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Henrik Lundqvist
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
195 lb (89 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
New York Rangers
Frölunda HC (SEL)
Born 2 March 1982 (1982-03-02) (age 35),
Åre, Sweden
NHL Draft 205th overall, 2000
New York Rangers
Pro Career 2000 – present

Henrik Lundqvist (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈhɛnrɪk ˈlɵndkvɪst]; born 2 March 1982 age 34) is a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was nominated for the Vezina Trophy in his first three seasons in the NHL, finishing third all three times, and is the only goaltender in NHL history to record 30 wins in each of his first six seasons. His dominating play during his rookie season resulted in the New York media and Rangers fans giving him the nickname "King Henrik".[1] 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.[2] He is best known for his sensational quickness, athleticism and strong positional play.[3]

Early life Edit

Henrik and identical twin brother Joel were born to Eva Johansson and Peter Lundqvist. From an early age Henrik was nicknamed either "Queen" because he loved to play with his fathers bees, or sometimes nicknamed "Turtle" because he always wore gigantic shoulder pads. They grew up 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[4]. Peter worked for a company who sponsored Frölunda, and Henrik and Joel saw many games in Scandinavium and Frölunda became their favourite 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.[5]

Professional career Edit

Frölunda (2000–2005) Edit


Henrik Lundqvist in early 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 goal-tending prospects, where he was ranked seventh amongst the group.[6]

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 Swedish Player, and he was selected as the league's MVP by fellow players.

In 180 appearances with Frölunda, he amassed a 1.96 goals against average and a .927 save percentage, leading them to four consecutive playoff appearances and winning two titles in 2003 and 2005.

New York (2005–present)Edit

At the beginning of his rookie season in 2005–06, with starting goaltender Kevin Weekes injured, Lundqvist made his NHL debut on October 8th 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.


Lundqvist in January 2011 in Dallas

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, $4.25 million (USD) 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.[7] This made him the highest paid goaltender in the NHL on average over the length of his contract.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]

On 1 October 2008, Lundqvist and the New York Rangers won the Victoria Cup by beating Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the Championship game with the score of 4-3.

On 8 January 2009, Lundqvist was selected to play in the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal.

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 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 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 the Marc Staal's brother Eric, who was one of the captains for the event.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14]

On 19 March 2011, Lundqvist became the first NHL goalie to win 30+ games in his first six seasons in a 6-3 win over Montreal at Madison Square Garden

International playEdit

Medal record
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Competitor for Flag of Sweden Sweden
Men's ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Gold 2006 Turin Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 2004 Prague Ice hockey
Silver 2003 Helsinki Ice hockey

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 Swedish national junior's 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 debuted for Tre Kronor on 10 November 2002, during the 2002 Karjala Tournament in Helsinki, Finland.[15]

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.[16]

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 Edit

Lundqvist led team Sweden with spectacular goaltending to their first ever medal in inline hockey when they won Gold at the 2002 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championships.[17][18]

Off the iceEdit

Starting in 2009, Lundqvist is 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.[19]

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.[20] In December 2008, he was named one of Page Six Magazine's Top 25 Best Dressed in 2008.[21]

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.[22][23] Aftonbladet later released a statement from a man claiming to have been the impersonator in the clip.[24]

Lundqvist used to play guitar in a Swedish rock band called Box Play.[25]

Lundqvist also has a restaurant called Tiny's located in TriBeCa. He has worked on this project with current Rangers teammate, Sean Avery (who owns his own restaurant in New York City called Warren 77) and some other business partners.[26]

Additionally, in his personal life, Henrik is married to Therese Andersson since the summer of 2011.[27]

Career statistics Edit

Regular seasonEdit

Season Team League GP W L T OTL SA MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2000–01 Frölunda HC SEL 4 823 11 0 1.46 .981
2001–02 Frölunda HC SEL 20 1,153 52 2 2.71 .900
2002–03 Frölunda HC SEL 28 1,651 40 6 1.45 .949
2003–04 Frölunda HC SEL 48 2,898 105 7 2.17 .927
2004–05 Frölunda HC SEL 44 30 6 3 2 2,641 79 6 1.79 .936
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 3 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
SEL totals 144 8,534 287 21 1.99
NHL totals 406 213 137 49 11,316 23,889 923 35 2.32 .918


Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2001–02 Frölunda HC SEL 8 490 18 2 2.21 .931
2002–03 Frölunda HC SEL 12 740 26 2 2.11 .921
2003–04 Frölunda HC SEL 10 610 20 0 1.97 .936
2004–05 Frölunda HC SEL 14 12 2 855 15 6 1.05 .961
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 did not qualify
2010-11 New York Rangers NHL 5 1 4 346 13 0 2.25 .917
SEL totals 44 2695 79 10 1.76
NHL totals 35 15 20 2148 93 3 2.60 .909


Elitserien recordsEdit

  • 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 recordsEdit

Olympics recordsEdit

  • Winter Olympics record for consecutive minutes without allowing a goal: 172-plus minutes (2006 to 2010 Winter Olympics)


