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Friday, August 30, 2013

Henrik Lundqvist Fashion Week Daily Interview


We caught up with hottie pro hockey player Henrik Lundqvist at Barneys' soiree for their newly revamped menswear floor to find out what brands are keeping him in style. Plus, he tells us about his outlook for the impending game season and his second favorite sport, tennis! Clearly a man after Anna's heart. But sorry, ladies, he's taken!

What are you wearing?
I'm wearing an Andrea Campagna jacket. It’s the first time I’m wearing his jacket, but I must say, it fit me right away. I usually have to get my jackets tailored.

It must be difficult, huh? You look like a pretty buff hockey player.
Yes, I like it to be fitted. For me, it’s all about fit; it’s not so much about getting the perfect brand.

Are you going to use Barneys’ Made to Measure service on the revamped 6th floor?
Yes! We just came back from Sweden; we’ve been gone for two months. But that’s one thing I’m going to do now: spend more time shopping, and spend more time here at Barneys.

Who are your fave menswear designers?
I have a lot of suits from Sweden, actually. There’s a brand called Tiger of Sweden. It’s the biggest brand in Sweden for suits and shirts; Eaton Shirts is another great Swedish company. When it comes to jackets, Burberry fits me really well. I also like Calvin Klein. I’ve been doing a few events with Calvin Klein. I have a few suits by Hugo Boss and Prada. For me it’s all about the fit. So I don’t always wear a certain brand.

Will we see you at NYFW?
I haven’t looked into the schedule yet. I have a lot a stuff going on next week. We start training camp on the 11th. So, I try to squeeze everything in before training starts.

Sounds busy!
It will be tight. I have to go and see the U.S. Open. I love tennis, so that’s first on my priority list. But there will be some fashion events as well.

Have you hit up the runway circuit before?
This summer I went to Milan Men's Fashion Week. I love that. I’ve been two years in a row now. I love Italy. I love meeting the people in that fashion world. Here in New York, fashion week is a bit bigger.

When does hockey season start?
October 5th. I’m excited. It feels really good to be back. I love playing here. It’s a lot of pressure, but the reward is so big. When you do well, New York is a great city to play for. I hope this is the year for us. I think we have the team to win; it just comes down to the execution.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Henrik Lundqvist "Crowd Goes Wild" Video Interview


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

New Henrik Lundqvist Esquire Magazine Interview


90 Years. That's how long that Barneys New York has served as a cultural institution and shopping mecca. "And remember, Barneys started out as a men's store," says Tom Kalenderian, executive vice president and head of menswear. While the original location was nestled down in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, most have come to think of the nine-floor flagship on the Upper East Side as ground zero. Last night, a newly refurbished sixth floor refurb was unveiled — a bright, modern space that stands in direct opposition to the dark, "old boys club" aesthetic (and showcases the clothes quite nicely, too).
On hand for the celebration was hockey star Henrik Lundqvist, fresh off a well-earned vacation. The Rangers goalie was wearing a checked blazer and slim gray trousers, and looking excellent as always. Lady Esquire™ caught up with Lundqvist to talk about his favorite designers, his love of tailoring, and how he's helped inspire his team — and the NHL — to dress better. Welcome back! We hear that you're back from vacation (aka the off-season). Are you happy to be back in NYC?

Henrik Lundqvist: Thrilled. My family and I spent two months back home in Sweden and as much as we love it there, we're happy to be back. I'm really motivated to get back to daily training with my teammates for the upcoming season.

ESQ: We can't wait to see you and the rest of the Rangers back on the ice, but until then, this is fun. How did you link up with Barneys to help co-host this event?

HL: Well Barneys is a New York style institution and they know that I love fashion and shopping, so they asked. It was an easy yes for me.

ESQ: Impressive. You're perenially at the top of the heap in both your profession, hockey, and when it comes to "Best Dressed" lists. Is it a lot to balance?

HL: In regards to fashion, I have help [looks to wife Therese Lundqvist] and luckily she loves to shop — but it's easy when you're passionate about it.

ESQ: [To Therese] I bet he's hard to shop for.

Therese Andersson: Actually, no. We've been together for a long time and his style has been pretty consistent. His sensibility hasn't shifted; the concentration is always on fit.

ESQ: Yeah, fit has become his signature. I remember when we styled you for our November issue, I knew you liked your tailoring cut lean. But when you got on set you were saying, "Slimmer, leaner, tighter." You walked out on set with safety pins all the way down the back of your suit, and it started out slim.

