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Monday, February 29, 2016

Henrik Lundqvist Shares his Favorite Career Memories (so far)


Henrik Lundqvist Shares an Early Hockey Memory


Sunday, February 28, 2016

Watch a Video of Henrik & Charlise Lundqvist eating Pizza


The following videos were found on Twitter. Henrik and his family had lunch with the members of the Henrik Lundqvist Foundations young ambassadors program.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

New Henrik Lundqvist Watch Anish Interview



Earlier this week we got a great chance to sit down and talk with TAG Heuer’s new ambassador. It’s not your regular celebrity, he doesn’t come from show biz, nor is he a golfer. Henrik Lundqvist, one of hockey’s most recognized players today is the goaltender for New York Rangers, and is known as ‘King of New York’. We sat down with Henrik to talk about his new partnership, love for fashion, and food…

WA: As a man who plays professional sports yet still manages to be a trendsetter in fashion, (and before we get to watches), what’s your take on clothing brands?

HL: When it comes to style I prefer wearing suits. Something elegant, tailored but a little bit edgy. If we’re talking brands, Ralf Lauren ‘Purple Label’ is definitely out there and now there’s also Stephen F. Swedish guy, great suits, really loving it lately.

WA: How about cars? Any certain preferences or models?

HL: I’ve used to be more about speed and sport before, but maybe it’s me growing up a bit now. I do primarily look for comfort in a car. While it was Lamborghini before now it’s Bentley that does the job. Haven’t seen their new SUV yet, but it’s obviously a good idea with my two daughters.

WA: Let’s talk watches… As someone with a good sense of style and love for luxury cars, have you always been a fan of timepieces too?

HL: Coming here (New York) almost 11 years ago i wasn’t a watch guy, really. But it’s been growing on me since then. And as I get older it interests me more. So I’m not really a watch collector just yet, but it’s getting there. The relationship with TAG Heuer is something special though. It feels great to be part of the family, and I feel like all the ambassadors working with them make a great team. I genuinely think it’s a cool brand.

WA: It’s great you’re part of the team now! How’s it like working with TAG, and being based in New York when it comes to style and watches?

HL: Perfect spot to be in NY, I get inspired by so many styles and people here. When it comes to TAG we can do different fun things here, not just focus on showing off the product. They have great ideas for me and always keep me entertained and interested. Even the slogan works perfectly – ‘Don’t crack under pressure’ – it’s what I do. In hockey, and when it comes to my city life there’s lots of pressure. It’s all about handling it the right way. I try, and you can always do better, it’s about meeting and exceeding expectations from yourself.

WA: Now, before we finish off – how’s the bar doing? We’ve been there (Tiny’s) before and loved the place. Does it take lot’s of time?

HL: Doing great, glad you liked it there! We’re trying to make it a neighbourhood restaurant. Ultimate goal here is not to make money.. The place is too small for that, but rather have a place to invite friends, relax and enjoy. Atmosphere is most important, and whether it’s professional sports or restaurant management you can’t crack under pressure.

New Henrik Lundqvist Esquire Magazine Interview


Henrik Lundqvist is, by most accounts, one of the very best hockey goaltenders of all time. He is a Vezina Trophy winner, a three-time All-Star, and an Olympic gold medalist for his native Sweden. He is the only goalie in NHL history to record 30 or more wins in each of his first seven seasons. The man they call King Henrik holds the Rangers records for wins, shutouts, playoff wins, and games played. He also has the clutch gene, winning six playoff game sevens in a row—another record. But he is also an undisputed New York icon, a Scandinavian transplant who has embraced all the city has to offer.

That includes a bit of its distinctive style. He describes his look as clean, but with an edge—a balancing act between Swedish minimalism and NYC grit. So while the man can famously wear the hell out of a (perfectly tailored) suit, he's recently started embracing a more dressed-down aesthetic from time to time. Here, the TAG Heuer brand ambassador tells us about his personal style evolution, his proudest moment on the ice, and why good clothes can be a gateway drug into the world of watches.

