Friday, December 3

‘It’s time’: Henrik Lundqvist announces retirement after 15-year career

Is the time.

That’s what Henrik Lundqvist wrote to you. start your social media post announcing his retirement. After 15 years of running an NHL division, “The King” has hung up his pads.

“It is time,” he wrote. “For the past 30 years, I have dedicated my life to the game of hockey … and now is the time to step away from the game I love and start a new chapter. The future thrilled me. I have met so many amazing people throughout the years that will help guide and inspire me on my new journey.

“There are many things that I love about this game: from the excitement I felt when I was 8 years old in my first practice to the 15 years of butterflies that I had every time I took the ice in the largest city in the world. I am very grateful for what that hockey has brought me and taught me in life. These lessons will never leave me. “

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It has been a tumultuous year for Lundqvist. Last October, the Rangers bought it after a long and historic run on Broadway. A week later, he signed a one-year, $ 1.5 million deal with the Capitals.

“Henrik is probably the best goalkeeper reaction I’ve had the chance to see,” said former teammate Marty Biron in an interview with Sporting News last year. “I always thought the game was slowing down [for him] to a point where if the guy fired the puck, his head would slow down and he could go and react with the blocker or the glove or the leg pad and make the save. “

But then in December, Lundqvist announced that he would not be able to play in the 2021 season due to a heart condition.

“It breaks my heart (literally) to share this news”, he posted on twitter. “I will not be joining the Capitals this next season. After many weeks of testing and conversations with specialists from around the country, it has been determined that a heart condition will prevent me from taking the ice. Together, we have decided that the risk of playing before remedying my condition is too high, so I will spend the next few months figuring out the best course of action. “

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A few weeks later, he underwent open heart surgery to correct the problem and expected to be back in the pipes at some point.

Just 10 days ago, Lundqvist had posted that he would return to the ice, prompting a possible return.

Now that return is not going to be.

Lundqvist leaves a lasting legacy. Between 2005 and 2015, he was one of the most dynamic puckers in the game, not just in the regular season, but also in the big games and in the biggest moments of the playoffs. In those 10 seasons, he earned a spot in the top six of the Vezina Trophy voting every time, including being a finalist in his first three NHL seasons before winning the league’s best goalkeeper award after a 2011-12 dominant season.

He capped his career with 459 victories, sixth on the all-time victories list. The next stop is surely the Hockey Hall of Fame.

After the news broke, the hockey world took to Twitter to congratulate him on his legendary career.

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