Henrik Lundqvist - style icon and hockey legend The Swedish industrial holiday is coming to an end. In Gothenburg, streets, squares and crowded trams still glass-eating and shopping hub of tourists and families with children on their way to Liseberg. A few kilometers to the west, in the neighborhood Rock next Älvsborgsbron, is a completely different activity. One of the world's best and guaranteed best dressed hockey goalies photographed in autumn news Stayhard. We had a chat with Henrik Lundqvist between costume changes, poses and takklättringar. HENRIK FEELS harmonious. He has been in Sweden since the season ended in May, tan and holiday stump sits where it should be and he is both relaxed and humble, despite the relatively tight schedule. That he is accustomed to stand in front of the camera and have an eye on what he does is evident. The pictures snapped at a furious pace without much opposition from the photographer. - For me it is extremely important to get a change of scenery for the season. To have more time for family, able to relax and rejuvenate and gather inspiration and strength for the coming season. Gothenburg has been my base during the past 18 years, and with that I have a country house in Onsala, it feels a bit like coming home. HENKE TURNED 34 in the spring and will soon begin his eleventh season in the New York Rangers. He has five years left on the contract and has not begun to think of something ending to his career. - I'm very happy in New York, both on and off the rink. I also noticed that today I appreciate the other things I used to take a lot easier, such as being part of a well-run and professional organization. In the past, I put much more focus on myself, but as I got older and started a family so priorities have changed and I see things that are more important. So no any plans on what will happen after hockey career, he has not. - It is here and now in force. The spark is the same as before and the goal is still to deliver, get to be injury-free and be happy with what I'm doing. In this industry it is very difficult to know what will happen, so my focus is always one year at a time and continue to evolve. Dream is of course to win the Stanley Cup with the Rangers. There are still things to improve - Yes absolutely. Today's goalkeepers are getting better so it is incredibly important to always put the pressure on yourself and not get comfortable. I put up the training in the same way today as before, grinds to detail and improve the technology. There are always little things to fine tune. He comes in on how growing up in a sports mad family up in Jämtland Åre shaped both him and his siblings. Sister Gabriella played tennis and 40 minutes younger twin brother Joel was a teammate on the ice. - There was a lot of sports in general and we competed in everything, all the time. It was incredibly motivating to always have someone to measure themselves against and they also got a huge amount jacking and help each other. IS THERE SOMETHING YOU WILL NOT MISS when you add PICKING GLOVE AND SHOCK on the shelf? - It is enough to be locked for a long time. We really go all-in from September to June, depending on the stage of the playoffs will be. That is an extremely compressed schedule in which it is never given the opportunity to take some vacation or ill. Now that I have two young daughters, it is obviously even more difficult to lie out on away tours and able to be present. So being able to have more free time with the family is well that I appreciate the most. Although he was named one of the world's best-dressed athletes in prestigious journals like Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, and Forbes as he claims himself that he is far from a fashion expert who slavishly follow trends. So any style guru teammates come for advice, he is not. - Haha no. I know what I like but have no idea about what works for others. However, it happens that I discuss clothing and fashion with some of teammates who are a little more interested. It is always fun and inspiring. He tells of the first seasons in North America, where the contrast between conservative Americans and Canadians and more fashion-conscious Europeans were bigger than today. - Hockey's a fairly traditional sports, and the sooner the players were well cast in much the same form. So it's clear that you had some taunts when the Europeans came in, not dressed according to the template. But it has happened extremely a lot since then and today, the boundaries become blurred more and more. More people have become aware and broader views in clothes and fashion, so the level has definitely been raised. WHICH of the team with the greatest and smallest code? - It is very diverse and it is difficult to say if there are any that stand out to one or the other. Then there are quite a high turnover of players over there, with many coming and going. What we can say, however, that people are more fashion conscious now and inspiration outside the hockey world. He says that he never had any particular fashion model, but that David Beckham was an eye-opener during high school years. - It is clear that in that age was inspired by him, both in clothes and hairstyles. He set the bar for what was at the time and influenced a whole generation. Then you might not always be so proud when you look at pictures of yourself from that time, but the stuff belongs to. In his late teens, they tested the forward and did some fashion miss before you finally found the one that felt good. Later ended up focusing instead on a