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Longtime Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist retires from NHL

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One of the NHL's most legendary netminders in recent memory is hanging up the skates.

Longtime New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is retiring from professional hockey. He announced his decision during a press conference in Gothenburg and later confirmed on Twitter.

"For the last 30 years I have devoted my life to the game of hockey," Lundqvist wrote. "Now it is time to walk away from the game I love and begin a new chapter."

The Swedish goaltender was originally drafted by the Rangers in 2001 but didn't make his NHL debut until 2005. He immediately established himself as one of the best netminders in the sport, finishing with 30 wins and breaking the Rangers rookie record.

Over the next decade and a half, Lundqvist was annually one of the best at his position. He was named to the NHL All-Star team five times and awarded the Vezina Trophy, given to the NHL's best goaltender, in 2012.

In 2020, after 15 seasons with the Rangers, the two sides announced they'd be moving on from one another. Lundqvist signed with the Washington Capitals on a one-year deal, but would never take the ice for his new team due to a heart condition that required open-heart surgery in January. Lundqvist remarkably returned to practice one month later, but then said he would not be returning between the pipes for the rest of the season.