New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will wear a mask honoring the FDNY in Thursday's game against the Ottawa Senators.
The mask is one of six designed as part of a collaboration with the MSG Network and its new series, "The Mask with Henrik Lundqvist." In addition to the FDNY mask, six others were designed with the help of celebrities including Mario Batali, John McEnroe, Tiesto, Jeff Gordon and Michael J. Fox. Lundqvist wore the Back to the Future-inspired mask designed with the help of Fox in an April 4 game against the New Jersey Devils.
The masks are be auctioned off at Steiner Sports, with all proceeds benefiting the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation and the Garden of Dreams Foundation.
The mask's listing on Steiner Sports' website includes details about its creation.
When Henrik sat down with some of the bravest people in New York, the New York City Fire Department, an amazing mask was bound to be created. Henrik and the FDNY decided that this mask would be a tribute to the city they all call home. The mask features imagery of the New York City skyline, specifically, the Twin Towers, the Statue of Liberty, and the newly finished Freedom Tower. These buildings are a touching tribute to New York’s past and present. The mask also has a 343 on the chin piece to honor those firefighters who lost their lives as a result of 9/11. The mask also has a "Rescue 1" 150th anniversary patch, and a Rescue 1 Fire truck. Henrik and the FDNY thought it was important to make sure the mask honored New York’s best and bravest.
Thursday's game against the Senators will be the Rangers' second-to-last of the regular season. New York (52-21-7) has clinched the Presidents' Trophy for the first time since 1994 with 111 points on the season.
Lundqvist, 33, has posted a .923 save percentage and 2.26 goals-against average in 44 games.
- Mike Fiammetta