HL: Ha! I remember that. What can I say? It's my thing. I've always aligned myself with a more modern, European fit. I maintain that fit is the thing that makes or breaks an outfit. Good tailoring trumps designer and price any day.

ESQ: I second that. Speaking of, every male human in the tri-state area has one major question for you: Who is your tailor?!

HL: [Laughs] Just someone local by my apartment. She probably doesn't know me by name but she knows me by the way I like my clothes to fit.

ESQ: Nice! So who did you decide to wear tonight?

HL: I just came in yesterday and picked this outfit out with a personal shopper here on the floor. The blazer is Andrea Campagna and the grey flannel pants are Zegna. Of course, they tailored everything to my standards.

ESQ: Of course. We tip our hats to the personal shopper. He nailed it. On a side note, when and if you ever consider working with a stylist, you know how to find me. Let's make some fashion moments together.

HL: I will! I'm really pleased with the outfit and it's been great discovering new designers and such.

ESQ: So you don't have any favorite designers? You were saying that you just like what you like, right?

HL: Yeah, I don't shop by brand loyalty at all. I'm just drawn to what I like when I shop. I do like this brand called Tiger of Sweden a lot, though. They make great sportswear and tailoring. And Calvin Klein; big supporter of them as well.

ESQ: And Burberry, of course. You wore it to last year's NY Rangers Casino Night. That's a great brand for for you, I think. Your body type is the aspirational Burberry customer.

HL: Absolutely. I usually have a hard time with the fit of off-the-rack suits, thanks to my athletic proportions, but somehow Burberry always fits me perfectly. There's no tailoring really required, which is rare for me.

ESQ: With the season starting in less than a month, what is your approach to on-the-road style? Do you have certain outfits you set aside for traveling with the team and some you wear to events only?

HL: Nope, no special suits for game days. I like to keep all my favorites in the mix. I'm always trying to look my best, even when I'm just visiting a city for eight hours and then getting back on a plane again.

ESQ: That's commitment! But it makes you a great role model for such a metropolitan team. Have you noticed your influence rubbing off on your teammates' style?

HL: For sure. I'm not sure I can take credit for that evolution, but there's a noticeable shift in their desire to dress up and look their best. I used to hear it from them all the time — about my skinny ties and skinnier pants — but they kind of get it now.

ESQ: It's about time that the Rangers — and the NHL, in fact — started catching up with the other pro sports leagues with regard to style. So kudos for leading the way.

HL: It's been a cool evolution to watch. I'm a veteran of sorts in this league and to watch it all change is interesting — especially here in New York City. There's no "right" or "wrong" in fashion here, just different. I love all the different ways that New Yorkers show their individuality through what they choose to wear. My team is just a small reflection of that. Take ten guys from the team and there will be ten different fashion perspectives.

Henrik Lundqvist Swedish Video Interview

This is a pretty lengthily interview that Henrik did recently at Team Sweden's Olympic camp. Any translations would be appreciated.


Henrik Lundqvist To Appear On "Crowd Goes Wild" TV Show 8/29/13


Henrik will appear live on Fox Sports 1 Crowd Goes Wild at 5PM this Thursday, 8/29.

The show tapes live at Chelsea Piers.

Click here for free tickets.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Henrik Lundqvist Talks Olympics, Upcoming Rangers Season in Video Interview


Monday, August 26, 2013

Henrik Lundqvist & Fans Part 19

Disclaimer: All of these photos were found at public sites; however, if you are in any of the fan photos and you would like me to remove a photo for you, do not hesitate to tell me as I will surely take it down for you. Also, as always if you would like to submit a photo of yourself and Henrik to the blog do not hesitate to e-mail me or post the photo on The Henrik Lundqvist Blog Facebook page.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Henrik Lundqvist Talks Table Tennis


NEW YORK -- The goaltending mask New York Rangers star Henrik Lundqvist donned during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs featured a tribute to Swedish tennis legend Bjorn Borg. But at a celebrity table tennis tournament, he decided not to wear Borg's signature headband. Although he admits he could have used it.

"I was thinking about [wearing] it, but I decided not to go with it," Lundqvist said. "I should have, though. I was sweating out there. But it was fun."

Lundqvist's pingpong skills were on display at New York's Madison Square Park for the Delta Open, a public event in which fans earned prizes courtesy of Delta Airlines. Lundqvist was matched up against other athletes, including tennis star Serena Williams, Iman Shumpert of the New York Knicks and Brett Gardner of the New York Yankees. With the New York Mets' game against the Atlanta Braves coinciding with the event, team mascot Mrs. Met made an appearance as well.

