Before joining the Rangers, Lundqvist played for Frölunda HC in 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, strong positional play, concentration tracking pucks, upright torso stance and style.
Henrik Lundqvist grew up with his identical twin brother Joel in Åre, Jämtland, an area where alpine skiing is the most popular winter activity, though Henrik and Joel chose to play ice hockey over the more popular winter sports. During the winters, their kindergarten teachers used the kindergarten's 9 meters × 3 meters (30 ft × 10 ft) sandpit to freeze an outdoor ice rink where the twins would frequently skate. Their interest in hockey grew even stronger when their father Peter took the twins to see Västra Frölunda HC play in Scandinavium, Gothenburg. Henrik has said that he and Joel were very competitive growing up, in sports as well as school. Peter worked for a company who sponsored Frölunda, and Henrik and Joel saw many games in Scandinavium, where Frölunda became their favorite team. In 1990, Henrik and Joel joined Järpens IF and started playing organized hockey for the first time. During one practice, when the coach asked if anyone wanted to be a goaltender, Joel grabbed and raised Henrik's arm and said that his brother would like to. In 1993, the family moved to Båstad, Skåne, in southern Sweden to support their older sister Gabriella's tennis career. Henrik and Joel then joined local team Rögle BK, and were both selected for Scania's regional team in Sverigepucken in 1995. Henrik was selected to play for Scania in TV-pucken in 1996, and in 1997, when Joel was also selected. During the 1997–98 season, Henrik and Joel were extensively scouted by Frölunda, and while playing for Rögle in the 1998 Scandinavium Cup in Gothenburg, Frölunda's junior team manager and under-16 coach Janne Karlsson contacted their father, who told Henrik and Joel about Frölunda's interest in them while driving home to Båstad.
After having a successful pre-season, Lundqvist made his Elitserien debut in the season opener on 21 September 2000 in a 2–4 loss against Brynäs IF. Lundqvist bounced back and recorded his first win in the following away game against IF Björklöven, stopping 18 shots and only allowing one goal while being short-handed. In his third straight start, Lundqvist allowed two early first period goals in a game against Timrå IK and was pulled in favor of veteran keeper Håkan Algotsson. Lundqvist would dress for only ten more games this season and earned only one start, a shootout loss to Djurgårdens IF. Lundqvist lost his roster spot to American veteran keeper Pat Jablonski, who joined the team in October. Tommy Boustedt, the coach of the team at the time, later said that:
Lundqvist played in nine games for IF Mölndal Hockey in the Swedish second tier Allsvenskan, before joining Frölunda's junior team in the J20 SuperElit in December. After his poor play in Allsvenskan, and a tough start in the J20 SuperElit, he allowed six goals in an exhibition game against Canada. National junior team coaches Bo "Kulon" Lennartsson and Mikael Tisell were worried and decided to have a talk with Lundqvist, where they questioned his motivation. Lundqvist's turning point came at the turn of the year at the 2001 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Moscow, where he led the Swedish national junior's team to a fourth-place finish in the tournament. He spent the rest of the season in the J20 SuperElit where he played 18 games, leading the league in minutes played by a goaltender. In the playoffs, he led Frölunda to their second straight Anton Cup win, which came in a 5–2 win over Leksands IF in the final at the Stockholm Globe Arena.
In December 2004, The Hockey News rated Lundqvist the sixth-best European prospect, the lone goaltender in their European top 10 list. Also in December, Lundqvist joined fellow future Rangers prospect Al Montoya on McKeen's list of top goaltending prospects, where he was ranked seventh in the group.
During the 2005 season, Lundqvist broke four Swedish national records: lowest goals against average (1.05), highest save percentage (.962), longest goalless streak (at 172 minutes and 29 seconds) and most shutouts in a season (6). He was also named Best Goaltender, Best Player and was selected as the league's MVP by fellow players.
In 180 appearances with Frölunda, he amassed a 1.96 goals against average and a .927 save percentage, leading them to four consecutive playoff appearances and winning two titles in 2003 and 2005.
