Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Henrik Lundqvist Jersey Card

I wanted to keep this card in case Henrik Lundqvist was named the Conn Smythe winner on Friday (I predicted the Los Angeles Kings would beat the New York Rangers in 5 games), but his 40-save performance in the only game the Kings had dominated so far convinced me to revise my initial plans. Kudos, King Henrik.

An Olympic gold medalist (Sweden 2006), the Rangers' backstopper has now reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time of his career, at age 32; sure, New York is a powerhouse and a well-balanced team, but there are 4 serious contenders year in and year out in the East, so who knows when, or how, or in what capacity - or even if - he will get to the main stage again.

He has endured more than his fair share of doubts and criticism, particularly early in the season, but he went back to his old ways soon enough and took the Rangers from the bottom of the Eastern standings to the Cup Finals, despite the offense not performing up to par.

And so, after showing him with the Rangers' regular jersey with the 85th anniversary shoulder patch, and in the 2012 Winter Classic uniform, here he is wearing the team's white (away) jersey, from Upper Deck's 2013-14 Series 2 set (card #GJ-HL of the Game Jersey sub-set), featuring a fairly-decent-sized blue swatch:
With, of course, this season's certificate of authenticity, brought to you by UD CEO Richard P. McWilliam, who died a year and a half ago:

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