Elitserien awardsEdit

Award Year(s) awarded
Junior Hockey Player of the Year 2002
Honken Trophy 2003, 2004, 2005
Guldhjälmen 2005
Guldpucken 2005

NHL/New York Rangers awardsEdit

Award Year(s) awarded
All-Rookie Team 2006
Victoria Cup - New York Rangers 2008
All-Star Game 2009, 2011


Award Year(s) nominated
Vezina Trophy 2006, 2007, 2008


Award Year(s) awarded
WC Best Goaltender 2004
WC All-Star Team 2004

See alsoEdit


  1. 'King Henrik' keys Rangers' revival. (2006-01-29). Retrieved on 2008-03-12.
  2. Burstyn, David (2005-11-08). NHL Jagr & Lundqvist Broadway Show. McKeen's Hockey. Retrieved on 2007-07-26.
  3. Rangers Top 20 prospects. Hockey's Future (2004-09-27). Retrieved on 2008-02-29.
  4. Hockeystjärnan Henrik Lundqvist. Sveriges Television (2011-11-13).
  5. Biography. Henrik Lundqvist Promotions (2008). Retrieved on 2009-02-18.
  6. New York Rangers Player Info: Henrik Lundqvist. Archived from the original on 2006-11-25. Retrieved on 2007-02-22.
  7. Lundqvist inks 6-year deal with Rangers. The Sports Network (2008-02-16). Archived from the original on 2008-02-14. Retrieved on 2008-02-16.
  8. Spector, Jesse. "Rangers announce Lundqvist signing (updated)", NY Daily News, 2008-02-14. Retrieved on 2008-02-17. 
  9. Dellapina, John. "Goalie coach Benoit Allaire has knack for keeping Henrik Lundqvist up", Daily News", 2008-03-09. Retrieved on 2008-03-10. 
  10. "Lundqvist MVP for fifth straight year;",, 2011-04-07. Retrieved on 2011-04-07. 
  11. Staple, Arthur. Lundqvist, Staal teammates in All-Star Game. Newsday. Newsday. Retrieved on 15 March 2011.
  12. Game Summary - 2011 NHL Discover All-Star Game. National Hockey League. NHL. Retrieved on 15 March 2011.
  13. Lozo, Dave. Lundqvist turns away first ASG penalty shot. 2011 NHL All-Star Game. Retrieved on 15 March 2011.
  14. Greenberg, Jay. Rangers' Lundqvist works 'extra' hard for career milestone. New York Post. Retrieved on 15 March 2011.
  15. Debutanter i Tre Kronor sedan 1937 (PDF) (Swedish). Swedish Ice Hockey Association (2007-12-13). Archived from the original on 2008-02-27. Retrieved on 2008-02-26. “679 Henrik Lundqvist Västra Frölunda HC 10/11 2002 Karjala Tournament, Helsingfors, Finland, Finland-Sverige”
  16. GOALKEEPERS IN TRE KRONOR 2004/2005 (PDF). Swedish Ice Hockey Association (2005-05-16). Archived from the original on 2007-11-17. Retrieved on 2008-02-26.
  17. Sweden Strikes Gold in 2002. In-Line Hockey Magazine. International Ice Hockey Federation (2003). Retrieved on 2008-02-26.
  18. 2002 IIHF WORLD INLINE CHAMPIONSHIP (PDF). Swedish Ice Hockey Association (2002-07-31). Archived from the original on 2008-02-27. Retrieved on 2008-02-26.
  19. New York Rangers (2009-01-13). Lundqvist new Garden of Dreams spokesman. Press release. Retrieved on 2009-01-22.
  20. People's World's Most Beautiful People. Retrieved on 2006-05-28.
  21. NY Rangers Hottie Would Pose Nude, 3 January 2009.
  22. Filmklipp sprids med full ”Henrik Lundqvist” | NHL | Internationellt | Hockey | Sportbladet | Aftonbladet. (2007-06-08). Retrieved on 2011-11-09.
  23. Foto: F¯Ns Finn. Vill stoppa "fyllefilm" - HockeyExpressen - Senaste nytt | HockeyExpressen - Elitserien, NHL och allsvenskan. Retrieved on 2011-11-09.
  24. – Det är jag som är ”Henke” | NHL | Internationellt | Hockey | Sportbladet | Aftonbladet. (2007-06-08). Retrieved on 2011-11-09.
  25. Hollander, Dave. One On One With Henrik Lundqvist. New York Press. Retrieved on 2007-08-11.
  26. Fleming, Kristen. [ My New York: Henrik Lundqvist]. New York Post. Retrieved on 15 March 2011.
  27. Nyström, Magnus. Henrik Lundqvist friade i ett hav av blommor. Expressen. Retrieved on 15 March 2011.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Stefan Liv
Honken Trophy
2003, 2004, 2005
Succeeded by
Johan Holmqvist
Preceded by
Magnus Kahnberg
Succeeded by
Andreas Karlsson
Preceded by
Johan Davidsson
Succeeded by
Kenny Jönsson
Preceded by
Jed Ortmeyer
Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award
Succeeded by
Jed Ortmeyer

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