At the beginning of his rookie season in 2005–06, with starting goaltender Kevin Weekes injured, Lundqvist made his NHL debut on 8 October 2005 against the New Jersey Devils, stopping 24 of 27 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss. A few days later, on 13 October 2005, Lundqvist posted his first career NHL win, in another game against the Devils. His first career shutout came on 17 October 2005 against the Florida Panthers, and with it Lundqvist became the first rookie goaltender to record a shutout for the Rangers since John Vanbiesbrouck on 2 January 1985. During the season, Lundqvist also became the first Rangers rookie to post 20 wins in a season since Mike Richter recorded 21 in 1990–91. Finishing the season with 30 wins, Lundqvist broke the Rangers rookie goaltending record of 29 wins, previously held by Jim Henry (1941–42) and Johnny Bower (1953–54). Lundqvist was among the league leaders in several categories: fifth in goals against average (2.24), fourth in save percentage (.922), 11th in wins (30) and tied for 16th in shutouts with two. His regular season success did not continue in the playoffs, however, where he appeared in three playoff games, posted a 0–3 record, a 4.40 goals against average, and an .835 save percentage in a series loss to the Devils. He was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL's best goaltender, but he was not a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the rookie of the year, because of a high quality crop of first-year players. He was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team, along with Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, Brad Boyes, Dion Phaneuf and Andrej Meszároš. He won the 2005–06 MetLife/Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award, a New York Rangers team award.
By the second month of his second season, Lundqvist had already made a name for himself in the hockey world, among his fellow players and with Ranger fans. Because of his spectacular athletic ability and work ethic, he earned the nickname "King Henrik" or simply "The King."
On 14 December 2006, against the Dallas Stars, Lundqvist became the first NHL goaltender to face his twin brother, Joel. He and his brother are only the third set of twins to play each other in an NHL game. The game was won by Lundqvist and the Rangers. In the Rangers' 7–0 win in Game 3 of the 2007 Eastern Conference Quarter-finals over the Atlanta Thrashers, Lundqvist became the first Rangers goalie since Mike Richter in 1997 to post a playoff shutout. The win was also the Rangers' first home playoff win since Richter's shutout. For the second consecutive year, Lundqvist was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy. Because Lundqvist was tied with Miikka Kiprusoff for third place in balloting, there were four finalists for an NHL individual trophy for the first time in league history. During the off-season, Lundqvist re-signed to a one-year, US$4.25 million contract with the Rangers.
On 13 February 2008, Lundqvist signed a six-year contract with the Rangers worth $41.25 million, averaging $6.875 million a season. This made him the highest paid goaltender in the NHL on average over the length of his contract. On 24 February 2008, Lundqvist became the first Rangers goaltender to record eight shutouts in a single season since Eddie Giacomin in 1970–71. On 6 March 2008, he recorded his 30th win of the season, making him just the second goaltender, along with Ron Hextall, to record at least 30 wins in each of his first three NHL seasons. On 9 March 2008, Lundqvist became the first Rangers goaltender to record nine shutouts in a season since Eddie Giacomin's 1966–67 season in a 1–0 win against the Boston Bruins.
Lundqvist was named the Rangers Most Valuable Player for the fifth consecutive season (2006–07 to 2010–11), as voted by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He became the first Rangers player to earn the Rangers MVP award five consecutive times.
On 1 October 2008, Lundqvist and the New York Rangers won the Victoria Cup by beating Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the Championship game with the score of 4–3.
On 8 January 2009, Lundqvist was selected to play in the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal.
On 24 January 2009, Lundqvist made his first All-Star appearance in the Elimination Shootout. He stopped 12 of 16 shots in the shootout as Shane Doan won the competition. The next day, he played in the second period of the All-Star game, in which he gave up six goals.
On 12 March 2009, Lundqvist became the first NHL goalie to win at least 30 games in his first four seasons with a win over the Nashville Predators.
In September 2009, despite having played only four seasons with the club, Lundqvist was ranked number 90th on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons, 2009).
On 25 March 2010, Lundqvist became the first NHL goalie to win at least 30 games in his first five seasons by beating the New Jersey Devils in a shootout.
In January 2011, Lundqvist and teammate Marc Staal were named All-Stars for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, North Carolina. Both players were drafted by Staal's older brother Eric, who was one of the captains for the event. On 30 January 2011, Lundqvist played in the third period of the All-Star game, stopping 11 of 14 shots. This was his second All-Star appearance. He also became the first goaltender to face and stop penalty shot in the 57-year history of the NHL All-Star Game; the penalty shot was attempted by Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche.
On 17 February 2011, Lundqvist earned his 200th NHL win in a 4–3 shootout victory over the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden.
On 19 March 2011, Lundqvist became the first NHL goalie to win at least 30 games in his first six seasons in a 6–3 win over the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden.
On 24 January 2012, Lundqvist earned his 40th career shutout, beating the Winnipeg Jets 3–0 at Madison Square Garden.
After making 42 saves in a 3–0 shutout victory over the Boston Bruins on 14 February 2012, Rangers fans began using the term "Lundsanity" in association with Lundqvist, as around this time the term "Linsanity" was being used to describe basketball player Jeremy Lin's meteoric rise to fame with the National Basketball Association's New York Knicks, who, like the Rangers, also play at Madison Square Garden.
On 27 February 2012, Lundqvist extended his own record as he became the first NHL goalie to win at least 30 games in his first seven seasons in a 2–0 shutout win over the New Jersey Devils in New York.
