Henrik Lundqvist (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈhɛ̌nːrɪk ˈlɵ̂nːdkvɪst]; born 2 March 1982) is a Swedish former professional ice hockey goaltender. He played his entire 15-season career with 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 eleven 30-win seasons in his first twelve seasons. He holds the record for most wins by a European-born goaltender in the NHL. His dominating play during his rookie season resulted in the New York media and Rangers fans giving him the nickname "King Henrik".[1] During the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, he led the Swedish men's team to their second Olympic gold medal.

Henrik Lundqvist
Hockey Hall of Fame, 2023
Lundqvist in November 2022
Born (1982-03-02) 2 March 1982 (age 42)
Åre, Sweden
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 182 lb (83 kg; 13 st 0 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Frölunda HC
New York Rangers
National team  Sweden
NHL draft 205th overall, 2000
New York Rangers
Playing career 2000–2020
Website hlundqvist30.com

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 in three consecutive seasons (2003, 2004, and 2005). In 2005, he also won two of the most prestigious awards in Swedish ice hockey, the Guldpucken (Golden Puck) and the Guldhjälmen (Golden Helmet).

Lundqvist was considered a butterfly style goaltender, though unorthodox because of the aggressive way he performed the butterfly.[2] He was known for his strong positional play, both mental and physical toughness, and his upright torso stance.[citation needed] Lundqvist was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2023.[3]

Early life


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 m × 3 m (29.5 ft × 9.8 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 he and Joel were very competitive growing up, in sports as well as school.[4] Peter worked for a company which 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.[5]

Professional career


Frölunda (2000–2005)


After having a successful pre-season, Lundqvist made his Elitserien debut in the season opener on 21 September 2000 in a 4–2 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 favour of veteran goaltender Håkan Algotsson. Lundqvist would dress for only ten more games that season and earned only one start, a shootout loss to Djurgårdens IF. Lundqvist lost his roster spot to American veteran goaltender Pat Jablonski, who joined the team in October. Tommy Boustedt, the coach of the team at the time, later said that:

Malfeasance, I think in hindsight, that he didn't get to start in more games that season. He showed then that he was that good. He should have played more, no doubt about it.

Lundqvist with Frölunda HC in February 2005

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.[citation needed] 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-ten 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.[6]

During the 2004–05 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 (GAA) and a .927 save percentage, leading them to four consecutive playoff appearances and winning two titles in 2003 and 2005.

New York Rangers (2005–2020)


Rookie season and arrival of "The King" (2005–2009)


At the beginning of his rookie season in 2005–06, Lundqvist was slotted into the Rangers lineup as a backup to starting goaltender Kevin Weekes. After losing Weekes to injury in the second game of the season against the Montreal Canadiens, Lundqvist made his long-anticipated NHL debut on 8 October 2005, against the New Jersey Devils, stopping 24 of 27 shots in a 3–2 overtime loss.[7] Five days later, on 13 October, Lundqvist made his home debut in front of a sold-out crowd of 18,200 at Madison Square Garden in what was his first NHL win, a 4–1 victory against the Devils.[8] Lundqvist, who would be known throughout his NHL career and international play simply as "The King," was first given this nickname by the New York Post Rangers beat columnist, Larry Brooks, on 16 October, following Lundqvist's performance against the Atlanta Thrashers, a 5–1 victory for the Rangers.[9] Larry Brooks, in describing Lundqvist's performance in the game wrote the following:

"When it was over, when the Rangers had sewn up the 5–1 victory over the Thrashers that earned the team a succession of standing ovations from a Garden crowd that's fallen hard for its hard-hat team, the noise reached a crescendo when Henrik Lundqvist took his bows after being announced as the No. 1 star for the second straight game. Fast becoming a Broadway folk hero, King Henrik of Sweden took an abbreviated victory lap around the ice while raising his stick and glove in a return salute to the fans who alternately chanted, "Henrik" and "Lundqvist" throughout the match in which the goaltender made several nifty stops among his 28 saves."   

His first career shutout came on 17 October, against the Florida Panthers, only his fifth NHL game, and with it Lundqvist became the first rookie goaltender to record a shutout for the Rangers since John Vanbiesbrouck on 2 January 1985.[10] 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.[11] 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 NHL leaders in several categories: fifth in GAA (2.24), fourth in save percentage (.922), 11th in wins (30) and tied for 16th in shutouts with two. However, his regular season success did not continue in the playoffs, where he appeared in three playoff games, posted a 0–3 record, a 4.40 GAA and an .835 save percentage in a series loss to the New Jersey 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.[12] He was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team alongside 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.