Each of the athletes faced off in shortened pingpong matches, with Williams, the world's top-ranked women's player, usually deciding the final score when all was said and done. In the end, Williams and Schumpert faced off in a spirited doubles match against Lundqvist and Gardner.

While her prowess on the tennis court was clearly transferable to table tennis, Williams was impressed by the play of her fellow players, particularly Lundqvist.

"He's actually a better pingpong player than I was. Obviously he's a great athlete, he's a good competitor," Williams said of Lundqvist. "I was definitely deciding the score. I couldn't beat him, so I thought, 'let me just cheat him.'"

Having recently started skating in New York in anticipation of the upcoming season, the table tennis tournament rekindled the competitive spirit that has helped make Lundqvist one of the world's elite goaltenders. His next competition will likely be on the ice with the Rangers.

"A few years back, I played a lot [of pingpong]. My last few years, I haven't really played that much [lately]," Lundqvist said. "But we do have a table at the rink. My first few years, we did have a few tournaments every year. For some reason, we stopped. Maybe it's time to pick it up again."


Henrik Lundqvist Thinks This Season Will Be Special


It's a beautiful summer day in New York City and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is all smiles. There are plenty of reasons for one of the sport's most marketable athletes to be happy. But there's one thing in particular that is making Lundqvist's grin a little wider.

The 2013-14 NHL season is almost here.

"It feels great to be back. Being up at the rink skating and preparing for a new season, I love that," said Lundqvist, whose team fired coach John Tortorella after a second-round exit in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and replaced him with former Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault. "With a new coach, I haven't met [Vigneault] yet, but I've heard a lot of great things. I'm looking forward to meeting him and to get going and see what we can do this year."

For the past two seasons, the Rangers have shown glimpses of a team that could be on the cusp of making a run to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since winning the championship in 1994.

In 2011-12, Lundqvist won the Vezina Trophy for the first time, leading the Rangers to first place in the Eastern Conference and within two wins of advancing to the Cup Final. Last season's team got hot down the stretch before defeating the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs then succumbing to the Boston Bruins, who advanced to the Cup Final.

With a new coaching staff and a roster mostly unchanged from last season, the man known as "King Henrik" is ready to get going.

"Every time you go into a new season, you hope this is going to be the year. That this is going to be the special year. I really believe we can have a great year," Lundqvist said. "I look at the team and the players we have, I definitely think we have a great chance of doing something special. We do need everybody to play their absolute best. Hopefully we can continue building on the last two years."

The compressed 48-game 2012-13 season was a whirlwind, but this season could be just as frantic. With Madison Square Garden undergoing the final phase of a multimillion-dollar renovation, the Rangers will play 10 of their first 11 games on the road. With two outdoor games in January to be staged at Yankee Stadium, and a midseason hiatus when Lundqvist is expected to play goal for Sweden at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, this will be a season to remember.

A star on the Swedish team that won Olympic gold in 2006, Lundqvist's preparation for Sochi started this month when he attended team meetings in Sweden. It was the first step for a group that won't be reunited until the Games start in Sochi on Feb. 7.

"We had a great camp in Sweden a few weeks ago. There was no skating. It was just meetings and talking about different things," Lundqvist said. "The biggest thing is connecting with the guys. Some of the players on the team, I knew the names but I had never really seen their faces. That was a big part of the camp."

From the moment Lundqvist, 31, reports to Rangers training camp and gears up for his ninth season in New York, there will be one prominent story shadowing him and the Rangers. Entering the final season of a six-year contract worth $41.25 million, the status of his next contract will be a constant topic of conversation.

Though Lundqvist remains unsigned for next season, he has begun negotiations with the only NHL team he has played for. Lundqvist said he doesn't see himself wearing another team's jersey.

"I love it here. I think the biggest thing is we're talking right now. There's no pressure of getting this done now," Lundqvist said. "It would be ideal to know what's going to happen in the future, but the most important thing for me right now is to focus on the season, and camp starts in a few weeks."

Watch Henrik Lundqvist Play Ping-Pong VS. Serena Williams


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Henrik Lundqvist Talks Tennis


On Monday, tennis fan and National Hockey League goaltender Henrik Lundqvist joined defending U.S. Open champion Andy Murray in New York City to announce next year's BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden, part of World Tennis Day. The seventh edition of the event will pit Bob and Mike Bryan against John and Patrick McEnroe in doubles, followed by a singles match featuring Murray and Novak Djokovic.