On 20 June 2012, Lundqvist won the Vezina Trophy at the 2012 NHL Awards in Las Vegas.
On 24 November 2012, Lundqvist participated in "Operation Hat Trick," a charity hockey game held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City to raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims.
On 3 March 2013, Lundqvist took the NHL all-time lead in shootout wins over Martin Brodeur, winning his 43rd against the Buffalo Sabres. On 3 April 2013, Lundqvist won his 268th game, surpassing Eddie Giacomin for the second most wins in Rangers history, behind only Mike Richter. On 13 and 14 May 2013, Lundqvist recorded back-to-back playoff shutouts against the Washington Capitals. Lundqvist and the Rangers, however, would be eliminated by the eventual Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins in five games.
On 4 December 2013, Lundqvist signed a seven-year, $59.5 million contract extension with the Rangers, making Lundqvist the highest-paid goaltender in the NHL with an average annual cap hit of $8.5 million.
On 18 March 2014, Lundqvist passed Mike Richter with his 302nd win to become the most winning goaltender in Rangers history after defeating the Ottawa Senators 8–4.
On 22 March 2014, Lundqvist passed Hall of Fame goalie Eddie Giacomin with his 50th regular season shutout to become the Rangers' shutout leader after defeating the New Jersey Devils 2–0 at the Prudential Center.
With the 2–1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Semi-finals on 13 May, Lundqvist earned an NHL-record five-straight Game 7 wins. On 29 May, he shutout the Montreal Canadiens 1–0 in Game 6 to help take the Rangers to 2014 Stanley Cup Finals against the Los Angeles Kings; Lundqvist also surpassed Mike Richter on the most post-season wins list (42) in the process. The Rangers, however, would ultimately be defeated by the Kings 4–1. In Game 5, Alec Martinez scored in double overtime off a Tyler Toffoli rebound to give the Kings their second Stanley Cup title in three years.
Lundqvist's performance in the 2014–15 season was also stellar. However, in a game on January 31, 2015 against the Carolina Hurricanes, Lundqvist took a shot to his neck from Brad Malone. He stayed in net for the game, which the Rangers won 4-2, and went in net for another game on February 2, a 6-3 win over the Florida Panthers, before it was discovered that a blood vessel in Lundqvist's neck was damaged, and that Lundqvist would be out for 5–7 weeks as a result. Despite the superior performance of backup goaltender Cam Talbot during Lundqvist's absence, Lundqvist would remain the Rangers' starter upon his return on March 28, in a 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins. Despite missing nearly 2 months, Lundqvist was able to clinch 30 wins for the 9th time in his career, going 5-2-0 after returning from the injury.
Lundqvist started all 19 Rangers games in the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, and recorded a 2.11 GAA, and a .928 save percentage. Even though Lundqvist was stellar in net, the Rangers struggled to produce offensively, especially in the Eastern Conference Finals, which they lost in 7 games to the Tampa Bay Lightning
On 16 January 2016, Lundqvist recorded his 20th victory of the season, making him the first NHL goaltender to start his career with 11 straight 20-win seasons. Lundqvist also joined Hockey Hall of Fame member Tony Esposito and retired goaltender Martin Brodeur as the only goalies with 11 consecutive, 20-win seasons at any point in their career. Overall, Lundqvist became the 15th NHL netminder to have won at least 20 games in a season 11 times.
On December 31, 2016, Lundqvist recorded his 390th career win against the Colorado Avalanche, in doing so, he surpassed Hall of Fame goalie Dominik Hašek to become the all-time wins leader among European-born goaltenders.
On February 11, 2017, Lundqvist recorded his 400th win in a win against the Colorado Avalanche, becoming the 12th player in league history to have 400 wins. He is also the first European-born goaltender to reach the mark, the first in Rangers history to do so, and the quickest in NHL history to do so.
Lundqvist is the all-time leader among goaltenders, and 11th overall of all players, in games played for the Swedish national junior's ice hockey team.
At the 2001 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Moscow, Lundqvist led Sweden to a fourth-place finish in the tournament. After an upset 3–2 win over the hosting nation Russia in the quarter-finals, Sweden lost 0–1 against Czech Republic in the semi-finals, and 1–2 in over time against Canada in the bronze medal game.
Lundqvist debuted for the senior Swedish team on 10 November 2002, during the 2002 Karjala Tournament in Helsinki.
Lundqvist was selected to the 2003 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships but was third string goaltender behind Tommy Salo and Mikael Tellqvist. The following year, at the 2004 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships, Lundqvist was the starting goaltender and he was selected to the tournament all-star team.