Lundqvist during a game against the Calgary Flames in January 2008. During the 2007–08 season, Lundqvist signed a six-year extension with the New York Rangers.

By the start of his second season with the NHL, Lundqvist had already made a name for himself in the hockey world, among his fellow players and with Ranger fans and was now widely known by his 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 quarterfinals over the Atlanta Thrashers, Lundqvist became the first Rangers goaltender since Mike Richter in 1997 to record 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 of the Calgary Flames for third place in balloting, there were four finalists for an NHL individual trophy for the first time in league history. During the 2007 off-season, Lundqvist signed a one-year, US$4.25 million contract extension with the Rangers.

On 13 February 2008, Lundqvist signed a six-year, US$41.25 million contract extension with the Rangers averaging $6.875 million per season.[13] This made him the highest-paid goaltender in the NHL on average over the length of his contract.[14] On 24 February, Lundqvist became the first Rangers goaltender to record eight shutouts in a single season since Eddie Giacomin in 1970–71. On 6 March, 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, 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.[15] 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.[16]

On 1 October 2008, Lundqvist and the New York Rangers won the Victoria Cup in 2008 when they won 4–3 over Metallurg Magnitogorsk.

Lundqvist during a game against the Washington Capitals in the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs

On 8 January 2009, Lundqvist was selected to play in the 2009 NHL All-Star Game at Bell Centre. On 24 January, 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, Lundqvist became the first NHL goaltender to win at least 30 games in his first four seasons with a win over the Nashville Predators.

Establishing himself, Stanley Cup Finals appearance, Vezina Trophy season (2009–2017)


In September 2009, despite having played only four seasons with the club, the book 100 Ranger Greats ranked Lundqvist at No. 90 all-time of more than 900 New York Rangers' players who had played during the team's first 82 seasons.[17] On 25 March 2010, Lundqvist became the first NHL goaltender to win at least 30 games in his first five seasons after defeating the New Jersey Devils 4–3 in a shootout.

In January 2011, Lundqvist and teammate Marc Staal were named All-Stars for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game. Both players were drafted by Staal's older brother Eric, who was one of the captains for the event.[18] 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.[19] 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).[20] On 17 February, Lundqvist earned his 200th NHL win in a 4–3 shootout victory over the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden.[21] On 19 March, Lundqvist became the first NHL goaltender to win at least 30 games in his first six seasons in a 6–3 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

On 24 January 2012, Lundqvist earned his 40th career shutout, defeating 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.[22]

Lundqvist with the Rangers in November 2011. During the 2011–12 season, he became the first NHL goaltender to win at least 30 games in their first seven seasons.

On 27 February, Lundqvist extended his own record as he became the first NHL goaltender to win at least 30 games in his first seven seasons in a 2–0 shutout win over the New Jersey Devils.[23] On 20 June, Lundqvist won the Vezina Trophy at the 2012 NHL Awards in Las Vegas. Lundqvist was also a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award along with Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos and Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin with both awards eventually being awarded to Malkin.[24]

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.[25] 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, 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, Lundqvist recorded back-to-back playoff shutouts against the Washington Capitals in the first round of the 2013 playoffs. However, Lundqvist and the Rangers would be eliminated by the eventual Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins in five games in the second round.

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.[26] 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.[27] On 22 March, Lundqvist passed Hall of Fame goaltender 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.[28][29]

With the 2–1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the 2014 playoffs on 13 May, Lundqvist earned an NHL-record five-straight Game 7 wins.[30] On 29 May, he shut-out the Montreal Canadiens 1–0 in Game 6 to help take the Rangers to the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals against the Los Angeles Kings, and Lundqvist also surpassed Mike Richter on the most playoff wins list (42) in the process.[31] However, the Rangers would ultimately be defeated by the Kings 4–1. In Game 5, Kings defenceman Alec Martinez scored in double overtime off a Tyler Toffoli rebound to give the Kings their second Stanley Cup title in three years.

