Henrik Lundqvist can do no wrong these days.
A facemask worn by Lundqvist has sold for a record $66,000 at auction, with proceeds going to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
The sale of the mask to Rangers fan Molly Heines of New York broke the previous auction record for a goaltender’s mask – $24,655 in June 2011 for a mask worn by ex-Los Angeles Kings goaltender Rogie Vachon. The mask received 25 bids during a 20-day auction that concluded Nov. 25 at SteinerSports.com.
On Saturday, Lundqvist made 56 saves in an Atlantic City charity game to benefit Sandy victims. Teammate Brad Richards said Tuesday of Lundqvist’s performance in Atlantic City: “His focus was as good as it’s ever been.” Lundqvist returned to Sweden shortly after the charity game but was pleased to be able to help Sandy victims further with his record auction sale.
“To be able to donate this amount to people that really need it right now is great,” Lundqvist said in a statement. “This money will hopefully be able to make a real difference for some families who were directly affected by this storm.”