This year more than any other , Henrik has done a lot of winning. This season the 7 year player had his best season. He was among the NHL’s best in goals against and in save percentage to add to a League leading 8 shut outs. Lundqvist has been so good that he had some opponents begging for a goal out on the ice. He has been the Rangers most valuable player for 5 years now.
John Tortorella guided Tampa Bay to a Championship in 2004 and is now in his 4th year as the head coach of the New York Rangers. The coach says that Hank is the backbone of their club and is the basis of the teams confidence. Ultimately who cares? There have been great players in all sports. We care because not only is his record great, for a hockey player, he is incredibly handsome, for a hockey player that usually looses most of his front teeth by the age of 25 years old.
Well, like all the Basketball stars, hockey players have been wearing suits when they travel but he likes his suits tailored and tight and loves to drive his Maserati. He is the one sports man that is most likely to be seen on the fashion pages of magazines as the sports pages. After all he has been labeled the “Sexiest Iceman.” He has become as comfortable on the red carpet as he is on ice. His black eyed toothless teammates kid him and give him flack about his lifestyle. Dorks!
His fault is that he doesn’t hold the puck enough and he plays too deep in the net than most goalies dare, but he does get results. He is a co-owner of a restaurant/bar in downtown Manhattan called Tinnies. He can be seen hanging out there as late as 2 hours before a game totally relaxed. Once in uniform, everyone knows not to bother with him because he gets immersed in thought about what he has to do next. Win.
Five years later in 2005, he finally made his Madison Square Garden debut and remembers vividly them cheering and chanting his name after the win. Once in the starting lineup Henrik was an instant hit with the fans and the press and earning the nickname King Henrik. Four months after his debut he achieved his crowning achievement by winning a gold medal at the Olympic winter games in Turin, Italy for Sweden.
Henrik’s status as an international star has taken a toll on him. He enjoys living in the United States now and has homes in Manhattan and on south Beach. Go watch the playoffs and see him in action now.