Lundqvist with the Rangers in October 2014

On 31 January 2015, against the Carolina Hurricanes, Lundqvist took a shot to his neck from Brad Malone, but completed the game as well as a 6–3 win over the Florida Panthers three days later. However, tests done the morning after the Panthers game in response to Lundqvist complaining of headaches and lightheadedness detected a sprained blood vessel in his neck. Lundqvist was expected to miss 4-6 weeks due to the injury.[32] Despite the superior performance of backup goaltender Cam Talbot during Lundqvist's absence, Lundqvist would remain the Rangers' starter upon his return on 28 March, in a 4–2 loss to the Boston Bruins. Despite missing nearly two months, Lundqvist was able to earn 30 wins for the ninth time in his career, going 5–2–0 after returning from the injury. At the end of the 2014–15 season the Rangers won the Presidents' Trophy as the regular season champions. Lundqvist started all 19 Rangers games in the 2015 playoffs and recorded a 2.11 GAA and .928 save percentage. The Rangers eventually reached the Eastern Conference Finals, where they lost in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning, one win short from back-to-back appearances in the Stanley Cup Finals.

On 16 January 2016, Lundqvist recorded his 20th victory of the season in a 3–2 shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers, 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 goaltenders 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.[33]

On 1 November 2016, Lundqvist recorded his 60th shutout in a 5–0 win over the St. Louis Blues.[34] On 31 December, Lundqvist recorded his 390th career win in a game against the Colorado Avalanche. In doing so, he surpassed Hall of Fame goaltender Dominik Hašek to become the all-time wins leader among European-born goaltenders. On 11 February 2017, Lundqvist recorded his 400th win in a game against the Colorado Avalanche, becoming the 12th player in NHL history to earn 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.[35]

Later seasons in New York (2017–2020)


On 16 January 2018, Lundqvist earned his 20th win of the 2017–18 season against the Philadelphia Flyers and became the only goaltender in NHL history to win at least 20 games in 13 consecutive seasons.[36]

On 7 March 2019, Lundqvist became the third goaltender in NHL history to play at least 850 games with one franchise in a 3–2 shootout loss to the Detroit Red Wings.[37]

On 3 October 2019, Lundqvist earned his 450th win in the 2019–20 season opener against the Winnipeg Jets, making him the sixth goaltender to reach the mark,[38] and the second one to do so with one franchise.[39] He made 43 saves in the game, tying a franchise record for most by a Rangers goaltender in a season opener, the highest amount since Gump Worsley in 1955.[40] On 25 November against the Minnesota Wild, Lundqvist earned his 455th win and surpassed Curtis Joseph for fifth place in all-time wins in NHL history.[41]

Following the 2019–20 season, it became apparent that Lundqvist would be the odd man out following the emergence of Rangers goaltenders Alexandar Georgiev and Igor Shesterkin. Lundqvist was bought out of his contract on 30 September 2020, making him a free agent for the first time in his career.[42]

Retirement (2020–2021)


On 9 October 2020, Lundqvist signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Washington Capitals.[43] However, on 17 December, Lundqvist announced that he would miss the 2020–21 season due to an irregular heartbeat brought upon by pericarditis,[44][45] which required an open-heart surgery that was performed in January 2021.[46][47] Lundqvist returned to practice in late February 2021.[48] On 11 April, Lundqvist announced that he would not return to the Capitals lineup during the 2020–21 season.[49]

On 20 August 2021, Lundqvist announced his retirement from professional ice hockey.[50] That same day, the Rangers announced that they would retire number 30 in his honor during the 2021–22 season,[51] which was retired on 28 January 2022.[52]

International play

Lundqvist with the Sweden men's national ice hockey team.
Medal record
Representing   Sweden
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
  2006 Turin
  2014 Sochi
World Championships
  2017 Cologne/Paris
  2003 Helsinki
  2004 Prague
World Cup of Hockey
  2016 Toronto
Inline hockey
World Championships
  2002 Nuremberg

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.[53]

At the 2001 World U20 Championship 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 quarterfinals, Sweden lost 0–1 against the Czech Republic in the semifinals, and 1–2 in overtime against Canada in the bronze medal game.

