Disappointing hockey seasons are easier to swallow when real life slices a dagger through your heart. My mother passing away shortly after this Eastern Conference Final has humbled my determination of seeing New York hoist another Stanley Cup trophy in the near future. At 27, it could be worse. I could have ended up like a slew of Red Sox nation. Or maybe the Garden Faithful are already carrying their own “Curse of the Bambino” torch in the form of Henrik Lundqvist. After ten years of goaltending, King Henrik appears destined for Dan Marino’s spotlight. Accomplishing feats, never acquiring the biggest win that critics need to cement his legacy properly. However way you spin the Rangers’ 2014-2015 league year, the show must go on.
“The grandeur and excitement of the NHL Awards makes Las Vegas – and MGM Grand’s famed Garden Arena – the perfect backdrop to celebrate and reward the League’s best players”
The 2015 NHL Awards will be held on June 24th. This marks the first year of the ceremony being hosted at the renowned MGM Grand Garden Arena, home to world-class entertainment, dining, nightlife, concerts, championship boxing and other premier sporting events. For those unfamiliar with the star-studded gala, the NHL Awards honor the best regular season players in a wide range of categories. Lundqvist is one of three finalists for the 2014-2015 NHL Foundation Player Award, presented to the athlete who applies the core values of hockey (commitment, perseverance and teamwork) to enrich the lives of people in his community. Eleven athletes have won this accolade since it’s inception. Kelly Chase received the inaugural trophy back in 1998. No player has ever been honored twice, nor has any team been represented twice by its recipient.
While #30for30 wasn’t announced until after the nomination, I feel as if our franchise player should automatically have this award bestowed upon him for his six-episode stint of “The Mask with Henrik Lundqvist” – These half-hour episodes featured Lundqvist going one-on-one with celebrity friends Mario Batali, Michael J. Fox, Tiesto, Jeff Gordon and John McEnroe as they each designed one-of-a-kind goalie masks. After Henrik Lundqvist wore each head-piece post vascular injury, these works of art went up for auction and raised $220,000 to benefit the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation and Garden of Dreams. No matter what happens on June 24th, the backbone of our squad will be a winner in the hearts of this fan base. The real fans anyway. Yes, I’m side eyeing everyone who wanted a Lundqvist trade at any point during this season.
To assist Henrik Lundqvist in raising money for charities close to his heart (Ex: Food Bank for NYC/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital) click here: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/HLundqvistFoundation/