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Born March 2, 1982 (1982-03-02) (age 28),
Åre, Sweden
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team New York Rangers
Ntl. team  Sweden
NHL Draft 205th overall, 2000
New York Rangers
Playing career 2000 – present

Henrik Lundqvist ['hɛn.rɪk 'lɵnd.kvɪst] (born March 2, 1982 in Åre, Sweden) 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 four 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 Sweden national men's ice hockey 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

Henrik and identical twin brother Joel were born to Eva Johansson and Peter Lundqvist. 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. 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.[4]

Professional career


Frölunda (2000–2005)

Henrik Lundqvist in early 2005

After having a successful pre-season, Lundqvist made his Elitserien debut in the season opener on September 21, 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.[citation needed] 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.[5]

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)

Henrik Lundqvist during the 2008/2009 season

At the beginning of his rookie season in 2005–06, with starting goaltender Kevin Weekes injured, Lundqvist made his NHL debut on October 8, 2005, against the New Jersey Devils, stopping 24 of 27 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss. A few days later on October 12, 2005, Lundqvist posted his first career NHL win against the Devils. His first career shutout came on October 17, 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 January 2, 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.[6] 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 nick name, "The King". "King Henrik" is the other alternative. During home games at Madison Square Garden, 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 December 14, 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 February 13, 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 February 24, 2008, Lundqvist became the first Rangers goaltender to record eight shutouts in a single season since Eddie Giacomin in 1970–71. On March 6, 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 March 9, 2008, Lundqvist became the first Rangers goaltender to record 9 shutouts in a season since Eddie Giacomin's 1966–67 campaign in a 1-0 win against the Boston Bruins.[9]

He was named the Rangers Most Valuable Player for the third consecutive season (2006–07, 2007–08 and 2008–09), as voted by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. He becomes the first Rangers player to earn that honor in three consecutive seasons since Andy Bathgate did it from 1956-57 to 1958-50. [10]

On October 1, 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 January 8, 2009, Lundqvist was selected to play in the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal, QC. Surprisingly, this was Lundqvist's first trip to the All-Star game despite having been nominated every season he's played in the NHL as a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, which is annually awarded to the NHL's most valuable goalie.

On January 24, 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 March 12, 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).

International play

Medal record

Competitor for  Sweden
Men's ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Gold 2006 Turin Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 2004 Prague Ice hockey
Silver 2003 Helsinki Ice hockey
Men's inline hockey
World Championships
Gold 2002 Nuremberg Inline 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.[11]

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 November 10, 2002, during the 2002 Karjala Tournament in Helsinki, Finland.[12]

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.[13]

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

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.[14][15]

Off the ice

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.[16]

In 2004 he was awarded Best Dressed in Sweden.[17] In April 2006 he was named one of People's World's 100 Most Beautiful People.[18] In December 2008, he was named one of Page Six Magazine's Top 25 Best Dressed in 2008.[19]

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, and Aftonbladet later released a statement from a man claiming to have been the impersonator in the YouTube clip.

Lundqvist used to play guitar in a Swedish rock band called Box Play.[20]

Career statistics

Regular season

Season Team League GP W L T OTL SA MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2000–01 Frölunda HC SEL 4 191 11 0 3.46 88,17
2001–02 Frölunda HC SEL 20 1,153 52 2 2.71 89,90
2002–03 Frölunda HC SEL 28 1,651 40 6 1.45 94,81
2003–04 Frölunda HC SEL 48 2,898 105 7 2.17 92,71
2004–05 Frölunda HC SEL 44 30 6 3 2 2,641 79 6 1.79 93,55
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
SEL totals 144 8,534 287 21 1.99
NHL totals 265 142 83 34 7,242 15,678 604 20 2.31 .917


Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2001–02 Frölunda HC SEL 8 490 18 2 2.21 93,10
2002–03 Frölunda HC SEL 12 740 26 2 2.11 92,17
2003–04 Frölunda HC SEL 10 610 20 0 1.97 93,61
2004–05 Frölunda HC SEL 14 12 2 855 15 6 1.05 96,16
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
SEL totals 44 2695 79 10 1.76
NHL totals 30 14 16 1802 80 3 2.66 .907


  • Elitserien record for GAA of season 2003 (1.45)
  • Elitserien record for SVS% of season 2003 (94.81)
  • Elitserien record for GAA of season 2005 (1.79)
  • Elitserien record for SVS% of season 2005 (93.55)
  • New York Rangers single season record for most wins by a rookie goaltender with 30 victories in the 2005–06 campaign.
  • Second Rangers goaltender ever (after Eddie Giacomin) to record back-to-back 30-win seasons with 30 in the 2005–06 season and 37 in the 2006–07 season.
  • Second goaltender in NHL history to record three straight 30-win seasons to begin their career (2005–06 to 2007–08). Ron Hextall (1986–87 to 1988–89) was the other.
  • Only goalie in NHL history to record four straight 30-win season to begin their career (2005–06 to present)



