The last time the NHL played a full season without Henrik Lundqvist, Usher’s hit single “Yeah!” was No. 1 on the Billboard top 100.
It’s been 15 years since the former Vezina Trophy winner entered the league, but he’s finally stepping away from the game — at least temporarily — to focus on his health. Lundqvist announced Thursday that he will sit out the 2021 season due to a heart condition. He had signed with the Capitals to share goalie duties with Ilya Samsonov but now, at 38 years old, has his hockey future in doubt.
Players, teams and media members from across the hockey universe reacted to the news:
Alex Ovechkin, Capitals: "100 percent health is most important Hank ! My family wish the best for you and hope to see you soon!!! 🙏
Tom Wilson, Capitals: "We’re with you man👊. All the best moving forward with your health and I hope we can share the ice again at some point!"
Pierre LeBrun, The Athletic: "Not the way a legend deserved to have played his last game. You feel for Lundqvist."
Craig Laughlin, NBCSW: "Sad news today. Get well soon, King."
NHLPA on Twitter: "NHLPA staff and players are wishing Henrik and his family all the best as they navigate through this difficult time."
Carolina Hurricanes on Twitter: "It's always been an honor battling you on the ice, and we'll miss the competition this season Stay safe, get well, and the best to your family 👊"
Montreal Canadiens on Twitter: "Our thoughts are with you, Henrik. 🙏"
Detroit Red Wings on Twitter: "Get well soon 👑. Our thoughts are with you."
Florida Panthers on Twitter: "A class act and a great competitor. We hope to see you back on the ice soon, Henrik. ❤️"
Vegas Golden Knights on Twitter: "Hope to see you healthy again real soon, stay strong 💪"