Lundqvist debuted for the senior Swedish team on 10 November 2002 in the 2002 Karjala Tournament in Helsinki.[54]

Lundqvist was selected to the 2003 World Championship but was third string goaltender behind Tommy Salo and Mikael Tellqvist. The following year, at the 2004 World Championship, 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 2004–05 Euro Hockey Tour, 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 World Championship in Vienna and Innsbruck, Austria, Lundqvist played in all nine games during the tournament, where Sweden eventually lost the bronze medal game against Russia.[55]

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 holds the career record for most shutouts in best-on-best hockey, with four.[56]

In the 2017 World Championship, Lundqvist joined the Swedish team in the group stage and stayed in net for all five remaining games, including the final against 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 tenth World Championship title, on a national team captained by his identical twin brother Joel Lundqvist.

Lundqvist joined Sweden again in the 2019 World Championship right after the NHL season ended. Sweden finished the tournament in fifth place after a 5–4 overtime loss to Finland in the quarterfinals, marking the only time Lundqvist lost to the Finnish team.[citation needed]

Inline hockey


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 Championship.[57][58]

Personal life




Lundqvist and his wife have two daughters.[59][60][61]

Charity work


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.[62] 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 were available exclusively at retail outlets within the confines of Madison Square Garden.[citation needed]

In 2014, Lundqvist and his wife founded the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation a non-profit organization with a focus on health and education for children and families.[63] 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 14 September 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.[64] 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.[65] 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."[66]

Hobbies and other ventures

Henrik (left) with his identical twin brother, Joel Lundqvist, during an ad campaign for clothing retailer Brothers

In 2004, Lundqvist was awarded "Best Dressed" in Sweden.[67] In April 2006, he was named one of People's World's 100 Most Beautiful People.[68] In December 2008, he was named one of Page Six magazine's Top 25 Best Dressed in 2008.[69]

Lundqvist used to play guitar in a Swedish rock band called Box Play during his time in Frölunda and plays guitar in his spare time.[70]

On 10 July 2013, he hosted the 1.5-hour talk show Sommar on Swedish public radio.[71]

Broadcast career


Lundqvist joined the MSG Network as a studio analyst for New York Rangers coverage in 2021.[72][73] Also in 2021, he joined TNT as a rotating studio analyst,[74] and was added to their roster full-time during the 2023–24 season, replacing Rick Tocchet.[citation needed]

Career statistics


Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
1998–99 Västra Frölunda HC J20 35 2,100 95 2.73
1999–00 Västra Frölunda HC J20 30 1,726 73 2.54 .904 5 4 1 300 7 2 1.40 .925
2000–01 Västra Frölunda HC J20 19 1,140 50 2 2.64 .908 5 1.97 .927
2000–01 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 4 190 11 0 3.47 .882
2000–01 IF Mölndal Hockey SWE.2 7 420 29 0 4.22 .868
2001–02 Västra Frölunda HC J20 1 1 0 0 60 4 0 4.00 .840
2001–02 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 20 1,152 52 2 2.71 .899 8 8 0 490 18 2 2.21 .931
2002–03 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 28 1,650 40 6 1.45 .948 12 740 26 2 2.11 .922
2003–04 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 48 2,897 105 7 2.17 .928 10 610 20 0 1.97 .936
2004–05 Frölunda HC SEL 44 30 8 3 2,642 79 6 1.79 .936 14 12 2 855 15 6 1.05 .961
2005–06 New York Rangers NHL 53 30 12 9 3,112 116 2 2.24 .922 3 0 3 177 13 0 4.41 .835
2006–07 New York Rangers NHL 70 37 22 8 4,108 160 5 2.34 .917 10 6 4 637 22 1 2.07 .924
2007–08 New York Rangers NHL 72 37 24 10 4,304 160 10 2.23 .912 10 5 5 608 26 1 2.57 .909
2008–09 New York Rangers NHL 70 38 25 7 4,153 168 4 2.43 .916 7 3 4 380 19 1 3.00 .908
2009–10 New York Rangers NHL 73 35 27 10 4,204 167 4 2.38 .921
2010–11 New York Rangers NHL 68 36 27 5 4,007 152 11 2.28 .923 5 1 4 346 13 0 2.25 .917
2011–12 New York Rangers NHL 62 39 18 5 3,754 123 8 1.97 .930 20 10 10 1251 38 3 1.82 .931
2012–13 New York Rangers NHL 43 24 16 3 2,575 88 2 2.05 .926 12 5 7 756 27 3 2.14 .934
2013–14 New York Rangers NHL 63 33 24 5 3,655 144 5 2.36 .920 25 13 11 1516 54 1 2.14 .927
2014–15 New York Rangers NHL 46 30 13 3 2,743 103 5 2.25 .922 19 11 8 1166 41 0 2.11 .928
2015–16 New York Rangers NHL 65 35 21 7 3,773 156 4 2.48 .920 5 1 3 205 15 0 4.39 .867
2016–17 New York Rangers NHL 57 31 20 4 3,241 148 2 2.74 .910 12 6 6 775 29 1 2.25 .927
2017–18 New York Rangers NHL 63 26 26 7 3,503 174 2 2.98 .915
2018–19 New York Rangers NHL 52 18 23 10 3,089 158 0 3.07 .907
2019–20 New York Rangers NHL 30 10 12 3 1,597 84 1 3.16 .905 2 0 2 119 7 0 3.53 .901
SEL totals 144 8,531 287 21 1.99 .929 44 2,695 79 10 1.76 .939
NHL totals 887 459 310 96 51,816 2,101 64 2.43 .918 130 61 67 7,935 304 10 2.30 .921


