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Swede success: Who inspired Henrik Lundqvist?

Lundqvist and 17-time tennis Grand Slam winner Roger Federer share an agent -- and a sense of style. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Henrik Lundqvist is a former Vezina Trophy winner and the only goaltender in NHL history to record 10 30-win seasons in his first 11 years. At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, he led Sweden to its second Olympic gold medal. As King Henrik leads the Swedes into the semifinals of the World Cup of Hockey -- they face Europe on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, ESPN) -- we take a look at his biggest influences, both on and off the ice.

Pekka Lindmark, Team Sweden goalie 1980-91

"He was the first one I saw on TV. I watched the games at Dad's work because we didn't have the cable channel the Worlds were on. He was a great goalie and a big personality. He was my first and biggest idol."

Patrick Roy, Four-time Stanley Cup winner

"When I got into my teens, I started to follow goalies in the NHL, and Roy was one of them. Right around then, Roy won the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche."

Håkan Algotsson, Frölunda 1988-2001

"I watched all the Team Sweden goalie stars closely -- such as Rolf Ridderwall and Tommy Söderström -- but I was also a big Frölunda Gothenburg fan and Håkan Algotsson was one of my favorites."

Dominik Hasek, six-time Vezina Trophy winner

"In my teens, Hasek had just won his first couple of Vezinas, so I tried to see what he did so well. I analyzed his and Roy's styles, and what kind of pads they wore, and other technical things I hadn't seen in Sweden."

Roger Federer, winner of 17 Grand Slam tennis titles

"Outside of hockey, I admire both the way Roger Federer plays tennis and the way he carries himself and treats the fans and the media. He's excellent at that. We also have the same agent, so we meet every once in a while."