Henrik Lundqvist Practices With Capitals For First Time At MedStar Capitals Iceplex

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The Washington Capitals released a new video on Monday afternoon that includes footage of new Capitals netminder Henrik Lundqvist practicing with players that have already begun reporting for informal skate at MedStar Capitals Iceplex.

This is the first video released of Lundqvist practicing with the team, although it’s unclear if the video was from today.

Lundqvist was donning his new mask that was recently created by famed goalie mask artist David Gunnarssson.

“I wanted a design focused on the things that really symbolize the Capitals,” Lundqvist told NHLPA.com. “The stars, the eagle and the team logo.”

“First step was to get the gear in place then I talked to David about the design of the mask,” said Lundqvist. “I feel like he did a really good job making the eagle come alive. It’s a new chapter for me to go play in D.C. after 15 years in New York City. Designing new gear, a new look, is just one of many new things I’m experiencing right now.”

Lundqvist, his wife and two daughters recently visited MedStar Capitals Iceplex in Northern Virginia and toured the sights in Washington D.C.

“The family really enjoyed D.C. a few weeks ago and they all look forward to getting even more familiar with the city as we get started.”

The Lundqvist family also had the opportunity to visit fellow countryman, Swedish National club teammate and now NHL teammate, Nicklas Backstrom.

What was the most memorable moment of their visit?

“Best part for the kids was probably hanging out at Backstrom’s house and getting to play in his playland basement,” Lundqvist said with a laugh in a recent interview with the NHLPA.

After being bought-out by the New York Rangers on September 30, Lundqvist said there were many conversations at home in Manhattan with his wife and children. He really wanted to involve the whole family.

“We wanted to do something that felt good for the whole family. This is going to be a challenge and an adventure for all of us.”

Once Lundqvist realized he wasn’t done playing, the next step was finding the next team of to play for.

“We had four or five good alternatives. We went through carefully what would fit best. What did the team look like? Where did I have a good chance to play a lot? Where was the best chance of winning? Washington was really the best option. An exciting team with many good players and a good coach.”

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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