You and your twin brother, you started on the same youth team, right?


Is it true that when the coach asked who wanted to play goalie, he raised your hand for you?

Yeah, he did. I mean—we're twins. Growing up, we did everything together. We were the type of twins that finished each others' sentences. I'd start saying something and he'd finish it, and the other way around. So yeah, he just knew I wanted to play in goal.

And you guys started playing professionally together, too, right?

Yeah. We played together at every level. Junior team, national team, pro team back home. The first time I did not have him on my team was when I moved here, to New York, when I was 23. So it was a little different, to come here without him, you know? Growing up, we had every class in school. Every day we saw each other. But now it's a big change in our lives.

Speaking of New York—you've been here a decade, right?

Yeah, it's my 11th year now.

Do you feel like a New Yorker these days?

I don't know when you can say you're a New Yorker. But I absolutely love living here. I love the atmosphere, I love the things you can do, the opportunities. Obviously the biggest thing is to be a part of the Rangers organization. They've been so good to me ever since I got here. So I really enjoy being here.

One thing I always find remarkable about goalies is the incredible reflexes. Is that something that you realized you had before you started playing the game, or is that something you developed?

Sometimes I don't know if I have that great reflexes. It's more about reading the situation, reading the shot, and understanding what's going to happen. You do a lot of analysis. When you see the play develop, you try to be a step ahead of the game all of the time. That's really important to me. That's a big part of my game: thinking and analyzing and trying to be a step ahead. But no, when you start out, you just think it's fun. You don't realize the mental aspect of the game when you start playing in goal as an eight-year-old. When you turn 15, 16, you start to play more important games. And the pressure—that's when you realize, OK, there's a big part of the game that you can't practice out on the ice.

What's the toughest kind of shot for you to deal with? Is it when your view is obstructed, when it comes through somebody's legs, when it's deflected?

A lot of times it depends what happened right before the shot. If you're late getting set for the shot, for example. But obviously, if you're screened and it's hard to see the shot, that's tough. And deflections. A hard shot might look like a great save sometimes, but a lot of the time it's easier to catch a hard shot with a clear view than a soft shot with a deflection or a screen, because it's harder to read.

Who's the toughest forward you've faced?

There are a bunch of players in the league that stand out. I think [Alex] Ovechkin is one of the best goal scorers of all time, not only right now. If you look what he does—if someone was able to do that 20 years ago, I think they would have a lot more goals. It's very impressive to see someone who plays like him score that many goals. He's just very determined when it comes to scoring chances and trying to get the puck in the net.

What are some of your proudest moments on the ice?

Winning two championships in Sweden, the gold medal in Torino for Team Sweden. Making it to a Stanley Cup Final—that was a big moment, too. All those big games you play when everything is on the line. You feel so much excitement, and also so proud when you pull it off. And we've had a lot of them over the last few years.

How'd you start working with TAG Heuer?

Well, I've always been interested in fashion. I've never been a huge watch guy, but I think it's been growing on me the last few years. I looked at TAG and the ambassadors that they're working with. They have great athletes. We started talking and I felt like it was a great fit.

You mentioned that you've been into fashion for a little while, and that you've recently been getting more into watches. Why now, at this point in your life?

As you get older, you learn more about yourself, about your style, what you like, what you don't like. As a young kid, you try a lot of different things and you fail a lot. You make a lot of mistakes. But that's how you learn, too. But then again, nice suits, watches, it's not free. Obviously as a young kid, when you don't make a lot of money, it's harder to get those types of things. So I think coming here as a 23-year-old, it was very refreshing to see the different styles in New York. Back home, people are more the same.

You come from a country that has such a revered perspective on fashion, especially in modern menswear. How do you take what Sweden has to offer and blend it with the fact that you've been a New Yorker for over ten years?

