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2015 straight for equality in sports: henrik lundqvist

Henrik Lundqvist, born 2 March 1982, is a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Before winning the Vezina Trophy in 2012, he was nominated in each of his first three seasons, and is the only goaltender in NHL history to record 30 wins in each of his first seven seasons. 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 Swedish men’s 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 because of the aggressive way he performs the butterfly. He is best known for his sensational quickness, athleticism and strong positional play.

​As an ally to the LGBTQ community, Lundqvist is outspoken ​ in the sports world, strongly supporting the NHL’s partnership with You Can Play (a nonprofit working to combat homophobia in sports), and creating his own anti-bullying “I Won’t Stand For” video for USA Network’s Characters Unite campaign. 

Lundqvist is married to Therese Lundqvist and they have one child, a daughter named Charlise. ​He and Therese together founded the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation,€‹ a non-profit organization with a focus on health and education for children and families. HLF is an international grantmaking organization, with community partners in New York City, Sweden and the Dominican Republic.