Henrik Lundqvist, a two-time All-Star and 2012 Vezina Trophy winner, introduced Friday he might be retiring from the NHL after 16 seasons.
Lundqvist, 39, made the announcement in an announcement posted on social media.
“It’s time,” he began.
“For the final 30 years, I’ve devoted my life to the sport of hockey…and now it is time to stroll away from the sport I really like and start a brand new chapter. The longer term excites me. I’ve met so many wonderful folks over time that can assist to information and encourage me in my new journey.
“There are various issues I really like about this recreation: From the thrill I felt as an 8-year-old at my first apply to the 15 years of butterflies I had each time I took the ice within the best metropolis on the earth. I’m extraordinarily grateful for what hockey has introduced me and taught me in my life. These classes won’t ever go away.”
Lundqvist performed 15 seasons with the New York Rangers earlier than the 2 sides parted manner after the 2019-20 season. He signed with the Washington Capitals earlier than the 2020-21 season however by no means obtained out on the ice for them, opting to skip the season due to a coronary heart situation.
The Swede was the Rangers’ seventh-round draft choose in 2000 and he made his NHL debut throughout the 2005-06 season. He would play in 887 regular-season video games and 130 playoff video games. He almost received his first Stanley Cup in 2014 however the Rangers fell to the Los Angeles Kings.
Lundqvist thanked his followers, the league and the Rangers.
“Lastly, thanks to the sport of hockey and its followers! You gave my life objective and I’ve liked each single minute of it!” he concluded.