New York Rangers release NFT’s for Henrik Lundqvist night

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Oct 12, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after allowing a goal during the third period against the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers are doing something special leading up to Henrik Lundqvist night at Madison Square Garden on January 28. On that evening, the franchise will retire Henrik Lundqvist’s iconic #30 to the rafters and it will be commemorated with the launch of the Rangers first-ever NFT.

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.

New York Rangers Release on NFT’S

New York, NY, January 18, 2022 – The New York Rangers have announced the launch of the first-ever Rangers NFT products leading up to Henrik Lundqvist Night presented by Chase, when the Rangers face the Minnesota Wild on Friday, January 28, 2022. Beginning today at 10 a.m., over 5,000 limited edition items with tiered prizes and experiences will be available on Rangers.dropshop.io. Fans will have the option to bid on or purchase items, with auctions ending at 10 a.m. on January 25, while the buy now option will conclude on January 30.

“We are constantly looking for fresh and innovative ways to engage with our fans, and we see the emergence of digital collectibles, which combines sports and technology, as a fun way for fans to connect with the team. Tying in the first-ever Rangers NFT products with the Henrik Lundqvist Night game is the perfect way to celebrate this,” said David Hopkinson, Executive Vice Present of MSG Sports and President of Team Business Operations.

The tiers of the NFT products and experiences that will be available are “Common,” “Rare,” and “Legendary” and include the following:

  • Common – A digital commemorative ticket for the Henrik Lundqvist Night game on January 28. 5,000 digital tickets will be available at $20 each.
  • Rare – A digital commemorative ticket for the Henrik Lundqvist Night game, plus a Henrik Lundqvist Night merchandise bundle which includes a jersey, shirt, hat, banner, pin and signed commemorative book. Five will be available at auction prices with a $200 starting bid.
  • Legendary – The experience being offered in this tier is a pair of lower bowl tickets to the Henrik Lundqvist Night game on January 28. Plus, a digital commemorative ticket for the Henrik Lundqvist Night game and a goalie stick autographed by Lundqvist. One will be available at auction price with a $1,000 starting bid.
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New York Rangers NFTA (Courtesy MSG)

What is an NFT?

Non-fungible token. That’s what NFT stands for and thanks to blockchain technology, it’s opened the door for you to exclusively own digital content.

While some of the older collectors will miss opening up a pack a cards and chewing that 20 year-old stick of gum inside, we are moving into the digital era.

Per Forbes:

An NFT is a digital asset that represents real-world objects like art, music, in-game items and videos. They are bought and sold online, frequently with cryptocurrency, and they are generally encoded with the same underlying software as many cryptos.

Although they’ve been around since 2014, NFTs are gaining notoriety now because they are becoming an increasingly popular way to buy and sell digital artwork. A staggering $174 million has been spent on NFTs since November 2017.

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