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Lundqvist Credits Parents' Support For Success

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Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist says he's following in his parents' footsteps when it comes to raising his daughter. NY1's Shelley Goldberg filed the following report.

He might be a huge hockey star today, but Rangers goaltender and new dad Henrik Lundqvist knows that his success, in great measure, is due to his parents' support early on.

"We grew up in a ski resort in Sweden, a really small town," Lundqvist says. "My dad was a ski instructor, so maybe he wanted me to be a skier, but they could tell early on it was soccer and hockey for me and my brother. So he never complained about that. He drove us to practice, and he was always excited to watch us play."

What's exciting for Lundqvist these days? Being dad to 10-month-old daughter Charlise, and making family a priority, something he learned from his parents.

"Thinking back, my mom, she was cooking and cleaning and driving us to practice, and there was almost no time left for them. It was all about the kids," Lundqvist says. "It's impressive, when you think about it, how much time and dedication they put down for the kids. And that's a good parent to me."

Lundqvist is doing his best to make sure he does the same for his daughter.

"I look at my parents. When I grew up, my parents were always there for me and my brother, my sister," he says. "They never pushed us in any direction, but they always supported us. They were driving us to practice, they were always there saying the right things at the right time. And they were so helpful. And at the time, you don't really realize it, but obviously, as you get older, you really appreciate what they did for us. So that's something that I'm going to try to do, and be supportive but not pushy."

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