Henrik Lundqvist (born March 2, 1982) is a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has been nominated for the Vezina Trophy in each of his three seasons in the NHL, finishing third all three times. 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 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 due to the aggressive way he performs the butterfly. He is best known for his sensational quickness, athleticism, and strong positional play.
Henrik and identical twin brother Joel (a center with the Dallas Stars of
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