On a day when literally nothing happened in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization, we will celebrate the spectacular career of Henrik Lundqvist, who announced his retirement on Friday.
Last year, after signing a one-year deal with the Washington Capitals, the Swedish goaltender announced that he would miss the 2020-21 NHL season due to a heart condition. He then underwent open-heart surgery in last January, which eventually led to his retirement. Slightly after Lundqvist’ statement was released, the New York Rangers — the team he played the whole NHL career for — announced that they will retire Lundqvist's jersey and raise his number to the rafters at the Madison Square Garden.
Lundqvist was drafted by the Rangers at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft as the 205th selection and played in 887 regular season games and 130 playoff games. His 459 regular season wins currently rank sixth best in NHL history and he holds the record for the most wins by a European-born goaltender in NHL history. Lundqvist won a Vezina Trophy in 2012 and was nominated for this trophy four other times. He also was voted five times into the NHL All-Star Game, most recently in 2019. Unfortunately Lundqvist didn’t manage to win the Stanley Cup, getting closest to it in 2014, when the Rangers were beaten by the Los Angeles Kings. A year after they were stopped by the Lightning in a seven-game Eastern Conference Final.
Besides his NHL performance, Lundqvist is also known for his off-ice activities (and stunning good looks). In 2014 he founded the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation, which helps children and families in the New York City community. Here’s an article from our colleagues from Blueshirt Banter, which was written last autumn.
Former Lightning forward Cedric Paquette continued a trend of putting food into the Stanley Cup.
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