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Deep Blue Sea: Rangers retire Henrik Lundqvist’s no. 30 in pregame ceremony

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Jan 28, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers former goalie Henrik Lundqvist speaks to the crowd during a ceremony to retire his number before a game against the Minnesota Wild at Madison Square Garden. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

King Henrik’s reign is officially over.

While the netminder hadn’t been under contract with the New York Rangers since the 2019-20 season, having played his entire career with the club until that point made it certain that when the day would come, Henrik Lundqvist would retire as a Ranger.

Last night, when the Rangers hosted the Minnesota Wild, Lundqvist’s no. 30 was raised to the rafters in a pregame ceremony honoring his career. It is the 11th number to be retired by the Rangers organization.

This moment is what got to me. Lundqvist dropped the ceremonial puck — most nights, that pretend faceoff is taken by team captains, but fellow former-Ranger, Mats Zuccarello, took the faceoff for Minnesota, alongside his friend. This hug is when the tears started:

“It’s a huge day for him and his family,’’ Zuccarello told the Star Tribune. “Knowing him for so long, it’s going to be cool for me to experience that and be a part of that.’’

Read more about the ceremony and King Henrik’s incredible career linked below.

News & Notes

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  • Henrik Lundqvist’s no. 30 retired by the New York Rangers in emotional pregame ceremony [RMNB]
  • New York Rangers raise Henrik Lundqvist’s No. 30 to rafters: ‘This is home’ [ESPN]
  • Tonight Henrik Lundqvist Gets The Sendoff He Earned and Deserves [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Return to New York means Mats Zuccarello can attend friend’s ‘retirement party’ [Star Tribune]
  • NHL Star Power Index: Igor Shesterkin taking the league by storm; David Pastrnak continues torrid month [CBS Sports]
  • Machine Gun Kelly Set to Perform at 2022 NHL All-Star Game [Loudwire]
  • Duhatschek notebook: This NHL season’s surprises, disappointments plus Hart Trophy thoughts [The Athletic]
  • Sabres could be without top six goalies against Coyotes on Saturday []
  • Kraken at Islanders postponed, rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 2 []
  • NHL 22’s huge update today adds national teams — women included [Polygon]
  • Source: PHFPA and Alex Sinatra to Part Ways [The Ice Garden]
  • Where to visit in Buffalo for the All-Star Showcase [The Ice Garden]
  • How to Watch Ice Hockey at the Beijing Olympics | Full Schedule, Times, Where to Watch [MLive]
  • W. MI hockey official lacing up for her first Olympic Games [Wood TV]

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