Henrik Lundqvist to be inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame
Legendary New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will be the newest member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Although expected, the official announcement came on Wednesday along with the following members of the 2023 Class:
- Mike Vernon, Goalie
- Tom Barrasso, Goalie
- Pierre Turgeon, Center
- Caroline Ouellette, Forward
- Ken Hitchcock, Coach (Builder)
- Pierre Lacroix, GM (Builder)
“Grateful and extremely honored to be selected to the Hockey Hall Of Fame,” Lundqvist wrote. “Thinking of all the great players in the HHOF that inspired me as a kid. Feels amazing to be included in this special group.”
Per the HHOF website:
Induction Weekend festivities will run from Friday, November 10 through Sunday, November 12 culminating with the Induction Celebration on Monday, November 13, 2023.
Henrik Lundqvist to HHOF
Lundqvist, 41, was forced to retire after discovering a medical condition that would require open heart surgery in 2020. At the time, he was preparing to play for the Washington Capitals, who signed him after the Rangers unceremoniously bought out his contract.
The Rangers made up for that faux pas by retiring his #30 to the Madison Square Garden rafters on January 28, 2022.
“I remember playing in a lot of those games, for Messier, Graves, for a lot of those guys,” Lundqvist said on MSG Networks. “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.”
Today, owner James Dolan issued a statement congratulating Hank.
“Henrik exemplified what it means to be a New York Ranger,” Dolan said. “Henrik’s leadership and commitment to the game positively impacted his teammates, coaches, fans, and the entire hockey community.”
Lundqvist ended 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 Rangers on numerous occasions, in particular the 2014 Stanley Cup run that fell short.
Here’s a list of Rangers records Lundqvist holds:
- Most game played 887
- Most wins 459
- Best GAA (min 325 starts) 2.43
- Best SV% (min 100 starts) .918
- Shutouts 64
- Most points 27
- Playoff games 130
- Playoff wins 61
- Most playoff shutouts 10