Lundqvist and Jörgen Jönsson were the only two Elitserien players selected to play for Sweden at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. Lacking experience on the smaller ice surface, Lundqvist was again third string behind Salo and Tellqvist.
In the Euro Hockey Tour during the 2004–05 season, Lundqvist was named best goaltender in Karjala Tournament and Sweden Hockey Games by the directorate, as well as to the media all-star team in both tournaments. At the 2005 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships in Vienna and Innsbruck, Austria, Lundqvist played in all nine games during the tournament, where Sweden eventually lost the bronze medal game against Russia.
Lundqvist's most memorable international performance came at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, where he led Sweden to the gold medal over their archrivals Finland. In six Olympic starts, Lundqvist went 5–1, allowing only 12 goals with a .907 save percentage. He currently holds the career record for most shutouts in best-on-best hockey, with four.
In the 2017 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships, Lundqvist joined the Swedish team in the group stage and stayed in net for all five remaining games, including the final against Team Canada. Lundqvist had an excellent tournament and recorded a 1.31 GAA, and a .946 save percentage. The final against Canada went into a shootout and Lundqvist stopped all four Canadian chances to lead his country to its 10th World Championship title, on a national team captained by his identical twin brother Joel Lundqvist.
Lundqvist led team Sweden with spectacular goaltending to their first ever medal in inline hockey when they won Gold at the 2002 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championships.
In 2009, Lundqvist became the Rangers spokesman for the Garden of Dreams Foundation, which works mostly with Madison Square Garden and its tenants to host charitable events and grant wishes to sick children, similar to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In this role, Lundqvist hosts events and records public service messages. In order to benefit the charity, Lundqvist launched a clothing line, called the Crown Collection, on 19 January 2012. The items of the Crown Collection are available exclusively at retail outlets within the confines of Madison Square Garden.
In 2014, Lundqvist and his wife Therese 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. The Henrik Lundqvist Foundation hosted its inaugural fundraising event on September 15, 2014 at Refinery Rooftop. The evening included a silent auction, a Q&A session hosted by NHL Network’s Kevin Weekes & an acoustic performance by Henrik Lundqvist and bandmate John McEnroe.
In 2004, Lundqvist was awarded "Best Dressed" in Sweden. In April 2006, he was named one of People's World's 100 Most Beautiful People. In December 2008, he was named one of Page Six magazine's Top 25 Best Dressed in 2008.
In 2007, a video appeared on the website YouTube with a drunk man impersonating Lundqvist. Two major Swedish tabloids, Aftonbladet and Expressen, wrote about the event. Aftonbladet later released a statement from a man claiming to have been the impersonator in the clip.
Lundqvist used to play guitar in a Swedish rock band called Box Play.
Lundqvist also has a restaurant called Tiny's located in Tribeca. He has worked on this project with former Rangers teammate Sean Avery, who owns his own restaurant in New York City called Warren 77, and some other business partners.
Lundqvist has been married to Therese Andersson since the summer of 2011.
On 10 July 2012, Lundqvist's wife gave birth to a daughter named Charlise Lundqvist in New York.
On 10 July 2013, Lundqvist hosted the 1.5 hour talk show Sommar on Swedish public radio.
On 20 March 2015, Lundqvist's wife gave birth to a daughter Juli in New York.
Lundqvist was named a finalist for the 2014-15 NHL Foundation Player Award for his exemplary work with the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation as well as the Garden of Dreams Foundation.
On 29 June 2015, Lundqvist was selected as an athlete finalist for the first ever ESPN Humanitarian of the Year Awards for his commitment to "using the power of sports to transform lives and uplift communities."Goals against average (1.45) and save percentage (.948) of 2002–03
Goals against average (1.79) and save percentage (.936) of 2004–05
Only goaltender in NHL history to record 30 wins in each of first seven seasons.
First NHL goaltender to start his career with 11 straight, 20-win seasons, and became overall the 15th NHL goalie to have won at least 20 games in a season 11 times.
Only goaltender in NHL history to reach 30 wins in each full season he has played.
Most shutouts by a goaltender in Madison Square Garden.
New York Rangers club record, games played, single season: 73 (2009–10).
The Rangers all-time leader in shutouts---regular-season and playoffs combined.
Most wins (405) by a New York Rangers goaltender.
Fastest goaltender to record 400 wins in NHL History
Most shutouts (61) by a New York Rangers goaltender.
Most Playoffs wins (61) by a New York Rangers goaltender.
Consecutive Game 7 wins (6).
Most combined games played (744).
Most combined regular season and playoff saves
Most wins by a European-born goaltender in NHL history
Most saves in the shootout by a goaltender (career)
Winter Olympics record for consecutive minutes without allowing a goal: 172 minutes and 34 seconds (2006 to 2010).