Henrik Lundqvist was recently in Los Angeles as a nominee for not one, but two of the 2014 Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards. The superstar goalie was nominated for the following two awards: Best Save and King of Swag. We all know he is already the King in the hearts of New York, but did the master of the net win the votes of the kids? Sadly, no.
The awards honoring children’s favorite athletes, teams and sports moments of the year aired on Nickelodeon, July 17th. Former New York Giants great Michael Straham hosted the festivities. He was in good company with other athlete presenters including Henrik Lundqvist himself who presented the award for “Clutch player of the year”. His presentation of the award included him arriving on stage along side comedian Will Arnett, who professed “a dream to one day be a goalie” proudly wearing a Maple Leafs jersey. Lundqvist’s response, “You know I play for the Ranger’s right?” to which Arnett responded sarcastically “Oh, I’m intimidated, the Rangers”. Lundqvist didn’t back down and said “I just remembered I have a dream too, to shoot hockey pucks at comedians faces.” Out of character, Lundqvist proceeded to take a hockey stick and shoot pucks at the self professed goalie successfully making one goal much to the delight of hundreds of screaming children.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) July 18, 2014
Henrik Lundqvist’s first nomination was for King of Swag. The official description: “These fellas prove they have swagger both on and off the court.” In Lundqvist’s case, that would be on the ice. While there is no official definition of swag from nick.com, one can assume it meant the player who possesses a complete package of good looks, athletic ability and charisma at all times. Lundqvist has no problem in that department. His arrivals to games and press conferences look as though he just stepped out of a high end modeling shoot. He has been featured in People magazine as one of the contenders for sexiest man alive and featured on the cover of GQ magazine, both in 2013. The children voted and basketball player Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat received the award.
The second nomination was for Best Save. The official description, according to nick.com: “Whether they use their hands, feet or other body parts, these nominees save the day.” What comes to mind is the incredible cartwheel save Henrik Lundqvist made during the playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens in game six of the Eastern Conference Final. His quick windmill-like block had to be worth the award alone. The video of that incredible save, such as the one below, still floats around Twitter every once in a while to remind us why he was nominated in the first place. Unfortunately, the King of New York was denied again, as he lost to Team USA’s soccer goalkeeper, Tim Howard.
Despite going home without any awards, his nominations I feel were in the right place. He showed a playful, good-hearted side of himself that was refreshing to see after the disappointing loss to the LA Kings.