Legendary New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist held a press conference this morning to announce his retirement from the game of hockey.
According to reporter, Johan Rylander this is the end for the greatest goalie to ever come out of Sweden.
“I have chosen to end my playing career,” Lundqvist said via translation. “I am extremely grateful for all the memories.”
Henrik Lundqvist retires
Henrik Lundqvist has tried to make several comebacks, most notably in April after having open heart surgery. “Right after getting back on the ice after surgery, I made it my “stretch goal” to join the Capitals for the end of the season,” he wrote on Social Media. “Training has been going really well and I’ve been feeling good – but my heart isn’t quite ready.”
He teased another attempt this month by posting a photo of donning the pads and saying “let’s see what happens?” No further posts were made and today he announced his retirement from the game.
Hank says goodbye
Lundqvist posted a message of his retirement via Instagram:
For the last 30 years, I have devoted my life to the game of hockey…and now it’s time to walk away from the game I love and begin a new chapter. The future excites me. I’ve met so many amazing people over the years that will help to guide and inspire me in my new journey.
There are many things I love about this game: From the excitement I felt as an 8-year old at my first practice to the 15 years of butterflies I had every time I took the ice in the greatest city in the world. I’m extremely grateful for what hockey has brought me and taught me in life. These lessons will never leave me.
Thank you to all the coaches and players that helped me throughout my career.
Thank you to Swedish hockey! From growing up and playing in Sweden to ultimately representing my country on the world stage – These are some of my proudest moments.
Thank you NY Rangers and New York City. I’m a born Swede but I’ll always feel like a New Yorker thanks to you.
Thank you NHL. This league was everything I dreamed of and more.
Lastly, thank you to the game of hockey and its fans! You gave my life purpose and I have loved every single minute of it!
Thank you all❤️
Henrik Lundqvist played with heart
Maybe it is poetic that Henrik Lundqvist will retire never having played for another NHL team despite signing with the Capitals last season. He is and will forever be remembered as one of the great Rangers of all-time with a jersey retirement coming.
Lundqvist will end his NHL career with a record of 459-310-96, a .916 SV% and a GAA of 2.43 with 64 shutouts. Simply remarkable numbers. He will forever be remembered for carrying the team on numerous occasions, in particular the 2014 Stanley Cup run that fell short.
The 39 year-old Lundqvist will be a first ballot hall of famer as well.
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