What's buzzing:

Puck Daddy

Henrik Lundqvist’s ‘Son of Frolunda’ mask is almost as good-looking as he is (PHOTOS)

Harrison Mooney
Puck Daddy

On October 16th, Henrik Lundqvist announced, via his Twitter account, that he had made the decision not to join Frölunda of Sweden's Elitserien just yet, as he was still waiting to see what was going to happen with the lockout.

[Also: Where does Hall of Famer Joe Sakic rank among all-time centers?]

A month later, it looks like not much is happening, and Lundqvist is clearly giving a return to Frölunda -- where he spent five years before making his debut with the Rangers -- a little more thought. In fact, he's already commissioned his new mask, should he decide to give the Elitserien an injection of NHL talent. Behold, "Son of Frölunda":

View gallery


It's impossible to dislike this mask, unless you're begrudging the fact that it will cover Lundqvist's handsome, handsome face.

What a thoughtful mask. Lundqvist's latest head protector is jam-packed with history. The Frölunda Indian dominates the top of the mask, but the side still features the Statue of Liberty that's the Swedish netminder's masks have featured ever since he broke into the league with the Rangers in 2005.

View gallery


The photo on the left comes from a preseason game during his 2005 debut season.

Here's Dave Gunnarsson, the mask's designer, on what went into this mask:

Together we brainstormed and this design was crystallized in front of our eyes. A totally unique combo of Frölunda Indians and New York Rangers. The Statute of Liberty just as usual on Henrik's masks, this time created in Frölunda colors.

And above it all, the Frölunda Indian is watching with his powerful eyes. The indian on the top is a tribute to Henrik's previous and incredibly popular and classic Frölunda mask we created together back in 2004 with the green base and the indian in gold.

And here's the top of the old mask Gunnarsson is making reference to, juxtaposed with the top of the new one:

View gallery


You can see a ton of high-res images of the original Frolunda mask here.

It's interesting to note that, until Lundqvist joined the Rangers, he used the Indian head much the same way he uses the Statue of Liberty now: as a big, splashy symbol of his primary allegiance, regardless of where he's playing. Here's a photo of his mask from the 2002 Olympics. You'll note the Frolunda Indian, in a metallic, Swedish blue:

View gallery


Follow Harrison Mooney on Twitter at @HarrisonMooney

View Comments (13)
  • Islanders start fast, roll past Kings

    Islanders start fast, roll past Kings

    The New York Islanders got off to another fast start at home and came up with a big win against the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Kings. John Tavares had a goal and an assist, Thomas Greiss stopped 28 shots and the Islanders scored three … More »

    AP - Sports - 52 minutes ago
  • Karri Ramo hurt in wild Flames win over Sharks

    Karri Ramo hurt in wild Flames win over Sharks

    Said Calgary coach Bob Hartley, "Gutsy effort from our guys. I'm very proud of our team." … More »

    Puck Daddy - 1 hour 52 minutes ago
  • Hudler wins it for the Flames 6-5 over Sharks in shootout

    Hudler wins it for the Flames 6-5 over Sharks in shootout

    Jonas Hiller was more spectator than participant and was only concerned that Calgary had taken too many penalties in the third period. Juri Hudler scored the winning goal in the shootout, leading the Flames past the San Jose Sharks 6-5 on Thursday … More »

    The Canadian Press - 2 hours 4 minutes ago
  • Flames goaltender Ramo leaves game with apparent leg injury

    Calgary Flames goaltender Karri Ramo left Thursday night's game against the San Jose Sharks with an apparent lower leg injury. Ramo, who stopped 29 of 34 shots before being helped off the ice with three minutes remaining in the third period, was … More »

    The Canadian Press - 2 hours 7 minutes ago
  • Flames-Coyotes Preview

    Just over three weeks ago, Arizona was sitting in second place and trying to snap a three-game losing streak to avoid conceding a spot in the standings. A fourth could be on the way Friday night with streaking Calgary stopping in Arizona to … More »

    AP - Sports - 2 hours 18 minutes ago