1996, and in 1997 when Joel was also selected. During the 1997–98 season Henrik and Joel were extensively scouted by Frölunda, and while playing for Rögle in the 1998 Scandinavium Cup in Gothenburg, Frölunda's junior team manager and U16 coach Janne Karlsson contacted their father, who told Henrik and Joel about Frölunda's interest in them while driving home to Båstad.
Professional career 
Frölunda (2000–2005) 
After having a successful pre-season, Lundqvist made his Elitserien debut in the season opener on 21 September 2000 in a 2–4 loss against Brynäs IF. Lundqvist bounced back and recorded his first win in the following away game against IF Björklöven, stopping 18 shots and only allowing one goal while being short handed. In his third straight start, Lundqvist allowed two early first period goals in a game against Timrå IK and was pulled in favor of veteran keeper Håkan Algotsson. Lundqvist would dress for only ten more games this season and got only one start in a shootout loss to Djurgårdens IF. Lundqvist lost his roster spot to American veteran keeper Pat Jablonski, who joined the team in October. Tommy Boustedt, the coach of the team at the time, later said that:
|“||Malfeasance, I think in hindsight, that he didn't get to start in more games that season. He showed then that he was that good. He should have played more, no doubt about it.||”|
Lundqvist played in nine games for IF Mölndal Hockey in the Swedish second tier Allsvenskan, before joining Frölunda's junior team in the J20 SuperElit in December. After his poor play in Allsvenskan, and a tough start in the J20 SuperElit, he allowed six goals in an exhibition game against Canada. National junior team coaches Bo "Kulon" Lennartsson and Mikael Tisell were worried and decided to have a talk with Lundqvist, where they questioned his motivation. Lundqvist's turning point came at the turn of the year at the 2001 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Moscow, Russia, where he led the Swedish national junior's team to a fourth place finish in the tournament. He spent the rest of the season in the J20 SuperElit where he played 18 games, leading the league in minutes played by a goaltender. In the playoffs, he led Frölunda to their second straight Anton Cup win, which came in a 5–2 win over Leksands IF in the final at the Stockholm Globe Arena.
In December 2004, The Hockey News rated Lundqvist the sixth best European prospect, and he was the lone goaltender in their European top 10 list. Also in December, Lundqvist joined fellow Rangers prospect Al Montoya on McKeen's list of top goaltending prospects, where he was ranked seventh amongst the group.
During the 2005 season, Lundqvist broke four Swedish national records: lowest goals against average (1.05), highest save percentage (.962), longest goalless streak (172 min 29 sec), and most shutouts in a season (6). He was also named Best Goaltender, Best Player, and he was selected as the league's MVP by fellow players.
New York (2005–present) 
At the beginning of his rookie season in 2005–06, with starting goaltender Kevin Weekes injured, Lundqvist made his NHL debut on 8 October 2005 against the New Jersey Devils, stopping 24 of 27 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss. A few days later, on 13 October 2005, Lundqvist posted his first career NHL win against the Devils. His first career shutout came on 17 October 2005 against the Florida Panthers, and with it Lundqvist became the first rookie goaltender to record a shutout for the Rangers since John Vanbiesbrouck on 2 January 1985. During the season Lundqvist also became the first Rangers rookie to post 20 wins in a season since Mike Richter recorded 21 in 1990–91. Finishing the season with 30 wins, Lundqvist broke the Rangers rookie goaltending record of 29 wins, previously held by Jim Henry (1941–42) and Johnny Bower (1953–54). Lundqvist was among the league leaders in several categories: fifth in goals against average (2.24), fourth in save percentage (.922), 11th in wins (30), and tied for 16th in shutouts with two. His regular season success did not continue in the playoffs, where he appeared in three playoff games, posted a 0–3 record, a 4.40 goals against average, and an .835 save percentage in a series loss to the Devils. He was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL's best goaltender, but he was not a finalist for the Calder Trophy, awarded to the rookie of the year, because of a high quality crop of first-year players. He was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team, along with Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, Brad Boyes, Dion Phaneuf and Andrej Meszároš. He won the 2005–06 MetLife/Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award, a New York Rangers team award.
By the second month of his second season, Lundqvist had already made a name for himself among the hockey world, his fellow players and the Ranger fans. Because of his spectacular athletic ability and work ethic, he earned the nickname, "The King". "King Henrik" is the other alternative. During home games at Madison Square Garden, after he would make a big save(s), fans often chant "Hen-Rik!, Hen-Rik!, Hen-Rik!, sometimes to the rhythm of two drum beats played over the arena's PA system.