Year Team Event GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2000 Sweden WJC18 4 240 9 0 2.25 .939
2001 Sweden WJC 7 3 4 0 419 13 0 1.86 .928
2002 Sweden WJC 7 3 2 2 419 15 1 2.15 .906
2004 Sweden WC 8 5 2 1 476 13 1 1.64 .925
2005 Sweden WC 9 6 3 0 510 20 1 2.35 .894
2006 Sweden OLY 6 5 1 0 360 14 0 2.33 .907
2008 Sweden WC 5 3 2 283 14 0 2.97 .911
2010 Sweden OLY 3 2 1 179 4 2 1.34 .927
2014 Sweden OLY 6 5 1 360 9 2 1.50 .943
2016 Sweden WCH 3 1 2 187 7 1 2.24 .940
2017 Sweden WC 5 5 0 320 7 0 1.31 .946
2019 Sweden WC 6 4 2 359 17 1 2.84 .887
Senior totals 51 36 14 1 3034 105 8 2.08 .917



Elitserien records

  • Goals against average (1.45) and save percentage (.948) in 2002–03
  • Goals against average (1.79) and save percentage (.936) in 2004–05

New York Rangers/NHL records

  • Only goaltender in NHL history to record 30 wins in each of first seven seasons[75]
  • First NHL goaltender to start his career with 11 straight, 20-win seasons, and became overall the 15th NHL goaltender to have won at least 20 games in a season 11 times[33]
  • 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): 74[76]
  • Most wins (459) by a New York Rangers goaltender
  • Fastest goaltender to record 400 wins in NHL history
  • Most shutouts (64) 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 (985)
  • 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)
  • First goaltender in NHL history with consecutive 50+ save wins (since shots were first tracked in the 1955–56 season). Announced during a broadcast on 3 March 2018, he had 100 saves on 106 shots in the last two games played

Olympics records

  • Winter Olympics record for consecutive minutes without allowing a goal: 172 minutes and 34 seconds (2006 to 2010)



Elitserien awards

Award Year(s) awarded
Junior Hockey Player of the Year 2002
Honken Trophy 2003, 2004, 2005
Guldhjälmen 2005
Guldpucken 2005

NHL/New York Rangers awards

Award Year(s) awarded
NHL All-Rookie Team 2006
Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award 2006, 2018[77]
New York Rangers' MVP 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018
Victoria Cup – New York Rangers 2008
John Halligan Good Guy Award 2008
NHL All-Star Game 2009, 2011, 2012, 2018, 2019
Vezina Trophy 2012
NHL first All-Star team 2012
NHL second All-Star team 2013
NHL All-Decade 2nd Team 2010s[78]


Award Year(s) nominated
Vezina Trophy 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013
Ride of Fame 2010[79]
Hart Memorial Trophy 2012
Ted Lindsay Award 2012
King Clancy Memorial Trophy 2019, 2020


Award Year(s) awarded
WC Best Goaltender 2004
WC All-Star team 2004
Olympic All-Star team 2014[80]
IIHF All-Time Sweden Team 2020

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Honken Trophy
2003, 2004, 2005
Succeeded by
Preceded by Guldhjälmen
Succeeded by
Preceded by Guldpucken
Succeeded by
Preceded by Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award
Succeeded by
Preceded by Winner of the Vezina Trophy
Succeeded by