well-known British agent. Bond movies are stylish placement of clothing, technical gadgets and cars fascinated and Henrik was attracted by the stylish and classic aesthetics. It is also very stylish timeless costumes often seen keeper giant. - I'm very good in a suit and wearing it probably 4-5 days a week during the season. Otherwise, I have well no direct favorite pieces but varies quite healthy. I love clothes and use what I like that fits well. Often you can have an idea of the garment when it hangs on the gallows and a totally different once you try it, both positively and negatively. HOW MANY SUITS YOU AT HOME IN CLOSET? - No idea actually. We have just moved so much is still nedpackat, but it's probably a pretty solid collection. I'm generally pretty bad at throw away clothes that I like and usually always update and fill in with a bunch of new ones every year. Living in the metropolis of New York also allows the possibility of inspiration is huge. He also appreciates that acceptance is higher and it is difficult, if not impossible, to stand out. - That's what I love about New York. Whoever you are and how you dress, you will blend in. Even the most absurd outfit becomes entirely normal and fit in a nice way. Although he varies as there are several Swedish brand among the personal favorites. - I think you unwittingly become a little more patriotic Swedish when you live abroad, there I was, anyway. Sweden has many extremely talented designers. As a successful and stylish model is missing, of course, not bids from companies that want to be seen with him. But he chooses his assignments with care. - For me it is important that first of all feels right. I never say yes to anything just for the money, it's not something I think is fun or can stand. You know pretty quickly if there is an interest or not. Some, however, who managed to capture his interest was the Gothenburg-based Bread & Boxers, a clothing brand launched in 2009 by Alexander Palmgren and Henrik Lindahl. - It all started well for about 10 years ago when I got to know Alex and Henrik in Gothenburg. Since then we have been running at each other a little look that closely over the years, and they have told us about the concept and the idea behind the brand. I liked their drive and the concept of simple and beautiful garments that can be combined with most of the time, so for 2.5 years ago we decided to start a collaboration where I became a partner. The idea is that during the first years to help with marketing part for later more go into delägarrollen. He says that so early is much to see and learn, understand the industry and help it he can. But cooperation also concerns that he may be involved and influence and make decisions within the company. - For me it is important to get a long-term partnership with a clear plan. The foundation of the brand was already there, so now it will be fun to see how we can develop it and take it to the next level. Alex and Henry are so easy to work with and that we can also have fun when we meet is an important prerequisite. Photographer cries Henke and hurries off for sheet Association last one - on top of a förrådstak. After a little climbing and helping hands of assistants and stylists is cameraman and NHL goalie in place of scratches handle the final image. A few minutes later everything is nailed, Henry bows out and hurry on. Before he goes, we have time flika a question about his thoughts for the upcoming World Cup and the new elements of the tournament. - It will be very exciting with a tournament where all the stars are with. It really is the best meet, which is very fun. NHL organization has been pushing to get to the tournament, and I think it will benefit hockey in general and the NHL league. A fun new feature is that in addition to the six major nations also become a Europalag and a North American U23 team. It will be interesting to see how they do with the national anthems of the law, concludes Henrik with a twinkle in his eye. Henrik Name: Henrik Lundqvist Nickname: "Henke", "Lunkan," "Hank" and "The King". Born: March 2, 1982 in Åre. Family: Wife Therese and his daughters Charlise and Juli. Hidden talent: Playing the guitar ( "not as often as I would like") and performed in 2013 Guns' n 'Roses' "Sweet Child of Mine" on Jimmy Fallon Show (search "Henrik Lundqvist @ Jimmy Fallon" on Youtube). In the garage: Two Porsches, a Bentley and a Range Rover. Merits in brief: 1 st Olympic gold (Turin 2006) 1 st Olympic silver (Sochi 2014) 2 silver medals (2003 & 2004) 2 championships with Frolunda (2003 & 2005) Vezina Trophy 2012 (the NHL's best goalie) Most wins and shutouts of a New York Rangers goalie. HENKE VS JOEL Who is the best at soccer? - It's probably 50/50. Who has the greatest track of fashion? - I have a greater interest. Who has the best looking car? - I! Who was the biggest Casanova in school? - We were probably pretty low key both. Who is most vain? - Joel would say that I'm there, but I think it's him. Who is the worst loser? - Ha ha, it's Joel.
Here is the translation in English: Henrik: All right, let's do it! [Noises: yes, you're good at this!] Henrik: Joel…? Joel: Hi there. Henrik: What do you think you're doing? Joel: What do you mean? Henrik: "What do you mean?" Head & Shoulders is my thing. Been doing it for years. Joel: They reached out and wanted to have a new face. Henrik: A new face? We have the same face, Joel! Joel: Well, it may have had something to do with age, too, actually. Henrik: Forty minutes. Joel: They were long minutes. That's how it goes.
