Henrik Lundqvist, the New York Rangers’ winningest goalie, announced his retirement Friday after 15 seasons in the NHL.
, the future Hall of Famer said he has “devoted my iife to the game of hockey … and now it’s time to walk away from the game I love and begin a new chapter.” He recalled his first practice as an 8-year-old to the butterflies he had “every time I took the ice in the greatest city in the world.”
Lundqvist was taken by the Rangers in the seventh round of the 2000 draft, becoming a fixture in net for New York beginning in the 2005-06 season. In his career, the 39-year-old, started 752 regular-season games, posting a 459-310-96 record. He is the sixth-winningest goalie in NHL history