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Henrik Lundqvist raises $35,000 for charity by selling Rangers Winter Classic mask

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Henrik Lundqvist played a huge part in the New York Rangers' 2012 NHL Winter Classic victory at Citizen's Bank Park in Philadelphia. He made 34 saves, frustrated the Philadelphia Flyers throughout the game and stopped a penalty shot by Danny Briere in the final moments to preserve the win.

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Now, Lundqvist has played another key role for Garden of Dreams, a non-profit charity that has helped "thousands of special children and their families" — by selling the mask he wore during the outdoor game. From the Rangers:

The New York Rangers announced today that the $35,000 net proceeds from the sale of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's game-worn Winter Classic mask will benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation.

Lundqvist, the spokesperson for the Garden of Dreams, commissioned two masks for the nationally televised outdoor game, with the sole purpose of making the second mask available to raise funds for the Foundation.

The sale of the mask through Madison Square Garden's partnership with Steiner Sports for MSG-Steiner Collectibles, illustrates Lundqvist's commitment to helping fulfill the Foundation's mission to make dreams come true for children facing obstacles.

For comparison's sake, a luxury suite for the Winter Classic — 16 tickets and three parking passes — was going for around $43,000.

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