On 14 December 2006, against the Dallas Stars, Lundqvist became the first NHL goaltender to face his twin brother. He and his brother are only the third set of twins to play each other in an NHL game. The game was won by Lundqvist and the Rangers. In the Rangers 7-0 win in game three of the 2007 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals over the Atlanta Thrashers, Lundqvist became the first Rangers goalie since Mike Richter in 1997 to post a playoff shutout. The win was also the Rangers' first home playoff win since Richter's shutout. For the second consecutive year, Lundqvist was a finalist being considered for the Vezina Trophy. Because Lundqvist was tied with Miikka Kiprusoff for third place in balloting, there were four finalists for an NHL individual trophy for the first time in league history. During the off-season, Lundqvist re-signed to a one-year, US$4.25 million contract with the Rangers.
On 13 February 2008, Lundqvist signed a six-year contract with the Rangers worth $41.25 million, averaging $6.875 million a season. This made him the highest paid goaltender in the NHL on average over the length of his contract. On 24 February 2008, Lundqvist became the first Rangers goaltender to record eight shutouts in a single season since Eddie Giacomin in 1970–71. On 6 March 2008, Lundqvist recorded his 30th win of the season, making him just the second goaltender, along with Ron Hextall, to record at least 30 wins in each of his first three NHL seasons. On 9 March 2008, Lundqvist became the first Rangers goaltender to record 9 shutouts in a season since Eddie Giacomin's 1966–67 season in a 1-0 win against the Boston Bruins.
He was named the Rangers Most Valuable Player for the fifth consecutive season (2006–07 - 2010–11), as voted by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He becomes the first Rangers player to earn the Rangers MVP award five consecutive times.
On 24 January 2009, Lundqvist made his first All-Star appearance in the Elimination Shootout. He stopped 12 of 16 shots in the shootout and Shane Doan won the competition. The next day, he played in the second period of the All-Star game, in which he gave up six goals.
On 12 March 2009, Lundqvist became the first NHL goalie to win at least 30 games in his first four seasons with a win over the Nashville Predators.
In September 2009, despite having played only four seasons with the club, Lundqvist was ranked No. 90 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons, 2009).
On 25 March 2010, Lundqvist became the first NHL goalie to win at least 30 games in his first five seasons by beating the New Jersey Devils in a shootout.
In January 2011, Henrik Lundqvist and teammate Marc Staal were named All-Stars for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, North Carolina. Both players were drafted by Marc Staal's brother Eric, who was one of the captains for the event. On 30 January 2011, Lundqvist played in the third period of the All Star game, stopping 11 of 14 shots. This was his second All-Star appearance. He also became the first goaltender to face and stop penalty shot in the 57-year history of the NHL All-Star Game. The penalty shot was attempted by Matt Duchene.
On 17 February 2011, Lundqvist earned his 200th NHL win in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden.
On 19 March 2011, Lundqvist became the first NHL goalie to win at least 30 games in his first six seasons in a 6-3 win over Montreal at Madison Square Garden
On 24 January 2012, Lundqvist earned his 40th career shutout, beating the Winnipeg Jets 3-0 at Madison Square Garden.
After making 42 saves in a 3-0 shutout victory over the Boston Bruins on 14 February 2012, Rangers fans began using the term "Lundsanity" in association with Lundqvist, as around this time the term "Linsanity" was being used to describe basketball player Jeremy Lin's meteoric rise to fame with the NBA's New York Knicks, who like the Rangers also play at Madison Square Garden.
On 27 February 2012, Lundqvist extended his own record as he became the first NHL goalie to win at least 30 games in his first seven seasons in a 2-0 shutout win over the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden.
On 20 June 2012, Lundqvist won his first Vezina trophy at the 2012 NHL Awards in Las Vegas, NV.
On March 3, 2013, Lundqvist took the NHL all-time lead goalie in shootout wins over Martin Brodeur, winning his 43rd against the Buffalo Sabres.
On May 13 and May 14, 2013, Lundqvist recorded back to back playoff shutouts against the Washington Capitals.
International play 
Lundqvist is the all time leader among goaltenders, and eleventh overall of all players, in games played for the Swedish national junior's ice hockey team.
At the 2001 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Moscow, Russia, Lundqvist led the Sweden men's national junior ice hockey team to a fourth place finish in the tournament. After an upset 3–2 win over the hosting nation Russia in the quarterfinals, Sweden lost 0–1 against Czech Republic in the semifinals, and 1–2 in over time against Canada in the bronze medal game.
