June 15, 2013

Lundqvist Brothers To Reunite?

The picture above is of New York Rangers goaltending hero/one of People magazine's sexiest men alive Henrik Lundqvist presenting an award to his brother Joel.

Not everyone realizes that Joel Lundqvist, a former Dallas Stars forward for 3 seasons, is the twin brother of goalie Henrik. Yet People magazine never made any mention of him. Things that make you hmmm. Then again, Joel has always been pretty clean cut, unlike his grizzled face brother. And nobody, and I mean nobody, wears a suit as well as Henrik.

With long time Vancouver Canucks coach being named as the new head coach of the New York Rangers, I really enjoyed this tweet from Vancouver media member Jeff Paterson:

Good stuff! And I looked it up - Joel Lundqvist is still playing with Vastra Frolunda HC back home in Sweden. And at 31 years of age it is possible if unlikely.

Joel only scored 7 goals and 19 points in 134 games in Dallas (plus 4 goals and 9 points in 25 playoff games) but I always thought he was a decent player who just never found that breakthrough in the NHL.

The gritty, hard working two-way forward clicked well with Toby Petersen and a young Loui Eriksson come playoff time, especially in 2008. He was an awkward-looking skater - an unusual trait for Swedish NHLers - but made up for it with desire and physical play. Offensively he had an underrated shot which he did not use often enough. He was best described as "an instinctive playmaker" who "rarely makes bad decisions."

Perhaps it was more by his own accord he left the NHL to return home. It is unfortunate because I believe he was a quality NHL depth player who, in the right situation, could have developed into a quality NHL regular for a long time.

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