September 01, 2010
Yesterday, the jokes were put aside -- at least away from Twitter -- and a New York first was announced: Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist(notes) became the first Big Apple athlete to have his image on the front of a Gray Line New York double-decker sightseeing bus.
Joining the likes of Donald Trump, Rachael Ray and Whoopi Goldberg as part of Gray Line New York' "Ride of Fame" bus education campaign, Lundqvist unveiled the buses' new look during a ceremony outside of Madison Square Garden.
With Justin Bieber fans eagerly (and loudly) awaiting the pop star's arrival to MSG on one side of 7th Avenue, a crowd of New York Rangers fans attended the ceremony and a lucky 50 of them were given the opportunity to take a spin on the bus with Lundqvist.
King Henrik was a happy participant in all of this knowing the kind of partnership Gray Line New York has with the Garden of Dreams Foundation, a charity that helps kids in crisis, which Lundqvist is the official spokesman of. During the year, kids involved in the charity ride the sightseeing buses with various celebrities and athletes.
"The kids always look forward to the tours of the city, sitting on the upper deck," he said. "Being able to now do them on a bus featuring myself and the Rangers is a great honor."
Before our short bus tour around New York City, Lundqvist had time for a quick chat: