Henrik Lundqvist retires from hockey

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It’s time.

For the last 30 years, I have devoted my life to the game of hockey…and now it’s time to walk away from the game I love and begin a new chapter. The future excites me. I’ve met so many amazing people over the years that will help to guide and inspire me in my new journey.

There are many things I love about this game: From the excitement, I felt as an 8-year old at my first practice to the 15 years of butterflies I had every time I took the ice in the greatest city in the world. I’m extremely grateful for what hockey has brought me and taught me in life. These lessons will never leave me.

Thank you to all the coaches and players that helped me throughout my career.

Thank you to Swedish hockey! From growing up and playing in Sweden to ultimately representing my country on the world stage – These are some of my proudest moments.

Thank you @nyrangers and New York City. I’m a born Swede but I’ll always feel like a New Yorker thanks to you.

Thank you @NHL. This league was everything I dreamed of and more.

Lastly, thank you to the game of hockey and its fans! You gave my life purpose and I have loved every single minute of it!

Thank you all❤️

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Henrik Lundqvist’s Rangers legacy may not be finalized just yet.

“I’ll be a part of the Rangers for the rest of my life, in one way or another,” he said, according to a Swedish translation. “Both I and the Rangers have been clear about that. That’s how it will be.”

Asked to clarify if that meant he had a job with the Rangers in the future, Lundqvist confirmed that was the plan.

“It will be the role they want it to be,” he responded. “I don’t know if the role will be small or if there will be something more. It is further ahead. It’s all about timing. It’s just not now.

“I feel that I will somehow be connected to the Rangers forever after so many years and all the people I got to know in the club, from the owner on down.”

Hopefully, people can go back through his career and appreciate just how good and consistent he was. This guy carried the Rangers on his back for many years. Won’t have his name on the cup as a player but he’s without a doubt one of the best that ever did it at his position. Surefire HOF.