I caught up with the New York Rangers' All-Star netminder to ask him about a favorite sport of his played in warmer temperatures: Did you play a lot of tennis growing up? What is your history with the game?

Lundqvist: A little bit growing up. My sister was a big tennis player; she played a lot in the States and played for a college here. But I did play. I would say it's more the last five, six years I've really played.

I play a lot during the summer. That's kind of my workout—I go into the gym and try to play four to five times a week. Singles, doubles, or both?

Lundqvist: Singles. I like to get a good workout. And I love the competition, being one-on-one. The workout is perfect for me, as it works pretty much the same muscles I use on the ice. You put Bjorn Borg on your goalie mask during the NHL playoffs last year. Have you met him before?

Lundqvist: Yeah, I've met Borg. I just felt like, when it came to the mask—the top Swedish athletes of all time—Borg is an easy pick. He's definitely up there for sure. Who are some of your favorite current tennis players?

Lundqvist: I love Roger. I think the way he plays the game and the way he carries himself is outstanding. This guy [looking at Murray], he's coming hard. We were just talking about Wimbledon and how amazing he played.

It's impressive when you look at the top three, four guys, how well they play and how hard they work out there. They almost look like machines. Will you be coming out to the U.S. Open for a day or night session?

Lundqvist: Sure, I'm always out there. I go every year. I think it's a great event for a lot of reasons, but number one is there are a lot of great tennis matches, so I love it.

Henrik Lundqvist "Delta Open" Video Interviews


Photos of Henrik Lundqvist at Delta Open Celebrity Table Tennis Tournament


Delta Air Lines hosts the "Delta Open" celebrity table tennis tournament with Serena Williams, New York Ranger Henrik Lundqvist, New York Knick Iman Shumpert, New York Yankee Brett Gardner and Mrs. Met at Madison Square Park on August 21, 2013 in New York City.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Photo of Henrik Lundqvist at Today's Yankees Game


Henrik Lundqvist Really Loves New York, Doesn't See Any Reason To Leave


Henrik Lundqvist showed a wide smile Monday night when he said the thought of remaining the Rangers' goaltender for the remainder of his career excites him and added contract discussions have started.
The 31-year-old franchise goaltender is entering the final year of a six-year, $41.25 million contract with training camp set to begin in less than a month.
"We're talking," Lundqvist said. "The good thing, though, is that we have another year so there's no pressure to get it done. But we're definitely talking, and we'll see where it leads. So far it's been a great time in New York and I don't see any reasons to leave."
It's conceivable the Rangers could offer the 2012 Vezina Trophy winner the maximum eight-year contract extension and make him at least the NHL's highest-paid goaltender. His current $6.875 million annual cap hit is just below Nashville's Pekka Rinne's ($7 million).
Lundqvist opted to not discuss his preferred length of a potential new contract or dollar amount on Monday. But he did add that, "there's more to just money in this," adding that it matters who surrounds the King in the Rangers' kingdom in years to come.
After spending the majority of the offseason in his native Sweden, Lundqvist was across the street from Madison Square Garden at Local West Café, where Wimbledon champion Andy Murray announced his participation in the seventh annual BNP Paribas Showdown on March 3.
Because he was overseas, Lundqvist said he has communicated only with new Rangers coach Alain Vigneault, who replaced John Tortorella, via email earlier in the summer, and added, "It'll be interesting to see the changes he puts in place."
After his disappointment of the Rangers being eliminated in the second round by the Boston Bruins last season, Lundqvist said he is ready to get back on the ice, starting Sept. 11 with training camp.
"As a group, it's always enthusing to see what a new coach can do,'' he said. "But for me as a goalie, it doesn't really change; I approach the game the same way. With the guys we have right now, I think we are in the right direction and I'm anxious to get back on the ice."
Assistant general manager Jeff Gorton told reporters earlier this month, "Henrik wants to be here and we want Henrik. At the end of the day, it shouldn't be too difficult to get a deal."
With a look toward the direction of Madison Square Garden, Lundqvist seemingly agreed with Gorton's assessment of the situation.
"I love it here, I really do," said Lundqvist, who lives in Manhattan. "There's a few things we have to discuss, but like I keep telling everyone, I've had such a great time in New York with the way the fans have treated me and with the challenge to be here, I just love that part. We'll see what happens but it will be fun to stay."