exit the king

Gone Goalie: After 15 handsome seasons in the New York net, Henrik Lundqvist comes to the end of his stellar Ranger career today as the team buys out the final year of his contract. Born in Åre, in Sweden, in 1982, Lundqvist, 38, departs as the games-playedest, winningest, save-percentagest, shutting-outmost goaltender in team history. He’s the lone netminder in the annals of the NHL to have recorded 30 wins in each of first seven seasons. Winner of the Vézina Trophy in 2012 (he was a First Team All-Star that year, too), Lundqvist helped the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference Final three times and the Stanley Cup Final once, in 2014, when they couldn’t overcome the Los Angeles Kings. Tending the net for Sweden’s national team, Lundqvist won Olympic gold in 2006 in Turin as well as a world championship in 2017.

2 thoughts on “exit the king

  1. Nice!

    Fun fact: Only 5 other goalies in NHL/NHA history have played 15 years or more years with the same team:
    Martin Brodeur = 21 years with NJ (1992-2014)
    Billy Smith = 1y years with the NYI (1973-1989)
    Georges Vezina = 16 years with the Canadiens (1911-1926)
    Olaf Kolzig = 16 years with the Capitals (1990-2008)
    Tony Esposito = 15 years with Chicago (1970-1984)

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