Henrik Lundqvist shares his thoughts on Rangers jersey retirement

Henrik Lundqvist jersey retirement
Henrik Lundqvist jersey retirement (photo: ctsy MSG)

The New York Rangers are going to be honoring Henrik Lundqivst in a ceremony for the ages!

As part of their “30 Days of 30” programming marathon that’s been airing on MSG Networks, a special one-on-one interview conducted by Steve Valiquette will air at 5:30 PM, prior to the pregame ceremony coverage that will get underway at 6:00 PM.

During this special conversation, Henrik will relive his amazing career and share his thoughts on the the night ahead. He will also discuss the Stanley Cup run and what’s next in his life.

Here’s a preview.

Henrik Lundqvist on jersey retirement

“I remember playing in a lot of those games, for Messier, Graves, for a lot of those guys. I was on the ice when they were retiring their numbers. And it was a cool moment to be a part of that, to see them, to experience it and realize how much they meant to this organization.”

“I don’t know how I’m going to feel. I know my closest friends and my entire family will be here. And that alone will make it very special for me. And then to have all the fans.”

On what’s next in his life

“What’s next is, I want to be happy. That’s the most important thing to me in life, be happy. What really makes me happy is my family, my friends, to do things that inspire me, to meet people. I’ve been so committed to one thing almost my entire life – play hockey, stop a puck, I’ve been so committed to it.” 

“I’m now looking to do a couple different things, not just one thing. Meeting new people and seeing new opportunities, which I enjoy. I’m going to do some media stuff, already working with you [Steve], having a lot of fun. I love hanging around with you and John. It’s about the people and to have fun with the connections, so that’s what next.” 

Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist in studio (Photo ctsy MSG)

On using his platform to inspire others

“I remember coming to New York and the Rangers and especially the Garden of Dreams Foundation, really opened the door for me and gave an understanding of how we can use our platform to help other people and to do good things. And to use your name, not only when it comes to money or resources, but to inspire other people to help. So it’s been extremely rewarding to work with the Garden of Dreams Foundation and then to start my own foundation, the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation, both for me, my wife and our kids.”

On the Stanley Cup team

“Looking back at everything you went through together and the memories together, it’s so much fun. And it’s bittersweet. It was such a cool moment. It’s just that feeling on the ice when it happens and you share it with all the guys. You work together for so long to get to that point, it’s such a good feeling. And you just enjoy that rush. And I think that’s something that’s going to be hard to replace and I’m just happy I got to experience it.”

All quotes courtesy of MSG Networks

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