The National Hockey League announced today that Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been named a finalist for the 2018-19 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is awarded "to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community." Over his 14 seasons with the Rangers, Henrik has not only established himself as one of the greatest players in franchise history, but also as an exceptional ambassador in the New York Metropolitan Area.
In April of 2014, Henrik and his wife, Therese, founded the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation (HLF). Through its fundraising efforts and community outreach, HLF strives to create positive change in the lives of children and adults throughout the world through education and health services. HLF's four charitable partners span from New York City to Sweden to the Dominican Republic. Since its inception, over $2.5 million has been raised to benefit HLF community partners, and HLF's own program, the HLF Young Ambassador Program. In addition, HLF has directly given grants and made commitments of nearly $1 million supporting children's health and education.
In January of 2009, Henrik became the official spokesperson for the Garden of Dreams Foundation (GDF). GDF is a non-profit organization that works with The Madison Square Garden Company and MSG Networks, Inc. to positively impact the lives of children facing obstacles. He received the 2012 Garden of Dreams Hero Award, which annually honors a person or organization who embodies the spirit and commitment of the Garden of Dreams Foundation, with active, on-going dedication to children facing obstacles. Over the past five seasons, Henrik has hosted approximately 1,230 children from various Garden of Dreams partner organizations and their families in "Henrik's Crease" for a Rangers game experience at MSG, courtesy of donations from HLF. Henrik's support and active involvement helped Garden of Dreams Foundation raise $467,000 this season, including over $270,000 during the Rangers' annual Casino Night.
Through the HLF Young Ambassadors Program, which was created in 2015, Henrik has also helped inspire young people to make a difference in the world. The Program is open to young women and men ages 12-18 who reside in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut, and over a nine-month period, requires Young Ambassadors to complete 15 hours of community service, organize one independent service project in support of HLF's mission, team up with HLF on a service project, and make a presentation to his/her class, team or other community group about HLF's mission and his/her work as an HLFYA.
On the ice, Lundqvist has set numerous franchise records during his 14 seasons with the Rangers, and he is the Blueshirts' all-time leader in wins, shutouts, and appearances by a goaltender. A five-time NHL All-Star, Lundqvist won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's Best Goaltender in 2011-12. He has been named the Rangers' Most Valuable Player in nine different seasons, and he has twice been named the winner of the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award, which is given annually to the to the Ranger who, as chosen by the fans, "goes above and beyond the call of duty." Lundqvist ranks sixth on the NHL's all-time wins list (449), and he is the only goaltender in NHL history who has earned 20 or more wins in 13 consecutive seasons.
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