Well I definitely get my base, my foundation, from Sweden. But when you're here for a decade, of course you get a lot of inspiration from different types of styles and people and backgrounds. And the street, obviously, where I think that's something that's changed with my style over the years. I'm more of a jeans-and-t-shirt, sneakers kind of guy now than I used to be. I still like to dress up. I like suits. But in the summertime, I really enjoy wearing a T-shirt, jeans, maybe a leather jacket. A more relaxed look.

You have your own line that you sell at Madison Square Garden, right?

Yeah, Crown Collection. The brand I'm working with in Sweden is called Bread and Boxers, and that's more like T-shirts, loungewear. It's very clean, the fit is great. And that's why I love it. No logos or anything like that. But then the Crown Collection is more of a fanbase thing, and I've been giving all the money to charity over the years. I try to have fun with it.

So which watch do you prefer? What's your go-to, everyday wear?

Well I have a few Carreras from TAG Heuer. That's definitely my favorite from the brand. I have a few of them in different colors and different styles, too. But it's the clean look. That's definitely my favorite right now.

That seems like a prevailing theme in your style. Clean.

Yeah, I like clean. Sometimes, less is more. Not too many things going on. Still with an edge, though.

Sweden meets New York.

Yeah, yeah. That's right.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Henrik Lundqvist Post-Game Video Interview +Notes


-Henrik Lundqvist’s 59th career shutout moved him past John Ross Roach on the NHL’s all-time shutouts list and tied him with Evgeni Nabokov for 17th place.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Watch the Full Episode of "Becoming Henrik Lundqvist" Plus See Childhood Photos of Henrik


Click here to watch the full episode of "Becoming Henrik Lundqvist"

Monday, February 15, 2016

Henrik Lundqvist Post-Game Video Intreview ; Breaks another Mike Richter Record


 Lundqvist played his 667th career regular-season game with the Blueshirts. This moved Lundqvist past Mike Richter for the most career games played for a goalie in the Rangers’ 90-year history. By picking up his 367th career victory, Lundqvist moved past the NHL’s all-time winningest goalie, Martin Brodeur, for career wins through 667 career appearances. Brodeur didn’t have the benefit of shootouts up until this point (Brodeur’s 667th career game came in 2003).
But still, Lundqvist’s pace is astounding and should eventually lead him to the Hockey Hall of Fame. And if he keeps it up, toward eventually breaking some of Brodeur’s records.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Henrik Lundqvist Moved to Tribeca; Joel Lundqvist was Almost a Ranger, and More..


Text: Johan Rylander
Photo: Joel Marklund

Henrik Lundqvist is the country's greatest hockey player, we know. But how is life in the US? We take the flight to Manhattan - and talking family, future, celebrity and charity.
Large signs with the street closed meets us in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan. Just the day before a construction crane collapsed on a hundred meters down right in the street, killing one person and destroyed a number of cars.
Police officers, firefighters, concrete trucks ... it's organized chaos that takes care of the devastation just outside Tiny's restaurant at the bottom of Manhattan.

Henrik Lundqvist shook his head.
It is the third crane collapses in a short time. A few have fallen on the houses too ...

We sit in the sun, outdoors on a couch. It's almost like spring, even though it's only February. Lundqvist picks on his sunglasses and the nearest star's rays warm.
- It was Groundhog Day here a while ago. You know, when a marmot comes out of its nest. He came just now ... and can not see his shadow, this sounds insane, it is early spring. And he did not. All cheered here, smiling country's biggest hockey star.

For it does not matter who you ask - Henrik Lundqvist is truly the king of New York. At least for everyone who ever heard of hockey.
In the arena Madison Square Garden, there is a souvenir shop with hockey jerseys - and the guy at the counter look a little askance at me when prompted.
"Whoever sells the most shirts? Lundqvist, of course. "
It's kind of a stupid question in the world's most famous arena.

The former goalkeeper in Frölunda is now in its eleventh season of the New York Rangers - and has built a status that few hockey players can match. - He is friends with John McEnroe, playing tennis with actor Edward Norton - off and even world number one Novak Djokovic in exhibition matches.
Haha, I would not have a chance really! Djokovic please let me and McEnroe win. Novak serviced with screw once and it was quite sick as the ball took off! I did not have a chance to take it, says Henrik.

He takes a sip of his chai latte, you know tevarianten a latte.
The diner has chosen Lundqvist himself - and that is both trendy and alluring.
- We just moved here, so I'm starting to learn which places are good and not.
Previously, the family lived on the Upper West of Manhattan, but as the kids have arrived so the family Lundqvist thought about.
- There are schools and kindergartens, and many of the guys on the team live down here. And then, the spaces differently down here. More loft, more open space than the Upper West Side. We fell for Tribeca.

For three and a half years ago Charlise came into the family Lundqvist's life - and nothing is to be understood like. Henrik, who never really liked other people's children has suddenly re-evaluated - and ten months ago was the little sister to the family in Juli.
- It has always been a special relationship with other people's children. But then my brother had children and then got my sister child, so I had to somehow an entirely different view of children. And their own children is a completely different story ...
Henrik smiles.
- How they grow, how I feel for them ... things that I appreciate.
Lilla Juli have traveled on them.
- Yes, she is walking with a trolley. It goes fast there too.
Do you feel that you miss a lot when you travel so often? You do not hear children's first words or seeing the first steps?
It's very rewarding with technology! FaceTime. Family, friends. It is much easier now. It would have been tough if it had been ten years ago. Now I miss nothing. I am all the time, talking with the family and see them anytime! I think that's brilliant, I can see them, and not just talk.
So both kids have an iPad to talk to you?
- Not the youngest, haha. Not yet. Charlise run, however, Youtube, with a lot of clips of people doing figures of Play-Doh, of those clay. That she loves says Henrik.

On this day, the New York Rangers completely free.
- We have been there four days a month, it must be so union, he says.
On the morning interview with Göteborgs-Posten, in the evening Super Bowl 50 with half the team home in the new apartment.
- We could be at the home of Ryan McDonagh, but he got a bang on the head in the match yesterday and do not feel good at all. We had to hold it in place, says Henrik.

We go at Henrik Lundqvist's restaurant, where the street was blocked by then a construction crane collapsed on a hundred meters down the hill and killed a man and caused great destruction. 

But it's not just hockey players who belong to the circle of acquaintances.
- It took a while to build up the social side, but now it's there. It feels good to have a life outside of hockey, too. It does not work with hockey 24 hours a day.
The day before the Rangers win on penalties, Lundqvist saves two - and the game begins again to flow. There was a slump in December, when most things went wrong.
Well, Henke was even replaced in a few games.

We started fantastically well, then it went very sluggish in late November and December. We had a tough schedule, played many games in a short time, traveled a lot, it tore at us - and we lost our game! We have certain expectations and perhaps putting high expectations for our group. There are many good teams battling for that - but now we are of course too! We're still second in our division, so it's not a disaster. After the Christmas and New Year, we have begun to bring order to it. You win, we at least more than we lose, Henrik laughs.

Dream is of course still get take with Lord Stanley's trophy home to Landvetter, as the winner of the most prestigious hockey tournament.
- Washington has been in a class of its own so far, but since it's wide open! Ovechkin has done a couple of goals on me. Unfortunately. But the whole Capitals is good.
He poses rigging against a red steel wall in Tribeca when a police officer arrives from the barricades at the fallen construction crane.
- I recognize you.
- Mmm, says Henrik.
- Actor? Television, suggests police from New York's proud police force.
- Hockey, responding Lundqvist.
- From a team in New York?
- Yep. Rangers.
Since it is free.

