In Defense Of a Henrik Lundqvist Man-Crush


I don’t want to date him, I’m just saying…Come on.

Credit, MRPORTER & YouTube
Credit, MRPORTER & YouTube

Alan Jackson once asked, “Who says you can’t have it all?”

Oprah Winfrey once answered, “You can have it all, you just can’t have it all at once.”

Oprah Winfrey, is a liar.

Either that, or she has never heard of Henrik Lundqvist – the goaltender for the New York Rangers, the man they call “The King,” and the man for whom I have been accused of, on multiple occasions, harboring some sort of over zealous passion.

Too quick, it has been charged, have I found his picture on my phone when asked what he looks like – as though a working knowledge of Google is a crime.  Too spirited, they say, has been my support of his skill set – because passionate fandom is a negative.  Too many factors outside his on-ice play, they argue, have I voiced in his support – an appreciation for such matters not something that should come from a guy like me, apparently.

Well, they can say what they want.  I’m cool with it.

My name is Joe Bianchino.  I’m a 24 year-old man.  I’m the Editor-in-Chief of a sports talk website.  And I have a man-crush on Henrik Lundqvist.

And quite frankly, I wonder about people who don’t.  Let’s check the scoreboard.  World class athlete. One of New York’s most beloved sports figures.  Olympic gold medalist.  Knee-weakingly handsome – or so I’m told.  Impeccably well dressed.  Accent.  Legitimate guitarist.

What’s there that isn’t crush-worthy?  Or, perhaps more appropriately, what isn’t there that is crush-worthy?  The man is living life with a cheat-code.  He’s having his cake, eating it too, then using his Swedish accent to sing about how good it was while accompanying himself on the guitar.

So someone is going to have to explain to me why I’m the weird one for admitting that I’m impressed with the guy.  Aren’t I really just the honest one?  The only one comfortable enough with his masculinity to admit what everyone else is thinking?  If we’re all being truthful we know there’s no one in the world that can read the resume and come away unswayed, right?  This isn’t like when I defended Smash and the issue was, for the misguided, open to interpretation.

Henrik Lundqvist is beating everyone at life.  These are the facts of the case, and they are undisputed.

Let’s all just stand up and admit it.

Author: Joseph White

Joe Bianchino is a writer, producer, and radio host located in upstate New York. He is a life-long New York sport fan, Chelsea supporter, and Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon enthusiast. Follow him on Twitter @JoeBNTS. Email him at