MSG Networks announces “30 Days of 30” to honor Henrik Lundqvist

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Oct 13, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers will retire Henrik Lundqvist’s iconic #30 in a ceremony at Madison Square Garden on Friday, January 28, 2022.

Close friend, Mats Zuccarello should be there since the opponent is the Minnesota Wild. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 PM with the game start pushed to 8PM ET.

“Over the franchise’s history, only 11 Rangers players have earned the honor of having their numbers raised to the Garden rafters, where they forever serve as inspiration for others to follow,” said James L. Dolan, Executive Chairman, MSG Sports in a team release. “For 15 seasons, Henrik Lundqvist embodied everything the Rangers organization stands for – excellence, commitment, pride, and leadership. It is only fitting that his No. 30 will now join the legends who have come before him.”

MSG Networks to honor Henrik Lundqvist

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The 39 year-old goalie 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. Lundqvist will forever be remembered for carrying the team on numerous occasions, in particular the 2014 Stanley Cup run that fell short. He is and always will be one of the best Blueshirts of all-time.

Per MSG:

MSG Networks is set to announce a month-long lineup of special programming, “30 Days of 30, presented by Caesars Sportsbook,” to celebrate former Rangers goalie and franchise icon Henrik Lundqvist. The multi-platform campaign will kick-off today and continue for 30 days and nights, culminating on the night of January 28th when the Rangers will be retiring Lundqvist’s number 30 into the rafters at MSG prior to the team’s game that night.

As part of the commemorative coverage on the night of the jersey retirement, MSG Networks will premiere a new, one-on-one interview special with Lundqvist, hosted by his former teammate and Rangers analyst Steve Valiquette. During the candid, sit-down conversation, Lundqvist will give an in-depth look back at his storied career, while sharing some of his favorite memories from his time with the Rangers. Some of the additional coverage highlights throughout the month-long campaign will include:

  • 30 Nights of Games – late night re-airs of some of the best games from Lundqvist’s career with the Rangers, including his first NHL win in 2005, iconic playoff moments and more
  • Congrats to the King – series of vignettes featuring a mix of Rangers greats (Mike Richter, Mike Keenan) former teammates (Mats Zuccarello, Marc Staal, etc.) and opponents from around the league (Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, etc.) sharing their thoughts on Lundqvist’s career and his impact on them, which will air each day across the network’s digital and social platforms and be integrated into its live games at night
  • Henrik in Primetime – select nightly programming blocks consisting of past episodes of shows that have aired on the network profiling the life and career of Lundqvist, such as “Beginnings,” “Connections” and the interview series “The Mask with Henrik Lundqvist”

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