- You can go as you please. Forget what I said about the blockade. Can I get to take a picture to my sister? She loves hockey and Rangers, the policeman says smilar up with a big thumb up. Henrik Lundqvist meets Göteborgs-Posten in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan in New York. That's where he and his family with his wife Therese and his daughters Charlise and Juli have moved.
The star goalie has been in the city that never sleeps a strong brand. Is not shampoo or underpants Bread & Boxers, it is charity in its own organization Henrik Lundqvist Foundation.
You know, the one who donated around 700,000 to the construction of new rooms at the Ronald McDonald House in Gothenburg, not so long ago.
- Certainly, we want to help the children's hospital here in New York and we have a school project in the Dominican Republic - but it feels great to be able to help in Gothenburg.
He continues:
The first time I went to a hospital charity was actually to Ronald McDonald House with Frölunda. So that was where I got the first impression. There was also strong impressions - so it has been with me. I think they do a fantastic job with the organization. At the family gets support. I meet many children who are sick, and I see that it's tough for the family too, for the parents. That children can be together with your family think I'm good! We need more places, because it's queue ...

The sun goes behind the clouds, latte begins to cool.
- It's the little things that I can exploit when I work with the charity. In that role, as I am right now, I can use my name, my position in town. I can get the right people involved in helping us in these projects. I realize that I'm in a period of life when to use that role that I have to do good things, more than play hockey. It feels good.

To Gothenburg is family Lundqvist heart is no secret. Every summer for the last 15 years have been spent on the West Coast - and for a couple of years ago the family bought a summer residence on the Onsala peninsula.
Mom and dad live in Bastad and Gothenburg, brother Joel with family on Hönö.

A few years ago it was even close to my brother got a contract with the Rangers, but it fizzled out.
You can talk him into the team?
- There was some talk about it, actually. I guess I'll do it! It would have been fun to play together again. A final time.
And given the little brother's success in SHL so is the imagination anyway closer than ever. 18 goals to date, the most in the league. 37 points - as many as during the season that gave a contract with the Dallas Stars 13 years ago.
Henrik Lundqvist is 39 years old when the contract with the New York Rangers expires. This season, he earns $ 11 million - and with a dollar which is high, it will be almost 94 million crowns.
Or 256 000 ... per day.

Have you thought about what to do after his career - even if you might not need to do anything?
- Hmm. I've actually done a couple of times. Sometimes tanks. Sometimes we discuss. But I have nothing that I say "this I want to do." I have certain areas that interest me, but it's also about where we want to stay. If we move home, or if we still live in New York. It will control a bit too. If Joel says he'll play until he is 40 years old and I'll also play until I'm 40, says Henrik decided.

Dandruff Shampoo advertising is completed - the circle was closed in that Ica advertising and Head & Shoulders was a just before Christmas.
So now you can actually tell - what shampoo do you use actually?
Haha. I have used Head & Shoulders ... well. But I used to be clean. We have it in the locker room. Then there are styling products also laughs Henrik.

The following day is the time for the match again. One of 82 in the never-ending regular season. Rangers play at home at Madison Square Garden against the local rival New Jersey Devils.
Lundqvist is in goal, of course. He does it in most games.
- I've found a better balance to keep anymore. It's still me pushing me as much, but the mental part is unchanged. I'm a bit more relaxed. It means I do not get tired as quickly. Are you on your toes all the time so it will be a really long season ...
In the press box is a journalist who noisily eats constantly. He picks and slurp with candy, popcorn, chips and soda. The match through. That may be his dinner, but it feels anyway very American.

