After vastly different career paths, identical twins Henrik Lundqvist and Joel Lundqvist win first championship together
During the 2000 NHL Draft, the Dallas Stars selected talented Swedish forward Joel Lundqvist with the 68th pick. Four rounds and 137 spots later, the New York Rangers selected Joel’s identical twin Henrik Lundqvist. Henrik, who’s 40 minutes older than Joel, was the 22nd goalie taken overall.
17 years later, the brothers, after taking vastly different paths in their hockey careers, were reunited in Cologne, Germany, celebrating their first championship as teammates on the same pro team. Laughing and smiling as gold medals hung from their necks, Henrik and Joel each held up one rung of the 2017 IIHF World Championship trophy, posing together for a throng of hockey media.
It was a defining moment for their family. And it was the most historic feat by two hockey-playing brothers since Scott and Rob Niedermayer won a Stanley Cup together with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.