HENRIK ON TUNE: Who knew Henrik Lundqvist could play the guitar? The New York Rangers goalie has become famous for his ability to stop a slapshot, but on Monday night, he eschewed the face mask and pads and picked up an acoustic guitar to entertain the crowd that turned out at his inaugural fund-raiser at the Refinery Rooftop. And his buddy John McEnroe was a surprise guest, joining him onstage for a couple of numbers.
The evening benefitted the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation and proceeds went to the New York Presbyterian Children’s Hospitals, the Food Bank for New York City and two charities from Lundqvist’s home country, Sweden: the Ronald McDonald Barnfond and Together for Better.
Dressed in a three-piece Ralph Lauren suit and underwear from his sponsor Bread & Boxers, Lundqvist said it was especially meaningful to him to “reach people back in Sweden as well as in New York.” He said he visited his first children’s hospital in Sweden when he was a teenager, and the experience has stuck with him all these years. “Charity work has been growing in me,” he said, noting that he now has a child of his own, and “you get a better understanding the older you get.” In addition to Lundqvist’s surprise musical performance, the event also featured a Q&A hosted by former goalie and hockey commentator Kevin Weekes (in John Varvatos), who Lundqvist said was a mentor to him when he was starting out.
Turning to the ice, Lundqvist said that after last season’s heartbreaking loss in the Stanley Cup Finals, he’s “working to get back into game mode. It’s inspiring to be that close and we want to be there again. So we just have to reset, start over and build from there.”