Down in the locker room gathered reporters a moment later around Henrik Lundqvist. No one says a word until all guards have been picked by the keeper and stand there in underwear with shorts and track jacket on top.
Winner skull has sat in respectful for almost eleven seasons.
First is the interviews for television - and Lundqvist respond cool all questions.
- So here it is always. Now I have you left - and when you're done, I go from here. Sometimes we gym after the games. A little light, to keep the body in motion, he says.
He offers a brilliant game, it gets win in the derby against New Jersey Devils - but not the third shutout of the season.
- The zeros will not be so easy for me this season. I've only had two so far, says Lundqvist with a sigh, although he takes on the Devils reduction at the end of the game, he still whole stadium chanting "Heeeen-rik" a couple of times. Afterwards he was also got the Broadway hat, the hat as the team's best player is rewarded with - and photographed by the club's employees for social media.

The victory is also number 365 for Lundqvist goalie in the NHL. With it, he ties Martin Brodeurs record as most victorious goalkeeper for eleven seasons.
I will not get to bed before one. I find it very difficult to sleep after the match. I sleep lousy after the games, but there it is. I've learned to live with it.
Though it must be a little more comfortable for a good match?
- So, it is understood, I relax. But it is still the head goes. I think of what can be better.
The trip in New York, the Henkes home, go toward the end.
- You took with you a win here! Then you come back. How it works, he smiles.

A few days later rescues Henrik all shots against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It's the Rangers fourth straight victory. O, those who will not so easy anymore, is the third of the season - and Martin Brodeurs record is erased.
And yet, the season is far from over ...

Age: 34 in March.

Family: Wife Therese, children Charlise and Juli.

Lives: In an apartment in Tribeca in Manhattan. Moved recently from Hell's Kitchen.

Team: New York Rangers for the eleventh season! Has five years left on his latest contract. Earning $ 11 million during the current season.

See on television: "I like to buy the series, so I can look at a stretch. It will be much on travel. Just checked clear Narcos, if drug lord Pablo Escobar. It was really good! "

Interest in football: "I watch more and more on football, actually. The first few years I had a hard time getting into it, but now I think about it. There is a charm in itself with every Sunday. And often we have Sundays off for some reason, so when I'm at home, take it easy and watch football. Giants have won twice since I came here. They are not super, but for the two years were in everything! Then there was a party in town. "

Current: Soon in the finals with the New York Rangers - and that Tre Kronor unchallenged number one in goal during the World Cup in Toronto later this year.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Henrik Lundqvist Post-Game Video Interview + Notes ; Henrik Breaks a Brodeur Record


- Henrik Lundqvist earned his 366th career NHL win, passing Martin Brodeur for the most wins a goaltender has earned in his first 11 seasons in NHL history. Lundqvist also passed Brodeur for the second-most appearances a goalie has made in his first 11 seasons in league history with 666. Lundqvist should have that mark soon as Roberto Luongo is first with 672.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Two Lies and a Truth with Henrik Lundqvist


Friday, February 5, 2016

Henrik Lundqvist Finally Sold his Penthouse


New York Rangers star goalie Henrik Lundqvist has finally sold his penthouse apartment, according to city property records.

The penthouse duplex is at The Link, 310 W. 52nd St. It sold for $4.95 million.

That’s close to the unit’s last asking price of $4.995 million — but far from its original $6.495 million asking price in 2014.

The spread comes with its own 1,000-square-foot private outdoor terrace that is decked out with ipe wood, a wet bar and a hot tub.

The buyer is Amundsen LLC.

For the record, the buyer is a foreign national who has no relation to Knicks center Lou Amundsen, who most recently made news for chopping off his flowing locks and “man bun” at the Knicks’ training center last month, as The Post previously reported.

The two-bedroom, 2½-bathroom, Midtown West duplex penthouse is 2,035 square feet.

It includes an entertaining floor with a chef’s kitchen and living and dining room areas.

The lower level includes a media room — natch — and the bedrooms. The master bedroom suite boasts a dressing area, customized closets and an en suite, spa-like, windowed bathroom.

The listing broker, Adam Modlin, of The Modlin Group, declined to comment.

We hear Lundqvist and his wife, Therese, are looking for larger digs downtown.

Click here to see pictures of his penthouse