Joel Lundqvist

Joel Per Lundqvist (born 2 March 1982) is a Swedish professional ice hockey centre for Frölunda HC of Swedish Hockey League (SHL). He serves as the team's captain. He is the identical twin brother of the New York Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. He previously played in the National Hockey League for the Dallas Stars from 2006 to 2009.

Joel Lundqvist
Joel Lundqvist May 4, 2014.jpg
Born (1982-03-02) 2 March 1982 (age 38)
Åre, Sweden
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
SHL team
Former teams
Frölunda HC
Dallas Stars
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 68th overall, 2000
Dallas Stars
Playing career 2000–present

Early lifeEdit

Joel and identical twin brother Henrik, a goalie with the New York Rangers of the NHL, were born to Eva Johansson and Peter Lundqvist. They grew up in Åre, Jämtland, an area where alpine skiing is the most popular winter activity, but 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 larger when their father Peter took the twins to see Frölunda HC play in Scandinavium, Gothenburg. Peter worked for a company who sponsored Frölunda, and Henrik and Joel saw many games in Scandinavium and Frölunda became their favourite 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.[1]

In 1993 the family moved to Båstad, Skåne, in southern Sweden to support their older sister Gabriella's tennis career. Henrik and Joel 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 U16 coach Janne Karlsson contacted their father, who told Henrik and Joel about Frölunda's interest in them while driving home to Båstad.[2]

Playing careerEdit

He was selected by the Dallas Stars in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft (3rd round, 68th overall) and signed a one-year entry level two way contract with them in May 2006. He started his 2006 season in Iowa Stars scoring 38 points in 40 games but was called up and played his first game in Dallas on 3 December 2006. Lundqvist played 7 games in his first NHL playoff series, scoring two goals, and was assigned back to Iowa when Dallas was eliminated.

Lundqvist scored his first career NHL goal against Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff on 17 January 2007.

 
Lundqvist during his tenure with the Stars.

His identical twin brother Henrik had a successful rookie season as goaltender for the New York Rangers in the 2005–06 season, and continues to be one of the league's best goaltenders. He was afforded the opportunity to play his twin brother on December 14, 2006, in Dallas. It was the first time that a goaltender faced his twin. He and his brother are only the third set of twins to play each other in an NHL game in the history of the league.

In 2009, he returned to his native Sweden, signing with Frölunda HC. In 2011, Lundqvist became the October nominee for Guldpucken.[3] Serving as team captain, he led Frölunda to win the 2016 Swedish national championship as well as the Champions Hockey League (CHL). In 2017, Frölunda repeated as CHL champ with Lundqvist earning Most Valuable Player honors.[4]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Mölndal HC Allsv 17 10 5 15 10 9 8 8 16 0
2000–01 Frölunda HC SEL 9 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Frölunda HC SEL 46 12 14 26 28 10 1 3 4 8
2002–03 Frölunda HC SEL 50 17 20 37 113 16 6 3 9 12
2003–04 Frölunda HC SEL 49 9 14 23 48 10 2 2 4 8
2004–05 Frölunda HC SEL 50 7 12 19 38 13 2 5 7 57
2005–06 Frölunda HC SEL 49 10 22 32 87 17 3 4 7 34
2006–07 Iowa Stars AHL 40 16 22 38 30 9 6 4 10 10
2006–07 Dallas Stars NHL 36 3 3 6 14 7 2 0 2 6
2007–08 Iowa Stars AHL 8 2 4 6 2
2007–08 Dallas Stars NHL 55 3 11 14 22 18 2 5 7 8
2008–09 Dallas Stars NHL 43 1 5 6 20
2009–10 Frölunda HC SEL 49 11 20 31 34 1 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Frölunda HC SEL 31 9 8 17 16
2011–12 Frölunda HC SEL 48 11 19 30 63 6 0 2 2 4
2012–13 Frölunda HC SEL 55 12 22 34 57 6 3 2 5 6
2013–14 Frölunda HC SHL 46 3 14 17 59 7 1 2 3 4
2014–15 Frölunda HC SHL 55 5 17 22 18 13 3 2 5 4
2015–16 Frölunda HC SHL 45 19 19 38 22 3 1 2 3 0
2016–17 Frölunda HC SHL 51 9 17 26 24 14 2 10 12 6
2017–18 Frölunda HC SHL 43 4 16 20 49 6 1 0 1 2
2018–19 Frölunda HC SHL 51 13 18 31 26 16 6 7 13 35
SHL totals 727 152 251 403 688 149 32 48 80 184
NHL totals 134 7 19 26 56 25 4 5 9 14
Medal record
Representing   Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
  2006 Latvia
  2013 Sweden/Finland
  2017 Germany/France
  2009 Switzerland
  2014 Belarus
IIHF World U18 Championships
  2000 Switzerland

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2000 Sweden WJC18   6 3 1 4 2
2002 Sweden WJC 6th 7 1 1 2 6
2006 Sweden WC   8 1 0 1 4
2009 Sweden WC   1 0 0 0 0
2012 Sweden WC 6th 3 1 1 2 2
2013 Sweden WC   10 0 3 3 6
2014 Sweden WC   10 1 0 1 4
2015 Sweden WC 5th 8 2 1 3 0
2017 Sweden WC   10 1 1 2 4
2018 Sweden OG 5th 4 0 0 0 6
Junior totals 13 4 2 6 8
Senior totals 54 6 6 12 26

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
SHL
Rookie of the Year nominee 2002
Le Mat trophy (Frölunda HC) 2003, 2005, 2016, 2019 [5][6]
AHL
All-Star Game 2007
CHL
Champions (Frölunda HC) 2016, 2017, 2019 [7][8]
MVP 2017

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Letter to My Younger Self | By Henrik Lundqvist". The Players' Tribune. Retrieved 2018-10-15.
  2. ^ "Biography". Henrik Lundqvist Promotions. 2008. Archived from the original on 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2009-02-18.
  3. ^ Nyström, Magnus (2 November 2011). "Joel Lundqvist: "Det är väldigt hedrande"". Expressen (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 6 January 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Joel Lundvqist is NordicBet MVP!". www.championshockeyleague.net (in German). Archived from the original on 2017-02-07. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  5. ^ "Frolunda Swedish champions for 2015/16". norran.se (in Swedish). 2016-04-24. Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  6. ^ "Frölunda are the Swedish Champions". Swedish Hockey League. 2019-05-02. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  7. ^ Gustav Orbring (2017-02-07). "Frölunda win CHL for second year running" (in Swedish). SVTSport.se. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  8. ^ "Frolunda crowned CHL champions". Champions Hockey League. 2019-02-06. Retrieved 2019-02-06.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Niklas Andersson
Frölunda HC captains
2009–present
Incumbent