There is no storybook ending, no encore at Madison Square Garden, but Henrik Lundqvist will go down as one of the brightest lights to ever grace Broadway.
The 39-year-old goaltender announced today (August 20th, 2021), that he hung up the skates for good. A year after announcing he had heart inflammation that caused him to miss all last season.
While the tristate area has been home to many legendary goalies, Henrik always had a little something extra to him. Could it be his demeanor on the ice? Maybe the fact that he was the backbone of an original six-team in the media capital of the world? Or the fact that when he stepped on the ice for team or for country, the team in front of them always knew they had a chance to win. I am going to go with all of the above.
I can only imagine what getting to root for him night in and night out felt like for fans of the Rangers, but as an opposing fan, it always put a knot in my stomach. There was something well royal-like when Lundqvist was in the net.
While raw stats may never do Henrik Lundqvist justice they are just eye-popping:
- 459 wins. 6th all-time.
- 64 shutouts. 10th all-time
- Game 7 magician going 6-2 all-time.
- 27 points. Hey for a goalie that is pretty impressive.
- 5 time all star
- 2011-2012 Vezina winner
- 2006 Gold Medal
- 2014 Silver Medal
- 3 time medal winner at the world championships, 2017 Gold, 2003 Silver, 2004 Silver.
The one stat that will always be amazing to me, in an era where players and coaches jump teams at the slightest hint of a rebuild Hank played all of his games as a Ranger, yes he signed with the Capitals but never played a minute, and really with the youth coming behind him he did not want to hold the team hostage.
So thank you Hank, and all hail the king of New York.