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Sports Illustrated puts King Henrik on the cover

Apr 10, 2012, 7:34 PM EDT

Henrik Lundqvist has a gold medal. He’s a superstar goalie playing in the glow of the spotlight that comes in Madison Square Garden. King Henrik has been seen playing guitar in a band with John McEnroe and oh yeah, he’s also a pretty … healthy looking fella (cough). Yup, the stupendous Swede has done a lot, but now add “adorn the cover of the world’s most famous sports magazine” to his resume:


Let’s play a little round of good news/bad news, then:

Good news: It’s a really, really really cool cover. (Seriously, if you’re a hockey fan and a newstand, you’ve gotta scoop that up right?)

Bad news: He’s wearing a mask and not a suit.

Good news: Hockey gets a moment to shine on Sports Illustrated’s cover, which is still a sign that you’ve “made it” even as the magazine industry struggles.

Bad news: The Sports Illustrated “cover jinx” probably isn’t as spooky as the “Madden” one is, but with Lundqvist never having much luck in the playoffs and hurting his arm a bit in the last week of the season, well … it’s a worry to the more neurotic ones out there.

Either way, if you ask me, it’s one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while. Just a beautiful cover. It also might work into the fun (if unfair) go-to narrative of comparing this year’s Rangers to the Mark Messier-powered, 1993-94 model. (Indulge in that comparison here.)

Check out video behind the cover shoot at Sports Illustrated’s Web site while soaking in a rather interesting bit of info on the last few Rangers who were used to sell magazines before:

–          Wayne Gretzky – April 26, 1999

–          Mark Messier & Wayne Gretzky – October 7, 1996

–          Mark Messier – June 13, 1994

–          Pete Stemkowski – May 6, 1974

–          Ed Giacomin – March 2, 1970

–          Andy Bathgate – January 12, 1959

Of course, optimistic Rangers fans are probably fighting themselves not to ask this: will the Rangers pull out another SI cover around late-June when the Stanley Cup gets handed out? (Boy, now we’re really starting to get into “jinx” territory …)

  1. makesomesens - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Put first round exit against his stats please. Shoulda picked Karlsson….now he is worthy of talking about but of course we all know how the hockey god writers all picked the sens to finish dead last….such smart people with a keen eye for talent. Pshh, King H has won anything yet.

    My bet is the penguins and there nothing in the west to stop them this time. Vancouver is just a pretender as we all found out last year. Sens take out NY then downed by boston. Penguins take out philly easilyand then NJ. Penguins win the eastern fight on goal scoring talent. The west doesnt matter.

    You heard it here.
    Go sens!

    • kitshky - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:05 PM

      So… by your logic 28 teams proved themselves “pretenders” last year and therefore should be dismissed from this years playoff picture? By the way Calgary, Columbus, and Minnesota were the only teams in the West to have a losing record against the East this season.

      Looks like someones been living in his Eastern time zone bubble all year…

  2. yalecheerleder - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Great choice for the cover here!
    That is the great H.L. = Thee Hockey Legend in the making – D.K.L.
    Henrik Lundqvist the Guardian Goalie Shield!! Yalecheerleder


  3. hockeymaniac71 - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    All haul KING HENRIK!!! Gotta show them who’s boss here- and that’s The King

  4. brian32556 - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Love the pic, and I AM one of the neurotics! Ever since being at game 6 losing to the Bruins in ’72. I wish they were like my Giants and get to the finals every 5 years on average!

  5. rockthered1286 - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Rule of thumb:
    Can’t be a king without the ring… or cup.
    And Gold Medals don’t count.
    NY media bias. Nuff said.

  6. mgp1219 - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    SIKOD = Sports Illustrated Kiss Of Death
    The Rangers just got jinxed.

    • back2backbees - Apr 11, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      yup, the jinx is in!!!

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