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Henrik Lundqvist named a finalist for the NHL Foundation Player Award

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Rangers’ goalie Henrik Lundqvist was named a finalist for the NHL Foundation Player Award for his outstanding work towards charity and helping the community around him. Photo courtesy of Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News.

On Friday afternoon, the National Hockey League announced that San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns, Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist were announced as the three finalists for the NHL Foundation Player Award, presented to “an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community.”

Each NHL team submitted finalists for the NHL Fourdation Player award, and the three finalists were chosen by a panel of judges. The recipient of the award will receive a $25,000 check from the NHL Foundation to their chosen charity. The winner will be chosen during the 2015 NHL Awards, which will take place on June 24th in Las Vegas.

Not only has Henrik Lundqvist been a dominant performer on the ice, but he has been a dominant force when it comes to philanthropy and helping others in need. Not only is the spokesperson for the Garden of Dreams Foundation, a position he has held since 2009, but he also supports 28 nonprofit charities through the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation.

On top of that, Lundqvist has spent time and raised funds for many other causes and people in need, including “fighting hunger, curing pediatric cancers, improving access to quality education, and aiding children and families in need” according the Rangers’ website.

The Henrik Lundqvist Foundation, founded by Henrik and his wife Therese in 2014, is a non-profit organization that aims to provide better health and education for children and families. Their mission statement is as follows; “The Henrik Lundqvist Foundation, through its fundraising efforts and community outreach, strives to create positive change in the lives of children and adults throughout the world through education and health services.”

His organization supports other worthy causes such as New York Presbyterian Children’s Hospitals, the Food Bank for NYC, Ronald McDonald Barnfond (Children’s Fund) located in Sweden, and Together for Better, a non-profit founded by Swedish journalist Ebba Lövenskiold that supports schools for children living in extreme poverty in the Dominican Republic.

Lundqvist’s biggest project this year was “The Mask with Henrik Lundqvist,” an MSG miniseries where he met with six different celebrities before designing a mask with each one of them, a list of people that included Michael J. Fox, tennis legend John McEnroe, Jeff Gordon, DJ Tiesto, Mario Batali, as well as members of the FDNY.

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Henrik Lundqvist wearing the mask he designed with Michael J. Fox, later auctioned off to raise money for his foundation. Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

After designing the masks, the shows were aired following New York Rangers’ games, where it showed Henrik Lundqvist hanging out with the celebrities and the FDNY, designing the masks, and then the finished project. He wore all six masks during a game, before they were auctioned off. All of the masks, including framed pictures from the filming of the show, as well as a special crystal mask, were sold and raised over $214,000 for his charity.

His passion for philanthropy and helping other make him a worthy recipient of the award, and his project, “The Mask,” was not only great entertainment, but it was a fantastic way to raise money for some truly worthy causes.

Brent Burns from the San Jose Sharks is known as a fun, caring, family oriented man with dedication when it comes to both the sport of hockey and giving back to others off of the ice. During the last nine years, Burns and his family have supported various military organizations, such as Defending the Blue Line, Operation: Care and Comfort, and Folds of Honor. He also established “Burnzie’s Buzzcut,” a fundraiser where Burns and his teammates shave their heads to raise money and awareness for charities like the San Francisco Zoo and the Katie Moore Foundation, which is the charity founded by former teammate, close friend, and current Ranger Dominic Moore.

Mark Giordano, the captain of the Calgary Flames, has also been a great person off the ice throughout his time with the Calgary Flames. Giordano and his wife started “5-for-5,” where they partnered with the Habitat for Humanity and donated $25,000 for three seasons in order to build five homes in five different countries around the world. Some of these places were in Kenya, Ethiopia, India, and the Philippines. This past fall, he created “Team Giordano,” where he donated $100,000 to provide resources, supplies and support to three schools in Calgary. Giordano regularly visits the Ronald McDonald house and the Alberta Children’s hospital with his teammates.

All information was gathered from the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation website and from the New York Rangers.

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Posted on May 2, 2015, in Rangers Updates and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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