Lundqvist was selected to the 2003 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships but was third string goaltender behind Tommy Salo and Mikael Tellqvist. The following year at the 2004 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships Lundqvist was the starting goaltender and he was selected to the tournament all star team.
Lundqvist and Jörgen Jönsson were the only two Elitserien players selected to play for Sweden at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. Lacking experience on the smaller ice surface Lundqvist was again third string behind Salo and Tellqvist.
In the Euro Hockey Tour during the 2004–05 season, Lundqvist was named best goaltender in Karjala Tournament and Sweden Hockey Games by the directorate and also to the media all star team in both tournaments. At the 2005 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships in Vienna and Innsbruck, Austria, Lundqvist played in all nine games during the tournament where Sweden lost the bronze medal game against Russia.
Lundqvist's most memorable international performance came at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, where he led Sweden to the gold medal over their arch rival, Finland. In six Olympic starts, Lundqvist went 5–1, allowing only 12 goals with a .907 save percentage.
Inline hockey 
Off the ice 
In 2009, Lundqvist became the Rangers spokesman for the Garden of Dreams Foundation, which works mostly with Madison Square Garden and its tenants to host charitable events and grant wishes to sick children, similar to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. In this role, Lundqvist will host the events and record public service messages. In order to benefit the charity, Lundqvist launched a clothing line, called the Crown Collection, on 19 January 2012. The items of the Crown Collection are available exclusively at retail outlets within the confines of Madison Square Garden.
In 2004, he was awarded Best Dressed in Sweden. In April 2006 he was named one of People's World's 100 Most Beautiful People. In December 2008, he was named one of Page Six Magazine's Top 25 Best Dressed in 2008.
In 2007 a video appeared on the website YouTube with a drunk man impersonating Lundqvist. Two major Swedish tabloids, Aftonbladet and Expressen, wrote about the event. Aftonbladet later released a statement from a man claiming to have been the impersonator in the clip.
Lundqvist used to play guitar in a Swedish rock band called Box Play.
Lundqvist also has a restaurant called Tiny's located in TriBeCa. He has worked on this project with former Rangers teammate, Sean Avery (who owns his own restaurant in New York City called Warren 77) and some other business partners.
On July 10, 2012, Lundqvist's wife gave birth to a daughter named Charlise Lundqvist in New York City.
Career statistics 
Regular season 
|2005–06||New York Rangers||NHL||53||30||12||—||9||1,485||3,111||116||2||2.24||.922|
|2006–07||New York Rangers||NHL||70||37||22||—||8||1,927||4,108||160||5||2.34||.917|
|2007–08||New York Rangers||NHL||72||37||24||—||10||1,823||4,304||160||10||2.23||.912|
|2008–09||New York Rangers||NHL||70||38||25||—||7||2,007||4,153||168||4||2.43||.916|
|2009–10||New York Rangers||NHL||73||35||27||—||10||2,109||4,204||167||4||2.38||.921|
|2010–11||New York Rangers||NHL||68||36||27||—||5||1,965||4,007||152||11||2.28||.923|
|2011–12||New York Rangers||NHL||62||39||18||—||5||1,753||3,754||123||8||1.97||.930|
|2012–13||New York Rangers||NHL||43||24||16||—||3||1,190||2,575||88||2||2.05||.926|
|2005–06||New York Rangers||NHL||3||0||3||177||13||0||4.41||.835|
|2006–07||New York Rangers||NHL||10||6||4||637||22||1||2.07||.924|
|2007–08||New York Rangers||NHL||10||5||5||608||26||1||2.57||.909|
|2008–09||New York Rangers||NHL||7||3||4||380||19||1||3.00||.908|
|2009–10||New York Rangers||NHL||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||New York Rangers||NHL||5||1||4||346||13||0||2.25||.917|
|2011–12||New York Rangers||NHL||20||10||10||1251||38||3||1.82||.931|
|2012-13||New York Rangers||NHL||7||4||3||436||12||2||1.65||.947|
Elitserien records 
- Goals against average (1.45) and save percentage (.948) of 2002–03
- Goals against average (1.79) and save percentage (.936) of 2004–05
New York Rangers/NHL records 
- Only goaltender in NHL history to record 30 wins in each of first seven seasons.
- Most shutouts by a goaltender in Madison Square Garden.
- New York Rangers club record, games played, single season: 73 (2009–10).