GOTHENBURG, Sweden -- Henrik Lundqvist is fresh off the day's workout, an hour on the ice followed by a session at the gym. The New York Rangers goaltender has found a table in the back of the cafeteria at the Frolunda Indians practice center here. He's way in the back, where he can sit and eat his lunch in peace and quiet. Except that he's being pitched a charity project. The person making his pitch surely feels like he's the most important in the world at the moment, as Lundqvist is focused directly on him, seemingly oblivious to anything else taking place in the cafeteria. The man thanks him, they shake hands, and Lundqvist returns to his lunch. He's dressed in black, from his New York Yankees cap to his T-shirt, to jeans -- fashionably ripped, just right -- all the way down to his shoes. On his left arm, he has a tattoo of the name and birthday of his first-born daughter, Charlise, and on the blocker side arm is an ode to his second daughter, Juli. Maybe it has something to do with his age -- his dark beard now has a few gray hairs -- or maybe it's the fact that he's back in Gothenburg, eating the most Swedish of lunches, meatballs and mashed potatoes. But there's an aura of calmness around Lundqvist, 34. He also looks fit, very fit. "In my last years in Sweden, I weighed about 190 pounds," he says. "Then, when I got to the NHL, I got a little heavier, year by year, until I was close to 200 pounds, where it stayed for years. My last three seasons I've been back at 190. And now I weigh 185 pounds, which I think is a good weight for me." He says that focus on fitness has helped him keep pace an an ever-more demanding NHL. "Playing in the league has become physically a lot tougher," says Lundqvist. "The young players who enter the league now are much better prepared for it, and the demands are simply higher. So you have to take care of yourself." In 2012, Lundqvist -- who had been nominated in each of his first three seasons -- finally won the Vezina Trophy. He has been one of the best goalies in the world since he entered the NHL (and arguably even before that) in 2005. In fact, he had never finished outside the top six in Vezina voting since then. Until last year. Lundqvist didn't get a single vote following the 2015-16 season, despite posting the seventh-best save percentage in the league and winning 35 games, tied for fourth in the league, while facing the most shots in the NHL. His save percentage, .920, was only .01 below his career average, and only once had he posted a better even-strength save percentage than last season's .934. So why didn't he get any love for the Vezina? Maybe Lundqvist has raised the bar a little too high. Or maybe the GMs didn't vote after the regular season after all, because Lundqvist's postseason numbers weren't as pretty. His playoffs save percentage was .867 and his goals-against average was 4.39. Back in Gothenburg, he has made peace with the fact that the Rangers' season ended "way too early," as he puts it, with a first-round loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. "It was difficult to analyze because overall, I was pretty happy with the way I played and there were some things that I did very well, but then we were steamrolled at the end. How do you grade that?" he says. He's not looking back, but he's not looking too far forward, either. That's also the one piece of advice the 34-year-old veteran goaltender would give the 23-year-old Henrik Lundqvist when he entered the league. "Live in the now, he says. "Of course I had big dreams and goals, but that makes it easy to have expectations that are too high. Maybe you forget to enjoy what you have now. You have to live in the now to truly appreciate it, but also to get the most out of yourself. "We [NHLers] have it good. It's fun to play and travel and I think I appreciate it more now than when I was younger," he adds. That does sound like a wise man speaking. He's focused on the here and now. He has been to the Stanley Cup finals, and while he wants to get back -- and win -- more than anything, he realizes that he can't force his way back. "It's silly to look too much ahead. You just try to reset everything," Lundqvist says. "It's a long journey there, and everything has to go our way, so you just wipe the slate clean and start from square one. And it's mentally consuming to think about the playoffs now. Right now, I think of the next few weeks and coming to the rink, working out well, working on the details of my game." On Monday Lundqvist reported to Team Sweden's World Cup camp held, conveniently for him, in Gothenburg. Just like with the Rangers, all eyes will be on Lundqvist when Tre Kronor begins play. In the last best-on-best tournament, the Sochi Olympics, Sweden reached the final, as Lundqvist played every single minute of the tournament and posted a respectable .943 save percentage. "Playing under pressure is a part of being a goaltender, and it's inspiring to play well and be a decisive factor in the game," says Lundqvist, who also backstopped Sweden to an Olympic gold in Turin in 2006. "There's the pressure, but there's also the thrill of it." His teammates during that run included Nicklas Lidstrom, Mats Sundin and Daniel Alfredsson. All three are now Team Sweden management advisers. "I think it's fun to be with the national team. It's often a little polite in the beginning, very Swedish, but the longer we're together, the more we expect from each other," says Lundqvist. "You need the accountability to have save success." It's players like Lundqvist who set the tone for the team that now also has a new coach, Rikard Gronborg, with experience coaching U.S. college hockey. "He's very direct, very American in that way, and he knows and understands how the NHL players want to do things," says Lundqvist. "But for Sweden, the core concept is the importance of the group. Swedes always put the team first, regardless of the system we may play. "We're brought up that way, but in the end, you have to win and you don't win by just having a close-knit group," he adds with a laugh. The smile is still there, and appears quickly and often. The crow's feet add character to his movie-star looks. He may be older than all but one -- Roberto Luongo -- of the goalies who did receive votes for Vezina last season, but he's still just 34. His two idols growing up were Patrick Roy and Dominik Hasek, and both were older than that when they won the Stanley Cup. "Seasons do go by faster these days. Is it really my 12th NHL season? That feels a little ... weird," he says.