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


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


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


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

See also


  1. ^ "'King Henrik' keys Rangers' revival". msnbc.com. 2006-01-29. http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/11050198/. Retrieved 2008-03-12. 
  2. ^ Burstyn, David (2005-11-08). "NHL Jagr & Lundqvist Broadway Show". McKeen's Hockey. http://mckeenshockey.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=476527. Retrieved 2007-07-26. 
  3. ^ "Rangers Top 20 prospects". Hockey's Future. 2004-09-27. http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/7219/rangers_top20_prospects/. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  4. ^ "Biography". Henrik Lundqvist Promotions. 2008. http://henrik-lundqvist.com/allthingshenrik/bio.html. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  5. ^ "New York Rangers Player Info: Henrik Lundqvist". newyorkrangers.com. http://nyrangers.com/team/playerinfo.asp?playerid=203. Retrieved 2007-02-22. 
  6. ^ "Rangers' rookies play in shadows". newsobserver.com. http://www.newsobserver.com/122/story/386134.html. Retrieved 2007-11-05. 
  7. ^ "Lundqvist inks 6-year deal with Rangers". The Sports Network. 2008-02-16. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=229527&hubname=. Retrieved 2008-02-16. 
  8. ^ "Rangers announce Lundqvist signing (updated)". NY Daily News. 2008-02-14. http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/rangers/2008/02/rangers-announce-lundqvist-sig.html. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  9. ^ Dellapina, John (2008-03-09). "Goalie coach Benoit Allaire has knack for keeping Henrik Lundqvist up". Daily News". http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/2008/03/09/2008-03-09_goalie_coach_benoit_allaire_has_knack_fo.html. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  10. ^ "Lundqvist named Rangers MVP". newyorkrangers.com. 2008-04-11. http://rangers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=493901. Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  11. ^ Feltenmark, Anders (2008-01-04). "De är historiska" (in Swedish). Swedish Ice Hockey Association. http://www.swehockey.se/t3b.asp?p=69309%20&x=1&a=1117682. Retrieved 2008-02-26. 
  12. ^ "Debutanter i Tre Kronor sedan 1937" (in Swedish) (PDF). Swedish Ice Hockey Association. 2007-12-13. pp. 22. http://www.swehockey.se/files/%7B6A834FA2-E7DA-4EC7-9A39-9A98DF894BAD%7D.pdf. Retrieved 2008-02-26. "679 Henrik Lundqvist Västra Frölunda HC 10/11 2002 Karjala Tournament, Helsingfors, Finland, Finland-Sverige" 
  13. ^ "GOALKEEPERS IN TRE KRONOR 2004/2005" (PDF). Swedish Ice Hockey Association. 2005-05-16. http://www.swehockey.se/files/%7B447620C3-CCC9-4D0E-BDF5-7D40C6C652AF%7D.pdf. Retrieved 2008-02-26. 
  14. ^ "Sweden Strikes Gold in 2002". In-Line Hockey Magazine. International Ice Hockey Federation. 2003. http://imanager.ip-finland.com/iihf/magazine/1-2003/10.php. Retrieved 2008-02-26. 
  15. ^ "2002 IIHF WORLD INLINE CHAMPIONSHIP" (PDF). Swedish Ice Hockey Association. 2002-07-31. http://www.swehockey.se/files/%7B31BABAF2-5346-4905-91C6-7832BA62F79D%7D.pdf. Retrieved 2008-02-26. 
  16. ^ New York Rangers (2009-01-13). "Lundqvist new Garden of Dreams spokesman". Press release. http://rangers.nhl.com/team/app?articleid=403873&page=NewsPage&service=page. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  17. ^ "Lundqvist front and center for Rangers' revival". nhl.com. http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=342260. Retrieved 2007-11-05. 
  18. ^ "People's World's Most Beautiful People". etonline.com. http://et.tv.yahoo.com/celebrities/14550/. Retrieved 2006-05-28. 
  19. ^ NY Rangers Hottie Would Pose Nude People.com, January 3, 2009
  20. ^ Hollander, Dave. "One On One With Henrik Lundqvist". New York Press. http://nypress.com/19/46/news&columns/feature2.cfm. Retrieved 2007-08-11. 

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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 Winner
Succeeded by
Jed Ortmeyer

Simple English

Henrik Lundqvist

Henrik Lundqvist (born March 2, 1982, in Åre, Sweden) is a Swedish ice hockey goaltender for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has been nominated for the Vezina Trophy three times. He finished third all three times. His play during his first 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 played on the Swedish team when they won their second Olympic Gold Medal.


NAME Lundqvist, Henrik
SHORT DESCRIPTION Swedish ice hockey goaltender
DATE OF BIRTH March 2, 1982 (1982-03-02) (age 28)


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