- The Rangers all-time leader in shutouts---regular-season and playoffs combined.
Olympics records 
- Winter Olympics record for consecutive minutes without allowing a goal: 172 minutes and 34 seconds (2006 to 2010).
Elitserien awards 
|Junior Hockey Player of the Year||2002|
|Honken Trophy||2003, 2004, 2005|
NHL/New York Rangers awards 
|NHL First All-Star Team||2012|
|All-Star Game||2009, 2011, 2012|
|John Halligan Good Guy Award||2008|
|Victoria Cup - New York Rangers||2008|
|New York Rangers' MVP||2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012|
|Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award||2006|
|Vezina Trophy||2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013|
|Ted Lindsay Award||2012|
|WC Best Goaltender||2004|
|WC All-Star Team||2004|
See also 
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- Burstyn, David (2005-11-08). "NHL Jagr & Lundqvist Broadway Show". McKeen's Hockey. Retrieved 2007-07-26.
- "Rangers Top 20 prospects". Hockey's Future. 2004-09-27. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
- "Hockeystjärnan Henrik Lundqvist". Sveriges Television. 2011-11-13.
- "Biography". Henrik Lundqvist Promotions. 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-18.
- "New York Rangers Player Info: Henrik Lundqvist". newyorkrangers.com. Archived from the original on 2006-11-25. Retrieved 2007-02-22.
- "Rangers' rookies play in shadows". newsobserver.com. Retrieved 2007-11-05.[dead link]
- "Lundqvist inks 6-year deal with Rangers". The Sports Network. 2008-02-16. Archived from the original on 2008-02-14. Retrieved 2008-02-16.
- Spector, Jesse (2008-02-14). "Rangers announce Lundqvist signing (updated)". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2008-02-17.
- Dellapina, John (2008-03-09). "Goalie coach Benoit Allaire has knack for keeping Henrik Lundqvist up". Daily News". Retrieved 2008-03-10.
- "Lundqvist MVP for fifth straight year;". newyorkrangers.com. 2011-04-07. Retrieved 2011-04-07.
- Staple, Arthur. "Lundqvist, Staal teammates in All-Star Game". Newsday. Newsday. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
- "Game Summary - 2011 NHL Discover All-Star Game". National Hockey League. NHL. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
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- "The Newark Star Ledger section 5 pg 2. November 25, 2012".
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- "GOALKEEPERS IN TRE KRONOR 2004/2005" (PDF). Swedish Ice Hockey Association. 2005-05-16. Archived from the original on 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2008-02-26.
- "Sweden Strikes Gold in 2002". In-Line Hockey Magazine. International Ice Hockey Federation. 2003. Retrieved 2008-02-26.
- "2002 IIHF WORLD INLINE CHAMPIONSHIP" (PDF). Swedish Ice Hockey Association. 2002-07-31. Archived from the original on 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2008-02-26.
- "Lundqvist new Garden of Dreams spokesman" (Press release). New York Rangers. 2009-01-13. Retrieved 2009-01-22.
- Gormley, Chuck (2007-11-05). "Atlantic: Lundqvist front and center for Rangers' revival". nhl.com. Retrieved 2012-02-24.
- "People's World's Most Beautiful People". etonline.com. Retrieved 2006-05-28.
- NY Rangers Hottie Would Pose Nude People.com, 3 January 2009.
- "Filmklipp sprids med full "Henrik Lundqvist" | NHL | Internationellt | Hockey | Sportbladet | Aftonbladet". Aftonbladet.se. 2007-06-08. Retrieved 2011-11-09.
- Foto: F¯Ns Finn. "Vill stoppa "fyllefilm" - HockeyExpressen - Senaste nytt | HockeyExpressen - Elitserien, NHL och allsvenskan". Expressen.se. Retrieved 2011-11-09.
- "– Det är jag som är "Henke" | NHL | Internationellt | Hockey | Sportbladet | Aftonbladet". Aftonbladet.se. 2007-06-08. Retrieved 2011-11-09.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Henrik Lundqvist|
- Official website
- Henrik Lundqvist's player profile at NHL.com
- Henrik Lundqvist's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Henrik Lundqvist's player profile at TSN.ca
- New York Rangers Henrik Lunqvist Official Player Page – Bio/News
- Henrik Lundqvist biography at hockeygoalies.org
- Henrik Lundqvist profile at Eurohockey.com
|Awards and achievements|
2003, 2004, 2005
|Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award
|Winner of the Vezina Trophy