Henrik Lundqvist was informed on Wednesday that he is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, awarded annually to the league's top goaltender, and voted on by the general managers. It is the fourth time in his seven-year career Lundqvist has been a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, and the first time since the 2007-08 season.
"It's a great feeling, and I'm really proud and honored to be with those names," said Lundqvist, who is joined as a finalist by Nashville's Pekka Rinne and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings. "It's been a year where a lot of goalies have been playing really well, so to be up there is really a great feeling. Obviously I take a lot of pride in that."
Lundqvist posted a career-high 39 wins this past season to go along with a career-low 1.97 goals against average, career-best .930 save percentage, and 8 shutouts. He ranked third among all NHL goalies in wins, save percentage, and shutouts, while placing fourth in goals against average.
"I think all of my teammates here should feel good about it because this is all about teamwork," explained Lundqvist, who has never won the Vezina Trophy. "I had a good year, but without them I couldn't have done this."
The winner be will announced during the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas on June 20th.